The numbers show that Nigeria is not a paradise to live in.
The World Economic Forum numbers for Nigeria are brutal.
In the indices, Nigeria ranks low. The country does not break into the top 100 in any of the categories.
Here is a quick breakdown of the ranking;
Roads quality: 127th
Airport quality: 125th
Electricity supply: 136th
Education system: 120th
Math and science: 118th
Life expectancy: 133rd
Trust in politicians: 130th
This is a damning report card. Nigeria gets a resounding F. It paints a grim picture of the country. Are things really this bad in Nigeria?
Despite many promises from the government, the power supply is still epileptic. The education system is far from what it was in the 60s and 70s. The poor state of education reflects in the country's ranking in math and science, a lowly placed 118.
In 2015, life expectancy was 53 years old. There are still security challenges in a country where a murderous group is still at large, people can get kidnapped in churches and Boko Haram in the North-East.
The political class has no doubt failed the nation. 57 years after independence and Nigerians cannot boast about the basic things of life. It's 18 years since democracy returned to the most populous black nation on earth but that's just a mere statistic.
Nigeria's civilian leaders have proven that they either lack the knowledge on how to move the country forward or that they don't have what it takes to deal with the corrupt political class.
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In 2015, Nigerians voted for change, an unprecedented move in this part of the world where the incumbent is kicked out of office. The new government has had many challenges some of them self-inflicted.
Irrespective of the camp that you are in, you are most likely to agree that the new administration hasn't improved the trust issues Nigerians have for politicians.
Men lie, women lie, politicians lie but numbers don't. With figures, we can see that Nigeria can do a whole lot better. Nigerians don't know the bad shape the country is because we don't know better. This country is all we have known.
Yes, things are really bad in Nigeria.
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