Still Arguing About Politics? It’s Time to Focus on Your Business

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The Nigerian political system, since its formative years in the post-independence era of the 1960s has been one that has had its periods of ups and downs. Just like every other post-colonial state in Africa, the Nigerian state witnessed the difficulties that come with initial take off. The new Nigerian state was not only in the scene of independent statehood, but was for the first time witnessing the joining together of previously existing independent nations to form one state.
The emergence of the Nigerian state also came with the emergence of a political culture that came with the new state. A very popular scene that was visible in homes, workplaces, buses, newspaper stands and even religious places of worship was one that depicted a congregation of individuals who were often involved in fierce debates and arguments about Nigerian politics. This culture of constant debates about Nigerian politics by Nigerians has been one that has continued unabated till date. With the advent of the internet and social media, platforms such as facebook, twitter, instagram and blogs too, the arguments about Nigerian politics have gone to new bizarre heights. And I am of the opinion that the level of hate speech propagated in the name of political discuss on social media in Nigeria has grown to alarming heights. The ethnic divisions witnessed in the 2015 elections as was evident in the election’s voting pattern, is attributed strongly to the rise of ethnic political discusses that spammed social media in the build-up to the 2015 general elections.pdp apc  - nigerian politics
Thus today, it is a popular scene dotting the very many busy Nigerians roads that you see in Newspaper stands a group of men (rarely do you see women in these congregations) arguing fiercely about Nigerian politics. Many of these fierce arguments have in very many occasions led to exchange of abusive words and most times too have degenerated to physical exchange of blows. The worrying thing about these arguments about Nigerian politics by a vast majority of Nigerians is that it is not accompanied by a reciprocal level of political participation, nor has it in any way encouraged democratic accountability by Nigerians. This is so, because I have argued and empirical evidence has shown that the low level of political participation by Nigerian citizens, and the inability of Nigerians to hold their leaders accountable have in one way or the other led to increased political rascality, corruption, nepotism and inefficiency in the Nigerian political system.argument - nigerian politics According to data available on the growth rate of the Nigerian economy, it was observed that in the first quarter of the year 2016 the Nigerian economy was declining at the rate of -0.36%. Indicators from quarter 2 of 2016 showed that the growth rate was -2.06% which officially pointed to one fact that the Nigerian economy is in recession.
Over the years, economists, and generally well-meaning Nigerians who have an understanding of how the economy works have always been quick to suggest that the competitiveness of the Nigerian economy lies in the ability of her regional components to mobilize their entrepreneurial capital and optimize their latent capacities around their respective competitive advantages. This still remains our only viable option in the face of dwindling oil prices and increased militancy in the Niger delta. But truth be told, this is not an easy task. This is a task that requires that Nigerian youths need to begin to focus their entrepreneurial energies towards a real time optimization of their latent entrepreneurial capital geared towards unleashing a regional economic competitiveness rather than while away time arguing about the politics of a political system that has failed to deliver development in the last 50 years.
Every state in Nigeria and its youths inclusive must begin to look inwards toward triggering a regional based economic competitiveness geared towards discovering and utilizing previously overlooked economic opportunities.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), 4.58 million Nigerians have lost their jobs since President Muhammadu Buhari came into office. The Bureau also declared that the country is officially in economic recession – the worst in three decades. This damning report is from a government agency. The reality may be worse than what is reported. This is not a time to argue, this is a time to rejig an economy in recession through entrepreneurship.

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