AWAKENING THE SLEEPING GIANT: MAKING NIGERIA WORK AGAIN (VIII) by Prof @ayittey

“…. A clear distinction must be made between the people and the state in Nigeria. The people are not the problem; it is the state that is broken…” you cant miss this!

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Nigeria – A Broken and Failed State: The Solution

A clear distinction must be made between the people and the state in Nigeria. The people are not the problem; it is the state that is broken. Metaphorically speaking, the state-mobile is kaput: Brakes don’t work; the engine leaks oil; the tyres are flat; the battery is dead and the headlights are broken. In other words, the brake system, electrical system as well as other systems in the vehicle do not do what they are supposed to do. Add to this scenario, a bad driver and one can well imagine the double-trouble.

Similarly, a failed state is where the institutions of the state do not work or fail to do what they are supposed to do. They do not provide reliable supply of electricity, clean water, sanitation, health care or other basic social services and infrastructure. Neither do the police and…

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