Nearly everyone agrees that Nigeria has problems. The fact that a nation that is so endowed in terms of human and natural resources is still wallowing in poverty, insecurity, unemployment and poor healthcare beats the imagination. However, views differ on the country’s main problems and the suggested solutions.

In a New Year address he delivered on January 1, President Muhammadu Buhari said “Nigerians can be very impatient and want to improve our conditions faster than may be possible considering our resources and capabilities. When all the aggregates of nationwide opinions are considered, my firm view is that our problems are more to do with process than structure.”

Also, former Minister of Solid Minerals and also Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili said Nigeria has a structural problem that is showcased in low productivity. Speaking during a recent television programme, Ezekwesili, a chartered accountant and co-founder of global Transparency International, noted that “our problems run deeper than we have imagined. The only way out is a high level of governance transparency.”

Likewise, former Governor of old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, said the problem with Nigeria had always been leadership rather than structures. Musa said the economy was in the hands of the private sector, hence the impoverishment of the masses, and suggested the restructuring of the economy to ensure that the government ensures delivery of impactful governance in the country.

However many this country’s problems are, unless there is real commitment on the part of the leadership and followership to make things work, the problems will persist. As the New Year begins, governments at all levels must make the wellbeing of the masses the top priority, and must work towards making this a reality. Anything less than that would compound the existing problems…simple logic

– Abimbola Akosile