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TITLE (EDIT)
The Biggest Problem Facing Nigeria This Century
DESCRIPTION
An unending battle with a trouble that seems to have settled comfortably with individual minds...
[750 words]
TITLE KEYWORD
Psychology
AUTHOR
Kennedy O Obohwemu
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Medical Doctor, Publisher, Editor, Novelist, Playwright, Poet

Dr. Kenís books {Book 1: Frozen, Book 2: Nightfall, and the Omnibus Edition (paperback)} are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple:

Amazon: http://amazon.com/author/doctorken
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Apple: http://goo.gl/QYpqH4
[August 2014]
AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (52)
A Fool At Fifty Three (Essays) A faulty federal system from the beginning... [1,020 words] [Mind]
A Season Of Grace (Poetry) It's for the lenten season...composed 24-30/03/03 [124 words] [Spiritual]
Be My Queen (Poetry) Pictures the earnest desire of a love-bird... [114 words] [Relationships]
Beyond The Sky (Poetry) If you really want to hit it big,don't let the sky be your limit;let it be your beginning! [126 words] [Motivational]
Born A Unique Being (Poetry) To the birth of Our LORD... [121 words] [Spiritual]
Breathe Again (Poetry) It's hard living without someone precious to you...you'd long to breathe again...composed 22/05/03. [117 words] [Relationships]
Can No Longer Fly (Poetry) This captures the thoughts of a heart-broken love-bird...composed 23/05/03. [110 words] [Relationships]
Cheers To Love! (Poetry) Happy cheers to the greatest of all... [105 words] [Relationships]
Come The Way You Are (Poetry) Come to HIM who loves us all,just the way you are...composed 19/02/04. [121 words] [Spiritual]
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The Ocean And The Stream (Poetry) Someone once said to me,'The ocean and the stream never mix'.What do you think? composed 19/02/04 [135 words] [Relationships]
They Came From Afar (Poetry) Tries to picture why there's so much trouble on earth...where did they come from? [114 words] [Mind]
Twisted (Blockbuster Novel) (Novels) A compelling, provocative, masterful thriller guaranteed to leave you spell-bound with its suspense-filled intrigue and nail-biting finishes! [257 words] [Literary Fiction]
We'll Get There (Poetry) It's a motivational one,composed 9th-10th May,2003.It's all about remaining focused.It stemmed from my every day experience in the Medical School. [100 words] [Motivational]
What Have We Done? (Poetry) Look what we've done to the world,it's not a good sight...composed 19/02/04. [110 words] [Nature]
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When The Bells Began To Ring (Poetry) A reflection on the election of Cardinal Joseph Radzinger as successor to Pope John Paul II at St.Peter's Square,Rome.Composed April 19th,2005. [115 words] [Mind]
Where Did I Go Wrong? (Poetry) It was only a skirmish,do forgive me...this love-bird can't figure out what's wrong...composed 22,23/05/03. [113 words] [Relationships]
Where Love And Sorrow Meet (Poetry) It was Good Friday,April 18th,2003.Moved by the reflection of the Passion of Our LORD,I wrote the poem to picture the intense emotion and physical weakness Our LORD had to go through for our sake to c... [103 words] [Motivational]
You're The One (Poetry) It's the mind of a happy love-bird who found his missing rib...composed 25/05/03 [122 words] [Relationships]
'twisted (Short Stories) Before things went sour, he needed a minor miracle. Now he needs the Red Sea to part. http://wp.me/P3ZErB-F Full story coming soon on Amazon Kindle. #Novel #eBook #Kindle #Mystery #Suspense #Romance #... [334 words] [Fan Fiction]
The Biggest Problem Facing Nigeria This Century
Kennedy O Obohwemu

Every country in the world is faced with one trouble or the other.Nigeria,
a developing country in Africa,is no exception to this rule.The country has
has encountered nightmares in the past,but no other cankerworm has eaten
more deeply than bribery and corruption.
   Bribery,the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary defines,is the act of
giving a sum of money,service or the like,to somebody in return for some,
often dishonest,help.Corruption refers to any dishonest or wicked behaviour.
Nigeria has experienced this ugly phenomenon at all levels of national
development.Its fruits have been traced to the family,age group,and the
society at large.The spell has spread so rapidly that virtually everyone is
involved.If one is not involved in corrupt practices,one is benefitig from
them.
    The family is the first agent of socialisation of a child,and virtually
every problem in the society could be traced to the family.The average
Nigerian family,like every other family in sub-Saharan Afriac,still struggles
hard for dialy upkeep of its members.There's little surprise therefore that
parents do not fail to indulge in some corrupt practice.In the academic sphere,
parents have been implicated who purchase examination answers for their wards.
Some are ready to pay heavily for special examination centers where a
'stress-free' examination is guaranteed.Youths and adolescents alike are not
helping matters.The mind of the Nigerian youth,like any other in the realm of
juvinescence,is saturated with artificiael intellectualism and jet-age
mentality.He believes that intellectual development,without spiritual
development,is the gateway to the highest achievement in life.By this he
shuts himself from the vision of divine reality,and suppresses the dictates
of his inner conscience when confronted with the temptation of having material
gains.
    The mentality cultivated at home is reflected in the society.Permit me here
to point out the negative effects the government of the country have had on the
youths.Yes,youths have been rather restive in the country in the past years,but
the truth is "Youth isn't the problem;it's the excuse".Government will always
do the right thing,after they have exhausted all other alternatives.Leaders who
openly rig elections at the polls are not worth the candle.Blaming youths for
civil unrest is baseless,fallacious and grossly misleading.
    The issue of national security is a topic to be treated another day,but
suffice it to say that a country whose leaders hunt themselves down is a
country divided,and no meaningful economic,social or political activity can take
place therein.For crying out loud,no individual is safe any more,not even in
his own country!
    Leaders who bribe their way to positions of authority will cause nothing
but ruin.Looting the nation's treasury is a deliberate act condemned by law,but
who dare accuse our leaders of corrupt practices when they are the makers of the
law?" The problem with Nigeria rests in the hands of our leaders",a fellow youth
once said."Their minds overflow with corrupt ideas and practices".
    Nigeria has been scourged by the menace of bribery and corruption for too
long.Internal revenue drops sharply as fluctuations are recorded every year in
the country's Gross Domestic Product,the foreign exchange market is the worse
for it,investors are scared for their lives no less the citizens,the country's
image is marred overseas...what a headache!
    Nigeria,the giant of Africa,sailing through seas of unending difficulties...A
country with a rich diverse cultural heritage unmatched by no other in every sense
of the word...A country that has recorded exploits the world over...How come
she's suddenly fallen asleep?It's been 44 years of independence,surely she has
much to show for it.This slimy worm of bribery and corruption must not eat
deeeper than it already has.Eliminiting the evil of bribery and corruption is a
conscious effort demanding participation by government and it's many partners.
For lasting solutions,parents need ensure the proper upbringing of their children
with close supervision and expeditious amendment of any irregularity in behaviour.
Education remains the key.Inculcating in the young the spirit of discipline is an
act never regretted.To cleanse the Augean stables,government need ensure provision
of full employment opportunities vis-a-vis equitable distribution of resources.
    Bribery and corruption is no evil new in this country.It has emanated from
selfish ambitions and negative attitude to work.Every citizen need be cautious of
his orientation to life.Redefine values and redirect principles.There is a hidden
mine in every life;nature never made any failures.It's a product of personal
conviction and of a conscious and deliberate attemt at self assertion.It is my
credence therefore that if the measures elucidated in this write-up are implemented,
the country will stand again...to fall no more.And what is more,the pathetic situation
of the country will be replaced with internal peace and external encomium.Long live
the youths of the Federation!Long live the Federal Republic of Nigerria!

 

 

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