Nigeria, An African Giant With Many Challenges Turns 61

Africa's most populous nation Nigeria is 61. The country's celebrations marks its indepencence from military rule in 1999, but the challenge of governing the country effectively, remains. Nigeria needs a modern political administration where the State is not about maintenance of the status quo writes Professor Terhemba Wuam in The Conversation.

Despite socio-economic progress made since 1999, the picture is one of a nation in great distress. Nigeria is gripped by soaring food prices, high unemployment, and surging inflation that has been at an all-time high since February 2021 - a cocktail that the World Bank warns, is leading more Nigerians into a vicious cycle of violence and crime. The economy has been stagnant with about 200 million citizens living below the poverty line. 

In a nationwide broadcast, President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to continue to ensure the welfare and security of lives and properties of all citizens in line with the constitution.

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Nigeria turns 61 but is still grappled by soaring food prices, high unemployment, rising insecurity, and surging inflation.

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