It is but each different marketing campaign season; the ambiance is charged, passions excessive and stakes peaked. Sadly, the political class chooses to flaunt primordial sentiments to realize low-trace political aspects than to focal degree on germane concerns. That’s unhealthy to the company existence of the nation and toxic to the survival of democracy.
Inside the millennium when globalization and modernization carry sway, political campaigns are involved with salient problems with nationwide significance. That’s the size when Nigeria is confronted with a myriad of challenges; plethora of problems and multitude of concerns threatening its survival as a nation. Politicians must be circumspect, nice, sensible and accountable to horrifying their political discourses on concerns which can be notable to our existence, survival, sample and the long run. The evils of desertification, sea surge, soil erosion, incessant flooding, inhabitants explosion and crashing horrifying oil costs inside the world market are staring us inside the face, and are threatening to devour us if care is now no longer taken.
Earlier than each factor, it is an unshakeable fact that land is among the many most notable components of producing. Its significance to human survival can now no longer be overemphasized. Nevertheless the land in Nigeria this present day is especially really fizzling out by barren region encroachment, sea surge and soil erosion precipitated by local weather commerce. A big advise of land inside the Northern part of the nation has been depleted by desertification. It is rendered uninhabitable, unproductive and uncultivatable, regardless of the reality that majority of folks residing in these areas are farmers and pastoralists.
Consequently, the inhabitants private misplaced their farmlands, grazing areas, protected haven and are pressured emigrate looking for greener posture.
On the alternative hand, inside the Southern states, the land is being consumed by sea surge, whereby the ocean stage is rising and engulfing an broad swathe of land, significantly inside the coastal areas. Inside the central states, flooding is an annual recurrence, and is inflicting critical environmental degradation and soil erosion.
Secondly, there would possibly maybe be a looming hazard of inhabitants explosion in Nigeria. In line with a narrative launched on Monday eleventh July 2022 by the inhabitants division of United Nations’ Division of Financial and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Nigeria’s inhabitants grew by 122 million people in 32 years, from 94 million in 1990 to 216 million people advance November 2022. This moved it from tenth most populous nation inside the enviornment to sixth subject.
It is projected that by 2050 (in 28 years to return), the inhabitants will carry by 159-184 million people, to become the 4th most populous nation inside the enviornment with the inhabitants of 375-400 million people. These figures if carefully examined, and keenly seen, current a unpleasant actuality that can escalate the distress index inside the nation. The inhabitants is rising far quicker than the expansion in Human Sample Index (HDI) aside from to Detrimental Residence Product (GDP). This is ready to properly maybe consequence in carry inside the incidence of poverty, hunger, insecurity, illiteracy, sicknesses and heaps completely different socio-economic problems.
Thirdly, Nigeria’s financial system has remained a mono financial system that depends upon completely on horrifying oil export. It seems that, the chief has been preaching financial diversification inside the previous few years to decrease the over dependence on one product, however the financial system is aloof on the mercy of the fluctuations inside the world horrifying oil costs. Invariably, horrifying oil is shedding its value step-by-step and step-by-step consequently of its affiliation with the contaminated of world warming. The realm neighborhood is striving to decrease the ozone layer depleting gases’ emission, subsequently resolved to give up the utilization of fossil gasoline by 2050. Nations are actually shifting and tilting within the route of cleaner, greener, safer and extra environmentally nice renewable vitality sources.
These three conventional and conventional concerns, regardless of their obtrusive and conspicuous results, remained barely acknowledged, and fully absent in our political discourses. They must be on the entrance burner of coverage making and nationwide planning, as they’re essentially the most notable causal components for the whole calamities which can be bedevilling the nation. They could maybe properly maybe aloof elegantly and visibly characteristic in our nationwide discussions and hold centre stage inside the political campaigns. These unmistakable realities are capable of determining and directing our future as a nation.
Usman Aliyu Elnafaty writes from Bauchi Whisper