*No matter how good a government we have,Nigeria is never going to become a productive nation as long as her citizens have these 13 vices*

[1] Nigerians are too passionate about their religious faiths.An overwhelming number of Nigerians are more interested in going to heaven than making their country a better place.Indeed many would burn Nigeria down to the ground just because they believe it will facilitate them going to heaven.Of course many don’t practice the teachings of their religion.

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[2] Nigerians are too closely attached to their ethnic groups and traditional rulers.I subscribe to views of Samora Machel when he said: “For the nation to grow, the tribe must die.”

[3] Nigerians love entertainment and merriment to an obscene level.We invest money in parties,ceremonies that should be contributed to cooperative societies to create jobs

[4] Nigerians hate being called just plain Mr or Mrs. No other people in the world love amassing titles like us.Nigerians spend all our hard earned money on titles and awards that have no contribution to economic growth.

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[5] Our misguided orientation has led us to believe that how much material wealth you have is a measure of your worth

[6] We Nigerians believe that public transport is for the poor.Gustavo Petro once said: “A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transportation.”

[7] Erroneously, Nigerians believe that the federal, state and local governments have the capacity to solve all of society’s socio-economic woes

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[8] Probably most destructive of all is the fact that we love high-end products, yet produce none of these goods ourselves.As a people,we are shamelessly happy to import all our consumer goods. In contrast,in South Korea,their national slogan is: “Anything we don’t produce, we don’t need.”

[9] We are embarrassingly sycophantic. Decades of living under military rule has engrained the oga-at-the-top mentality into our psyche.Our top-to-bottom mentality makes it impossible for an average Nigerian to refuse to obey unreasonable orders from people in positions of authority

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[10] Nigerians appreciate the value of education. However,this means they disrespect people who did not go to university irrespective of what skills they possess.

[11] Nigerians think going into politics is to harvest government resources.

[12] Nigerians do not want to take responsibility for their action or inaction.They blame everyone else but themselves.They do not believe that they should take the lead in making the country a better place.

[13} Most Nigerians believe in begging.They beg and beg and beg other people to take responsibility that is purely theirs.

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You simply cannot build a global superpower when your population thinks this way.A higher level of thinking is required.   May we embrace enterpreneurship,change of orientation,skills acquisition and providing enabling environment for industrial growth so that Nigeria can be a productive nation.

Good morning to everyone in the house.

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