Key Statements

*SEPARATING TRUTH FROM FALSEHOOD*

*TRUTH CANNOT HIDE FOREVER.**

*TRUTH CAN ONLY BE DELAYED***

KEY STATEMENTS OF THE LEAD RESEARCHER - MR ERIC OLIE.

RE: BOOK TITLED; HELP! IGNORANCE DESTROYING NIGERIA. WHAT THE WEST MUST DO. WITH A SUB TITLE: WHY AFRICA MAY REMAIN UNDERDEVELOPED/SHITHOLE UNLESS……..

First, I want to use this opportunity to thank the federal government of Nigeria for taking care of my education, when I had almost lost hope. In this life, there is time for everything, under the sun. Fortunately, God in his infinite mercies did not limit man based on race, color, religion, ethnicity, tribe, among others. The greatest limitation of man is IGNORANCE. It is therefore, through research that events that shape the destiny of Man are revealed for his ultimate benefits.

The research that spanned over four decades and preceding the writing of the above book, confirmed, without an iota of doubt, that Nigeria and indeed most climes in the third world, especially in Africa, would have developed beyond the current status quo of high level of pilfering of state funds, insecurity, corruption, poverty etc now leading to underdevelopment, which is contrary when compared with what Europe and other advanced capitalist economies did, under the same system. The researchers discovered, contrary to some opinions that the expected development of Nigeria/African climes were not possible because their leaders were ignorant of the DANGERS OF CAPITALIST SYSTEM i.e. dangers of a system where few are smiling to their banks while millions (majority) may not be able to have access to basic necessities of life, namely healthcare, education, housing etc because of one reason or the other, along this life uncertain journeys.

WHAT EUROPE AND ADVANCED CAPITALIST ECONOMIES DID DIFFERENTLY. The leaders in Europe saw the dangers of capitalist system and then articulated a deliberate, sustainable state structures (social inclusion, social security system) and then run such structures (an almost self financing system) simultaneously with economic visions of capitalist system in order to address these dangers but Nigeria system of governance,, due to ignorance, of these dangers, failed to articulate such structures. The researchers discovered that, if Nigeria had done so, since independence that;

*millions of Nigerian children now hawking and wasting on the streets, during school hours would have used such structures to move to the next level of their lives, hence the level of poverty, insecurity would never be at the level it is today. In the same vein, majority of Nigerian workers, key stake holders that initiate/execute government policies, and now UNABLE to survive on their legitimate income, as is the case in Europe, would have been able to do so. Hence the high level of stealing of state funds, corruption and by extension the level of development in Nigeria would never be what it is today. The researchers discovered that this strategic oversight, borne out of ignorance of dangers of capitalist system, forced some of these workers to resort to self help of survival of the fittest. During the research, we discovered that, some people, in a bid to get access to their perceived needs, exploit their positions, engage in unnecessary/avoidable level of stealing of state funds, corruption etc. Considering the facts that Nigeria population is presently polarized along ethnic, religious, tribal lines, many today fan the embers of these to get access to their perceived needs. Some also, call for restructuring, separation of the country, zoning of political offices, among others. All with intention to achieve their goals, which a functional state structure would have addressed as it did for the citizens in Europe. The negative effect of these was that, issue based politics was difficult to achieve, with dire economic and social consequences. Please read the book to find out how a wrong social ideology which the researchers refer as near animal kingdom version of capitalist system reduced Nigerians/Africans to mere chasers of basic necessities of life.

Covid 19 experience.

 Today beside the fact that citizens in Europe and other advanced capitalist economies, could through state structures have access to basic/advanced healthcare, education, unemployment benefits, receive care, own properties, among others, these climes are also considering paying expanded unemployment benefits, give out food supplements, paid family leave, pause repayment of  students loan, receive eviction protections etc but in Nigeria/Africa, it is a different thing entirely. Hence, we cry that insecurity, poverty, crime rate etc are too high whereas simply planning; investments in our human capital through state structures would have addressed these problems. *There is nothing more dangerous in the world today, than sincere ignorance* Martin Luther king junior.

GREATEST BENEFITS OF DELIBERATE STATE STRUCTURES.

When millions of Nigerians (majority) realize, just as is the case all over Europe, that through state structures that they, their children and generations yet unborn, could through such structures, have access to basic/advanced healthcare, education, housing, transportation, unemployment benefits, care, among others, they would naturally support any politician that use improvements in the state structure (issue based politics) to solicit for their support, a scenario that not only enhance massive development for Nigeria but also relegate resort to religion, ethnicity, tribe etc to the background. PLEASE NOTE THAT WITHOUT STATE STRUCTURES TO ADDRESS HUMAN MISERIES AND DANGEROUS INEQUALITY INHERENT IN CAPITALIST SYSTEM, THE SYSTEM TURNS TO SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST, A RECIPE FOR ECONOMIC POLICY FAILURES/SOCIAL INSTABILITY.

WHAT THE RESEARCH CONFIRMED

The research confirmed that, the real fundamental problem holding Nigeria from developing, just like Europe and other advanced capitalist climes did, under the same system as structural i.e. wrong social ideology. It also confirmed that religion, ethnicity, failure to restructure, quest for separatist agenda, agitations, do or die politics etc are simply by products of this most savage, wrong social ideology. THE RESEARCH ALSO CONFIRMED, WITHOUT AN IOTA, OF DOUBT, THAT THE CALL FOR RESTRUCTURING, SEPARATIST AGENDA, LEVEL OF STEALING OF STATE FUNDS, CORRUPTION ETC would never be at the level it is today, if...... please see chapter eight, for the socio and economic fall outs for Nigeria only, for details.

DEMOCRACY IS A GAME OF NUMBERS.

The research also confirmed that, democracy is a game of numbers, but minorities have their say if they play the politics of reaching out to others. It is not a game of zoning political office by force or intimidations, among others period. Consensus is the way to go.

MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION.

Yes, if Nigeria is not progressing as expected, under capitalist system, why are other climes in Africa not doing well too?  The research revealed that all the indices that aid under development, high level stealing of state funds, insecurity, insecurity, corruption, poverty etc are synonymous in all African climes and none could be considered as an advanced country when compared with other climes in Europe, under the same system.  So, it is not therefore, correct that the FUNDAMENTAL problems holding Nigeria and other climes in Africa, from taking its pride of place in the comity of nations are failure to restructure, rotation of political offices, quest for separatist agenda, religion, ethnicity, limitations from God, among others. Something else, is definitely the REAL fundamental problem and these are what the research revealed.  “There is nothing in the world today more dangerous than sincere ignorance” Martin Luther King jnr.

WHAT NIGERIA MUST DO.

 Please see chapter eight for what Nigeria must do, even as presently constituted, to enhance development, reduce the level of stealing of state funds, insecurity, corruption, call for restructuring, agitations, separatist agenda, zoning of political offices, ensure unity, progress, among others. Mr Olie can be reached on the following tell numbers; 08037006533 and 08067818374 Email erieolie@yahoo.com Web site www.ericolie.com.ng .