Wednesday, 3 April 2013

AUSTRALIA and NIGERIA, a brief comparison & things to vie.

*Julia Gillard is the prime minister of Australia, 51 years old, a woman, an Atheist, never married and childless.

*Goodluck Jonathan is the president of Nigeria, 55 years old, a man, a Christian, married with two children.

*Australia is a highly developed country and one of the wealthiest; Australia is the world's 12th-largest economy and has the world's fifth-highest per capita income. Australia's military expenditure is the world's 13th-largest. With the second-highest human development index globally, Australia ranks highly in many international comparisons of national performance, such as quality of life, health, education, economic freedom, and the protection of civil liberties and political rights. Life expectancy in Australia is 79.5 years for males and 84.0 years for females.

*Nigeria is a highly religious country, boasting of the biggest church auditoriums in the world and the richest pastors in the world. It is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world. One out of every four Africans is Nigerian. More than 20% of the world's black population lives in Nigeria. Its oil reserves (from the Niger Delta region) have brought great revenues to the country. Health, health care, and general living conditions in Nigeria are poor. Average life expectancy for both male and female is 47 years.

We Nigerians are fond of crying out our hearts out, we judge situations and circumstances by emotions, we imbue necessities to decisions of national interest. The outcomes of anything don’t really matter to us because we are never the pilot of our own destiny/fate. Guess who's that pilot? The Nigerian God! That God-matter! That slavery syndrome called Religion! It is God that elects leaders mentality!

Who would have ever imagined that Australia, a once prisoners den, can become so great and powerful to attract immigrants from all over the world! And who would have ever imagined that, Australians, popularly called Aussie's, will one day reason logically in unison to elect a leader base on capability rather than gender, religious, ethnicity and parental preference!

Nigerians have had several chances of putting in place a leadership that will transmit the spirit of togetherness and hope into the lives of its citizens. What have we done to those chances? We fluffed it off! We as Nigerians are pretty much concern with where the said leader hails from, his/her religious belief, his/her marital status and parental experience. Our sense of reasoning has been taken away from us, we always get it wrong! We believe so much in a leader who patronize religious houses rather than the one who doesn't care if God is a Christian or Muslim or Hindu. The tribe that our leaders belong to is also of paramount important to us! Who, in Nigeria, would vote for a man or woman who has neither spouse nor children!

We do not know that the position of a country's leadership and management does not constitute one's religious affiliation; neither does it make any provision for a particular tribe or gender to occupy. We fail to eschew that mentality of "when you are married, you are responsible".

If we Nigerians can choose our leaders base on their capability, what they can do and not who they are, our problem is half solved.


Paul Adepoju, ACMI