Thursday, June 10, 2010

Nigeria's Season of Uncertainty--Will it Continue?

Dear All,

I had the pleasure to attend a panel at USIP on The Nigerian Predicament: Strategies for Advancing Growth, Governance and Security.

One of the panelists, Dr. Richard Joseph, is co-author of a piece at the Brookings Institute called "Nigeria's Season of Uncertainty." I recommend reading it, it has some excellent points about the factors that lead to Nigeria in the present. The comments at are excellent, although I'd like to point out that Professor Joseph is a Nigerian, not a foreigner.

I think that he does a decent summary of the last year or so of Nigerian political history, and gives Nigeria proper kudos for surviving a tough period without a leader and with much uncertainty. Now, the question is, will President Jonathan move Nigeria forward? Or will he forsake his people by giving into temptation, corruption and egoism?

So, my question to those who pay attention to Nigeria--how is President Jonathan doing? What are you worried about? What are you hopeful about?

Thanks for your time!

1 comment:

  1. From a Reader:

    Under-reported labor strife in China will result in a tidal wave of change in the world economies and distribution of labor resources. The certainty of increase in costs of manufacture and production in China, which has been the default labor pool of the world for over a decade, will cause a shift of the labor pool next perhaps to Africa as the next development opportunity and cheapest labor resource for the world. This will be good for Africa as it providing cheap labor is the mechanism by which national economies have become robust, as witnessed in Japan after WWII, then Korea, then China and other smaller economies which have shoe-horned themselves into the world economy by serving as the world's least cost labor resource for a decade or two.