Singapore and Japan: Nigeria why?

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Singapore has no crude oil, timber, coal, gas, gold, platinum and other precious stones we have in Nigeria, same with Japan. All what they have are men of ideas running their governments.

Singapore as a nation rapidly developed to become one of the Four Asian Tigers based on external trade, becoming a highly developed country; it is ranked ninth on the UN Human Development Index, and has the second-highest GDP per capita with improved social indicators: education, healthcare, quality of life, personal safety and housing, with a home-ownership rate of 91%. Singaporeans enjoy one of the world’s longest life expectancies, fastest Internet connection speeds and one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world.

The Japanese develop cars used worldwide. All they have are men and women who apply their brains to creativity inventions.

Japan is a great power and a member of numerous international organizations, including the United Nations (since 1956), the OECD, and the Group of Seven. Although it has renounced its right to declare war, the country maintains Self-Defense Forces that are ranked as the world’s fourth-most powerful military.

After World War II, Japan experienced high economic growth, becoming the second-largest economy in the world by 1990 before being surpassed by China in 2010. Despite stagnant growth since the Lost Decade, the country’s economy remains the third-largest by nominal GDP and the fourth-largest by PPP.

A leader in the automotive and electronics industries, Japan has made significant contributions to science and technology. Ranked the second-highest country on the Human Development Index in Asia after Singapore, Japan has the world’s second-highest life expectancy, though it is experiencing a decline in population.

The culture of Japan is well known around the world, including its art, cuisine, music, and popular culture, which encompasses prominent animation and video game industries.

Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and many other advanced countries all what they own are men with ideas. Where are our own men of ideas and why is it practically difficult for our system to bring them forth? Is there really hope for Africa going forward? Is there really a tunnel that we can look through and say there’s light on the other side?

Why has it proven practically impossible for Nigeria to harvest men of ideas and creativity? We have everything to make us great, yet we are grouped among the wretched of the earth. Nigeria why?

Princewill Odidi writes from Atlanta