Thank you for articulating a ‘sensitive subject’. I say sensitive because most Nigerians with a voice have their identity too closely tied to the recognition that they ‘went to school’. Even the failure of the educational system in the most basic level (as evidenced by a lot of students hell bent on cheating ‘to pass’ etc ) is a symptom. I believe this stems from a realization that they just want jobs.
1) They don’t know who they are, just the fathers of ‘modern Nigerian history’ (as history shows, Nigeria is older than its current geographical expression).
2) They don’t know where they are (an excursion to the local Palace or museum isn’t the equivalent of knowing how much Africa gives to the world).
3) They don’t know what they have to offer (the crowd mentality often overwhelms critical thinking into what vacuum exists that they can fill).
4) They don’t understand the nature of life & change (as a child, I loved playing football and drawing comic art. Both were threatened out of my daily habit. See what advances Nigeria has made in both spaces).
We can start where we can, a road map can assist, but the work has to be put in & egos put aside.
Honestly, do we expect a post-colonial bureaucratic system (trained not to take pride in actual ‘rather than virtual’ national identity) to understand what risks they’re exposing the country and continent to?
We don’t have a long way ahead of us. We have now, because the other option of a morally desperate & commercially obtuse population is literally just a bad year away.