But another reality also dawned on me. It was not just the rape, abuse, and criminal neglect that Nigeria has suffered since independence that was troubling. I realized that our rulers have done more damage to our minds than they have done to the country. Because of the misgovernance of Nigeria, we have become a country of low expectations. After paying the equivalent of $200, excluding airport surcharges, for a 50-minute flight, we still are expected to scramble and shove one another to board our flights. We applaud and continue with a thankful cry of “hallelujah” each time a plane touches the ground at any of our domestic airports. We pray and give thanks for things that ordinarily should be part of our daily existence. We go to church to give testimony on how we fasted and prayed for PHCN not to disrupt our ubiquitous social gatherings.
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