NIGERIA'S SOCIAL POTENTIAL
With a successful democratic change in leadership, Nigeria has many assets. But, one major asset is the young entrepreneurial population. This young population is hungry for education and opportunity. By 2050, Nigeria could become the third most populous country in the world. Unfortunately, Africa's leading economy and most populous country still suffers from great political corruption and infighting, all set up by England's artificial borders drawn in the 1800s. Fifty-six percent of Nigerians still live without electricity, and northern Nigerians frequently experience droughts and food scarcity. The southern-based central government categorizes the Christian south's problems as priority, often ignoring the Muslim north's severe poverty and social issues. In short, the south has oil, and the north has droughts and Boko Haram. This set up exasperates the north, giving Boko Haram more reasons for violence. The Nigerian government's reactions definitely don't help, either. Their reactions to Boko Haram have targeted civilians and have only made Boko Haram stronger. My point is that this young up-and-coming generation has the power to calm this storm of corruption and violence in Nigeria. Education of this generation has the power to turn this country around.