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Re: Nigeria now Africa’s largest econ­omy-FG The Govern­ment and all those who have been turned bil­lion­aires overnight can say any­thing about the econ­omy. But the re­al­ity is that any growth in GPD which does not re­flect on the people is non­sense. Mere sta­tis­tics! There is no light, no wa­ter, no food, no em­ploy­ment, no noth­ing, but, in­sur­gency and cor­rup­tion all over! And that is what the govern­ment is shame­lessly cel­e­brat­ing. AY Muham­mad, Kano, +2348070790251 Govern­ment magic! How can a na­tion with such doubt­ful eco­nomic pedigree, a large scale degra­da­tion of in­fra­struc­ture and poverty be de­scribed in the way Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has? Coun­tries with lesser eco­nomic in­di­ca­tors are do­ing far bet­ter than Nigeria. My ad­vice: don’t just think we will cel­e­brate by giv­ing us some pos­i­tive eco­nomic news, be­cause we will check the other side for bal­anc­ing sake. A. Adam, Abuja, +2348125519310 Sounds fa­mil­iar! Here we are again! Highly placed govern­ment of­fi­cials ly­ing with sta­tis­tics! How can a na­tion ex­pe­ri­ence pos­i­tive GDP growth while its in­dus­trial base is crum­bling by the sec­onds, power sup­ply is as er­ratic as ever and its un­em­ploy­ment level rather scan­dalous? Please Mrs Okon­joIweala and Co. should find neater ways of fool­ing Nige­ri­ans, be­cause this cur­rent procla­ma­tion is clumsy. Y. M. Da­m­agum, Abuja, +2348077545040 Tell us some­thing else, Madam Co­or­di­nat­ing Min­is­ter ‘The grass is al­ways greener on the other side of the hill.’ The rank­ing of an econ­omy that is char­ac­ter­ized by in­fla­tion, mar­ket in­sta­bil­ity, un­em­ploy­ment, ab­so­lute poverty, epilep­tic power sup­ply, di­lap­i­dated in­fra­struc­ture, as well as in­se­cu­rity as Africa’s largest econ­omy is just a mere pro­nounce­ment; it has no re­la­tion to re­al­ity on the ground. I be­lieve Statis­ti­cian Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion is a pro­fes­sional who wouldn’t bite the hand that feeds him. Dan­batta Ibrahim, +2348062344742 Mean­ing­less gib­bers The re­bas­ing of our GDP to such un­re­al­is­ti­cally high fig­ure goes to sup­port my be­lief that Nigeria is a paper tiger. A coun­try with no func­tional in­dus­tries due to low elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion, no good health and ed­u­ca­tional sys­tems oc­ca­sioned by bu­reau­cratic bot­tle­necks and cor­rup­tion, just cooked up the fig­ures to ri­val South Africa’s where things are ac­tu­ally much bet­ter. COLLINS Uwa, +2348059876378 Re: Jonathan not re­spon­si­ble for drop in power sup­ply Re­ally? They co­erced us to be­lieve that pri­vati­sa­tion is the best op­tion; they also us that Jonathan awarded con­tract for pro­tec­tion of pipe­lines to pre­vent their van­dal­ism and de­ter oil theft. Now, when these same people have failed in their du­ties, some­one some­where is say­ing we should not hold their em­ployer re­spon­si­ble. Prob­a­bly, he is sug­gest­ing we hold op­po­si­tion party re­spon­si­ble for sab­o­tage! That’s Nigeria for you, a coun­try where people see things through their noses. PDP may have for­got­ten to add this at­ti­tude of ours to our new GDP rank­ing. I.M. Omar, +2348176645866.

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