Nigeria’s Biggest Problem



Many people talk about the problems militating against Nigeria’s progress and in doing so they list out corruption, a bad economy, terrorism or crime. In my opinion, Nigeria’s biggest problem is not corruption, a bad economy, terrorism or crime. These are just symptoms of the problem we face in Nigeria. Nigeria’s biggest problem is that we are not united. Fix that and you fix Nigeria! Today, instead of solving this problem, we have chosen rather to continue the problem by poisoning our youth with Nigeria’s biggest problem of disunity. 
Right before our eyes, our youths are using social media for disunity, fighting each other on basis of party, religion and tribe. For instance, I was appalled when a youth tweeted a picture of another youth who had added him to a Twitter list called ‘political enemies’. Can you believe it? Nigeria’s biggest problem is the reason it was easy so for the colonialists to colonise our ancestors. We are never united.
Think back to history.

The British did not send a lot of troops to the Niger area. What they did was send enough troops to guard their commercial interests and then those troops under the command of their officers recruited a local constabulary which formed the bulk of the forces that enforced the will of the colonialists. They were used to pacify communities that resisted British rule and yet these were natives of the territory that would come to be known as Nigeria. A classic divide and rule strategy.
Fast forward a hundred and twenty years and not much has changed. It is the same old same old. The crab mentality where we pull each other down is still being perpetuated. Our youths are on social media calling each other IPOB, aboki and wailers. All that youthful energy that should have been put into productive ventures and enterprises is wasted on hating each other. We take such delight in using our considerable intelligence to pull each down and have none left to pull Nigeria up.
Someone brings good ideas but we do not consider the idea. Rather we fight the person because he is All Progressives Congress (APC)/Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)/North/South/Christian/Muslim.

Many brilliant Nigerians had their idea rejected because of where they came from only to go abroad to be successes. This is the case with Chinedu Ocheruo and many other Nigerians who are now celebrated abroad.
To progress as a nation, we must change. The word ‘United’ in the names of the United States of America (USA), United Kingdom (UK) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is what made and keeps making those nations great. They are not smarter than us. They are just more united.
Look at Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Imagine where Nigeria would have been if we forgot where that great sage came from and coalesced around his ideas for developing Nigeria. It is because of disunity that Awolowo was the “best president we never had”.

Everyone knew he was the best but he was rejected because we were and are too focused on artificial divisions like tribe and creed. Today the economy is tanking, but instead of that to be our focus, we prefer to fight while Nigeria burns.
If you say the truth about our economy, you are attacked as an enemy of the present administration as if the naira or the dollar respects your party or your tribe. This is what they did in Zimbabwe. Where is their economy today? Do we want Nigeria to go that route?Nigeria’s biggest problem is disunity and I call on President Muhammadu Buhari, the 36 state governors, and all ex-presidents to put aside their differences and help build unity through their comments and their actions.
Leaders must stop calling each other derogatory names like wailers, dullards, zombies etc. Leaders must focus on leading and not on blaming previous leaders for the situation in which they find themselves. Leaders ought to refrain from making blanket statements that generalise a whole tribe or ethnic nationality. But most importantly, leaders must believe in their people especially on the international stage and must use every podium made available to them to sell Nigerians and Nigeria to the world. If Nigerians see their leaders uniting irrespective of tribe, religion and party, they will follow suit.

Recently, the Ese Oruru saga came to public notice and while it would have been an easy narrative to generalise and blame the kith and kin of Yinusa ‘Yellow’, it would also have made for a false narrative. That is why I tweeted in the heat of the saga (February 29th) as follows “Our anger should be directed at the abductor and any negligence on the part of the police and not on a tribe or religion”. I kept on hammering this message on and off social media because I know that there are only two types of Nigerians. There are good Nigerians and there are bad Nigerians. Every other division is artificial.

The only identity God gives us when we are born in Nigeria is Nigerian. All other identities come after that. In conclusion, let us learn to be blind to party, ethnicity and religion when issues of Nigeria’s development are concerned, otherwise we will never progress, instead we will retrogress. If we do not learn this, it will be a case of I and my state against Nigeria, I and my tribe against my state, I and my village against my tribe and I and my family against my village and finally, I against my brother.

My name is Ben Murray-Bruce and I just want to make Commonsense!

Murray-Bruce is the senator representing Bayelsa East and chairman of the Silverbird Entertainment Group



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  1. #truthbetold.com.

    I often wonder how and when we will wake from our slumber and face the real enemy or enemies of Nigeria: religion and tribe.

    In reference to the Ese abduction saga, I share your views. In every tribe and religion there is good and bad. However, thein poor or good attitudes all pale into insignificance as soon as we start to give them the usual tags of religion and tribe.

    The danger is that the bad will ride on this (for want of a better word) ignorance or idiocy and continue to cause untold hardship without being challenged while the struggle and suffering continues unabated.

    Let’s hope that your post makes some sense to certain people. We need to start progressing not retrogressing anymore.

    Good job.

    Thanks.

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  2. You are the man keep it. I Believe that our leader are reading your block and also hearing you

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    • Mister Daniel… Forget about the leaders and lets face the reality! what are the youths of this nation doing? If the leaders are not doping well, what have we all (the youths) being doing?

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  3. Based on the current situation of No electricity, No fuel (not allowed to buy in kegs so we can’t power our gen and No portable water, if you try pumping the water it mixes with gutter water – this happened to me) what is the solution? In my area Benson street off Akerele, Nepa is doing us a big favour if they ever give us light. Water is a scarce commodity yet we have babies and aged relatives to take care of at the same time! No power to even charge our rechargeable lamps. Please HELP us! SOS!

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    • Aunty Bola.. what have we(the youths) of this nation done to help the nation? other than bad-mouthing the government? As far as am concerned, i think the government are only working according to their capacity…. ask me why i said so, i’d say its because they are old!!! let the YOUNG ones take over!!!

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  4. Senator B. M. Bruce, you really are not just making a common common sense but a common sense that makes logic smiles and walk with its head and shoulders high. All you’ve said about our dearest country is true in all sense of the word

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  5. sir i really pray your articles work well for Nigeria, everybody is scared no one wants to talk or share his view because of he or she background like u said or the risk in it.

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  6. Sir I appreciate the time you put in and the effort you take to make common sense,I enjoy listening to you on radio and reading your post,I admit I was a Little myopic about so many things about my country and you have open my eyes and mind….Sir keep speaking little by little you are making a huge common sense to we Nigerians God Bless you and God bless Nigeria

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  7. Lovely statement for those that have the brsins to understand God bless you sir

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  8. Lovely statement for those that have the brains to understand God bless you sir

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  9. sir, please assist us to pass information to our president about contract staff for government offices. sir use your good office we are dying help us from your constituency.

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  10. sir, please use your good office to the senate house about contract staffing in Nigeria particularly Federal Government Agencies. A good example from Nigerian Content Development And Monitoring Board were we have worked for more than 5yaers as a contract staff yet no hope of staffing us. You can imagine one working as a second fiddle in his own mother-land, like in Bayelsa State we the major oil producing state in the Federation such an agency in our environment and we have been employed as contract staff to enrich private contractors who are friends to those in helm affairs of the board (NCDMB). since the inception of the board from 2010 till date, there is nothing like junior staff rather they made us as contract staff.

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  11. You are such a mentor. i love ben bruce

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  12. That ur common sense u has been hilightin in d senat huz dose nt mean when u ar ntin takin care of d pple u ar representin. u shld kn dat u r representin pple nt only urself nd family.dis is jst a warnin very soon u wil see action.

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  13. You ‘re so real. I wish you surfaced before now, many areas would have been corrected especially your state Bayelsa. You can make a drive as an elected senator.

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  14. Truly sir you are making more than commonsense, we need to start seeing our similarities instead of our differences.

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  15. Goodevening sir, I just want to say the minds of nillions of Nigerians. I think it is high time the senators salaries should be reduced by atleast 50 percent inorder for the government to be able of paying both the state and local government civil servant their salaries. These workers go to work from monday to friday, yet their allowances are been taking by their state governors and now no more salaries how would a state like bayelsa where i’m from survive.We depend on government allocations.perhaps these senators go to work only 2days in a week and yet still get their allowances regularly.I see U as a person that can help us,now the bayelsa state allocations have droped from 16 to 2 billion Naira per month. We need help.

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    • Sir, thanks for what u said on merits, pls bring it up bcs choosing players of d economy based on tribe, religion, ethnicity instead of merit is madness, this has rendered the country totally infected, how come we keep going round circle? , are there no real leaders among senators? , among honourable members in the house of assen

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  16. What do you have to say or do for your people of Bayelsa on the current salary problem in the state.

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  17. Good morning sir. We need your comon sense on this grazing bill. People have just kept quiet and before you know it, this bill will be smuggled through the national assembly

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  18. LOVELY!!! MADE IN NAIJA MINI BUS BY 7 UNIZIK ENGINEERS..

    The thought that this mini bus was designed and constructed in Nigeria, by Nigerian Engineers and not foreign Engineers, working here as expatriates; is indeed a hard one to believe, as it is looking more foreign than home made.

    The thought that it was produced inside the University workshop of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, by 7 Graduate Engineers of Mechanical Engineering Department, of the Faculty of Engineering, is certainly a hard bone to swallow.

    These lads have given in their best, to put up this gigantic project within a very short frame of time, and thus, it has become the talk of the town.

    One will wonder how undergraduates, who know they have got very limited time to stay in the University and so, should enjoy their last days within the 4-walls of the University, still gave in to stressful and strenuous nights at the workshop, just to write their names on the sands of time.

    These guys are worth all the laurels and awards in this country at this particular point in time and thus, be given immediate employment, so that their brains and zeal towards invention are kept in line.

    They are:
    EZEIGWE CALLISTUS CHITOO
    OBINANI VICTOR CHIMDIKE
    NWOBODO NNAMDI MIRACLE
    OGBU THADDEUS IKENNA
    OMINIGBO FIDELIS IGHO
    EZEANOLUE IFEANYI EMMA
    OKORO CHINAZA

    Obliviously, these students are geniuses, as it is only people in that category that can put up something like this, using crude equipment and 100% local content. They improvised for barely everything that can be found in that mini bus, from the chassis to its roofing.

    The bus was even test driven in front of the Minister of state for Education, Prof Anthony Onwuka and other top dignitaries present during the National Universities Commission (NUC), held in UNIZIK. This goes a long way to tell the world out there that, this is Naija’s giant invention, its has been tested, and its indeed it can be trusted.

    A warm kudoz! to these guys, for it is certain that a bright future awaits them. A big congratulations to their supervisor and the Head of Department at that time, Dr. C.H Achebe, for giving his boys every necessary vigor they needed to carry out this work, and above all, for being leading by example.

    We wish them the best in their field of specialization, as we look forward to bringing our country on the top list of Innovators in the world.

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  19. In cigarette, why do they write ministry of health warns that smokers are liable to die young,but they still produce or import it

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  20. I love you Ben Murray Bruce you are my mentor

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  21. Mr. Ben, I know that u know charity begins at home. Pls, d people of Akasa and Bayelsa east needs u most. How many times have u visited ur constituency and senatorial district after the 2015 elections? It is often said that Bayelsans are d most backward in Nigeria. What have u down to correct that impression? How have u thanked the people that elected u? How much confidence would u think they will build in u before d next election ? And d u think, under any normal circumstance( free and fair election), u may win d next election to retain ur position? Pls, like I said earlier, Bayelsans needs more than TALKERs… CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME!!!

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    • Thank you my brother, the so called Ben Bruce go they make notice for people ear everyday, he talks too much…..since he has been talkin what has he don to his people talk of they people of Bayelsa, look at Bayelsa state as it is, no salary and the people depend on salary, God punish Ben Bruce and his people.

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      • Imagine you Benjamin,mind you ben Bruce is not the governor,haters support good people.

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      • It is funny that people are so blind and confused that they can’t even tell the difference. Ben Bruce has consistently demanded for a better standard of living for the people of Nigeria, he has always held professional and unbiased political positions and has only criticized the government constructively, he does not have the power to make these desired changes otherwise he would. I praise him for his courage to speak up in the face of intimidation from haters of good. It is high time we started appreciating his efforts.
        #GodBlessBMB.
        #GodBlessNigeria.

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  22. Good day sir, I just watch your contribution to the Bill to ban used goods by Nigerians. The problem is exactly as you said. Please keep telling them the truth. Thanks

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  23. I HOPE TO SEE AND IMPLEMENT A NEW NIGERIA BASE ON THE PRINCIPLES DISCUSSED HERE. IT JUST WILL WORK AND BRING ABOUT THE NIGRIA WE ALL ASPIRE FOR. ALTHOUGH IT WOULD BE TOUGH. GREAT AWARENESS WORK SIRE. GOD BLESS YOU!

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  24. Oh.
    Senator, more blood to your pen.
    God bless you.

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  25. For me i think a country like nigeria need good leadership system.the current president of the country is not helping matters.budgets are nit being carried out and also greedy ministers work not to the betterment of the country but to satisfy their on pocket….good leadership is all we need…thank you

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  26. u are educating nigerian my senator,may GOD bless u and your family

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  27. Mr Bruce! you are not just making common sense, you are making alot of sense. Nigeria problems “disunity, distrusth, dishonest & lack forecost”. God Help Africa, God Help Nigeria.

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  28. Hmm. What a nice article. The problem of Nigeria is the inability of Nigerians to iron out their differences with other Nigerians, so as to work together as one and achieve great success. Indeed we can’t progress as a country when we are not united. I urge all Nigerians to see other Nigerians as there own brothers or sisters; only by this act can we progress as a Nation.

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  29. Nice one sir, i pray God will lead you to the presidency, because i believe you will do better if you have the opportunity. God bless you and keep it up.

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  30. Everyday you want to make common sense, since you’ve been making your common sense what kinda issue have you looked into? Answer this question – can a man start up sth without a capital? your own local government have has not received salary for how many months, What have you done about it? You went and paid another state that have not received salary with your wardrobe allowance. No they come carry your American life come they make people dey vex the more oh, because we bayelsans we they for una oh Mr Bruce.

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  31. I JUST WANT TO MAKE COMMON SENSE TO THOSE WHO IT CONCERN ON THIS SITE, you are talkin about so the so called senator Ben Bruce to help us, since you’ve been posting your comments, have you seen him saying anything about your comments? No, because he those not have time for this. Senator can never talk about reducing their salaries and allowances because even this man wants to grow richer, look at Bayelsa state…. I shed tears each time am heading down, everything is so rough, what has the so called common sense doing about it?

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  32. Senator Ben Bruce, nigerians are looking for those who practise what they preach and with your common sermon you certainly are not even one. you will tell us one thing and do another. you senators upon the fleet of cars you have went and appropriated scarce funds to buy urselves exotic cars when fellow country men and women are groaning under intense hunger. Every now n then u talk of common sense but such common sense will not tell u to make gud laws for d gud of d people. U can only deceive little minds wit ur common sense sermon. Ur presenting a bill for non-nigerians to be granrted citizenship wen issues of electricity and other social infrastructure have not been mentioned at d floor. U guys are comfortable. Any day u get wot u want, obviously the governor of beyelsa, all these ur common sense will vanish, then those u thought u were educating them wil then marry reality. Devout time n come up wit beta laws like stopping those who stole public funds from holding public post etc.

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  33. greeting to you sir, you have spoken nothing but the truth, i wish leaders are seeing this post keep up senator.

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  34. Hi Senator Ben Bruce, your comments about Nigerians unity is spot on.
    I am suggesting to make this reality, can a Bill be passed to rename Nigeria as”United States of Nigeria or United Nigeria.
    My name is Edwin Ndaliki.
    I look forward to hearing from you.

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  35. I want to remain annonymous.
    I am a student of Ken Saro Wiwa secondary school Bori, Rivers.
    Sir, our school teachers are not being paid salaries, all in the name of privatisation. The Governor, Gov. Nyesom Wike has decided to pricatise our school, and by so doing, the teachers do not agree, and the result of all this is; we didn’t write exams last term, that was 2nd term. Now it’s the third term of the session and nothing has changed. Please help us sir. Our future is being held here, ’cause we don’t learn at school anymore, all we do is come early in the morning at 7:00am, play throughout, and go home at 2:00pm.

    We are crying sir Bruce. Help!

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  36. People in the developed countries really do not love themselves more than we do ourselves, they have their own fair share of hate too. The difference is that they only have a strong system of government that puts everybody in line. If only our government would put it’s house in order, every individual and institution in Nigeria will follow. Since independence, a great major of our leaders have been selfish, self-centered, myopic, and tribalistic. They have and are still setting this nation on the path of disunity on ethnic, political, and religious grounds. We are looking for a detribalised and enlightened Nigerian who will set things right.

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  37. God bless you senator… this more than a common sense..

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  38. You are indeed the son of your great father and the only person l believed in and l pray that God Almighty whom l serve will make you President of this nation or whatever nation he dim fit for you to make you accomplish all these your good hearth desires soonest in Jesus name Amen

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  39. GOd bless ur heart

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  40. While your observations is totally correct, it dawn on me that strategic reorientation is what we need. How do I mean? I am a chartered economist living from hand to mouth in Lagos. The militant made so much money during GEJ regime. I was invited to partake, but declined because I know it won’t last….. I have some common sense strategic and tactical idea for the region but no means or channel to execute it…. We have you the common sense ambassador of our time, allow me encourage you to create a medium for common sense contributions and advise on current issues and the future. Forget about the larger Nigeria for now, let your impact be felt from the regional level. Nigeria is in dire need of a true leader not a ruler . The time is now for you to exempt yourself by your strategic actions.

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  41. Sir, imagine I have built a factory that can employ up to 10 workers…but the pure water factory has no truck. I pray for a miracle of at least 500k to buy a truck to move the factory forward….

    I tried borrowing from Micro Finance banks but they demand for processing fees before considering your application.

    I am all alone. I depend only on the CREATOR! Any help or idea will be appreciated.

    Remain blessed sir!

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  42. The only identity God gave us is our ethnicity not Nigerian. God made me an Igbo man. I had no hand in that and I can’t change it. As for Nigeria it is in my hand to accept or reject. Nigeria is a wholly British colonial initiative and creation. It was not designed (or colonised) to work. Nigerians are not united because we don’t trust ourselves and we are definitely not working towards building trust. The purpose of the amalgamation is the present level of acrimony among us. Who benefits? The British. The colonialists. Their agents certainly are not benefiting. The way forward? We must discuss this amalgamation either to annul or to adopt it.

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  43. The challenges in Nigeria a are not ideas or policies but implementation and commitment. Mr. B has said it all. Great speech and forsight.

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  44. Sir,
    How do we move on as a country?
    Why do I have to state my local government and state of origin in every form or application?
    Why can’t we hold our elected officials accountable?
    The questions are too many, but like you pointed out, let’s be united first.
    I hope our president will listen to you and every other Nigerian that has a contribution to make, towards making Nigeria great.

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  45. Well spoken!!!…But, it is not about the ears that listen neither is it about eyes that read but “the heart that put into action”……… Let us start making the move and not talking about the move……Thanks

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  46. Mr economy reviver, has it been you paid your loan, the 11bn can be used to empower youth through your highly publicised YouWin programme,i am made to believe you reluctantly failed to pay your debt since 2011, 5Years later, pls try and pay the debt in other to revive our economy….. I just want to make a common sense

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  47. Nigeria needs more of your kind.
    I am happy 4 U. My Senator

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  48. Good day sir, I have an idea on this your buy naija to grow the naira. If you can float it as an NGO, I believe we can go far. My number is 08033499006

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  49. Action action action is all we need,talk less and act more in the right direction,Nigeria is still a kid,In this nation not even a proper aircraft engineering school could be found,pay a visit to the facilities in AFIT,Mando,Kaduna. the truth must be told

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