Nigeria and unrelenting faces of poverty across the nation.
When we look around in every nooks and crannies of Nigeria, we see the obvious alarming rate of poverty in every facets of the society. This ugly trend has been bedeviling people in Nigeria unabated and the government seems to have no answers to the ravages of poverty around us.
In the midst of more than 170 million Nigerians, it is obvious that the rate at which poverty is increasing daily in its geometrical progression is alarming and therefore should be a thing utmost concern to every well meaning government. Government should rise up to their responsibility of making life easier and affordable to the people who live in the society they govern. They should always be aware that it is practically impossible to control people whose priority as the matter of grave urgency is to find food, shelter and clothing which supposed to be basic human needs that should have been made available to them.
The obvious daily increase in poverty rate today in Nigeria becoming to glaring and also becoming so annoying. Maybe we can say here that it would only take extra wisdom and foresight to recognize this ravaging phenomenon. When we look around in every nooks and crannies of Nigeria, we see the obvious alarming rate of poverty in every facets of the society. This ugly trend has been bedeviling people in Nigeria unabated and the government seems to have no answers to the ravages of poverty around us.
Poverty as daily experiences has a lot of places it has imprinted its ugly faces, and manipulates things around to draw a bother line between the haves and the have-nots. Poverty, like virus has a unique way of hiding under cover while eating deep into the bones and marrows of its victims. This is most reason there have been no genuine approach to the tackling of poverty in the country since various ideologies and efforts had been invented to tackle issues in that direction.
For one to track down poverty therefore, he should be able to watch the victims closely, and know the symptoms of poverty in each and every one of them. Thus, though the disease might be the same, but the symptoms varies from one victim to the other. Poverty is not a physical entity and therefore should not be approached physically. In my own view, poverty is a strong mind-related illness. And since mind is being believed by some philosophers as the centre of our being, then we can now see the manifestations of poverty in both body and soul of the victim. Poverty then is a situation that manifests in man’s way of living that depicts the whole wealth and value of the person.
Tracking down poverty is the same as tracking down the situations that give rise to the phenomenon. It is only in these situations that give rise to poverty that we can see the real faces poverty. In Nigeria today, we have a lot of situations that give us insight that poverty hides its ugly face in many areas and in common things done in everyday life.
Poor people can be recognized with the following characteristics:
- Lack of decent home
- Deprivation of material things
- Living in anonymity of masses
- Easy exposed to exploitation
- Lack of stable life pattern
- Easily resort to life of stagnation
- Exposed to sub-human conditions
- Lack of voice in government
- Often use as object to achieve political aim
- Always abandoned to fate
- Lack of alternative
- Always among the praying crowd
- Simplicity in faith
- Always hungry for quick solutions
- Simplicity of needs
- No access to information technology
- Always exposed to violence and fear
- Always aping the rich
- Victims of vices prompted by hunger
- Always seen at entertainment spots
- Lack of job opportunity
- Negative ethics of survival
- Victims of broken families prompted by crime, work or failure in relationship
- Always self sacrificing
- Lack of self esteem
- Too sensitive to their environment
- Always irritated at almost everything around
- Always found displaying their best possessions
- Always victims of rumor mongering
- Finds everything considered good worthy of celebrating
The above listed could serve as examples of faces of poverty. There are some other faces of poverty you can get from your environment today. They are there fully making manifest in the lives of the common man in the streets of Nigeria. It takes sincerity for you to look into the face of every man you meet today in your neighborhood and decode the face of poverty the person is wearing. Therefore, poverty is an issue that is pertinent to the society. So, there is no sincerity if those with the task of fighting poverty are doing so without looking into the face of the people in the society to know their common problem groupings. This should go a long distance to see that poverty is tackled accordingly in our society.