Criticism or the quality of it is often rated as a great measure of smartness in Nigeria. Criticism is the definition of leadership (for some),and the power to criticize is almost always coveted.
Usually, the core – fulltime – critics are not expected to do or think much. There’s often a formula, so they pick what to talk about, or find what to compare with, or whatever else and work is done. Those who follow critics do not expect them to be the smartest because they are often predictable.
Critics differ from analysts, though their deliveries often intersect. It is possible to do either of them independently. It is harder to predict analysts, especially the smartest.
Criticism, for those who do not have it as a job channel it for different gains, and in Nigeria, it is a requisite training, since it is the mode of – most – operations. The underdevelopment made criticism easier to engage in and deploy everywhere.
It also led to conclusiveness of ideas, rather than the authority of great studies and experiments. For example, government should just provide constant electricity, only electricity, people are not asking for much else. OK.
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Close to an election, some on Twitter are happy for the improvedelectricity in their neighborhoods – but everything else is the same. Just constant electricity will make far less impact to Nigeria than all that many have said.
However, Nigeria is not there for constant electricity, and a government that will deliver constant electricity will be able to immeasurably improve other sectors. The only electricity thing is improbable.
The characteristic to know that something is not there, and be able to want to always say it, is often applied by some coworkers, parents, friends, siblings, etc. But engaging in the sport of criticism corrodes its powerfulness and wipes of useful value, or subsequent value by the supplier.
Things of no effect, things that are not so easy to explain, things that are beyond control, things that require more thoughts, etc. are always blamed on whoever the supplier is – unluckily – against.
There could be bias, or mood, or hate, or weakness, or wickedness, or arrogance, or pride, or showoff, or emptiness to constancy of criticism, but those who are actually smart always try to pivotquickly from being critics to analysts – in hope to provide useful value.
Mostly, everyone is saying the same things across Nigeria: same problems, similar solutions, same direction for faults, similar interests and inclinations, and easy predictability. Criticism could as well be a reason why Nigeria is still underdeveloped.
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The president will blame the national assembly. Governors will blame the federal government. Professors will blame the government. Teachers will blame parents. Bosses at work will blame bad education. Government will blame foreign investors. Ethnicitieswill blame ethnicities or religion. The young will blame the old. The opposition will blame the administration.
Any of these blame halves can be interchanged and similar results could be found. But the maturity of Nigeria in habitual criticism cost the country responsibility, accountability, development, progress, etc. in many cases.
Some critics know where the problem is. Some others don’t – so instead of facing right, they go left and they are so convinced they went right. After several years of private university education in Nigeria, and some people still continue to say Nigerian graduates are not too smart, it shows that some of the challenges everyone thought private universities would fix remains the same.
So Nigeria has a flawed model of criticism, or path to solution, or whatever else it is.
The ease to dismiss everyone that goes to Church in Nigeria as brainwashed is a gutter level of critic intellectualism. The popularity of Churches in Nigeria is beyond just the power of one pastor or any Church.
There are several kinds of situations and experiences in Nigeria that cannot be explained. It looks easy, seems like a no brainer but always the wrong choice; these kinds of strangeness – in part – are why Churches are damn populated.
Yes, some people took advantages of this – often voluntary – submission, to have fake churches and do all kinds of wickedness. They are fake pastors and it may depend on luck, instinct or actual watchfulness to detect and leave quickly.
But true Churches and Pastors in Nigeria are a necessity for many because the country itself is one mighty mystery.
Doctrines are different in many Churches and many just prefer to have their own rather than start to criticize. Also, Churches – generally – were never blamed for government irresponsibility in the major arguments of atheists. But as usual, Nigeria’s own is always different.
Daddy freeze made himself a hero by coming after churches. The criticisms seemed convincing for many; they predicted that the game was up for true Churches, but NO. It wasn’t, it hasn’t and it won’t.
There are boundary areas for some critics, because going there will hit their credibility, but daddy freeze went anywhere because of the elevated criticism culture in Nigeria.
True Churches are for Hope and Faith, and are far for important to renewing of the mind and optimistic stability against most of everything that discourages.
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The criticism industry in Nigeria is a trap to become stranded. It is also a game of delusions. It is sometimes good to think, and think, first. But it is better to not be a part of it.
Written by Nneka Okumazie