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10 Reasons why Some Foreigners See Nigeria as a Terrible Country

Nigeria is a country with diverse people, and it is the largest country in West Africa. Combining the size of Texas and that of California in the US is the size of Nigeria.

The country is considered Africa’s biggest economy and is the most populous country on the continent. The population in Nigeria is made up of Christians and Muslims, while Christians are living in the south, Muslims are living in the north, and also in the middle of Nigeria contains a mix of the two faith, the Christians and the Muslims. The country is known for her religious and ethnic diversity.

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Why Do Some Foreigners see Nigeria as a Terrible Country?

Below are the reasons why most foreigners see Nigeria as a terrible country;

1. Nigeria Is Poorly Governed:

Most foreigners are seeing Nigeria as a terrible country, because the country is said to have been poorly ruled right from inception, even during British colonialism.

The country won independence in 1960, and has suffered 50 years of military coups, and political violence. Nigeria, at present, is still struggling with corruption and political violence, including a terrorist movement, predominantly made up of Muslims faith in the north. This has actually contributed to the underdevelopment in Nigeria with a GDP of about $2.688 per capita.

2. Political Divisions Between Christians And Muslims:

Nigeria is a country that is reputed to have so much, and one wonders, why the ciountry is having all these troubles.

Political divisions between the christians and the muslims in the country has been identified as one of the reasons why most foreigners are seeing Nigeria as a terrible country.

A country with the finest human resource anf wealth is so troubled by political divisions between the two faith, which has resulted in poverty, and violence, and has brought about poolitical instability in the country, and has left Nigeria weakened.

3. Feeding Popular Sentiment Regarding Control Resources:

Most countries of the world are endowed with natural resources, but that of Nigeria is causing some terrible issues in the country. Nigeria has set itself up for conflict of who has control over natural resources.

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The oil that would have been a blessing has become a curse, which has also helped in worsening the country’s conflicts, and has well, engendered government corruption, and as a result fed up popular resentment against states and some of the times, against Nigerians, and has always come from the other side of either Christians or muslims and/or ethnic divides who are percieved to get so much from the oil wealth.

6. Rise In Religious Extremism:

The rise in religious extremism is exacerbating Christian-Muslim tension in the country, and as a result, the introduction of al-Qaeda-style violent extremists to the mostly-Muslim north.

The ongoing terrorist movement in Nigeria has brought about economic malaise hence, made worse the country, leaving those lower class citizens in poverty, while the educated one, the supposed middle-classes are left under-employed.

The country is in crisis, somebody has likened Nigeria to a person on an aircraft that is taken over by some hijackers.

In such situation, as a person, you would not want to compromise with these hoodlums, rather your primary concern will be to land the aircraft, therefore, at this point, even Nigerian leaders have no choice but they gave in. It is unfortunate!

7. Tension Of Alternating Presidency In Nigeria:

There is tension caused by the idea of alternating presidency in the country. This arrangement is seemingly causing trouble in Nigeria.

For instance, when a northerner is in power, the eastherners will outraged, and will be saying that they are being cheated from the control of the presidency.

Just like what happened during President Goodluck Jonathan tenure, the northerners were outraged. This is another reason most foreigners are seeing Nigeria as a terrible country.

8. How Nigerian Leaders Are Handling Boko Haram Issue:

One of the reasons most foreigners are looking at Nigeria as a terrible country also falls back to how the Nigerian government is handling the Boko Haram problem.

They are responding to the problem in a way that worsens it. The military, who ruled the country, not quite long ago as dictators are being accused of atrocities in their campaign against the insurgency, where they rather target civilians and will bomb the entire community out of what foreigners considered incompetence.

9. Security Challenge In Nigeria:

If you look at it critically, the problem of security in the country is not necessarily Boko Haram, there is what to be understood here.

The Nigerian security agencies have actually failed in their statutory responsibility. People have said in the case of the militry that the force is weakened due to their years of fighting, and you could imagine! So Nigeria is a terrible country, according to most foreigners.

10. A weaken Economy:

This is true, the economy of the country is weakened because of poor leadership. There is no doubt about, why most foreigners are seeing Nigeria as a terrible country.

How can you imagine Nigerian political leaders weakening the country’s economy by paying attention to oil as a source of economic sustenance when there are numerous ways of diversifying the Nigerian economy. What a tragedy.

11. Ecological Disasters In Oil Producing Areas:

There is no doubt that what sustains Nigeria’s economy is oil gotten from the Niger Delta region of the country, but what happened to this area, government negligence has brought about ecological disasters in the area, where oil spills is uncontrollable, resulting in the rise of criminal insurgencies.

12. Kidnapping Of Foreigners Hostage:

One key reason why foreigners are seeing Nigeria as a terrible country is that, they have been taken hostage by Nigerians and they still do. The distracted Nigerian weak security agencies have helped in giving rise to the unholy practice of kidnapping and ransom-taking in the country.


Among reasons why most foreigners are seeing Nigeria as a terrible country, is the fact, Nigeria, at present is still struggling with the problem of corruption and political violence, including a terrorist movement predominantly made up of Muslims faith in the north.

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Joseph Athanasius

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  1. I agree with you, must of these factors contributes to the down fall of Nigeria. But we must all know that an “hungry man is an angry man”. If the government can feed its nation first though embarking on full agriculture, other things will start to fall in places.
    This was not how Nigeria was in the 60’s & 70’s, the economy was far better off. Oil only make us lazy.
    There are so much potentials in Nigeria that so many country are craving for.
    God has already blessed us, only we to help our selves

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