Professor Chukwuma Soludo, erstwhile Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN said that by 2050 Nigeria’s economy will be ahead of France and the United Kingdom, UK. He made this prediction yesterday at an event organised by the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos to celebrate the 241 independence anniversary of the United States of America,
Soludo in his own words:
“So if we get our acts together especial economically, Nigeria will by 2050 be ahead of France and the UK in terms of economy. But the big question is if we can get our acts together to begin. This is a responsibility for all Nigerians.”’
Soludo acknowledged that “no country comes fully made; every country is a product of continuous struggle by the citizens to make a more perfect union. What creates a good society, in fact institutions don’t just emerge from heaven, and institutions are products of struggle.
The next Nigeria must be everything that the first Nigeria has not been and that is trying to be, in a process of creating a more perfect and prosperous nation. And I will dare to say a more united country trying to forge a nation out of the disparate nationalities. This won’t be easy because it will require a lot of dialogue, contestations but I think where there’s a will, there will always be a way. We already have the human and natural resources. “
Emeka Chiakwelu at AFRIPOL, said “Soludo maybe rightly optimistic with his liberal assertions. But Nigeria must start with small and realistic dreams . First and foremost feed your people and provide them with livable amenities before going to the moon.”