Many of us fondly like to label and proclaim Nigeria as The Giant of Africa while others describe her as The Sleeping Giant, PERIOD!
Whichever is your preferred nickname for Nigeria (we are by far the most populous country and also with the most educated number of persons in Africa). Maybe it’s high time that we started paying attention to how some of our very immediate neighbors look at us. They are not flattered by us.
From the perspective of our smaller neighbors such as Chad, Cameroon and Niger, we are simply one big but very weak and scared GIANT.
A big man that likes to chop a big plate of eba, soup and ponmo but cannot fight anybody. A big man that likes to show off, talk big talk and flex his big muscles but when fight comes now, he just takes off and runs.
A big man who screams and hollers and makes a lot of loud shakara oloje noise with his big mouth but he cannot defend even his own house or his own backyard. Just listen to this Chadian Colonel and other Army officers verbally lambaste (3:35 to 5:10 on the video tape) and tell just how little they think of the Nigerian Army and its corp of soldiers.
It is not flattering at all:
They claim that Nigerian soldiers are corrupt and only like to pursue and spend money and ride fancy cars and do not want to fight. They accuse cannot destroy even a relatively small Boko Haram band of militant thugs. Are they right?
Well, what’s your own opinion? What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with them? And if you disagree with them, tell us the reason or reasons why?