Nigeria — The 2023 Elections and the Making of a Banana Republic

UCHENNA ILO
7 min readApr 2, 2023

Rising inequality, rising inflation, incessant terrorist attacks, an acute lack of job opportunities, widespread poverty, and a seeming lack of respect for the rule of law indicate that Nigeria is not on the right path of development. These ills, combined with the loss of confidence and lack of trust in the government and institutions, converge to paint a picture of an emerging banana republic. A banana republic is an economic condition whereby a country is operated as a private commercial enterprise for the exclusive profit of the ruling class…

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UCHENNA ILO

I write to heal myself. I write about politics. I write what I feel deeply about. I have a PhD. I am trying to live my best life. I write to share my truths.