13th May, 2018
I had always been afraid of facing a particular question whenever I had to write examinations or attend any interview. That question “Give us a brief description of Nigeria from your own perspective of the country”. I am sure I am not alone in the fear of answering such a “tempting” question. I however ran a very apt answer to that particular question as answered by a good friend of mine and am very happy to reproduce it right here below.
Dakota Native American tribal wisdom, passed on from generation to generation, says:
“When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount and get a different horse.”
However, in some governments and corporate organizations, more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:
1. Buying a stronger whip.
2. Changing the riders.
3. Appointing a committee to study the horse.
4. Arranging to visit other countries to see how other cultures ride dead horses.
5. Lowering the standards so that the dead horse can be included.
6. Reclassifying the dead horse as ‘living impaired’.
7. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.
8. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed.
9. Providing additional funding and / or training to increase dead horse’s performance.
10. Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse’s performance.
11. Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overheads and therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line of the economy than do some other horses.
12. Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses.
And of course…
13. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position, so that some other horse does the job on it’s behalf!
If you understand the above, then you are obviously residing in Nigeria!