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|'BIGOTS and racists exist in America, without a doubt, but America today is a more civilized place than Nigeria. Not because of its infrastructure or schools or welfare system. But because the principle of equality was laid out way back in its Declaration of Independence. The Nigerian Constitution states, in Section 17(2)(a), that 'every citizen shall have equality of rights, obligations and opportunities before the law.' However, this provision is in a portion of the document that contains 'objectives' of the Nigerian state. It is not enforceable; it certainly isn't reality.' 'Nigeria is one of Africa's largest economies; it produces around two million barrels of crude oil per day, but in 2010, 61 percent of Nigerians were living in 'absolute poverty' -- able to afford only the bare essentials The average Nigerian's best hope for dignified treatment is to acquire the right props...|
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