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Facts that should factor out any general or any politician from Aso Rock in 2015

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By Abitunde Taiwo
Facts are enlightening. The GDP and ranking of Nigeria in the world is displayed below from independence to 2012, which is before the current revision of the nation's GDP. The record of the socio-economic performance of Nigerian military generals and politicians in the office of head of state has not been stellar. At independence, Nigeria was the 29th largest economy of the world. Today, even with the revision of the GDP, Nigeria is the 26th largest economy in the world. This ranking is not significantly different from the ranking at independence. It is fair to say that Nigeria has not made progress in 54 years after independence. As the data below shows, neither generals nor politicians have been able to move the nation forward. Nigeria desperately needs a people centered independent presidency with a team of highly motivated and patriotic non-politicians with a solid socio-economic agenda to move the nation forward.

Year GDP/Ranking
1960 4.20/29 Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa
1961 4.47/30 Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa
1962 4.91/30 Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa
1963 5.17/30 Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa
1964 5.55/29 Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa
1965 5.87/30 Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa
1966 6.37/31 Gen Agui-Ironsi/Gen Gowon
1967 5.20/38 Gen Gowon civil war
1968 5.20/38 Gen Gowon civil war
1969 6.63/36 Gen Gowon civil war
1970 12.55/25 Gen Gowon civil war ended in Jan
1971 9.18/32 Gen Gowon
1972 12.27/28 Gen Gowon
1973 15.16/30 Gen Gowon
1974 24.85/28 Gen Gowon
1975 27.78/29 Gen Gowon
1976 36.31/25 Gen Gowon/Gen Murtala
1977 36.04/29 Gen Murtala/Gen Obasonjo
1978 36.53/30 Gen Obasonjo
1979 47.26/30 Gen Obasonjo/President Shehu Shagari

1980 64.20/28 President Shehu Shagari
1981 59.92/30 President Shehu Shagari
1982 49.76/32 President Shehu Shagari
1983 34.95/37 Presdent Shehu Shagari
1984 28.18/42 Gen Buhari
1985 28.41/43 Gen Buhari/Gen Babangida
1986 20.21/53 Gen Babangida
1987 23.44/56 Gen Babangida
1988 22.85/57 Gen Babangida
1989 23.84/57 Gen Babangida
1990 28.47/57 Gen Babangida
1991 27.31/57 Gen Babangida
1992 32.71/54 Gen Babangida
1993 21.35/61 Gen Babangida/Chief Sonekan/Gen Abacha

1994 23.66/60 Gen Abacha
1995 28.11/58 Gen Abacha
1996 35.30/57 Gen Abacha
1997 36.23/55 Gen Abacha
1998 32.14/57 Gen Abacha
1999 34.78/56 Gen Obasonjo
2000 45.98/54 Gen Obasonjo
2001 48.00/53 Gen Obasonjo
2002 59.12/51 Gen Obasonjo
2003 67.66/52 Gen Obasonjo
2004 87.85/49 Gen Obasonjo
2005 112.25/46 Gen Obasonjo
2006 145.43/44 Gen Obasonjo
2007 165.92/46 Gen Obasonjo/President Yar Adua
2008 207.12/42 President Yar Adua
2009 168.59/46 President Yar Adua
2010 228.64/40 President Yar Adua/President Goodluck Jonathan

2011 243.99/42 President Goodluck Jonathan
2012 262.61/37 President Goodluck Jonathan
(data from  natiomaster.com )(GDP is in billions of US dollars and is the number before the slash. The ranking of Nigeria is the number after the slash)

Abitunde Taiwo
http://www.thenigerianvoice.com/news/158895/1/a-people-centered-independent-presidency-will-enab.html

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