Nigeria needs to attract at least $50bn in foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2022 to avoid total economic collapse
 Where on earth we are going to get it from I do not know and I am surprised that nobody is even talking about it at the moment
 Waiting for investors to just come to Nigeria is utopian thinking.
 We should be the ones aggressively pursuing them, using our control of the Ecowas market as a unique selling point
Nigeria can now provide access to the sub-region’s markers to any investor. This should be a regional modus operandi
 Were I in President Buhari’s shoes, I would have had such regional investment agreements in place before opening Nigeria’s borders to the rest of Ecowas
 In 2022, the next president’s message to the rest of the world should have been simple – Invest in Nigeria and we will grant you access to the 350m Ecowas market
 Nigerians love to blame their leaders for their woes but hey, there can be no good leadership without followership. Have any of the presidential candidates been asked been asked to present their economic plans?
 A people who are only interested in stomach infrastructure have no moral right to demand good governance
 Here are certain key sectors I think the next president should target for investment as from next year:
 Scandinavia – Railway construction
 Russia – Steel production
 Germany – Electricity generation and distribution
 Japan – Automobile manufacturing
 Australia – Solid mineral processing
 Canada – Livestock processing and animal feed compounding
 US – Food processing
 India – Pharmaceutical manufacturing
 China – Machine tool manufacturing
 Europe’s Low Countries – Household goods manufacturing
If we could attract just $10bn worth of investment from each origin, imagine how many jobs it would create. I do not believe that asking say Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Honda, Suzuki and Mazda to float a Nigerian joint venture is asking a lot. What is $10bn investment to these companies together?
Opening say a gearbox manufacturing plant in Nnewi a chassis facility in Nsukka and then maybe an assembly plant in Port Harcourt to churn out a unique Nigerian four-by-four vehicle would guarantee them bumper sales. Plants manufacturing other components could be opened up across the rest of West Africa in cities like Accra, Abidjan, Dakar, Monrovia, Conakry and Banjul.
Across the board, this model could be replicated. It cannot be business as usual in this post-Covid era my people!