The discourse about the UNDP fund, differential salaries for Ministers etc. is ongoing: In my opinion, this argument has actually raised underlying presumptions that are not being addressed amongst Nigerians at home and abroad. Some questions that come to mind are: (a) Are we as Nigerian nationals accepting of the premise that a Nigerian in Nigeria is inherently useless to Nigeria? (b) Pursuant to that; Are we stating that the only time a Nigerian 'gains in value' is when they are outside the shores of Nigeria? (c) Is there something fundamentally 'better' about a person in general, or a Nigerian in particular 'just because' they are or have lived/worked/schooled outside Nigeria? (d) As a corrollary, does having lived in Nigeria make a person unworthy of or unsuitable for material rewards (whether in forms of high salaries in foreign currency or any other)? (e) Does an affirmative answer to all the questions above translate to an inferiority complex aka. 'colonial mentality', perpetuated in and outside Nigeria by Nigerians to Nigeria/ns? Shall we roll out the welcome mat for 'Generation I' (for Inferior)? Further, what then is the incentive for any Nigerian to even BOTHER trying to improve Nigeria from the inside? Or is it more important to leave Nigeria, earn a few hundred - even thousands of - dollars and return home as a 'big man/woman. Is that the ultimate Nigerian aim in life? I ask, again, because in my opinion, if the answers to the questions is 'Yes', then the sole, abiding and overriding goal worth pursuing as a Nigerian SHOULD BE an opportunity to 'check out'. Consider the THEORETIC possibility of a person managing to leave Nigeria 'by any means necessary'. Said person might be forced to engage in all manner of shady manipulations of truth and circumstance in order to finally enter the 'mainstream' (whether school or the job market) in their country of foreign domicile. Is that their primary qualification for becoming 'cause celebres' upon their return? [c]FOR THOSE WHO WILL LATCH ONTO THIS QUESTION ONLY: I do not in ANY WAY IMPLY that this is the case with the two minsters we've been discussing![/b] On a personal note, those who may know me off-line can rest assured that my personal circumstance have NOTHING to do with these questions. My view is simply this: as an individual I don't believe that where I live right now automatically makes me 'better' than my contemporaries who live, work and otherwise operate in Nigeria daily. That is why I don't believe that my returning to Nigeria to live will make me 'inferior' to anyone who CHOOSES to remain in diaspora. Again it's that matter of the word CHOICE. I believe whatever positive qualities I possess are God-given and indwelling; I can only become 'better' by applying myself, solving problems and encouraging quality decision-making. I accept that where I live might enable me to explore a variety of potential outlets for my talents but that does not automatically mean that those at home are 'useless'. It could be argued that I have more 'opportunities' in the US. The counter to that argument is "opportunities to do what?" Enter more debt? Show off my latest, greatest consumer gadgets? Are those the 'essence' of life, really? Your thoughts please!