India has apparently been experiencing a great deal of "brain gain". People of Indian descent are returning to India to make a life for themselves. In Bangalore alone, 35,000 people have moved back. If Nigeria had half as many people move back, the change they could make would be tangible. I know that people are moving back to Nigeria in great numbers, many of them Naijabloggers. Nigeria isn't achieving the numbers needed to yank the country into development. I am by no means saying that disapora Nigerians will arrive like some commando force to wipe out all evils. But a greater diversity of experiences available to Nigeria will do her a lot of good.
Countries like China and India are leaping into the future, bypassing all the natural steps of development. It would be wonderful for Nigeria's development if it could be dragged kicking and screaming into the future. The country should bypass the extensive use of fossil fuels, and move straight to reneweable energy sources (all that blasted sunshine). What about the use of biofuels such as palm oil instead of crude oil based petrol and diesel? Take Norway, the country has as yet unexplored oil and gas reserves in the Arctic, yet it is hoping to create the world's first "hydrogen highway". Or better still, for a country where most people can't afford cars, make the roads bicycle friendly. Goodness knows village men and their bicycles are inseparable.
Leap from Nigeria's colonial Georgian railway system to the world of the TGV and the bullet train. The Cuban health system shows what can be done with precious few resources. Watch Newsnight's report on every communist's dream - a system that works. Cuba's health system is based on sickness prevention rather than sickness cure. Life expectancy in Cuba is 77 years, but in Nigeria it's 47 years.
Nigeria has the cumulative knowledge of the world at its disposal, it has to use it.