Where does my begging question spring from? Well, if you spend a lot of time on social media, you probably would notice a pattern where it seems people – especially the working class – have a thing or two against the rich and wealthy. The reason for this, mostly, is because they are perceived to be out of touch with reality. Is there some substance to it or is hating the rich just a national pastime?
According to a research done by the Persianas Group, Nigeria’s growing middle class accounts for, approximately, 23% of the population and is estimated to have a combined buying power in excess of US$28 billion. With about 50% of the population living in poverty, that leaves only 27% of the population living in wealth.
While Nigeria is known for its richness in crude oil, corruption, unemployment and inequalities have destroyed the nation’s economic framework. Thus, contributing to making the country the poverty capital of the world. This has, in turn, caused the populace to be angry, agitated and frustrated.
Most people couldn’t care less what anyone else got, as long as it doesn’t affect them, but some folks need an outlet for their anger and the wealthy and privileged seem befitting.
On this week’s Begging Question, I’d like to hear your thoughts: Do the working class dislike the wealthy and privileged?
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