Does Nigeria need a deliverance or a revolution? Nothing seems to be working. Nobody believes in Nigeria. Most people including Nigerians see nothing good about Nigeria. The leaders are there turning a deaf ear to legitimate demands and needs of the people. Moneys are stolen everyday from our treasury. Wealth is most dubiously amassed. Contracts are ‘executed’ on paper. Worst still, less than 10% of contract sum is employed to do the job while the rest grows wings and disappears.
From the way things are moving, there appears to be NO LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL. Perhaps the ‘promised land’ shall be reached 50 years from now. When the wicked leaders will have all died. What pains me is that when they travel out of this country, they enjoy the amenities, the security, the tranquility and the technology put in other countries by GOD(?). None of them wants to make sacrifices to develop this country. When it comes to medical care, they travel abroad. When it comes to education, they send their children abroad because they can afford it. When it comes to security, some governors package all their family abroad. WHO THEN IS THE CHIEF SECURITY OFFICER OF THE STATE? IF THE CHIEF SECURITY OFFICER CANNOT GUARANTEE SECURITY TO HIS IMMEDIATE FAMILY IN HIS STATE, HOW CAN HE GUARANTEE THAT FOR YOU AND ME? (I am not being personal; at least I didn’t mention names, but that is the truth). The same reason they don’t care about fixing these problems, even ordinary ELECTORAL REFORM, even FREEDOM OF INFORMATION BILL.
Followership on the other hand has not impressed me. We, the led, how shown gross disloyalty even in the minutest areas. In our driving, in our civility, in our attitude and disposition, in our morals. Every day, in companies, people steal moneys: petty cash vouchers are inflated; the messenger adds money on the cost of buying candles; give a driver N2,000 to fill the tank, he buys N1,000 worth of fuel; an ordinary house-help sees an opportunity and runs away with her madam/oga’s money and belongings; give a mechanic your car and he removes the original spare part and installs the inferior type; school children cheat in all ramifications—exams, money; cultism everywhere…etc. Most of these ones are not perpetrated by those in power but those of us followers. I know what I am talking about. I have been in a position to steal like others but I have refused. I can’t because I am content with the little I have. I have severally cautioned people who do these things but at times it earns me shocking and unimaginable outcomes. You can’t believe what I am saying! Yet, we are the same people saying our leaders are bad when their sins are the same we commit at a reduced scale.
Look at ordinary sports, especially football which is the only game that we understand. Nigerians are the best & highest supporters (outside Europe) of English Premiership, Spanish La Liga, Italian Seria A and UEFA, etc. We support Arsenal, Chelsea, Man-U, FCB, Liverpool…etc like it’s our life. Nobody remembers Enyimba, Heartland, Wiki Tourist, Bayelsa Utd, Rangers. Let us not go too far. Even in the ongoing FIFA U-17, Nigerians booed Eaglets starting from while they were one goal down (The same they did to our senior National Teams). That day too, the stadium was almost empty. Recall that it took the football authorities in Nigeria to give out tickets free of charge for Nigerians to come and watch Nigeria versus Honduras match. But compare this with the passion we show for European club sides. Have Man-U or Chelsea fans in Nigeria ever booed them when they lost? Instead our Nigerians go for days mourning. Some refuse to eat. Was it not in the news last year that after the FCB – Man-U UEFA finals, a fan angrily used his bus to ram into a crowd of jubilating opponents, killing about 6 people. These ones are not done by Obasanjo or Yar’Adua or any government official but we ourselves. And that is why I still wonder if our problem is only our leaders! Did you know that most bank MDs and their top management in Nigeria buy tickets and go to watch English Premiership leagues? Did I hear you say “What a shame!”
WHAT IS YOUR VISION FOR NIGERIA? IS THERE ANY HOPE? HOW? WHEN? FROM WHO? IN WHICH DIRECTION? WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?
This is a serious issue. Many developed economies of the world today started with such revolutionary brainstorming. Never beret the power of positive thinking and congregation of change-people like you and me. Of course this subject will not attract everybody. It is meant for ONLY those who have the interest of this entity called Nigeria at heart. I therefore expect sound and critical inputs.
Therefore, if you have my kind of vision for our beloved 9ja, if you are one of those who feel it is wrong to steal money whether private or public funds, if you can afford to stick your neck and make sacrifices to ensure Nigeria works (a Nigeria where Americans and Europeans can visit during Winter for Holidays), if you really mean well for this country, please, speak. I believe we can change Nigeria!
Let us also not trivialize it. Our whole lives depends on it. Whether you are within (like me), or in Diaspora, one day you shall be here, so it concerns all of us. If we are not concerned, maybe one day when kidnap are done with us at home, they would pitch a tent at our airports to kidnap returning citizens. God forbid!!!
Speak your mind. We are all on the hot seat. You can phone a friend or ask people around you for suggestions, but “YOUR TIME STARTS NOW!”