Fellow Nigerians ,#enoughisenough #willyouvotethough #voteordie #ourtimesnow #lightupnigeria
Arise!, our fatherland calls, but when last did you rise to that call besides football matches ? We are at a point in our national history when we must assess and define our issues and unravel solutions.
Granted we are all after our individual dreams, and I’d be first to admit that the state of our nation cannot stop any one of us from realising our individual dreams, but have you ever thought of the fact that the nation where you have found yourself (which gives you a false sense of being insulated from happenings in Nigeria ) or that which you are planning to go to for a better life is someone’s fatherland. Every prosperous nation has a history and that history is never complete without chronicles of struggles and trials.
It is easy for me to do away with my inherent patriotism and just mind the business called ‘My Life’, after all Nigeria has not been kind to me. I know what I am talking about. I have learnt a lot, most of which the Nigerian system of education is not equipped to teach. Leaving Nigeria out of my business will amount to sheer selfishness because I now understand that The Divine must have a purpose for making me Nigerian rather than anyone else and for these I am proud and glad. Most of us that have chosen to ‘fashi’ Nigeria have done so either out of cowardice driven by the fallacy that Nigeria cannot make it again or simply because we chose to live what I call the ‘Me’ life, a living based on selfishness mostly lived by those whose lives are described as insignificant after they are gone.
Besides the newspapers and statistics that lie to us about improved life conditions in Nigeria, have you visited places where people bear the brunt of our seeming national curse? When you do ,you will be moved to do something about Nigeria. I have seen Nigerians drink and bath from the same river they pass sewage, I have seen Nigerians sleep on roads and other inhuman habitations, I have seen Nigerians in the worst of human conditions and I have been told it is worse up North. I believe this because I saw glimpses of these during my road travels to the north in 2000 and 2008. At times travelling by air deprives you of some useful education for life. I know because I see and I hear. My judgement is not based on what the media shows but what the truth reveals to my senses. Is our nation cursed?
Lagos is proof that Nigeria is not cursed and it is still being proved by a fragment of other states.
In about two years, we have watched a state transform its state from one of the world’s dirtiest to a rising position amongst the globe’s elite of beautiful cities. The foundation of the unfolding Lagos success lies in the willingness and conviction of its populace to take their future into their hands rather than have it ruptured by a bunch of kleptomaniacs and murderers desperate to spill blood if only to seize power.
If Lagos can, Nigeria can and will indeed attain the much talked about and needed development if…
• We halt tribalistic tendencies and understand our impending exigencies. Stop the blame culture because if everyone who had a part in Nigeria’s misfortunes were to lose their right leg, left eye and go dumb, believe me ,we will all be impaired. Until a soul has no one but itself to blame for its misfortunes it can only grope.
• We understand that our socio-economic fracture if not breakage is not in tandem with our nature but simply due to torture by a select number hell-bent on instilling a draconian culture of pain, poverty and penury, but we must focus on our strengths rather than weaknesses.
• We understand the prime position of education and do our best to take every possible action to ensure that our bedrock of developmental inventions is not abandoned.
• Every man, woman, every boy and girl sees him/herself as a Nigerian. We must stop the self-denial either in words or in deed that tend to portray us as non-Nigerians. Put yourself to a proudly Nigerian trial now.
• Stop reporting our negative self to the world while distorting our positive side. Those of you conversant with the western media should know that they do all they can to make negative publicity trivia and positive news essential. How many times have you seen the beauty of Africa displayed on western media?
• We come together as the ‘GREATNESS GENERATION’ and set the foundation for a Great nation. We have several media to facilitate our desire and we sure can start from these medium if we decide now.
• We stop our apathy towards power. As with the parable of the sower, we are reaping weeds as leaders as we have refused to sow good or even great leaders. How? Our indifference to elections. We must begin to decide who leads us, otherwise we keep having ‘them’ rule us.
• We all must L.E.A.R.N. We must learn from the past and take charge of the future today. Africa’s regeneration starts with us and wherever you are, anywhere on this cosmos ,you have your say. It is only then that we can begin to truly save the hen that lays the golden egg.
• We must make 2011 count and it starts here. Let us join forces, copy this message, tag as many patriotic Nigerians as allowed, print and reprint ,forward to emails of as many passionate Nigerians as you know, our little pieces will combine to form a super resource for change in Nigeria .By 2019, we will absolutely decide our national direction. We need numbers, as of today we need 10million Nigerians to be of any effect in 2011 and beyond.
Most of the time, after all said and done , more is said than done but we can be the outlier to that assumption, we can be that difference our nation and continent needs. You won’t be doing this for yourself but for the child that may die of hunger, pain and disease because of what we don’t do. We will save mothers from dieing at child birth. We will save souls from being wasted by young armed robbers who will be better served by a virile sport industry. We will be doing this for the millions of our people that wake up to despair and desperation and close their eyes at death never truly living close to what hope kept them alive for and never to see the promise of the coming force of change.We will save our youths the agony of spending all their productive years in school (imagine spending 7years for a 4 year course). We must be the freshness Nigeria yearns for. Our people have suffered too much and too long, that has to stop. Enough of sitting down and watching a select few wager our collective destiny. We don’t need a revolution as that will only take us back to the same point, we need a regeneration of will and commitment. We need wholesome change and that change is you.
We are that change and you must set out as a soldier though without guns but with enough passion to help birth and unchain change in Nigeria . Don’t stop praying for Nigeria ,don’t lose your faith in our people. NIGERIA WILL SPROUT,BLOOM AND BEAR FRUITS. Are you a Nigerian ? Dead or Alive? Can you please recite the national anthem? The two verses please (I just set you up ahn?)…Now go and start living the words of our national pledge.
Have my best wishes in your quest to make Nigeria a better place.