igeria, as a nation, has been held captive by insecurity as a result of the threat of unending terrorism, killer herdsmen, banditry, kidnapping, religious persecution, nepotism, economic hardship and its consequences, graduate unemployment, food scarcity, Naira devaluations, political turmoil, and electoral manipulations, among other things.
The numerous issues that our beautiful country, Nigeria, faces are not insurmountable. “For every problem, there is a solution,” as someone wisely put it. Life is full of both obstacles and possibilities; what matters most is how you overcome the challenge rather than how you face it. As Nigerians, we owe an unwavering duty of devotion and civility to our beautiful country. It is time we set our religious ideologies, ethnic identities, and ethnocentric intolerance aside in order to create Nigeria, our magnificent country.
As a result, the mind boggling question that comes to fore would always be, “How do we reconstruct Nigeria for the better?” Is it through the implementation of socio-political policies, the importation of foreign ideologies that we rarely comprehend, or the practice of many conspiracy theories that are not unique to our society? Without a doubt, the answer is a resounding NO. Similar to how one must break up fallow land in order to cultivate it in order to create a building on it, activities directed toward nation building must be broken up in order to develop it. To begin, everyone who identifies as a Nigerian, both within the country’s borders and in diaspora, must dispel misconceptions about our beautiful country.
The truth is that some of us have misprogrammed our minds to perceive nothing positive in Nigeria throughout the years. Our words and actions bear witness to this. Words like “Nigeria don skata,” “Nigeria don jagajaga,” and similar phrases are commonly heard on the streets. It is sad to report that there is a growing lack of interest in the Nigerian idea among the populace, as well as a separation between the government and the people. As bad as things are, they are not irreversible if we choose to build our beautiful country, Nigeria.
“No condition is permanent,” says a popular jiggling scream inscription found on numerous business vehicles on Lagos’ streets.
This goes without mincing words that there is optimism for a powerful and greater Nigeria. However, a mental and moral shift is required first. Who is going to be the first? Civil society organizations should take over if the government is recklessly distancing from its responsibility. Religious institutions, with their large numbers of devoted adherents, can help our country realign and regenerate. Furthermore, you and I, as well as everyone else who is a Nigerian, bear responsibility for changing our minds about our wonderful country. This mental reorientation will result in a reasonable moral conscience, and society will change for the better if it happens on a large scale.
I know that a large buck of the responsibility lies in the hand of the people in position of power that is, the Legislative, Executive, and the Judiciary, but, the lot also lies in the hands of all citizenry to making sure that wherever you are, and in whatever you do, you are all in position of power to make a change for a better and greater Nigeria ahead. From the words of Mahatma Ghandi, be the change you wish to see in the world.