Reflections: Nigeria At 58

It is true that we can’t outline her achievements, accomplishments, and successes as we can obviously see what she has turned out to be. It is very correct if we believe that there is no reason to be happy about the Nigerian Independence day. However, in spite of the unending chorus of disapproval and brouhaha from all quarters, many don’t have the intention of abandoning Nigeria or change even their Nationality. Therefore, regardless of how anybody feels today, Nigeria is our country and we must wish her well whether publicly or in our minds.

Celebrating this supposed independence of our Nation might seem incongruent. The question on everyone’s lip sadly has no plausible answer. Ngwa, what are we celebrating? Are we celebrating her failure to thrive or her developmental retardation? Or are we celebrating her precariousness, irresolution, bad report-card, inconsistencies, unreliability or anarchy?

Oh yes, it is very unclear what to celebrate because the country has failed woefully.

It is a shame that we retro progress. If we fail to face reality and do what’s right, next year celebration will still come and go just like that. The next five years will still meet us screaming and chanting empty rhetoric’s. And there will be a little advancement or nothing at all to prove to the world even in the next 10 years.

The main problem lies within the so-called politicians and their bad policies, and inhumane attributes. Their greed is out of this world. The leadership always renege on promises and if you still remember the IBB regime slogan “education for all by the year 2000”, you’d rise up for mutiny because this is 2018, yet, many kids are still locked out of school due to lack of funds. Where then is the education for all? Or even the jobs? Where do we even begin to count from?

Evidently, the election manifestos were mere propaganda.

I am not political. This is not a terrain I like to dwell on but I can feel the pulse of the people. I feel the hurt, the pain, and disappointment and I share in these sentiments too. Nonetheless, in spite of the gloom surrounding this auspicious day, I am positive that someday, appreciable evolution and tangible growth would be achieved. It’s no child’s play though but this country, Nigeria must march forward even if it takes another 100 years to attain that esteemed feat. Perhaps, it won’t be in this generation that the benefits of true democracy will accrue.  Of course, it will require a bloody revolution to turn things around.

Agreed, that the country Nigeria is a shadow of what a nation should be. This, my dear people, is the handiwork, plot, and craft of the citizens. Did I hear you ask how? Search yourselves. The evil in the land is not caused by spirits or aliens. No. The rot is caused by human beings, by some if not all Nigerians. Everyone has a fair share of the blame. As a way out of this blatant menace, everyone should go back to the drawing board and re-create the Nigeria they all clamour for starting with their attitudes. Otherwise, the country Nigeria will keep moving in a vicious circle. And the people will keep smiling and suffering.

I dare say Brethren that the country called Nigeria is good but it is the people who live in it, the citizens who are bad. Again, the land Nigeria is fertile but the heart of the people who dwell in it are riddled with evil. Deal with your conscience first and then you can expect a better Nigeria. This call is for everyone. All hands must be on deck to enthrone a land flowing with milk and honey. And this is where your vote counts.

It is my utmost hope that Nigeria will bring forth selfless leaders who will wrest power from the old politicians and steer the country to a better democracy. It may take years to achieve but someday, Nigeria will wake up from slumber and do the needful.

PS: My Post on Facebook for Nigeria’s Independence Day.



Peace and Love!

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5 thoughts on “Reflections: Nigeria At 58

  1. I enjoyed my years in Nigeria. I met and worked with so many wonderful people. I met and worked with a few not-so-wonderful people, too. I traveled the country, marveling at its vastness, from the wondrous deltas of Port Harcourt to those incredible baobab trees north of Sokoto, and points in between.
    I remember what I was told about the first time Peace Corps closed its doors: Nigeria was no longer a ‘third-world country.” The Nira was equal to the US Dollar. Hospitals and universities were excellent. Businesses were operating, exporting, flourishing.
    When I went to Nigeria in 1991, the Ministry of Health requested assistance from Peace Corps. Peace Corps went back into Nigeria in part to augment a (US) Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) program Combatting Childhood Communicable Diseases (CCCD).
    One of the Doctors I worked with told us how “when the world was created, half of all the riches went to Nigeria. Half of all the world’s animals went to Nigeria. Half of the world’s best fruits and vegetables went to Nigeria.” He then said that “there was an uproar and an explanation was demanded as to this favoritism toward Nigeria. So G-D said, ‘Ah, but wait until you see the people that I put there.’ ”
    Which is, I think, your point. Nigeria is a beautiful country. It will abide, as the earth will abide. But for Nigerians to become righteous caretakers of one another and righteous caretakers of their land, their hearts must be right with the One Who Created us all–The G-D of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, through YeshuaJesus, His Son, our L-RD.
    I think you know that, too. May this happen, as a display of what is possible when a people truly humbles themselves and turns to G-D.
    L-RD Bless, Keep, Shine. . .

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    1. Wow! This is some History lessons here. I really hope Nigeria will take its rightful place in the scheme of things. It’s been a huge problem but I hope there will be a total turn around for the nation. Thank you very much for sharing these insights. Appreciated. 🙏🏽🙏🏽


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