Over the years I have read different articles about Nigeria, with different views and opinions about the state of the nation, I have also written articles and two songs to mark Inpendence which are; Niaja, Dan Nigeria.
Independence is supposed to be a day to celebrate the achievements of a nation after it gained freedom but it is not always the case in Nigeria, I am yet to meet an excited Nigerian apart from those benefiting directly from Nigeria (“the National Cake”).
The focus of this article is what we shouldn’t do to Nigeria, last year I wrote about what we should do to Nigeria.
Firstly, Let’s establish the fact that Nigeria as a Nation is not where She is supposed to be.
Now, that we have established that let’s drive into our focus.
As citizen of this great Nation, what do you think contributed to where we are today?
Today some of the big issues militating the Nation are corruption, banditry, attacks, poor maintenance culture, and unaccountability.
All these issues started from the grass roots and where nurtured by political, religious and tribal interest.
As a citizen of this great Nation you shouldn’t be part of corruption in your everyday dealings, if you are a business person do it without unnecessary inflation of prices or deceit, if you are a white collar worker or in the civil service, avoid the use of office resources for personal gain or any form of corrupt practices.
As a youth avoid any form of drug abuse, love academics avoid malpractices, avoid cultism and any form of vices, remember also to live modestly and look decent at all times.
I have adopted something for a while now, anytime I find myself in public places(transport, markets, banks etc.) and people are discussing the state of the nation I avoid making contributions, this is why, the discussions are normally full of disappointments, about those handling the affairs of the nation especially Mr. President, I see that as a negative energy hovering around the citizens and if we don’t stop that it will get to us and when we get there we will carry same energy and rule.
Now lets see what the bible says about authorities;
1Peter 2:13-15 ” Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.”
This is the word of God about our place as citizens, not to insult the authorities, the question of if the election was rigged or not is between them and God.
The Nigeria I knew as a child was the kind that all my Neighbors brought their food outside and we ate varieties every evening, a Nigeria where anytime am going out I drop keys with my Neighbors, a Nigeria where in my primary schools days most times I pass through people selling fruits with my uniform they give me fruits, where my Taylor in primary school made new uniforms for me because we carry thesame name.
Wow such a beautiful Country, what happened to her, is it age? No for a nation 60years is still in babyhood.
Am optimistic one day we will wake up to a beautiful Nigeria.
I want to also use this opportunity to congratulate Governor of Borno Babagana Umara Zulum for a selfless Governance towards a better Nation, hmmm atlast something good came out from Borno since Boko Haram inception, I am also extending this to any good leader from the family upto the presidency.
Happy Independence Day
Graphics by one of my graphic student, Hope