Sitting down sometimes outside my house thinking about the old days in this country, i.e the 90’s always makes me sad. Nigeria of today can never be like the one we have in the past. This is new Nigeria. A country that is been torn apart with insurgencies, everything is now at the state of comatose. Different terror group pose as threats to the national security of the country. The nefarious activities of Boko Haram in the Northern side, vandalism of pipelines by the Niger- Deltas, the secession of the Igbos claiming that they want to have Biafra land, to mention but few. Aside from these, there are other security challenges ravaging the country like kidnapping for ransom, kidnapping for rituals and increase in the rate of armed robbery. Though the government is trying all their possible best to unravel these posers before them but there are some people in this same government sabotaging their efforts.
Remember, I’m not writing this piece to praise the government nor to tarnish their image and efforts but to showcase the extent at which they love this country. These people are ready to die for this great nation. That is funny though.
In his book titled “Who will love my country” Ike Ekweremadu said he loves this country and he will do anything for the progress of the nation, likewise others that also claim to love this country. The big question to ask now is; can these people tender all what they have for the betterment of this country? They are not to be blamed for this because they are just part of the problems we are facing now not the cause of the problems.
Basically, the problem of Nigeria started in 1960 when the motion for self-rule was raised in the parliament. As at this period, the country wasn’t ripe enough to gain independence but due to greediness, we fought for it. If future can be seen then, they should have known that there is danger ahead because as at then, the Northerners go against it which led to the Kano riot of 1953. Those that clamor for self rule then were in their early to late twenties, only few were in their mid thirties. What would be in the minds of people at that age? Not only that, education was another issue that wreak havoc to this self-rule because only few people were educated then and most of those few are from the South-West (Thanks to Obafemi Awolowo). It was only the educated elite that saw independent as national growth. The non-educated ones will see it as the beginning to the end of the nation, a national doom and also a way to cheat on them because they know that education is a weapon on its own. These people will try to sabotage the effort to develop the country.
However, it was after independence that corruption started to showcase in the Nigeria system of government. The so-called self-rule doesn’t last for ten years before the intervention of the military in 1966. It was during this period that the motto serve the people changed to serve for the interest of your pocket and family. There was nobody to check on them, they continue to milk the country’s future. It was under this regime that we were made to know that salary earners can become billionaires within a short period of time. This can be seen in the lives of the generals we have today. The likes of Abacha, Babangida, Gowon and so on. This happened for some years before the civilian took over in 1998 claiming that they want to introduce democracy into the Nigerian system of government. Corruption now becomes an embodiment in Nigeria politics. The question to ask now is; are we practicing true democracy in Nigeria now?
There is nothing like civilian government anymore, we only have civilian vagabonds ruling to enrich their pocket.
In addition, there is no future for any corrupt country because corruption serves as an impediment to a nation’s growth. Different things happen in Nigeria which are mysterious to me. It is only in Nigeria that those that steal from the nation’s purse walk freely without been prosecuted, government official acquiring a car of 256 million naira worth, senates clamoring for new vehicles worth of 6.1 billion naira in total, only in Nigeria will you see government official assets of 17.3 trillion naira worth, whereas the masses are there suffering, an average man cannot eat three square meals per day, people living below dollar exchange rate to naira. Where are we driving the country to? Nigeria, we hail thee.
In conclusion, the iota of truth is that nobody loves this country. We don’t need to run to another man’s land if we truly love our dear nation. Let’s start the fight now. Nigerians, wake up from your slumber and don’t be too forgetful because any positive impact of government will make us to forget the negative ones. Erase the thought of; so far I can have something to eat, poverty is indeed rubbish whereas our future is been milked. This will only mar us, it won’t make us. Wake up, the future is now.