THE NIGERIA OF MY DREAM
An average Nigerian seems more keen about events than the causations, that it is even easy to conclude how bad our generation has degenerated, as students of history. In other words, nobody cares about the process like the progress. Forgetting that everything has its formation stage which, is a determinant factor in its development.
But with our nonchalance at history, we gave up knowledge about procedures for incessant errors. This might have occurred perhaps, in a bid to expedite or manipulate some due process.
No wonder we are accustomed with several enigmatic phrases such as;
*’The same rain responsible for housing and protecting the fish in the pond is equally responsible for making it a prey in the pot.’*
The above statement is undoubtedly a fact to behold but unfortunately, a misleading impression. Because more ponderous thought will give room to possible interpretations such as, ‘Na condition make fish bend’.
Therefore when your lover becomes really toxic, you will no longer long to see her but try keeping a healthy distance. Its called CONDITION. Even in contractual documents, there are clauses which could spark a change in understanding. In the same vein, during adverts, one familiar phrase is always that, terms and conditions are applied. This further places an emphasis on the need to asses situations, and try to do away with the familiarity syndrome when dealing with issues.
When dealing with issues, we always tend to compare and not contrast, which is too banal. You can not do it the same way for years and be expecting a miracle. You want something different?
Try something new!
Once upon a time, Malaria dissuaded the colonial outreach from Nigeria. Today, the United Nations Organization longs to visit a malaria blazing society with the hope of lending a helping hand. An issue of old fact versus global trend.
Obviously, its two different ball games.
Imagine a digital world with analogue thinkers. You find this set of people in the remote areas of the world. They are still in shock by the realities of the 21st century. They always go for the old lifestyle because to them, Its evergreen. And that’s not even as a result of nostalgia, they are just backward.
I feel the previous paragraph is a perfect one for anyone who is still puzzled about the current state of Nigeria as the headquarters of poverty, land of crisis, kidnapping, and the home of corruption, which automatically and unanimously place us on the map, as the giant of underdevelopment.
The truth is, when a society is too crude, it births and nurtures crooks. And until this crudeness is crushed, our manual industries will continue to outshine technology, our political structure will still be duplicate, and we will always borrow to finance our budgets, even as our cultural heritage is drifting.
Here is a dependent state on paper and not by practice. I stand for a Nigeria with difference. A state that will understand and utilize its rich potentials. A country that will transit from copy cat to copyright.
A state where we can stand our ground, identify our problems by ourselves and solve them by ourselves.
The Nigeria of my dream is a country that will shun division and embrace unity. Where no one will truly be above the law. I desire a Nigeria where I will not be judged by the size of my pocket but the content of my character. A Nigeria where votes will count and promises will be fulfilled. I dream of a digital Nigeria, where decision making will be expedited. Where children will have free education and women will have equal rights.
I truly dream of a country where youths will regain their sanity and stop advocating for criminality. Where the youths will rise up to responsibilities. Where I will be proud to inspire with the pen, just as those who entertains with music, comedy or acting.
May God make it possible. Amen.
Written by Maiyaki Abubakar Damilare[MAIYAKI]