“Most countries are born out of shared ideals, and common identity. Nigeria was simply created to fulfill a business requirement.”- Anon
It is well over 50 years since the Englishman came to colonise us. Free from the chains of colonialism. A country striving towards being one of the important, most civilized nations in the world. Nigeria, a country with the happiest people, spread well across every part of the world. An active country, respected despite the dark sides of which no nation can be exempted of. I remember when I was much younger, between nursery and primary school, my mates and I were made to recite this poem:
Nigeria is my country
A place of joy
Where mummy was born
Where daddy was born
No matter what happens
Nigeria remains my county.
As a young adult now I see the sense in these words. What is wrong?
When the whiteman was done with his deals in Nigeria, he left a country with a promising future. He did not see the disadvantages of unifying a people with different cultural backgrounds into one country.
The North, South, East and West in their great numbers are enough to make small nations. No matter how small, would be justified with the fact that they share the same beliefs, and culture. A cultural pride that would have become national pride.
It is both a blessing and a curse that Nigeria is structured this way. A country rich in culture and diversity that when showcased is an extraordinary jaw dropper. I tell you partly of national pride and utmost sincerity that no nation in the world is blessed like Nigeria.
Nigeria has gone a long, long way in self-rule. France, Britain, The United States of America, even China have had their fair share of suffering before they became what they are today. However judging from the phases of leadership in Nigeria from the first republic, military regimes, second, and then third republic, Nigeria is far below expectation.
United we stand, divided we fall.
United we are Nigeria. Everyone sees that, but the skeleton that holds the body is damaging little by little. Let’s say Nigeria did not have 3 major ethnic groups. Let’s say there was nothing like major or minor ethnics. Nigeria would have been extinct. The whiteman in all his foolishness, did us one favour… uniting a pronounced group of ethnicities. Now this favour is also a major problem destroying Nigeria day by day.
As if this is not enough, the business and stresses of religion is added to the troubles of the country. Then the doctrine of democracy that has somewhat worked for the inventors of it, after their 20 years of experimenting (first and second world wars) was brought to a nation, at first under-developed, and lacking the prerequisites of what exactly should be called a nation.
Democracy is a big failure in Nigeria. Honestly.
The crisis in Nigeria started way back. Since the early years of independence, but the failure to tackle these problems has led us to the chaos of today.
THE NIGERIAN YOUTH.
Young Nigerians, the acclaimed leaders of tomorrow, the eye of Nigeria, the ones who the fathers dream will make a better Nigeria. Nigeria’s hope of salvation, vision, strength, are late on arrival.
The 21st century was born with greater use of technology. Laptops, mobile phones, tablets, etc. It gave birth to social networking. It has succeeded in making communication easy and it is very reliable. Well the problem is it has become a major distraction for these young leaders on the way. Not that I am not guilty of sometimes exploiting technology, but in these past days and all the events happening it is clear that Nigeria’s division is not the only problem, but that it’s youths are also a big problem.
Maybe we are fed up with the Government; everyone has lost faith in the Goodluck/Sambo administration. Maybe we are scared we wouldn’t be heard. Maybe we are scared of dying young, but my question is WHERE THEN IS THE STRENGTH OF THE COUNTRY? It’s in us… the youths.
Shouldn’t we use the media for the right purposes?
What most of them talk about are ‘money, pussy, weed’ the problem is that the countries that have invented these words are better advanced than ours. We spend precious time tweeting, and doing all sorts on the internet that are sometimes, well… unprofitable.
We insult other countries telling them about how superior Nigeria is; how we are the giants of Africa; how no other country can insult Nigerians except us…
Excuse me bruh, it ends only on which ever social networking platform you are using. Have you ever wondered how hopeless you look when you insult these other Africans who have more dignity than you do? Has exchanging typed letters given you electricity? Has it employed you?
If only we could direct just a quarter of these insults to the Nigerian senate. The useless pride we have. Looking for ways to keep up with the madness of technology; imitating the better advanced countries whose currencies are not as devalued as ours.
You give them a platform to be heard they trample on it and make jokes. You see why Nigeria has no future? And then when there are a few of them trying to be heard, the carefree ones shut them up with simple but hurtful words like ‘Calm down’
I do not sit here on my bed to damn my peers, for I know that sometimes I am guilty of some stupidity. I write this only to bring to light some of the things that make Nigeria a failure even at 53.
I also know that this write up (as brilliant as I think it is) will get no more than 6 views of which 5 are my friends (thanks to the concerned one) Since Nigerian youths do not like to read anything intelligent as it is either too long or boring or doesn’t involve stories about sex, pregnancy, you know the rest.
However if you think you do not fall under the ones who ‘do not like to read anything intelligent’, please understand that I had to generalize because this defect is on the Nigerian youth of which you are… I suppose.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.
“Every man possessed of reason is accustomed to weigh evidence and to be guided and determined by its preponderance. When various conclusions are, with their evidence, presented with equal care and with equal skill, there is a moral certainty; though some few may be misguided, that the greatest number will judge right, and that the greatest force of evidence, whatever it is, will produce the greatest impression” – J.S. MILL. The Liberty of the Press