Nigeria, The Sky is Falling !
Our country is burning! We seem to hear this everywhere so often that it begins to feel like a poorly written remake of Chicken Little. In this remake, it is not only a single tiny, seemingly insignificant chicken that goes around screaming that the sky is falling. No, in this version, everybody is running around with hands over their heads yelling, “The Sky is Falling! The Sky is Falling!” Makes you want to turn off the Television sometimes doesn’t it?
The truly terrible thing is that our country really is burning, and (again, very reminiscent to Chicken Little) the ones who seem to have the power or ability to prevent said fall appear to be oblivious to this fact. The truth is, citizens of Nigeria are tired, worn out to the very soul and wary of promises. Denizens are wary, because for decades, despite a plethora of promises, the country has been on a steady downward decline. A decline, which in recent times, has suddenly picked up speed at an alarming rate, often, we think that if we dare look to closely at the road ahead, we will see the fabled iceberg looming before us, drawing closer at breakneck speed waiting to sink our Titanic.
Wait! This is not totally true though. If we look closely at the events occurring around us, we might find something interesting. Our people are tired, yes. Our people are sick of unfulfilled promises, yes. Yet, our people’s eyes are slowly opening, they realize that the government has failed them in many ways, but they are also beginning to see that it is not only the government that it is at fault. They are beginning to see that we might have failed ourselves too.
How is it possible for a sane person to have typed that last paragraph? We might ask. Well, here is how: For too many years we have stood wringing our hands at the approach of elections, muttering under our breaths, They will only put their candidate in power again”, “They will stuff the ballot boxes and the wrong man will win”. However, we begin to realize that we spent too much time worrying about the outcome of the elections and not enough time actually voting. So, our people have started thinking actively about voting. Our people have started to realize that they are human beings with constitutional rights and are speaking out in courts of law against tyranny from the ruling class. Our people are seeing that corruption does not reside solely in the political corridors of power, we know that paying a VIO officer without getting a properly stamped receipt is illegal and contributes to corruption in the country. We realize that asking a person to pay extra for a service that has already been paid for is like a little ripple in the large ocean… what starts out as a ripple on one shore, could end up as a tsunami on a shore at the other end of the world.
Insulting the leaders and calling them names or calling into question their mental capacity does absolutely nothing to save Nigeria from economic ruin and total insecurity due to the insurgency that is slowly taking over the nation. When our favorite cup shatters into pieces, we mend it; when our government fails us, we clean out house and set up a new system. Take advantage of the power that we have as a people and take them out! The individuals in Government make up less than 2% of the total populace! People, the power is in our hands and not in our mouths. Stop with the immature mudslinging, we are no longer children playing police and thief, but adults with real power and a real ability to make a change. Let’s band together to clean house! For God and for Country and for Our Security.
So yes, while our government has failed us again, and again and again, and again, while the ones we entrusted our nation to seem to be interested in tearing her apart and ripping her to shreds, we should also remember, we have the power to vote them in and out of their offices. They are there to serve us and represent us, so, if they are giving us a bad name in the international market, we need to search for the people we trust to properly represent us, and do everything in our power to put them in a position of authority. If the present servants of the nation a.k.a. the government cannot ensure our security, it is up to us, collectively to make perfectly sure that their positions are as unsure as our lives. Leave them to fight amongst themselves, let them forget their duties, we should never forget ours, our allegiance is first and foremost to our homeland. If we have no country, we have no home.