Well it’s the 2nd of May and no I didn’t bring good news. We’ve been through a lot these past few weeks and yes Nigerians are Pissed. So Pissed we’re playing these not so funny games I’d like to call: “Pin The Blame on The Leader” & “Who Wants To Be a Twitter Activist”. It might just be me, but I’m quite indifferent about these games to be honest.
Truth is, it’s easy to blame our leaders, yes we know they are not doing their jobs but the fact is the Blame Game isn’t really helping us, because while passing the blame gives us something to do, it distracts us from the reality of the situation on ground: people are dying and we are all but helpless. Debating behind our phone/tab screens will not change the fact that people are Dying.
The news of yesterday’s bombings reached me and some of my friends and we started discussing the state of things in Nigeria, what the future had in store for us and yes we ranted a little, ok a lot (somewhere around 2hrs) *cause every nigerian out there is a political analyst*. Nearing the end of our “Discussion” I asked: “After all the ranting, how many of us will be willing to exercise our rights as Citizens in a democracy and challenge the Government?” *Cause Nigerians sabi make mouth, but nobody wan die*
Well the answers I got, well I’d keep them to myself. I recited the pledge over and over in my head and I asked myself: “At what Point did we forget the Pledge”. We pledged to serve Nigeria, yet you hear Nigerians say how much they want to leave Nigeria for greener pastures *as though the green in our flags weren’t green enough.* If we all leave, who’d fix Nigeria? Our leaders have failed us, but we’ve also failed ourselves. We’ve forgotten our rights as Citizens, forgotten that these people are answerable to us.
We’ve forgotten our rights and as such we’re prisoners in our own country, bound by the chains in our minds. Mental Slavery: the illusion of being free yet held bound in your own mind by the truth. No one wants to speak up cause they’re afraid, scared that the pot-bellied jailers are going to hurt them or the ones they love if they dare speak up. Well if no one speaks up, who will? Me? Yes Me, Why? Cause I still believe that:
one voice can make the difference, that voice can be me, it can be you, it can be each and everyone of us standing for what we believe.
It’s a sad world we live in, truth be told, there’s only so much we can take, yes praying for our leaders to die and for Nigeria seems like the logical thing to go but guess what, we’ve been doing that for years and nothing has changed. Isn’t it time we tried something different? I’m not saying we shouldn’t pray, it’s just: I can say pray for Nigeria but the truth is, like it or not we’re going to be in places of power someday, be it as a Parent, Manager, Government Official, Political leader & what have you.
If you don’t start preparing yourself now, in 10, 20, 30 years time, it’d be too late to prepare and trust me you’d make worse mistakes than our present leaders have. We’re a nation but we’re made up of various individuals. If we all decide to make a positive change, Nigeria would be a better place. No matter what they say, I’d still wear my Green & White with Pride cause I’m Nigeria *no that wasn’t a Typo.* I’m Nigerian and proud, yes crap happens in my country, yes we have a 2 year old as president, but it doesn’t change the fact that I’m Nigerian and that Nigeria is a blessed country.
Ochuko A. Akpomudjere