(By Igbinoba. O. Tony)
“To other politicians especially opposition parties, your role is to serve as watch dogs, correct, assist and most importantly proffer solutions within your capacity to any problem on ground which the ruling government has not been able to solve, this will help upgrade public living rather than spending time antagonising the ruling government without any justification because of power tussle, note that one finger cannot remove lice from the head, a politician thinks about the next election while a statesman thinks about the next generation.“
There is nothing wrong in Nigeria that cannot be corrected with something right in Nigeria
This article is not to add my voice as a complaining Nigerian but rather to outline the rationale behind our slow pace in development and also pop out solutions to the menace. to some Nigerians, the country is a failed state, a place where corruption has become a tradition, a place where we have selfish leaders, While to some others Nigeria is a great Nation at her age. For a better analysis on this two contending views and to arrive at a perfect end point, recourse should be made to history.
The lingering crisis in Nigeria today such as tribalism, corruption etc all have their roots from history, thus the scenario where our colonial masters exploited and extorted our raw materials which ought to have been used to develop the country was instead used for their own personal gains was an act of corruption, today they call Nigeria a corrupt state, the question is, who taught us?
Furthermore, the 1914 amalgamation of Nigeria is also responsible for the tribal crisis rocking our Nation, it was the mistake of lord lugard who portrayed the amalgamation as a marriage between the Northern and Southern part of Nigeria, whereby the North was placed in the position of the groom and the South as the bride. This impression has made the North think they are lords or superior over the South and also causing harm to our political system. The present crisis hitting our political system is as a result of this amalgamation where our Northern brothers deem it a birthright for them to always be at the helm of affairs in our Nation.
It was a thing of joy when Nigeria gain her independence in 1960 and became a republic 3 years later but however in july 6th 1967, there began a civil war which lasted until January 15th 1970. The basis of this war was for the disintegration of the South Eastern part of Nigeria known as Biafra from Nigeria. This caused a lot of infrastructural decay in the nation and also have resulted to high level of tribalism, It was recorded also that so many military personnel and civilians died during this war and also lots of properties were destroyed.
It is also pertinent to note that Nigeria also had a lot of military juntas in 1966-1979 and 1983-1998. Little applauds must be given to our military regimes because it brought about some level of infrastructural development like building of the vast majority of public universities, stadiums and also created as many states as possible. But faulted as regard human rights and also responsible for d demise of some well meaning Nigerians who if alive would have donated their own quota to nation building.
Another issue is that of population, multi ethnicity to mention but a few, it is no news that Nigeria is the most populated nation in Africa, getting enough resources to cater for the needs of the populace has become a problem. More also Nigeria is filled with diverse ethnic groups which has led to our inability to attain Nationhood. Due to the multiplicity of ethnic groups with different languages and customs the constitutional provision of equality has been dented, whereby the majority ethnic groups tend to override on the minority ethnic groups.
Amidst all this numerous troubles looming the country from history till date, Nigeria has remained a unified state, though the Nation is not yet able to provide all basic amenities for her populace, but still not the most under developed. When coal, the then backbone of our economy failed us, crude oil came to our rescue, this is to show how blessed the nation is. We cannot be America because we shall be greater than America, for it is little by little a bird builds its nest.
An advice to every Nigerian, let’s give less attention to complaining much but rather think a way on how to prosper Nigeria. To our leaders, example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing, lead right for us to follow right and also learn not to give excuses for any act of failure, for excuses makes one cheap.
To other politicians especially opposition parties, your role is to serve as watch dogs, correct, assist and most importantly proffer solutions within your capacity to any problem on ground which the ruling government has not been able to solve, this will help upgrade public living rather than spending time antagonising the ruling government without any justification because of power tussle, note that one finger cannot remove lice from the head, a politician thinks about the next election while a statesman thinks about the next generation.
To our union leaders especially ASUU who held the education sector to ransom, I urge you to think of tomorrow or better still consult an ex president of NLC who is now a governor of a state in Nigeria, he did likewise but today he is faced with workers going on strike in his state.
To non politicians who criticise politicians and government officials, I also urge you all to come out from your self righteous shells to run for elective positions in Nigeria, for it is said that “the people rejoice when the righteous rule” you cannot criticise what you don’t understand.
To religious leaders, always endeavour to preach peace, love and unity and also be agents of social engineering. To the general public, Nigeria can only be built by Nigerians in oneness, we all should think of what we can do for Nigeria and not what Nigeria can do for us, for it is by the strength of their number that the ants in the field are able to carry their prey to the nest.
Finally to other Africa nations who continue to look down on us because we are in our trying moment should always remember that Africa remains the centre piece of Nigeria’s foreign policy and we shall always support in peace keeping to mention but a few. To the world at large, Nigeria is a country with intelligent, talented people, with natural and human resources and devoid of natural disaster, this is a true revelation of a blessed Nation. Our Glory days shall come.
GOD BLESS THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA!
“Opinion pieces of this sort published on RISE Networks are those of the original authors and do not in anyway represent the thoughts, beliefs and ideas of RISE Networks.”