The Nigerian Dream

(By I. Ibikunle)

I have a dream that one day, Nigeria would reign as a frontline state and the giant of Africa, that each Nigerian would have equal opportunities to pursue their dreams irrespective of their birth and social status, a country where we won’t be judged based on religion or ethnicity, a country where the united voice of the people will sound as the voice of God. A Nigeria where there will be free and fair elections, where there would be obvious signs all over the country that the fundamental human rights of everybody is guaranteed. A country where the per-capita income would be way above a dollar, a country free from corruption and a respectable status on the international community that wherever I step my feet on this planet, people will respect me just because I’m a Nigerian.

“I have a dream………….”
These formed the beginning of the speech delivered by Martin Luther King Jr in 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial. It would be seen as a feat of history and the realisation of King’s dream that 50years after this historical speech, another african-american stood at the same Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the civil rights march and King’s speech not as another civil rights activist but as the president of the United states. Martin expressed his wish to see that the blacks enjoyed the very things America stood for which included freedom, liberty, equality and justice. He embedded his dream into what whas known as the AMERICAN DREAM. I’m sure some may be familiar with what the american dream is about.

The american dream is the national character of an average american and intending immigrants into the united states. A set of ideals which advocates for freedom for all, the opportunity for prosperity and success, an upward move on the social ladder achieved through hard work. The american dream intends for a good life for everybody with equal opportunities regardless of social status or circumstances of birth. This idea was formed from the United States declaration of Independence which proclaimed all men equal and endowed by their creator with certain rights including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

After watching President Obama deliver his speech in memory and honour  of Martin Luther, I couldn’t help but sit and wonder if there was a NIGERIAN DREAM.

This country has abundance of both human and natural resources yet we strive really hard to make ends meet. The level of injustice and lack of freedom is unthinkable as our rights are being abused by the very people charged with the mandate of protecting them. Corruption,insecurity and a host of others are the cankerworms eating into the fabrics of this great state. A lot of people outside Nigeria rely on what is being said on the news and have the assumption that Nigeria is a jungle where the smaller  animals are being preyed on helplessly by the bigger animals and life is basically ruthless and survival of the fittest. This may appear to be true considering the wide gap between the rich and the poor and the lack of regard for human life.

Therefore after careful consideration, I came up with my own idea of the Nigerian dream.

This dream is not to like a rich man with lots of money, private jet ownership and all sorts!!

This dream is a dream based on equality.

I have a dream that one day, Nigeria would reign as a frontline state and the giant of Africa, that each Nigerian would have equal opportunities to pursue their dreams irrespective of their birth and social status, a country where we won’t be judged based on religion or ethnicity, a country where the united voice of the people will sound as the voice of God. A Nigeria where there will be free and fair elections, where there would be obvious signs all over the country that the fundamental human rights of everybody is guaranteed. A country where the per-capita income would be way above a dollar, a country free from corruption and a respectable status on the international community that wherever I step my feet on this planet, people will respect me just because I’m a Nigerian.

A Nigeria where children will grow to see good legacies to follow, where the youths will have confidence in their own country. A Nigeria where I won’t have to buy a car with a 19 inches rim to avoid pot-holes from bad roads, effective train networks all over the country and other safe transportation mediums. My Nigeria will have state ot the art medical facilities, epidemics and diseases would become a thing of the past, and equal access to these facilities, also an advancement in forensic sciences to help curb the rate of crimes. A country where the police and other law enforcement agencies would be respected and truly regarded as our friends due to their timely and professional response in our times of distress. A country where difficult times would make us stronger and not sow discord amongst us. This country will be free from illiteracy and there would be sound education at all levels such that we would be able to go to the moon and achieve other scientific and technological advancement in line with the demands of the 21st century.

A country with one of the best armed forces in the world such that when I see a soldier walking down the street, I won’t be afraid but I’ll gladly walk up to him and say ‘thank you’ for his fearless sacrifice of his today for my tomorrow and representing my interest all over the world. This Nigeria would live up to its motto of “unity, faith, peace and progress”.

However, I am not the only Nigerian, so I call on other able bodies Nigerians to jion in the cause as I’m not naïve to the fact that this change would not come easy or in totality. I just have faith that the system would right itself under civil pressure and we can all begin to live our dreams in Nigeria!

God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!!

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