God bless Nigeria, we really and truly need God’s blessings. I had actually planned to write about something else when the news of the dana air crash got to me, all of a sudden i felt cold and words failed me. Over 150 souls gone just like that, earlier that day a church had been bombed in bauchi, the recent death toll has been staggering.
Despite my usual positive albeit carefree attitude i just had to sit and think about all the recent happenings, it hits you really hard in the gut. Nigeria, a country where up is down, a country with so much potential and promise but without the right people to nurture said potential, everything is wrong from the higher echelons of society all the way to the bottom. The status quo for everyone in power seems to be ‘take what you can, give nothing back’. The government either don’t know, don’t show or just don’t want to care. People are dying in their hundreds, there’s no food, power supply is a luxury and lets not even get started on infrastructure.
Our top man GEJ as he’s fondly called doesn’t seem to have a clue, i just wonder if he’s surrounded by rabid monkeys cuz it baffles me how everything has come to this, the boko haram problem looks like it has come to stay and there doesn’t seem to be a solution in sight, mr presido has no idea who they are, where they are what they want, who is behind them. That’s what they tell us anyways, i’ll leave room for conspiracy theories. I’m not going to go on and on about GEJ’s presidency, i’ll let y’all come to your conclusions on that.
As much as we might like to point 150 million fingers at those in power, we need to look at ourselves. On some level we’ve played a part in Nigeria’s failures. W. Clememt Stone said “Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them”. We’ve allowed the state of our environment to erode our values. I heard that when the dana plane crash occurred, area boys and other riff raffs started to take away parts of the plane and other valuables they could lay their hands on, why in the name of all that’s good and pure would any right thinking human being do this. The normal reaction would be to rescue any possible survivors but no not Nigerians, up is down.
A couple of weeks ago i was in the usual Lagos traffic when suddenly an FRSC vehicle came from nowhere and faced oncoming traffic, i guess with the hope that they would scare people out of their way, that didn’t quite work out. Point here is the FRSC is an organization meant to have a measure of control over such incidents on our roads, sadly they were the culprits. Danfo drivers freely use the BRT lanes like they were made for them and in some instances even stop to pick up passengers. Policemen are still collecting #20 (dunno if this is still the going rate), etc etc. What sort of example are we setting for our kids?? indirectly we’re telling them ‘hey its ok to do all the wrong things, you’ll be able to bribe your way out’. Thus the generation meant to fix the mess gets tainted as well, go figure.
There’s a constant cry of ‘pray for nigeria’ it’s something of a slogan these days. We all know the power of prayer but we’re like the proverbial student who prays to pass his exams but doesn’t bother to do any studying, we can pray all we want but until we make moves to bring about change things will stay the way they are. I mean what’s the point of ‘praying for Nigeria’ in the morning if i’m gonna drive in the BRT lane on my way to work??? For things to change our attitudes need to change, as Ice cube said “Check yo self before you wreck yo self”, we really need to check ourselves, things will only get better. Nkosi sikelel’ iNigeria- God bless Nigeria