Nigerians, the problem of Nigeria
Still in the atmosphere of the 52nd independence loved-one’s birthday, while on my way from Lagos to Kwara state, while reading a book and listening to music and MP3 FORMAT messages from my phone with the earphone glued to my ears, I spared some moment thinking about my beloved country, Nigerian and her journey so far. For a country that is blessed with wonderful resources in human, material and natural resources and yet things are not in proper shape dealing with the ‘abundance’.
It is the confidence of many that Nigeria has problem(s) or better still Nigeria is not operating at the level she ought to as an independent nation. A 52 year old even!
I choose not to belong to such way of thinking that Nigeria has problem(s). I find yourself even to another way of thinking which believes that Nigeria does not have problems. But Nigerians have problems and have successfully infected the innocent Nigeria with their problems. And as a result of this, Nigeria has become a victim of Nigerians problems.
It is a sorry state to be in such a predicament caused by the occupants of such a blessed land- blessed with all kinds of resources in abundance. But due to the short-sightedness of the people the abundance resources have become tight and this confirms the old saying that, what a man sees determines (to a large extent) how he acts and relates to live.
I will discuss about 5 to 6 of the so called problems attached to Nigeria by her citizens or occupants.
File corruption: You’ll agree with me that the number one problem on the lip area on most people if asked what the major problem of ‘Nigeria’ is, file corruption would be the response of approximately 80%. It is a terrible situation/experience- where things are not done in the normal way, the absence of integrity in working with people and situations, not being straight in working with people. It’s difficult where you might get something done you must ‘tip’ the person who is in position in order to get such thing done. What a pity state. And as a result, Nigeria is looked upon as one of the most tainted nation in the world, no thanks to Nigerians.
Lack of Maintenance Culture: I was left disappointed when i saw the pictures (slides) of the current state of the National Arena (Abuja)… I trained the arena was developed with about N50 thousand just about 9years ago precisely in 2003 for the 2003 all Photography equipment games managed by Nigeria… and to input it back in a ‘proper shape’ for football matches it’ll cost about N100 million… when are we going to stop wasting money and resources… It’s a sad story. If the arena had been properly maintained, there wouldn’t have been need to waste tax-payers’ money to put it back in good condition. This is just one among many facilities that have dropped victim of the Nigerian lack of maintenance attitude which is doing us more harm than good.
Selfishness: Stinginess resulting from significant to your own contentment and a dismiss of others. Nigeria has suffered a lot in the hands of selfish individuals who proclaim themselves as leaders. Leaders who have done outright enrich their pocket at the expense of those they claim to be which represents (serving). Leaders and people who are concerned about nobody will never attention to the needs of the masses. This is why you’ll see a public servant directing the public fund into his personal account. full list 2021
Hypocrisy: My book becomes hypocrisy as, insincerity by virtue of pretending to have qualities or beliefs you don’t really have. This is another unusual characteristic of Nigerians especially those who claim to be spiritual leaders, it’s a pity most of them have sold their conscience for a piece of meat. Those who are meant to talk sensory faculties into the “heads” of this bunch of selfish Nigerians who have turned themselves to ‘god’ disregarding the fact that “nothing lasts forever”. Isn’t a man of integrity supposed to speak and act what he says?
Bad Command: In the words of Doctor Myles Munroe, ‘everything rises and falls on leadership’, Nigeria is one of the most blessed countries on planet earth when it comes to recruiting. But it is a pity that she’s experienced one succession of bad administration to another since 1960 (when she became an impartial state). In spite of the abundance of recruiting, Nigeria has suffered greatly in the hands of men and women who know little or nothing about leadership- individuals who think command is all about oppressing the masses and leaders having their way. On the contrary, the best way to lead is to serve; a leader is expected to represent the public and not his personal interest.
I would recommend that any candidate competing for any political office or designated to occupy any office should undergo a obligatory school of leadership-where such person will be taught what command is all about. Rather than coming up and destroying power and position, not having any idea of what he/she is supposed to do as a leader.
Having said all these, there is no improbable situation apart from the without life. In as much as there is life, all hope is not yet lost. A big change of attitude is therefore demanded from us as individuals and fellow countrymen. Let us change our predisposition towards our country and approach national issues with passion and patriotism just like our heroes past. And above all, allow anxiety about GOD guide our bears in whatever we do. A man who fears God will not treat another man badly and will not hesitate to do what he’s selected or designated to do. And I need to stress at this point that, all Nigerians have a part to play in this fight and the reclaiming the lost pride and dignity in our beloved country, Nigeria. God Bless Nigeria!