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160 million insignificant Nigerians

21 February 2014, 14:29 Martin Beck Nworah

The population of Nigeria is nearing 170 million and I pray you forgive me for calling 160 million of them insignificant(I might as well be among them). In a country so rich and blessed as Nigeria,with a few elite enjoying the wealth of the nation,the rest can easily pass as being insignificant.

One man defected to another party,thousands of people were clapping and hailing him. He stood on the podium and ordered all of them to defect with him, they're shouted and agreed to do his biding. Does it mean they don't have a choice of their own? Can't they decide whether they want to remain in their present party or not? Wait! Are they really a member of the so-called party?

The poverty eating deep in our society is that of the mind and not solely of the pocket. When a man becomes so insignificant that others decide his life for him, he can't stand out and insist on his right. Sadly enough,he is not even aware of his right. Many strongly believe that their own dividends of democracy is in that 5,000 naira and bags of rice they get during the elections.

The future and life of close to 160 million people is being played like a video game by less than 1 million people. And everybody is okay with that. Once I can eat well and sleep in a house,why worry whether 20 billion dollars is missing from the federation account? I pray,hope and work hard we get better. But if the present situation in Nigeria is anything to go by,then more insignificant people are coming up. Youths even go to the extent of preferring to watch "Cartoon Network" than pay attention to current affairs in the polity.

The old soldiers have refused to exit the stage and the new ones are losing hope. The opinion of Nigerians is really nothing to be reckoned with because they are "insignificant". The worst is to make noise in the media,two or three weeks after,everyone goes home to enjoy a few naira notes he got from calling out the "big men". When next you meet him,he will tell you that Nigeria was like this before he came and he won't be the one to change 160 million people. Its all good. I pray,hope and work hard that my generation will be better. Till we get to the Promised Land,I shall be waiting for when you will pass me a glass of water and thank God for the gift of grace for the race.

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