Growing up as a young Nigerian child, elders would tell me and my peers stories-made up stories; fables. Among these, my personal favourite was the tale of an upright citizen. The story revolved around a gallant Nigerian citizen, diligent and upright in an utopian version of the Nigerian society, doing everything right as it ought to be.
Even as a gullible child, such a story seemed farfetched and too good to be true. When I came of age, I got to know that the tale was nothing coined by good men who had a nostalgic craving for the good times, for a good country they had once known.
Sadly however, the good times were gone, driven away by evil in the hearts of men, her pleas fell on ears deafened by evil as she was cast away, exiled never to return. The GOOD maiden we bid farewell, bloody but unbowed, swore to return to the good people of Nigeria when they retraced their steps like the proverbial prodigal son.
I am a millennial, generation X, we are known for our determination and resilience even in the worst situations. I strongly believe our beloved country is not a lost cause. The menace of the years has warranted us to seek out the GOOD maiden.
The ideology imbibed into us at birth was influenced by surrounding circumstances. It is the ideology of succumbing to oppression or as the saying goes “if you can’t beat them join them”. It was to give up and accept one’s fate as a member of a corrupt society; to lie with dogs and get up with fleas.
The only solution to this cankerworm that has eaten deep into our very essence is an ideological overhaul. How can we change you ask? We have the tools; we just lack the knowledge to bring them to life. But despair not, alas, I come bearing glad tidings.
I offer to everyone the long sought knowledge. The catalyst for change is in EVERY SINGLE ONE of us, the light of reformation still glimmers in us, undaunted by the surrounding darkness, the flame flickers but does not die. We need to fuel this flame to burn ever so bright, THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE, I’M GOING TO LET IT SHINE! You should too.
We are the future of the nation, We can spur change in our little corner, in our daily activities, in whatever position we find ourselves. As a class/course representative, member of the student representative council, SUG president etc nothing is too little or insignificant to matter. Do whatever you do as a diligent Citizen, as Ghandi remarked: “Be the change you wish to see in the world”.
Together, with our heads held high, let us chant the motto of transformation and like a chain reaction, we will have cause to step back and admire the work of our hands. We would have achieved the seemingly impossible feat, the herculean task that is change. Change is here, Change we can! Change we shall!
Let this ideology be your guide this New Year. Happy New Year folks!
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