Nigeria is Africa’s 3rd best at London 2012 Paralympic Games.
The headline above was culled from a Nigerian Newspaper's Site. As ordinary as it may look to most people across the globe, it is one headline that has sparked some debate on the Nigerian streets.
For those of you who know a bit about Nigeria, you already are aware that the country's challenges are closely related to poor leadership and not shortage of human and natural resources. And so, the games and its results have once again confirmed what the problems with Nigeria are. One major one presently being debated upon (on the streets for now) is this: Would it not be better at the next elections to vote in our physically challenged citizens instead of the morally challenged ones that have been systematically destroying the nation in all facets for years running?
The fact remains that Nigeria has never been short of human and material resources but somehow always manage to produce some of the worst leaders in the whole world! And let no one talk about prayers here. As far as I know, and this is yet to be disproved by anyone openly, Nigeria has the highest number of churches and mosques as well as the largest population of church-going Christians and mosque-going Muslims in the whole world. It is also on record that this country parades the richest Pastors, Reverend Fathers and Muslim Clerics in the world. And that is why I say let us leave prayers and religious stuff out of this issue. We have no excuses in that area as far as I am concerned. In fact, if God were to be a human, He would have by now deleted the country called Nigeria from the hard disk called Earth due to all the fake prayers we make to him in deception of our fellow human beings in His name.
And so, let us look at the reality as it is without getting unduly psychological. Here are real facts to ponder about as we discuss the way forward in this country.
1. Since the time of the so-called independence of this nation, we have always had leaders who were in no way physically challenged but, as we have discovered, morally challenged.
2. We have never had any physically challenged leader be it as a Local Government Chairman, Governor, Senator or even a Councilor not to mention President.
3. Most of the atrocities committed by Nigerians home and abroad that have brought a lot of shame to this country have been committed by the so-called “morally challenged” citizens and NONE by the physically challenged.
4. Most of the positive achievements that have brought honour to this nation of recent especially in the sporting arena have been achieved by the “so-called” physically challenged citizens of this country. The Olympics is a physical competition. Thank God for giving the wisdom to those who invented a version of it for the physically challenged citizens of this world. But for them, no one (not even Nigerians) would have known that our physically challenged citizens are this talented. At the Olympics, Nigeria has never gone beyond a gold medal in any of the games. Of recent, even the “aluminium” medal is becoming a serious challenge for our athletes although we keep spending billions of the scarce naira on these games while failing to pay teachers in our schools. Only God knows what percentage of the estimated two billion naira plus was actually spent on our physically challenged Olympians even though we are now used to them bringing far more honours to this country than their “non-physically challenged ones”.
All of these lead one to the obvious question: “If these physically challenged citizens were to be given other assignments such as governance for example, how are we sure that they will not perform better than the morally challenged ones who have been ruling this country for ages? This is a question every Nigerian should henceforth ponder seriously before ever thinking of going to any polling station in the near future if he or she truly loves this nation.
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