The Nigeria I knew when I was a kid is fading away. And, it pains me that I am a witness to the terror I use to hear and read in other countries happening in Nigeria almost every day.
So, I ask myself these questions: Where did we go wrong? Is it that our leaders and country was thinking that we were isolated from the trend of events in the world or we were simply lethargic? If not, why is it that we have not made any meaningful head-way in this fight against terror?
Pained by these present realities, I was thinking about everything and I came up with these premises: Is either the government does not care about us and or they have conspired against us to do nothing or nothing actionable to our pressing mirage of problems. OK; maybe, they are trying but trying in this reality is not just good enough. May I remind them that they sworn oath to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians. It was not an oath to try but to protect. Apparently, they have forgotten this function. Please wake up and bring back the girls.
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It is no longer news how our countrymen and women are been killed, and all I hear from the authorities is that we are on top of the situation, we are winning the war against terrorism, Boko Haram will be a thing of the past. We are tired of these clichés. If I may ask, how soon will that be? Is it when all our people are killed before Boko Haram will be a thing of the past?
I think the Government has conspired against us; if not, why do they keep on telling us all these lies and still claim that our economy is the largest in Africa and yet there are no physical evidence to back these claims. The World Bank attest to this recently that Nigeria is among one of the five poorest countries in the world. But as expected, the president said Nigeria is not a poor country but that what we are experiencing is income redistribution and he backed this up with glib statements and I laughed. OK! Maybe I am not looking at it from his perspective but I know and it is obvious that when income is not or properly redistributed poverty becomes a friend to such a nation and nothing more.
Correct me if I am wrong, I have this feeling that almost everything is going from bad to worse. I can still remember how we used to enjoy quiet stable power supply in Yenagoa and this coincided with the era of free electricity. Then, I use to think that by the time we start paying electricity bills the power situation will move from quiet stable to stable power supply. I was wrong. The reverse is now the case. I could say this of the whole country too. As if that is not enough, funds are missing both at the NNPC and Pension, the immigration debacle, the kidnapped schoolgirls from Chibok, illegal arrest of protesters, increasing debt profile (I hear it is now NGN10.1 trillion), and the continuous attacks on civilians by Boko Haram and other miscreants are pointers to you are on your own (OYO) mentality that is going on. Which way Nigeria?
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The poor are growing poorer and the rich are getting richer by the day. Government schools are no longer for the poor but the rich. Private schools are for the rich also. School fees are increased with any commensurate increase and or improvement of infrastructure. Indeed, the government has abandoned us.
I will like to also say that there is no empathy in the Empathy Bank Account of some government agencies anymore. Think about this for a moment, why would a LGA and the sanitation authority in a state charge a huge amount of NGN5,000 for an ordinary sticker and a waste disposal basket that can be bought for NGN500 from petty business owners. My friend (a retailer) said they told him the fee is for tax and I said NO it is extortion. (My friend is out of business now because of the huge operational cost). Perhaps, this is the kind of income redistribution they are talking about. Take from people who are hustling to survive to feed the rich.
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They have abandoned us. Maybe we have abandoned ourselves too. If not, we would have had cause to rise above ethnic, religious, political, and other inconsequential lines and work together towards a better government and Nigeria. Finally, borrowing the words of Ishola Williams: A leader does not come from heaven; he comes from a group of people. If the people are good followers, they will choose the right leaders.
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