From the way things are going, it is almost clear that worse days are yet to come. This is not the Biblically described ‘perilous times’ .The problems besetting our country today are a child’s play when compared to what lies ahead, unless we take urgent steps to remedy the situation.
The ominous signs are everywhere, and nobody not even the so called leaders seem to have any answer for the unfolding melodrama. The tragedy of it all is that our leaders have refused to read the writing on the wall and take relevant steps to prevent the impending doom before it becomes too late.
Like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah, when men and women reveled in impunity while the anger of God raged forth, our own people are deeply engrossed in all kinds of iniquities, while our nation is steadily gliding into self-destruction.
There is an interesting Igbo proverb, which captures this situation aptly: Onye ulo ya na-agba oku a nagi achu oke (literally translated means: somebody whose house is on fire does not chase after rats). Our leaders are doing exactly the opposite.
Instead of tackling the problems head-on, President Goodluck Jonathan on a couple of times was declaring that he was not culpable in the predicament of the country. His position is that the current challenges confronting the country predate his presidency. The task before the leadership now is beyond the question of who was responsible for the mess but who will clean up the mess.
While our nation is gradually degenerating into a lawless state some highly placed Nigerians are busy amassing ill-gotten wealth and behaving as if everything is all right. The little resources available for the provision of basic infrastructure, which will benefit the common man, are continually looted by corrupt officials, leaving the citizenry to scramble for what is left over.
Everything points to the unchanging fact that our nation is bleeding inside – beginning with our retrogressive economy to insecurity of lives and properties.
What other evidence does any rational Nigerian need before he or she believes that our nation is in dire difficult situation? The more efforts government makes to address these problems the more difficult to deal with they become.
I hope history is not trying to repeat itself. When the sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo raised the alarm of a looming economic danger as a result of the leadership style of the then President Shehu Shagari who chose to chase shadows instead of tackling the problem on ground. The present administration is doing same, telling us that everything is ok whereas we know the truth.
Instead, they have perceived every criticism, no matter how well intended, persecutory. Those of us that write to paint the real picture of Nigeria have on several occasions labeled unpatriotic but Nigerians know who the true patriots are!
The holier than thou attitude and aversion to criticism by the few in the top echelon of leadership has culminated in the country tumbling from an Olympian height to the status of a dwarf.
Let me put it straight here. Until our leaders see leadership as a call to work, nothing concrete would be achieved.
Just check out the following: the national currency has become almost worthless, living standard is falling in alarming rapidity, personal safety has taken flight from our shores, the cheapest commodity in town is fear of ‘Boko haram’. Indeed, our leaders have been indolent and visionless in the midst of huge human and material resources begging to be harnessed and properly managed.
We all know the result of hard work and vision and the consequence of laziness and lethargy. Hard work is about progress and development, while indolence is everything but prosperity and growth. It is about stagnation and rot, it is about system collapse which has continued to characterize the affairs of Nigerian state of today.
Today, we are faced with the fear of hunger, fear of disunity, fear of retrogression, fear of collapsing economy and purchasing power of the common man, fear of wasted generation as only a very insignificant number of Nigerians can actually boast of having seen good times in recent times. There are more than enough good grounds that should make Nigerians to be impatient with this administration.
Unemployment is no longer news. Graduates riding ‘okada’ is normal in the country today. It is embarrassing that while Nigeria’s contemporaries as a nation are miles away, the CBN with the blessing of the President is planning to crumble the economy the more with the introduction of N5,000 note, all to the detriment of the poor masses.
Isn’t it a shame that about 70% of the Nigerian population lack the basic things of life? Our leaders seem not to appreciate the efforts of our great heroes: Ahmadu Bello, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Tafawa Balewa, Obafemi Awolowo, Herbert Macauley and several others who fought for the independence of the country.
God bless Nigeria!
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