Someone once said in his book, that life is difficult.Is it?Yes it is, and I am saying it again now that life is difficult and so much more if you are a Nigerian.WHY? Please patiently follow me as we take a journey into what being a Nigerian really is and looks like.And as you join me on this few lines and notes on our reality, lets honestly take a closer insight into why it can be so difficult in identifying and associating yourself as a Nigerian. So please ask then,who is a Nigerian? Are there other more qualified and authentic people who are to be called Nigerians who should enjoy the blessings of the country and it’s resources apart from You and I?
Tunde Godwin is a typical Nigerian, a husband,passionate about his country and a very able body young man,who works an average of 14 hours or more a day to ensure there is food on the table for his family.He managed to acquire a Bajaj Motorcycle, after rigorously paying for it on hire purchase as an okada man.He is still doing it in providing for his own basic needs coupled with the many challenges of our country’s basic amenities unavailability. No jobs available that will complement his many years of study earning a BSC in Economics, but he has to result to ‘Okada’ business just to cover up his shame and the deep lapses of our so called Government.Each time I see this Nigerian,I always want to ask; is this the price of being a Nigerian amidst our country’s wealth of abundant natural & human resources? Such a man will always hope and pray that someday, that his God wins for him over the many ills, disappointments and short changing experienced daily,living as a Nigerian.
Mama Justice, is also a trader I happen to come across daily at the popular road side Ketu market for pedestrians every evening.I could vividly remember commuting home one day and there was a heavy downpour of rain.As the bus wade through the heavy vehicular traffic and people as it rains harder,I looked from the windshield from where I sat and there she was. She is not just there by default or choice,but purely because of our country’s situation,she stays determined in the rain,mounting on her polythene cloth-like protection, as she eagerly calls out to passers by to buy her goods. And if there is no other means for assisting her husband, paying the school fees, house rent and other pending cost of living in Nigeria, who else will do that for her?Tell me,is it our insensitive Government or politicians and leaders? I just cant seem to understand how these women survive such days, hardships and scenarios and still cheer up and be happy to be called fellow Nigerians, by our corrupt, insensitive and greedy leaders.
Can i also talk about Grace Aisha Emeka too? She is a young, intelligent and very hard working lady barely in her twenties. She had looked for job almost everywhere even with a completed school certificates results, to help further her dream on more education.Nothing meaningful and available to do than to sell used clothes to support her family in a neglected community of their own oil rich state. It baffles me to hear of how many Nigerians is said to be living below $1 Dollar daily amidst our huge oil generating revenues, as compared to other smaller nations of OPEC. Isn’t it a BIG shame? You and I , even this young lady can only hope, pray for,wish for and expect God’s grace of blessings that will really set Nigeria on a high the pedestal it belongs.And if not,shouldn't we be so ashamed to be a called Nigerians in the face of other countries?I tell you its really a shame.Do you also know how many of us wake up each wishing that we are not Nigerians?
Well, who are Nigerian Youths? You see a whole lot of hurt, disappointed, wounded, angry, punctured self esteem, and endangered specie of generation who are so ashamed to be called Nigerians because of the state of their motherland. Have you ever been to the Airports,embassies or seen young Nigerians in foreign lands? Its such a pity,i would say, from the fact that they so detest their country and would do anything just to escape from its very borders.It is even now a trend that some smaller African countries are also their targets now if they cant get into Europe or America.The question I ask now is, what will it cost for our present day Government to salvage and invest immensely in our Youths, these promising leaders, these next entrepreneurs and absolutely gifted and talented young people from perishing and wasting away from their shame of being proudly called a Nigerian? Is it ever a crime to be born, raised, grow and be a youth in Nigeria? Is life as a Nigerian getting any better or difficult?I bet you can give an answer to that too.
Lastly, in our country Nigeria, politicians,leaders and those in power use every opportunity,lies,deception and and all tactics to ensure that others(and especially the youths) are subdued, marginalised and relegated to the background so that they and their families, relations and elite friends can enjoy the riches of this blessed land alone.But while in America and other countries for instance,their leaders and Government revere their youths,gives them supports and incentives in educational or infrastructural matters to bring out the best in them for the overall development and growth of their economy. I tell you that even Ghana now is a more secure, profitable and highly advantageous to their youths in terms of good education, infrastructural facilities for businesses and even a well standard paid employment plans from school leavers level to their graduates.So why won’t you and I,or some companies rather flee or relocate there for better and promising atmosphere for development? So should I really stand out boldly to say I am from Nigeria,the crippled Giant of Africa?Or can you also stand and lay claims on that?
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