Let me begin this concluding part of the above thought provoking topic, asking us us if we still want to be Nigerians, amidst the reality of the challenging situations, scenario and dramas that we encounter daily in this country.I am still sure a whole lot of people would still have their reserved or hidden answers to that daring question. Am I right or wrong? Also judging from the first part of this piece, its quiet evident that most people would relate that there is always a certain attached pain and regrets being a Nigerian presently,except that one is such a deep hypocritical, corrupt,two-faced and self centred individual to deny that.The truth is always and will always be bitter.
And so why am I still pointing out the same issue here again?The truth is always bitter and its nothing but the truth I am determined to voice out here for us, our people and the world to know.That there is so much wrongs we have to start making rights, so many sacrifices that needs to made,so much truths to tell and see, and so much patriotism we need again in other for us to be proud again when calling ourselves as Nigerians.But it takes the collective efforts of us all to redeem our name as a great nation again,saying NO to the incessant scourges of persistent corruption,greed,selfishness and the lackadaisical way of living,valuing and contributing to the success of other countries more than our mother land.How long will we as a nation keep existing with this shame, surviving amidst abundance that God has blessed us with year in and out?
One certain issue that has continued to rubbish the name Nigeria, its glory and pride of its citizenry is our Leadership inadequacy and shortcomings. We have this enduring troubles of leadership, Governance,credibility and performance that has gotten so many of us wish we were not Nigerians.And would we ever keep pretending that all is well in the land when we keep showing no concerns,seeking nationalism of other countries while we abandon what it takes to contribute, empower and make Nigeria a truly giant of Africa? Its high time we as a people stay united and resolute to decide,oppose and also reject every imposition,policies and selfish acts of Governance that makes us feel ashamed,cheated,misruled and uncomfortable as Nigerians. We all own the land,its our right to demand for justice,equity,fairness,accountability and proper rule.
Please we all need to redefine our loyalty,love,patriotism,value system and pledges to our dear nation,so we can all be proud again to be identified as Nigerians.We are a unique, strong and great people,and we still need to stay true to that.There is no longer what we call nationhood or patriotism again.Awards are given to corrupt officials while the ones who truly deserve recognition are relegated to the backstage and low corners.And where are these problems keep coming from?Where have we as a nation gone wrong?Is there still any hope left for you and I to still be proudly called a Nigerian?So do you still want to be called a Nigerian,are you a part of the problem or are you willing to be a source of solution? No amount of denying or closing our eyes to the facts will save us from what we have become as Nigeria,until we work together earnestly to change our labels now,for tomorrow and the next generations unborn.
There is nothing wrong being a Nigerian,the land,climate,our water or its airspace but its because of our collective failures as a people, who have totally lost out of our founding fathers values,our heroes past legacies and admonitions in the project called Nigeria.We are totally blindfolded in the pursuance of excess wealth,fame,greed and success at the expense of our fellow Nigerians. We can see that Americans or other successful nations of the world values human life,honours handwork,integrity,teamwork,efficiency,maintenance of structures,law & order and i can mention a whole lot more. Why wont we all keep dreaming and running away from our own land when we have misplaced our priorities as a nation? Why wont some people be so ashamed when it comes to identifying themselves as a Nigerian? Have we ever thought of having a Nigerian Visa lottery someday too? Isn't it time for us to awake and take our place as the giant of Africa again?
So who still wants to be called a Nigerian? Who else is willing and ready to stand and say enough of mistreatment, insensitivity, corruption and greed from our leaders and governing bodies?Are we as a people ready to unite and fight off these social malaise and plaque that tends to spoil the name Nigerian ? Its left for you and I to decide and now is the right time.The only time we fail is when we STOP trying and give in to the temptation of helplessness and indifference.Let us stand and retain our identity as Nigerians, strong, united and still very much more the good people, great nation we are blessed and called to be.May God help us to answer to the call and to obey,so we (and the generations next ) wont be ashamed tomorrow when looked or called upon as a Nigerian.
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