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Where are the Nation Builders?

24 October 2012, 10:22

My write up could be termed a clarion call for those who will take out time to read. How I wish every young mind in this country and in the diaspora could have an insight into what I'm serving in the dish of today's dailies.

I wish everyone who considers themselves as a youth could pause a few seconds and take a reflection at their lives so far, a scrutiny of the present and a foresight into the future with one question in mind: When else would I have the capacity to build the nation Nigeria if not now? Thought provoking if you will agree with me. We seem to be so carried away with getting our daily bread that we forget we are subconsciously adding to the decadence by not consciously contributing to the upliftment of this country.

Some are so content with playing second fiddle to those in authority that they forget it should be an avenue to learn the ropes and get even better than the ones who they are saying the 'yes sirs' to. How many people in my generation actually reads? And I mean good books that can broaden their horizon and prepare them for greatness. I still remember the adage that says 'If you want to hide something from a black man, put it in a book' and till today, nothing much has changed about that adage.

Another class of people have chosen the path of blowing the trumpet on behalf of those who have lord it over us. They paint the most evil public servant as the most innocent saint. They have sold their conscience for some change and hence turned themselves to mouth piece for those who don't mean any good for them, defending them physically and in the media. They are always more than willing to call black white and vice versa.

It discourages me that those who are milking us dry seem to have a particular script they have written which we keep acting out for them. We seem to have become their dummies just because we are too preoccupied with immediate gains as against building our future. Our selfish attitude of I, Me and Myself on its own is not helping matters and you wonder if we have given up on our own generation.

It baffles me each time I look at the average age of a political office holder in Nigeria and I can't but ask myself where my generation has been swept to. I wonder when the best time to use our intellect, vigour, energy and agility will be if not now. Why then is it looking as if we are wasting away?

As much as I am making a case for us to wake up and take our rightful place in the country,  kindly know that it is not going to be an easy one as what we should be aiming for is being the leader the world will look up to and not just any mediocre ruler. Now, are we ready to become a pace- setter for the upcoming generation? Are we willing to go to the drawing board and start from the scratch? Are we willing to develop and groom ourselves so as to become refined? Are we ready to learn from other people's mistakes? Are we willing to make the sacrifices: To read books instead of soft sell magazines, watch debates rather than a movie, listen to news in the place of facebook, participate in government instead of talking, challenge the status quo rather than tag along?

If we all don't start getting interested in what happens here in Nigeria, I wonder how we intend to get it right. I've noticed to my dismay how interested Nigerians are in America's business; We stay up to watch their debates and even post cum comment hours after. As much as I am not totally against this, it would have been better if we indicate as much interest in what happens on our soil than what happens elsewhere because this is home for us all.

We also need to realise that we can't influence everyone at once. If we want to see a better Nigeria, why don't we start with our circle of influence believing that those ones with the right mindset will influence their own circle and steadily, everyone who matters is reached. So let each one reach one and together let us bring back the lost pride of our country NIGERIA.

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