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Nigerians need a mentality shift

15 June 2016, 13:49 Bennett Essien

Did you know that the economic crisis in this country are primarily caused by two factors:

1. The abuse and misuse of resources by Civil and Public servants.

2. The slave mentality of our youths.Let me explain the second since the first is common knowledge. 

Are Nigerians Physically Hardworking and mentally Brain-Lazing?

It is time, we need to shift from the Hardworking Slave Mentality to the Brain-working Mastery Mentality. This is simple, It is like this, the slave mentality graduates from school looking for jobs, isn't it true that "he who pays the piper dictates the tune".

As long as you are being paid, you are no better off because you will always be controlled by your boss (that's what he pays you for).

A situation where you answer Yes Sir/ Yes Ma not out of respect but from slavery to month-end pay, gallivanting the streets; moving to and fro like the devil looking for jobs you may cling to like parasites until something better comes up.Of course this is not driven by passion for the job but of slavery to money and survival.

Isn't it slave mentality that a man would rather prefer to answer yes Sir/ Yes Ma to a boy or girl far below his/her age?
Is it not slave mentality that you are willing to pay a substantial money and beg or sell your "birthright" to be considered for a job position?
Is it not slave mentality that you prefer the comfort of an office where you sit almost all day busy doing something close to nothing for a pay at the close of the month?

Tell me, is it not slave mentality that graduates who are spent within our schools & decorated with Masters or PhD and so on are laboring and answering Yes Sir to Lebanese and Chinese, is it because these foreigners are more educated than our PhD or our other qualified Certificate holders or is it that these foreigners understand our country more than we the citizens?

Tell me why a graduate would spent such a fortune in school only to come out and manage a meager pay rather than use his brains and talent to create a job for himself and create opportunities for others...what do you call that? That's a Nigerian who is physically hardworking but brain lazy.

We didn't go to schools to become paid slaves. I believe we went to school to make ourselves, our societies and then our country better and we cant do so living on salaries that can only feed us and our families or can we?

What am I talking about? Look at this statistics:According to Vanguard Online, "The Police Service Commission (PSC) on Thursday said it shortlisted 338,227 applicants out of the 911,438 that applied for recruitment" this is not even close to the 10,000 they actually needed.

Yet, if you ask how many Nigerians like the Police, your guess is as good as mine. so what are they looking for in the force?

According to National Bureau of Statistics, Youth unemployment rose to 42.24% in 2016.

The problem here is our lazy mentality and preference for the easy way out. Some one once said, "A typical Nigerian would rather die than THINK"When will you leave your job and get down to something real that is born from within you, take the uphill task of discipline and stick to it come rain, come sun and then taking advantage of our natural endowments... are you looking at me? go and ask Dangote and the rest.

We can't all be like Dangote but we can all contribute to our development. Let's make Nigeria better for our coming up generations, the foreigners will not care about them.

It is time to shift from the Hardworking slave mentality to the Industrious masters mentality.

- MyNews24

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