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NIGERIA, WE HAVE FAILED THEE!

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Nigeria is a country like any other only with little tweaks, which are what stands her out as a nation. It is a country blessed with many natural resources, human resources and free from major natural disasters but with challenges that are more devastating than what could be imagined. Our major challenge as a country has been the people as a whole. We have consistently battled with corruption, profligacy in the midst of utter indigence, impunity among people entrusted with power, disregard for the rule of law, insecurity, unemployment, crime of gargantuan proportion. To cap it all, we are gradually moving to a state of anarchy and in the words of Chinua Achebe, ‘things are falling apart, the centre is no longer holding.’

Looking at these behemoth cankerworms, which have eaten our country dry leaving us like a starved stray dog though we live in the midst of plenty, I am left not just distraught but riling at how we have failed this once beautiful country with lofty dreams that gave the world a cold chill. How did we get to this place of disdainful mockery, animosity, ethnic grievances, political brutes, gorilla and vigilante redress for justice, militancy, and insurgency, and other menaces that have become cancerous in our nation, threatening the very unity and peace of this dear nation – if any ever existed?

You read right when you saw, ‘we have failed.’ I mean every part of that word. We, as a people, have failed this country! We are the reason everything has deteriorated. Nigeria is a tapestry of people; a collection of people makes up a country. Without a people, there will be no nation and vice versa. I used to be part of the populace that was embittered with this nation; I lamented over every unfair treatment it has meted to me, over how neglected I have been in this country and how much of my dreams it delayed. In fact, I would sneer at the popular American saying ‘think not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.’ Now, I laugh at my own ignorance after realising the wisdom embedded in that phrase.

I was engrossed with much hatred for this nation and I gradually lost interest in everything that concerned her – not that I have a different opinion now, but I have a different perspective. I am channelling my anger at the people that constitute this nation – you and I. Yes, I still think my country owes me a great deal of things ranging from world class healthcare, suitable infrastructures, accessible social amenities, high educational standards, security of lives and properties; to innovative science and technology, modern safe means of transportation, reliable and available labour market, guaranty of the fundamental human rights. I also ask for clean environment, equal opportunities for all, among others.

However, I know that the things I so fervently crave for, which actually are my rights, will remain elusive if I continually entrust them in the hands of mediocre. In fact, they will perpetually plunder away the gains of my nation if the status quo is maintained while the chase for a paradise on earth will be nothing but nebulous.

The problems we have had have been caused mostly by our own people not by any god or the personality ‘Nigeria.’ Nigeria wears no shoes, uses no hats and signs no doted lines to siphon the common wealth, it does not award sham contracts. It is not Nigeria who sinks bore holes in communities only to go bad after weeks of commissioning. Nigeria does not hold a rod and stand on its two legs with a goon; holding umbrella in the sun while the ray pierces through his own skin as it launches a badly constructed road that will soon open its belly to swallow its citizens. I have never seen the entity ‘Nigeria’ in ruckus throwing chairs and smashing fellow lawmakers with different weapons during plenary sessions.

Perchance I am a little too young to have seen Nigeria grind our educational sector to a halt; putting students across all strata of schooling at home for a combined period of two years, maybe our ancestors documented it; please show me. Never have I seen Nigeria seated in a chair announcing the sack of 16000 striking resident doctors, grind refineries to a halt and use money generated as his allowance or being culpable for allowing aeroplanes not fit even for their hanger in the air. I am yet to spot Nigeria in its inimitable shape taking bribe with tattered palms, faded black uniforms holding guns that should belong in the war museum on the road or hitting innocent civilians with the sole of boots and head covered in helmets bearing leaves in cafeterias.

Essentially, it has been you and I representing the country that has perpetrated these outlandish acts not the legal entity called ‘Nigeria.’ We have indulged for too long in outrageous attitudes that have sunk the fortunes of the land faster than the titanic ship.

If truly we want a change, there must be a paradigm shift, a change from the norm, a break loose from sentiments and a bull dash at our goals. We must begin to act urgently with the need for a prosperous today not just a bright future individually by being the change we desire, which then spirals to our collective desires.

We have failed this country too much to continue to let it wallow away in the hands of clueless gluttons, confused imps who exhibit intolerable incompetence. Now is the time to stop failing our nation and to begin to put square pegs in square holes, to support proficiency over hopelessness, to celebrate shrewdness over profligacy, and to demand for accountability and not tolerate extravagance.

Together we can!

ADEKANYE ADEYINKA .O.