I Still Believe In Hope, I Still Believe In Nigeria_Happy Birthday Nigeria!

Today, October 1st, my country Nigeria marks 53 years of independence from British colonial rule. It has been a journey fraught with more valleys than mountains, with more pain than joy. There is no denying the fact that a lot of things are wrong, at every level and facet of life.

Let me explore a little. There is infrastructural decay, a state of affairs of many years of insipid leadership, and outright calumny form leaders who know what us right but chose to foster what is wrong. Scores of future brilliant had died because of this infrastructural decay, mentally and physically. Schools churn out unemployable graduates (I have first hand knowledge as an employer of labour of over two decades); health institutions remain mere consultancy centers where wrong diagnosis is the order of the day; roads have become death traps, where as a pastor recently observed, you choose which pothole to ride in! Yet we are supposed to have ‘leaders’ (or pretenders to leadership, if you insist).

There is moral decadence. Welcome to a clime where the degenerate accuse another of moral ineptitude! How? Many Nigerians who cheat on their taxes, who cheat on their spouses, who cheat with the measuring scales in their places of trade, who themselves inflate invoices on contracts, who use pub
If amenities without paying for them etc. readily accuse politicians and government officials of corruption; rail against lack of transparency in governance, and most importantly, accuse public service providers of failure to deliver on services they refuse to pay for! Where scammers accuse others of scam! Yet we are supposed to have ‘leaders’ (or pretenders to leadership, if you insist)

There is lack of respect for basic human dignities. Ours is a land where it is not uncommon for human beings, created in the image and likeness of God, to have to beg and cringe for daily survival in the midst of vulgar display of wealth. A place where to continue to ride roughshod over men, leaders conspire to deny basic education; where many do not have portable water to nourish their bodies; where those paid to look after the welfare of the aged skim off their pensions! Yet we are supposed to have ‘leaders’ (or pretenders to leadership, if you insist)


But rather than condemn Nigeria today (because the journey has been one of 53 years of perpetual struggle), or prophesy doom (because the problems seem insurmountable) as many are won’t to do today, I rather want to see a bright future.

Am I being unrealistic? Or overly optimistic? I think not. I firmly believe in the indomitable nature of the average Nigerian; I have unshakable believe in the mercies of the Living God. I know that things cannot possibly go on like this. Something has to give. Sooner, rather than later. As a columnist shared in a national daily this week, Nigeria is changing, and we know it not.

What are the parameters of my hope? I know that some Nigerians are beginning to start at the basic level – with themselves; striving to make themselves true likeness of the creator, choosing to do the right thing, even when it is unpopular to do so. I know people have committed to live-out the light of upright living in the morass of darkness. You might not see it yet, but it is a force whose time cometh soon. Many may think it too little, or too late; but do not be contemptuous of living beginnings! If it took a Luther to reform the old church, there is still a place called hope for Nigeria!

I choose to believe in a place called hope, I choose to believe in a bright future for my nation, Nigeria; where each individuals will take firm responsibility for their lives, choosing to do the right thing per time, looking out for the weak, infirm and needy, choosing to participate in the process of governance (not necessarily as a politician, but as a savvy voter and critic), opting not to see a stranger (‘foreigner’) in that other fellow only because he speaks a different dialect or eats a different kind of food, but dealing with all according to the content of their character; electing not to cheat their way to a living, but put in honest effort to live. And I refuse to accept that this is unrealistic,because I know that nothing can be withheld from any man who conceives to do a thing! That is the real DNA of mankind; and Nigerians are survivors.

Nigeria, I refuse to see you as a nut case. No, rather I see you as a city set upon a hill. You will fulfill destiny as a land of opportunity and realized dreams. This season of anomie shall pass, and the generation of my children shall make a better go of you.

I am not unmindful of every confession of evil against your destiny; but I speak into the airspace of Nigeria, boldly as a heir of the Kingdom – every possessor of the gates of this nation, hear this – NIGERIA WILL PROSPER. Weeping may endure for a season, but joy cometh in the morning! Your reign of terror over the destiny of my nation is coming to an end! For as long as the dawn succeeds dusk, the Nigeria project will not fail. Beams of light that relieves the sentries of darkness will burst forth soon.

Some might think this simplistic. But ponder this – why is it that even people with the best intentions fail once they get into office or positions where their actions or omissions influence the destiny of our nation? Surely, not all our leaders, past and present, are devilish in mind and intent! It is more than physical, dear friends. Hence my declaration.


Happy birthday, Nigeria!

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