“What a radical idea. A great gift that our Founders gave to us: The freedom to chase our individual dreams through our sweat and toil and imagination, and the imperative to strive together, as well, to achieve a common good, a greater good.”–Obama
Our individual dreams and aspirations are our most valuable assets, we cannot give it up because the government, or people do not support us or help us. We must fight for our dreams and toil for it especially the one we have for a better Nigeria. This is the honourable thing to do. I am not sure who our founding fathers are and what they gave us. What we received were vested interest, nepotism, tribalism and a string of uncompleted strategic assets like the moribund Ajaokuta steel complex, Aladja steel complex, Oshogbo Steel complex, National Fertilizer company, Aluminium Smelting company, Oil Refineries and so on. These are what we must start with to begin to put our country together.
I know though that our creator did not design us to walk alone. We must forge with respect, cooperation with other people that are possibly different from us and belong to diverse cultures. Indeed intelligence includes our unique ability as humans to work with people with different beliefs, culture and tribe. One thing is sure; our differences do not cancel our common good. This is what I see and do observe that despite all our vested interests in play, we have all collectively lost. The truth is, all nationals who live and work in Warri, whether they are originally from Kano, Adamawa, Lagos or Bomadi, will enjoy great development there when it happens. Residents are more important to the development of an area than indigenes in far-flung lands. We must therefore develop the location of our resident working with other residents irrespective of our tribe and origins. We are Nigerians.
Giving up on Nigeria is not an option. You will be given no trophy for that. Every fight we do not finish our children will fight till Nigeria becomes a place worthy of the praise of her citizens.
“So that’s what we mean when we say America is exceptional — not that our nation has been flawless from the start, but that we have shown the capacity to change and make life better for those who follow. Yes, our progress has been uneven. The work of democracy has always been hard. It’s always been contentious. Sometimes it’s been bloody.”–Obama
Nigeria can be exceptional too, beginning from accepting a position that we have many flaws. The capacity for this change remains with us the people of Nigeria, the citizen. Indeed the progress will be uneven and sometimes suspiciously sectional, appearing discriminatory at other times, but even discriminatory progress, which we have hardly seen is progress nevertheless.
You have a Northern, Southern, Muslim or Christian neighbour. If you have an ignorant, argumentative, rich or poor neighbour, love your neighbour. It is nice to do so, so Nigeria can be healed. We all have a point, which may not be apparent to all let us seek to understand before we seek to be understood. This has never been easy even in marriage but we can thread the hard path successfully. After all, what could be tougher than the foolishness and stubbornness of our last 50 years of nationhood, which promoted vested and tribal interest leaving no development to show for it.
Indeed clenching your fist determined not to let go of what you jealously guard only mean you are not open to receiving fresh new benefits. Stale waters only breed disease. We must take a risk on each other. Protecting ourselves from ourselves on the basis of our tribes leaves us no nation. We must speak truth to each other and express rather than suppress our concerns, we must realize that no matter where good falls within our territories, it falls for the benefit of us all. No matter where good falls, citizens can go to enjoy it without discrimination.
“You were the change. You answered people’s hopes, and because of you, by almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started.“–Obama
No matter what the government tries to achieve, it is still the citizens, the people of Nigeria that will execute. It is still the citizens that have the final power to give hope to his brother. If the citizen loses hope it is because he found no citizen to encourage him or to support him. We can indeed claim back our personal responsibility for the renaissance of the Nigerian nation. Our collective actions or in-actions have brought us this far, we have shown flashes of good in every administration, meaning that we can. We have discussed great ideas that can push the nation forward. It was we the citizens that built the refineries, conceptualized the Nigerian content initiatives. Yes it was us that thought of the steel mills and the Aluminium smelting companies. We did the Ports and the Palm plantations, the Universities and the petrochemical companies. We can birth them still; they were our ideas in the first place.