“America, we weaken those ties when we allow our political dialogue to become so corrosive that people of good character aren’t even willing to enter into public service; so coarse with rancour that Americans with whom we disagree are seen not just as misguided but as malevolent. We weaken those ties when we define some of us as more American than others; when we write off the whole system as inevitably corrupt, and when we sit back and blame the leaders we elect without examining our own role in electing them.”–Obama
We must protect our politics to avoid corrosive dialogue, which prevent good characters from entering public service. No Nigeria indeed is more Nigerian than any other. We must not weaken our country by writing off the whole system as corrupt. There is always a remnant that has not bowed to corruption. Seating back to blame leaders we elect without examining our own role (both actions and inactions) in electing them continue to weaken us as a nation. It is not a virtue to stay out of elections, in a sense it is irresponsibility.
“It falls to each of us to be those anxious, jealous guardians of our democracy; to embrace the joyous task we’ve been given to continually try to improve this great nation of ours. Because for all our outward differences, we, in fact, all share the same proud title, the most important office in a democracy: Citizen.”–Obama
Indeed we must be jealous guardians of our democracy as we share the title of the most important office in democracy, which is Citizen.
It is obvious that the citizens of Nigeria have had a raw deal with successive leaders. It may appear that our voice will not be heard. It does not matter how resistant a rock is to the soft blows of nature, it eventually bows to it. The citizen remains a voice that eventually will bring change
“If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the Internet, try talking with one of them in real life. If something needs fixing, then lace up your shoes and do some organizing. If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself. Show up. Dive in. Stay at it.”–Obama
This is particularly inspiring. It shows that participating in the social media is indeed a valid contribution. Organizing a movement in favour of your ideals is a step further, participating by diving into centre stage is even more honourable. At least let us start from somewhere.
There is value in using social media for positive advocacy.
“I’ve seen our doctors and volunteers rebuild after earthquakes and stop pandemics in their tracks. I’ve seen the youngest of children remind us through their actions and through their generosity of our obligations to care for refugees, or work for peace, and, above all, to look out for each other.”–Obama
I ask myself a question regularly, what do my actions inspire and remind us all to take responsibility for? I ask you that same question? It was us that stopped Ebola by our actions. You see we are not as useless as some of us think. We can achieve so much if we work together focused on our goals.
“So that faith that I placed all those years ago, not far from here, in the power of ordinary Americans to bring about change — that faith has been rewarded in ways I could not have possibly imagined.”–Obama
Do we have evidence that even though the average Nigerian appears weak, he has achieved some change in this Nigeria? I believe in the power of the citizen to inspire change in the country, one community at a time.
“I do have one final ask of you as your President — the same thing I asked when you took a chance on me eight years ago. I’m asking you to believe, not in my ability to bring about change — but in yours.”–Obama
Sometimes believing in our ability to bring change seems overtly optimistic, but it is true; real change is possible with us. It is not just the ability of our elected leaders to bring change but in our ability as citizens to do so ourselves. Indeed we have more reach than any single president or governor can ever have and now technology has given us a platform for our voice to be heard. Lets use it.
“Yes, we did. Yes, we can.”–Obama
I join all of us and say yes, we too CAN!!!