Nigeria 🇳🇬 @ 61: Salvaging a Nation From Disintegrating
When I look at Nigeria, from North to South, West to East, the happenings and events are one and all. Armed robbery, bandits, terrorism, kidnapping, secession agitations, the rise of unknown gunmen, and ritual killings. These things are of such high altitude that it has overwhelmed our security agencies, who have been stretched to the limits and in the process lost numerous gallant officers.
If we look back to our 61 years ago or more, many who were around then would argue till their last breathe that the pride and giant of Africa, who was the envy of all, would miss her way to the top and things would turn south for her. Many will argue till their last breathe that more than a century of existence and after 61 years of independence, Nigeria 🇳🇬 will still be yet to find her feet and place in the committee of developed nations. Many would argue that our beloved Nigeria will by now will have very little to show for its development and will still be battling with providing basic amenities for her people and as a result, has led to many of our Compatriots losing faith in the country and desperately seeking a means of migration. The country is also suffering from the infestation of the brain drain of her finest professionals.
In a recent survey (2021 Nigeria Social Cohesion Survey) by the Africa Polling Institute (API), which was carried out to develop a social cohesion index for Nigeria and measure citizens’ perception of the state of social cohesion, it was found that more than 7 in 10 Nigerians (constituting about 73 per cent) would gladly relocate abroad with family members if the opportunity arises.
Furthermore, the trust Nigerians have in their Judicial system is only a mere 26% and that of the Police and National Assembly stand at 22%. However, only 27% believe the future will be much worse than what we’re experiencing today.
It should be noted that when we say national social cohesion, we’re referring to the willingness of citizens, Nigerians in this case, to corporate and work together towards ensuring the survival and prosperity of the country.
Sadly, this is our reality. The earlier we come to terms with our true identity the better.
In the midst of all of this chaos, the question remains what must be done to salvage our dear nation from collapse and disintegration.
Just as I opined in a recent online discussion I was involved in courtesy of Hajia Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya, I will be reiterating my stand and elaborate where need be.
To rescue Nigeria from the current quagmire, I believe certain things must as a matter of urgency be put in place
1. We must establish an identity.
When you ask the average Nigerian who we are as a nation, the chances of getting a tangible response is little to nothing. If we don’t know who we are as a nation, how then can we navigate these murky waters we’re immersed in. How can we help a man who does not know himself? Therefore, the first thing we need to do to restore Nigeria to glory is to build an identity for her. This is very vital.
2. Respect each other’s beliefs (religion and others), boundaries, culture, practices, and emotions.
In a land where a lot of people lay claim to superiority and invalidate fellow compatriots’ religious beliefs, boundaries, emotions but to mention a few, it was only a matter of time before clashes start occurring. I doubt there will be cohesion with acknowledging and respecting each other’s differences and tolerating them.
3. Justice ⚖
This is one of the most important tools for any nation’s survival, Nigeria can not be an exemption. Where there’s no justice, don’t expect peace. And I think our current reality says it all. As mentioned above, only 26% of Nigerians have any belief, whatsoever, in our Judicial system, this is dangerous. Even the state of our Judicial system is such a sorry one. I remember a 2go status from one of my friends years back that, says “to hell with peace where justice has been butchered and massacred” and I couldn’t but completely agree.
4. Respect for the rule of law
The average Nigerian, including those who have been saddled with the responsibility of leadership and our law enforcers, are no respecter of the law. How then won’t there be chaos and disasters all over the land?
5. Oneness of Nigeria
One of the reasons we’re still where we are is simply because we’ve refused to see each other as one. This is detrimental to our survival as a nation. Seeing each other as one will help us watch out for each other.
6. Birth a National Value
For the average Burkinabé, s/he sees him/herself as an upright person and carries him/herself as such. As Nigerians, what is the National Value that we all must key into?
7. Resurrect our National Orientation Agency
This agency has a major role to play in the development of Nigeria and fostering peace and unity. It needs to be resurrected to full capacity. I know the challenges faced by the agency is quite huge but I believe we can find a way around it.
8. Be Driven by the Passion to Serve God and Humanity
Stephen Agai, one of the co-discussant commented “be driven by the passion to serve God and humanity” and I could not but agree with him completely. You see when you are constantly conscious of your Rabb (Lord or Maker), His fear will prevent you from doing certain things such as harming your fellow compatriots. And when you remember the day of accountability, you will want to tread carefully. Also, when you leave to serve humanity, you will be more concerned about seeing goodness.
9. Should you be allowed to lead (serve) the people, be true to them.
Fellow Nigerians, the responsibility of building Nigeria rest on the shoulder of each and every one of us and to successful shoulder this responsibility we need to imbibe the trait of uprightness into our DNA. We must be upright in our dealings, in all spheres.
GOD Bless Nigeria and Shower His Forgiveness and Mercy on her 💚