Nigeria: The search for the promised land
Our salvific obsession
For 63 years, we have been on this Exodus. Journeying, finding where fulfillment as a nation might lie. Different leaders, some with noble intentions, others with self-aggrandizement as their core motive.
Nagging has become a daily routine, just like brushing your teeth. And the daily dose of shege we experience every day has adjusted our minds to accept the fate of a Nigeria full of chaos, corruption, insecurity, and an unstable economy.
We exist in an era where the intensity of our problems is compared, meditated upon, and painted over rather than efforts being made to create sustainable solutions. Our Common ground has become oblivious. Thus, compounding our dismay.
Now, we spend more Naira to get less Naira, reducing its purchasing power and leaving us at odds with economic policy effects beyond our comprehension.
How did we get here as a nation?
What’s preventing us from reaching our utopia?
We have blamed the structures, leaders, and foreign invaders for too long.
How long would we square up, fold our arms and wait for things to get better?
How long will we remain babies spoon-fed with anything that comes around, good or bad?
Can we be enlightened to know that an individual cannot take us to our promised land but only point us in the right direction?
The decision to embark on this journey to grasp something better lies on our shoulders as a nation.
It all starts and ends with us.
Most assuredly, we will get to that promised land
The land overflowing with security, employment, and education for all.
This can only be achieved when we realize that, as a nation, we can achieve great things together, putting aside hatred, tribalism, and racism and embracing a nation where peace and unity reign.
This article was written along with Bitrus Covenant for my NYSC Editorial CDS.