…As a result of We Are Nigerians By Sanni Oluwaseun
“In a rustic nicely ruled, poverty is one thing to be ashamed of. In a rustic badly ruled, wealth is one thing to be ashamed of” – Confucius
Nigeria is the “big of Africa”; a self-given title we take a lot pleasure in and at all times in a rush to rub on the faces of different African nations when needed, and when not. We remind them of our inhabitants energy, large land mass, pure sources and varied previous glories. However we all know what it’s; a PR technique championed by our leaders to present a very good impression of the nation to the surface world. Nonetheless, we come again dwelling to face the fact; we’re simply one other African nation, although with giant inhabitants and pure sources, but battling offering probably the most basic items to the citizenry. In actuality, we aren’t the enormous of Africa and we all know it. If something, we’re a significant African dwarf.
Being born in a rustic in most elements of the world is a blessing. I’m certain a median Nigerian has a unique opinion. I do know due to the speed at which many anticipating moms rush to present beginning within the US and UK simply so their infants could possibly be residents of these nations. The danger, value and stress however. Alternatively, I don’t see or hear of individuals coming to present beginning in Nigeria to say Nigerian citizenship. Or are you aware anybody? I see what number of Nigerians on social media rush to point curiosity on any publish that has one thing like “learn how to migrate to Canada/US” as its title.
I used to be born in Nigeria within the early 90’s to a typical Nigerian dwelling. Rising up was robust however my dad and mom had been on prime of their video games to verify we acquired all we wanted. That’s why I had slightly drawback with that Ozzy’s tweet. From a younger age, I understood that it’s the accountability of the residents to guard themselves. Sure, everyone knows God is the protector of everybody. However we as people must put in some efforts too. However as a tax-paying citizen, that effort turns into the accountability of presidency in saner climes. Nigeria undoubtedly doesn’t fall in that class. I do know this as a result of I grew up seeing my dad and mom pay a stipulated quantity each month to the Vigilante group accountable for securing our road. How this isn’t the accountability of the federal government via the assorted safety businesses didn’t happen to me then till later. With time, I got here to comprehend that I’m a Nigerian and it’s my very own accountability to guard myself. The latest killings and kidnap in Zamfara and the resignation of the governor as Chief Safety Officer of the state say all of it. Does anybody know why he has not been impeached already? I assume it’s as a result of we’re Nigerians and we don’t precisely have the facility to resolve who rule us.
it’s additionally in Nigeria that we have now trigger-happy, “blood-sucking” vampires as policemen. The latest killing of Kolade Johnson and a number of other different comparable circumstances in latest previous attest to this. I’m most likely the one Nigerian youth that has by no means been harassed or assaulted by males of the Nigerian Police. That is probably as a result of I don’t drive, don’t keep out late, I’ve no dreads, no tattoos, no earring and different Nigerian police crimson flags. Ought to we now inform each Nigerian to dwell the life I personally selected for myself simply to keep away from Police harassment? Definitely not, as a result of the final time I checked, none of those contradict any a part of our structure.
Energy continues to be a significant problem for the “big of Africa”. Typically, I think about how exhausting it could be for me to regulate to staying in a spot the place there may be fixed energy provide. I’m certain a median Nigerian on the road would suppose that ought to solely be potential in heaven. However no, you don’t must embark on a journey to the world past to see uninterrupted energy provide as a result of that’s the actuality of most nations across the globe, together with Ghana. Ghana right here o. Whereas, right here in Nigeria I continually have to decide on between enduring the noise from generator or sleeping within the warmth. I’ve to decide on to both spend my cash to purchase gas to observe a football match or exit to observe it at my very own threat.
It’s such a shameful factor that a nation which prides itself as “African Large” can’t present these primary facilities to her residents. Speaking about disgrace, I ponder if Nigerian leaders perceive that phrase. Typically I really feel this second-hand embarrassment for our leaders when they’re in a type of comity of countries’ conferences. How they don’t really feel nothing themselves nonetheless beat me.
I reside in Lagos, the undisputed headquarter of site visitors jam in Nigeria, or Africa, or the world. A mean Lagosian spends 2-hours in site visitors each weekday. Let’s do the maths. There are about 22 weekdays in a month. 2-hours multiplied by 22 days offers you 44 wasted hours on the street each month. The legendary Mike Okri’s music “Time Na Cash”, a metaphorical expression of the numerous function of time in getting cash involves thoughts at this level. Going by that, solely God is aware of how a lot cash Lagosians lose on a regular basis to site visitors.
Lagos is broadly divided into two – Mainland and Island. Each morning, thousands and thousands of Lagosians transfer from both of those “Lands” to the opposite utilizing three main bridges – Third Mainland Bridge, Eko Bridge and Carter Bridge. These bridges will not be sufficient, however manageable. However as a result of we’re Nigerians and we deserve hell so far as our leaders are involved, they thought there is no such thing as a higher location to make use of as trailer parks besides these bridges. I assume that is a part of the plan as contained within the well-known blueprint of Lagos by the “head nigga” in cost. So buses wrestle for house with static trailers on a regular basis, losing time and vitality on the street and inflicting extraordinarily low productiveness at work. Many have joked that the majority Lagosians work on the street and relaxation at work.
Speaking about joke, we’re Nigerians and we joke with every part. We had been as soon as named the happiest folks on this planet and there’s no doubt about that. We discover humorous angles to every part and scenario. Good as that’s, it’s one in every of our issues. Most tweets on twitter are to experience on a pattern, get likes, retweets and followers, and never a real try to handle conditions. Since that’s the intention, our youths focus vitality on sounding savage and creating memes to get the gratification they need. The results of it’s we have now folks speaking about points on social media however no corresponding motion to again it up in actual life.
As Nigerians, it’s dangerous to be wealthy. Poverty is such a very good factor for members of the general public. Now we have leaders who continually remind us of this with statements like “I’m poorer now than earlier than I acquired into energy”, “Nigeria ought to dwell inside their means” and the likes. They continually give the impression that anybody who’s wealthy should have made the cash via unlawful means. Paradoxically although, they give the impression of being away when there are clear indications that their allies are perpetrating the identical corruption they declare to be combating.
The struggle towards corruption is arguably the most important political rip-off in Nigeria since we spent billions producing darkness. Little question, corruption is without doubt one of the main issues of Nigeria. However ought to we now give attention to that one factor and overlook about every part else (the economic system particularly)? Possibly the true query is are we even honest on this “struggle”?
It’s clear at this level that it’s the fault of our leaders that we discover ourselves the place we’re right this moment. Nonetheless, I believe it’s excessive time we moved previous anticipating them to make things better for us; “that meins we’ll sleep dia”. The state of issues now favours them so they don’t seem to be going to attempt to repair it. The query is does it favour you, the abnormal citizen? I do know your reply is not any. I do know as a result of I really feel precisely what you’re feeling. Since we’re all on the identical web page, then it’s about time we took the struggle off social media and get severe. In contrast to some man in Zamfara who claimed to be “getting slightly pissed”, me “I’m Severely pissed” and I’m certain you might be too. The time is now. No sidon look.
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