By Fredrick Nwabufo
Is ‘’Nigeria’’ a pejorative? Is it a byword for the terrible? The title of our nation has assumed grotesque meanings not too extended prior to now. It has been contorted by a phylum of distraught and overbearing residents to level out hazard, anguish and struggling. Sadly, ‘’Nigeria’’ is popping into the governing synonym for turpitude and distress amongst some Nigerians.
‘’Might presumably nicely Nigeria occur to you’’. This has been said to me persistently on story of my views which some inveterate cynics and misanthropists in discovering perturbing. However my perception and religion in Nigeria reside untrammelled.
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Nigeria is not barren of challenges. Undoubtedly, at present, we’re beset with medusa-appreciate issues – insecurity, unhealthy economic system, ASUU strike, and masses others. However we will regularly grasp challenges. Each nation does. No single chief can magic away Nigeria’s troubles in a single day. Undoubtedly, no single chief can vapourise the complete worries of any nation under a tenured efficiency. Alternatively, there’ll seemingly be processes spurring prospects, hope and probabilities for alternate.
We will regularly grasp troubles. The enviornment has regularly bought troubles ‘’for the reason that Pope grew to become an altar boy, and for the reason that Foolish Sea grew to become excessive’’ – Fortunate Dube. Challenges are a pure phenomenon of life. No life is with out obstacles, and no nation is with out difficulties.
What points is our perspective and formulation to the enlighten. Regrettably, the disposition of some Nigerians to a social scourge afflicting all people is that of a buck-passer and blame-barterer. Accountability is by no formulation ours to safe. There have to be somebody or one thing to safe the guilt. We’re speedy to degree fingers, and rail towards the authorities, nonetheless ignore our culpability within the enlighten.
If there’s a deadly accident on the avenue; we succumb to the jaded chorus, ‘’Nigeria has happened’’. However we ignore the enlighten, which is the impatient drivers who’re Nigerians respect the relief of us. If there’s a terrorist assault on a settlement, we ignore the legion of collaborators – residents, informants and residents who right peek away and are Nigerians respect the relief of us – nonetheless blame Nigeria. When there’s a file on corruption tough a public officer – ‘’Nigeria has happened’’ – nonetheless the the same Nigerians cherry-take grasp of what case to outrage over – counting on which facet of the nation the accused fellow comes from, the place he worships, who his friends are and his standing within the media.
Who and what is the ‘’Nigeria’’ occurring to Nigerians? It’s you and me. All of us from the Nigerian gene-pool are collectively blame-pleasant. We made this nation; it grew to become not given to us.
I occur to agonize with an property administration group, and from my microscopic nook, I search for how unmanageable Nigerians will seemingly be. We cherish the ideally appropriate services and products; we assassinate requires, nonetheless we develop not need to beget the financial or psychological payment of offering these services and products. We right want it carried out. We want our irresponsibility serviced, and if points scuttle scandalous, we convey out clenched fists in the hunt for who to pummel for our include imprudence. We’re an ungovernable people.
We is not going to go away Nigeria to the authorities or toss it aside every time it suits us respect garbage. Fixing Nigeria is the duty of administration and followership. The administration little doubt has additional duty, nonetheless the followership must play its include piece in a symbiotic intercourse.
There have been killings within the US – at schools, parks, shops and church buildings. I study Americans condemn the atrocities with shared indignation, nonetheless not essentially resorting to denouncing their nation. Nigerians present crass disdain for Nigeria. They glimpse each greater than quite a lot of to convict the nation of no matter grouse they take grasp of.
They assassinate a spectacle of their emigration from Nigeria on social media as if the nation is a few infernal and desolate state of affairs handiest match for uncomfortable creatures. Ridiculing Nigeria to assassinate a degree is self-immolation. We’re all eternally linked to Nigeria, and no matter reveal we undertaking of our nation, we assassinate of ourselves.
The fecundity of a state of affairs most circumstances is looking on how titillating we’re to tend it. I strongly suppose we will plant our seed wherever, water and tend it, and peek it develop. Nigeria is not arid of options.
There’s a species of Nigerians we fail to spot. The naturalised Nigerians – Lebanese, Indians, Turks, and Chinese language language who’re making a killing from Nigeria and participating within the comfort it affords, whereas aboriginal residents race down their include nation with caustic tongues.
‘’Might presumably nicely Nigeria occur to you’’ should not connote distress or hazard. It’s going to reverberate giving, brotherhood, peace, concord, cohesion, the Nigerian dream, and blessings. We should always all the time right this mis-synonymification of Nigeria. Nigeria is not a state of affairs of multitude woes; the goodness of the land is boundless. And we will expend thereof.
So, after I enlighten, ‘’Might presumably nicely Nigeria occur to me’’; I am handiest telling myself, ‘’Might presumably nicely blessings alter to me’’ – in our accustomed lingo.
Might presumably nicely Nigeria occur to us.
Nwabufo aka Mr OneNigeria is a creator and journalist.