NaijaPikin, the year is 2013, and Nigeria is officially 53 years old. In mere human terms, Nigeria is middle aged and neck deep in midlife crisis.
Whatever your position on the issue, NaijaPikins everywhere are in accord on one thing. Our main problems have not changed over the years. Same leadership problems. Same infrastructure problems. Same corruption, injustice and inequalities. And the same old, tried and tired approach to resolving them: sectarian hijack of Government via the cut-throat competitive sport of politics and military.
It has not worked for 53 years and it will likely not work in the foreseeable future. The reason is clear enough; the sort of change we want, and desperately need, do not happen top down, but bottom up. No government policy can mandate a commitment to our collective self. Repeating the national anthem and pledge daily will not make us believe it. In any case, we did try that already. War against Indiscipline? Yeah, worked for a while, but here we are now.
As a people, Nigerians need to work together more now than ever. Every year, the prospects of meaningful, progressive and permanent change for our people becomes dimmer and dimmer. Wealth is not our problem, we have more than others. Human resources? Material resources? Again, we have more than others.
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