NEWS : Nigeria moves up on the list of Poverty Ridden Countries
*hands on chin* *eyes dim*
The generally accepted definition of democracy is —» “Democracy is the government of the people, by the people and for the people”. As we should all know, all credit for this definition goes to the great 16th president of the prestigious United States of America, Abraham Lincoln.
What pains me is that he didnt stick around long enough to check if his laid down definition was followed to the letter.
I try so much, I mean really much, as much as my will would allow me, to hold back tears when I look at this nation of mine, the great Giant of Africa — Nigeria. The tears flow freely as if their stores have been punctured and my heart pains as if I’ve been struck by a poison-laden spear. The bells in my head start ringing as I get headaches, thinking about our position. I rest on ‘Nigeria – the past, the present and what the future holds’.
Since gaining independence, our woes have multiplied, rather than diminish. We started out as a civilian nation under the rule of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, before Aguiyi-Ironsi took over, handing down the mantle (taken by force) to Yakubu Gowon, next to Murtala Mohammed (the assasinated one) and down, down, down the lane to our present president, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. They all came and served their tenures (save for the present one), making impacts, some good, others bad, and some others, both.
We were truly worth it when we were given the name ‘Giant Of Africa’ then. We are the giant in landmass, wealth, natural resources, administration and what have you. We were the nation that had all. Those were the years of our parents and some of our great grandparents when agriculture was the money-in-the-bank maker reigning in cash from both home and abroad. Those were the years when the green colour in our flag was really significant to mean ‘Agriculture’ and those were the times when hardwork, peace and unity, honesty and legitimacy was the order of the day. Oh!! Sometimes I wish I was born then.
I remember that the naira was far worthier than the dollar then. Yes, we had the control. Yes, we had the money and yes again, we possessed the resources — land, labour, capital and a good management.
Good, sweet, old days.
Well,the present really started when we discovered crude oil (I need to backdate that) or the ‘black gold’, as they called it, on our own soil here in Nigeria. The joy, shouts, screams and hullaballoos the discovery created brought awareness and begged the question “What is this new thing?”. This question led to curiosity, and that curiosity led us to our present stage.
The youths got soft, decided to hang their hoes and grab their spades, then mining started. Agriculturists were totally driven out of the market. The agriculture we knew started losing participants to the oil barons. Our major reason of having a green in the flag got defeated and we were paying virtually no notice.
We discovered other minerals too — coal, tin, columbite and the likes — and we started exploiting these too, forgetting that we’re one day going to run out of supply. We forgot nothing runs on endlessly.
Now, the first issue of democracy comes in. Our leaders became corrupt and so greedy. They started diverting our funds for personal use. Our standard of living dropped and cost of living increased. The rich got richer and the poor got poorer. The street offered business opprtunities like hawking and begging for alms while social vices such as robbery and prostitution spread out among job-thirsty, young graduates and the Giant of Africa started heading for her own doom. The once important Naira dropped drastically in value and the economy itself started to fail and crash! Oh!! The horror of watching these happen before my face. Believe me, it takes heart not to shed a tear at these.
[The Future]~[2014-world end]
‘The Giant of Africa can still be steered to the right path’ — so said an optimist like me, and I believed that. The future generation needs to go back to the drawing board and make plans to secure the future of the later generation. We need not to consider ourselves only, but leave legacies that out later generations will forever cherish and remember us for. We should re-inforce our first power — agriculture and make the green of the green-white-green flag meaningful again.
Arise O compatriots,
Nigeria’s call obey….