By Taira Alabi
The rubble, the damage, the stress, the strife, the blood, the tears, all defined the country, Nigeria. When then will the definitions change?
This is the question, the recurring epic question in the minds of Nigerians and all Africans alike for years, perhaps since Nigeria’s independence in 1960.
It has been the question that we ask ourselves when corruption, poverty and terrorism stare us in the face.
The problems have been identified over and over again: the roads are bad; schools need rehabilitation and governments to deviate from business as usual.
Nigerians should begin to ask themselves these questions: What can I change? And where is the way out? Perhaps, this could bring about a positive turn around in our fatherland. But if we keep asking, ‘when are we going to change and waiting for another person to bring about the change, then the country will remain stagnant. It requires every person to put aside the past and step into the future.
When we instil checks and balances in ourselves, then we can progress. The recent pension scandal was an act of injustice on Nigerians. But after a few weeks, we seemed to have buried the whole saga without justice taking its full course.
The Dana Air plane crash was forgotten after a few drops of tears and distraught headlines. Will compensation ever be paid? Perhaps, Dana Air will fly again without upgrading its operations. Like an ebullient Eagle on a journey for food, we should fight for justice. Yes, the government has not always done its best, but we as a people also need to do our part. We are all stakeholders in our great nation and thus must contribute accordingly.
Do you want to live forever? That is the question that I would like to ask every politician in Nigeria. Wouldn’t you want to be immortalised? Awolowo, Azikwe, Isong…are few Nigerians that shall never be forgotten because of their great contributions to our nation. Their names shall remain evergreen. Many leaders have passed on never to be remembered. Many of our leaders today will never be remembered for any positive contribution to nation building.
So, who will be the agent of change that would bring about the desired changes that will make Nigeria take its rightful position among the comity of nations.
By Taira Alabi