Hmm… May God bless our nation, Nigeria. I am beginning to assimilate the conventional axiom that says that you do not know what you have until it is gone. I pray we don’t get to that point. I have always nursed the belief that Nigeria is nowhere close to greatness but not until I discovered some “hidden truth” about the nation. I am not just trying to be patriotic as many reading this may think. I am rather being realistic. This does not also imply that I am turning deaf ears and blind sight to the happenings in my country.
Nigeria, no doubt is endowed with manifold natural resources that if properly harnessed and utilized under a leadership of a God fearing and visionary leaders, will pedal the country to its pinnacle. Failure to see the fruition of this has made us to lament, throw tantrums and bite our fingers in utmost disappointment and displeasure. Consequently, we become inevitably blind to our potentials.
Every nation has different strengths and weaknesses. The most successful people are those that were able to identify their dream and harness their strengths to pursue it.In my quest to find the pivotal ingredient to national growth, I had an eye opener.
In the late 90s, militants under the umbrella of the Niger Delta Avengers from the south-south zone of the country rose up and caused threats to lives and economy of the nation. In 2002, from the northern part of the nation, a deadly terrorist sect, Boko Haram surfaced. Their operations and attacks have eaten into the fabrics of the nation, destroying lives and properties. As if that was not enough, in 2018, the Fulani herdsmen registered and added their name to the terrorist groups causing serious insecurity and mayhem in the country.
Moreover, as further instruments of division, the religious bigotry and political unrest prevalent in the nation has claimed the lives and properties of many and continues. The Biafrans from the east have been non-violently agitating for independence. These got to a point people felt Nigeria has gotten to her climax, the breaking point and they needed a true prophet to foretell what the future holds for the nation as panic took the order of the day.
Amidst all these, Nigeria still stands, and her flag continues to dance to the rhythmic movement of the wind. I can hear of inter-ethnic marriages, see people from different races and background in the nation harmonize and unite to work together in the same firm and government parastatals. The higher institutions, National Youth Service Corp scheme, the national sports team among others are still highly accommodating of people from different works of life and ethnic nationalities.
What else does a nation need to grow? What else can be more potent than LOVE among the people. I can see love in disguise in my nation. It is the hidden truth. This was what went missing in the historic Rwanda civil war. A country with only two tribes. This same ingredient was nowhere to be found when the Modakeke and Ife of the old Oyo empire in Osun decided to be at loggerheads if not for divine intervention.
Nigeria has the best ingredient and necessity to grow the nation because the first step to national growth is national integration. We have this fire power, lets utilize it to achieve our dream.
Nigeria, Great people Great Nation!
Disclaimer: This article is entirely the opinion of the writer and does not represent the views of The Whistler.