By Austin Johnson
Nigeria is the richest country in Africa, and could be one of the richest countries in the world. But it is a land of extremes and remarkable contrasts. The rich enjoy what may well be the highest standard of living in the world, whilst the poor live in poverty and misery except with the intervention of the Almighty, the poor in Nigeria would have gone to the abyss.
The complaint of most Nigerians, however, is not only that they are poor and rulers are rich, but that the laws which are made by the rulers are designed to preserve this situation and make them live as second class citizens in their own country.
However, there are ways to break out of this scenario. The first is by allowing the citizenry to have access to qualitative education with freedom of speech and closing the gap in salaries especially in government institutions.
The lack of human dignity experienced by some Nigerians in the hands of some overzealous operatives need to be cautioned. The truth remained that it is the direct result of the policy of the ruling class that designed Legislation to preserve their supremacy against the peoples wish or mandate.
The only cure is to alter the conditions under which Nigerians are forced to live and to meet their legitimate grievances. Nigerians are loving and hardworking people that must not be taken for granted. Nigerians are people that always want to perform their work which they are capable of doing, and not work which situation made them to belief that are exclusive reserved of few privileged people.
The challenge we have as a nation is the fact that even the rulers or some leaders in this country do not believe in the Nigeria’s project but only pursue self-ambitions at the detriment of the progress of the nation. A good example is the Dasukigate and the recent trials of the Judiciary. The fear of the rich in Nigeria is the beginning of loyalty in our democracy. This is an error that must be corrected by this present administration.
As a nation, we must be tired of living in our past glory and pursue what lays ahead. Today the majority of Nigerians, recognise that without a drastic action, our future as a nation bleak. It has to be ended by our own decisive mass action and support to the government of the day irrespective of party affiliations in order to build a virile nation
It is a known fact that no nation can survive when corruption is in charge of its daily affairs. That is why the war against corruption must be supported without sentiment attached.
Though the fabric of family life of millions of our people has been shattered. Many are homeless and unemployed, our economy lies in ruins and our people are embroiled in political strife of selfish desire that has not taken the nation anywhere.
We can be more united and progress, if we can throw regional and religious politics and focus on what will unite us rather than what divides us. The government need to know that we have waited too long for economic freedom and social interventions from past administration. It is the hope of the people that the long awaited emancipation from abject poverty will begin to yield positive result in the lives of the average citizens.
At this period of change, tell yourself, “Let the change begins with me.”