Nigeria our own dear native land, for sometime now has been plagued with bouts of wars, corruption, deadly diseases, inter- ethnic rivalry, and most recently insurgency. Nigeria, the giant of Africa; the most populous nation in Africa has fallen into such a pitiable state that has made its citizenry asked” can Nigeria ever rise again?”
Corruption has eaten deep into the fibre of this country, to the extent that it is now seen as a normal thing. It has thrived so well that politics has been made a money making venture for ones posterity to enjoy from “the benevolent country.”
This is a clarion call to arise O compatriots. Nigeria is calling all of us to help her out so that the labours of her heroes past will not be a sheer waste of time. It is time for us to say no to corruption in all of its ramifications; no to those self- seeking politicians whose only masters are their stomachs and their pockets.
Furthermore, the journey of a million miles they say begins with a step. One of the ways in which we can fight corruption is for the anti- graft agencies which include the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Independent and Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), and other anti- theft agencies to discharge their duties according to the law and be devoid of partiality and not being subject to the government of the day.
Moreover, Nigeria has been faced with the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), but we give praise to God that we scaled through. Another, hurdle which besieged Nigeria was the dreaded poliomyelitis which Nigeria has also successfully scaled through as well.
Nevertheless, the ethnic groups are not helping matters at all, they compound her problems instead of them to sit down together and proffer solutions to her problems they spend worthless time on deliberating on which ethnic group should be at the top.
It is time for us to realize that our strength is in our unity, and our unity is in our diversity. One ethnic group cannot be all-in-all, united we stand; divided we fall.
In addition, the North-Eastern part of the country of recent is now perceived as a death zone, especially Borno State and the dreaded Sambisa forest where our girls were said to be kept in hostage.
In a nutshell, the change which we all pray for is a collective effort; not an individual effort. By implication, we all as Nigerians must reorient our thinking, see others from other ethnic groups as our brothers and sisters. And we caution the youths to desist from being willing tools in the hands of selfish politicians who do not care about their future. Let us all rally round Nigeria and make her regain her lost glory and take her place among other nations of the world.
Modebe Ikechukwu Nonyalim
Contestant 9 of the #Patriotsforchange creativity contest
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