It's being 31 days of interesting postings from 31 committed and progressive Nigerian Bloggers on the theme, Nigeria @ 50, an initiative of Rethots. What happened when you are the last to make a post is the danger of having any more ideas. All has being said from the hurt, the betrayers of our leaders, the wrong mentality prevailing in our society to leadership and civic duty to the efforts, hope and the joy of being a Nigerian. Many drew from their personal experiences in a way that speaks to the urgency of what we need to do as individuals. I therefore do not really have anything different to say but remind us that we all should fulfill or continue to fulfill our part of the bargain, we need to keep acting out our NATIONAL ANTHEM/pledge for real. In it is every stance of change, duty, commitment, respect for others and ourselves to mention a few.
Of a great importance was the reference made by many bloggers in their posts, the call to duty, our ‘ National Anthem’. It was surely a call to duty,a call to do what is necessary to develop our nation and respect the rightsof its people. A duty that have being failed many times but that we cannot permit anymore, if the next 50 years means something to us all. We have to act for it is not too late for us all to do “something” about this. We have enormous challenges and enduring strengths as many bloggers pointed out. We need to tap to our individual strengths for the change we seek to see. This is not the Nigeria we desire and we can all be part of that crusade of what we want.
Talking from personal experience one would see that we have all being through what poor leadership is doling out and many of us surviving without the State but if we truly want to carry on hoping things will change, we have to contribute to the State. Yes, it is tough and seems impossible. In Myne Whitman post, she emphasized the importance of ‘policies’ to have effective institutions and structure, I agree! I ask us now, what are we all doing about this? The political terrain is tough but how are we lobbying in our own little way to see that those in leadership do not forget what matters? What do we do with our votes? What are we doing do not forget what matters? What do we do with our votes? What are we doing to get into that leadership seat and make a change?
How are we above all, as individuals in this country that houses us all behaving for a change? Do we embrace ourselves as people and not as tribes or ethnic groups Do we constantly stereotype against ourselves or have we seen pass that substandard belief? How well do we tolerate one another, what do we know about diversity, do we embrace it? Have we changed the attitude of condemning our own very beloved country by saying “that is Nigeria for you”, “ Nigeria cannot change”, “ Na Naija be that”, “ What do you expect from a Nigerian”. No, that is not Nigeria for us! We need to see what is rubbing us of our development as a vice and call it what it is! We need to start acting now in our own little space. We need to fight corruption by not being part of it. We need to stop religion intolerance by loving our neighbours no matter their religion belief, we need to love and respect ourselves for being individuals in our great Nation. We need to be a part of ending injustice and not a part of aggravating it!
This is the time for all of us to say no matter how hard it is, I will not throw waste on the street but I will look for a way to have this done properly. No matter how hard it is, I will not steal from my boss….If my mentality is wrong, then I need to fix me, so I can fix Nigeria. We all have to keep doing something or continue to seek change. Remember Rosa Parks did something that started the revolution aimed at ending black segregation. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that never died...God bless us, God bless Nigeria! One love, One hope, One call to duty!
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