Nigeria, My Country!

This article displays my feelings when I reminisce the various problems faced by Nigerians...

Nigeria has always been the giant of Africa since time passed as a result of its wide geographical space, population, military strength, and even the natural resources it possesses. A lot of leaders have governed the country Nigeria over the years, right from the pre-colonial era, where it encompassed caliphates, empires, and territories, to the colonial era, wherein the British annexed Nigeria and shaped it into a new era where the people could govern themselves in a democratic way, get educated and even own hospitals just like the British taught. 

Unfortunately, Nigeria's economy has depreciated in its value for the past years whereby making the standard of living difficult for most masses. Corruption fattens in its government houses. Rule of Law seems like a dream which may fade away soon; killings, kidnappings, fraudulent activities, and other social vices are the normal routines of the day. 

Was this the Nigeria our ancestors wanted? Obviously, NO! They wished Nigeria would be united, its economy would boom, and graduates won't hustle for jobs. Its agricultural produce was enough to feed the whole nation; Ekpo and Umoh (2012) revealed that the contribution of agriculture to GDP was 63% in 1960. Regrettably, it's now neglected, and Nigeria solely relies on crude oil. In Nigeria, where peace and order would be the order of the day, young children won't see their parents jostle. Policies that favor a particular set of citizens and cause others tears while they wallow in poverty. 

"Nigeria will be better, "the elder says. Youths are on their way out for greener pastures. The strength and future of our dearly beloved country are slowly leaving their fatherland. Let the Babas give way. Make room for the younger generations. Corruption must end. Ethnic conflicts must cease. Police brutality must stop. Tussle for Power with the blood of the innocent being sacrificed for a few lords.

Let's see a reason to believe in a better Nigeria. This is a crying pen… 

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