Nigeria Will Stress You

Does Nigeria really make it easy to have hope for the future? This article captures my thoughts and opinions about my motherland.

I always say, “Nigeria will stress you,” But I always linked the stress with basic things like “getting transport, food, and banking.” But I never really pondered on the words “Nigeria will stress you” The 2023 election was probably my only active election in my 24 years on Earth. One thing I learned was that when youth tell you that they will do something, you should most likely believe them. 

Months leading to the D-day of the election, there was so much social media content on the importance of voting and political participation. The influencers, our favorite movie stars, artists…. Everyone treated it as a priority. We got their goal. This election had the highest political participation, plus there were millions of new voters. You would think that with all of the efforts put in place, the election would be free and fair and run so smoothly. I think that this election was rigged in some states. You are welcome to disagree with my opinions. I also have many others who can back up my story. Some could even provide proof. 

This article is not to talk about the elections. It’s to talk about how Nigeria makes it difficult for you to hope for change. This year, I promised to be a better citizen- you know, to do the things required of me. My dear, it’s not been easy. The election results took a toll on me. I wasn’t as inspired to pray for the country as I was at the beginning of the year. Imagine putting all of your efforts into advocating for change, and a couple of pot-bellied stingy, unscrupulous people make your life miserable. Buying votes? Causing pain to people? Being a nuisance at voting polls? Nigerians have tired. 

I’ll give you an example, the change in the Nigerian currency. Maybe the government had a good reason for doing so, but the approach? Not the brightest. For weeks, Nigerians were desperately searching for cash, something that can be easily gotten. If you had the new money notes, you had basically “arrived.”This was a chain reaction, and then, a problem of bank transactions also came up. I believe problems cause problems.

Traveling overseas, Education, security, the economy, and so much more. There are many things I see every day that makes me think, “God, why?”- Why this stress? – Education, traveling, transportation, security, feeding…. Things that could be done easily would make you sweat profusely, hiss, cuss, and worry hard. Nigeria will truly stress you. If you’re just like me, worried about Nigeria’s progress and battling between doing the right thing or just letting things be… remember one thing. Tough times only last for a while. 

Please do not get me wrong; other countries have problems, even more so than we have, but in Nigeria, these problems should not necessarily be existent. But some people strive in the suffering of others, and painfully, come of these people are our leaders. If you’ve recently chosen to do great things for your country, and the “leaders” or some citizens do things that anger you… remember that good things will eventually happen.

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