The Falling Giant Nation -----awake

Everybody is involved in the quest for peace and should contribute each according to his competence and responsibility and for man to achieve peace, he must passionately love peace and be relentlessly determined to get at its demand which is being aware of a shared responsibility and a joint collaboration among people says karol wotjiyla.

Memorizing the Nigerian national anthem until I reached where they said, ‘the labor of a hero shall never be in vain,’ and I questioned myself, what is the labor of our heroes; which labor are they talking about? Who are our heroes, and how in vain will their work be void if they labored at all?

It is surprising and shameful indeed to acknowledge the fact that after many years of freedom from the injunctions of the colonial masters, Nigeria has failed to rise to the high feat expected of her as a nation from her citizens and the world in general but instead have degenerated so badly that it will be so shameful for her citizens to acknowledge her as the giant of Africa, including other nations in the African continent to call her their giant.

This is a great nation blessed by the creator with so many mineral resources and good productive land for agriculture that can satisfy them. But unfortunately, it is saddening that the government has failed the people of Africa, most especially the people of Nigeria; it is a fact generally known that the nations in Africa, after many years of independence from the colonial masters, have failed to attain the status and height expected of them from their different citizens. Any society that plays down the law of the citizen must be harboring anarchy, and that is where we are today.

Our country Nigeria, which gained independence in 1960, is now 63 years of totally strange to its citizens with all kinds of menace in the country like killings, bombings, and kidnappings, and it has succeeded in uniting all its citizens in suffering. This was a great nation and a giant of Africa where justice and peace was the bedrock of the society. Nigeria, at the time of independence, was one of the promising countries in Africa, which necessitates the tagging attached to it as the giant of Africa because it contributed to the successful independence of its sister countries.

Nigeria had a lot of mineral resources, great atmospheric and climate conditions, and very intelligent and promising individuals as citizens, who are believed especially by the westerners to lead the country to a very high standard.

Now the question is what is the cause of this degeneration, what had gone wrong that made it, year after year the economy of the country continues to get worse in all aspects of which a great nation is known for, security is shattered, electricity is a stunt, poverty, and unemployment is now an acceptable condition, the education system is unimaginable because of the long strike of students from school since last 6months.

What really changed that made Nigeria total overhaul of being a great nation, being rated an underdeveloped, still developing country, and rated high only in vices in the world today? Who is to be blamed? Is it the colonial masters or the people or the government which has had since after her independence? It is just a clear understanding that the condition of Nigeria is worsening every day due to successive bad leaders and governance instead of getting better as it was.

63 years after the colonial masters had left the nation, what impact can we account for even though we are aware of their indirect influences still to the nation, which we believe is more detrimental than advantageous to the nation; now, this bad governance is due to the fact of series of politicians we have had as vultures of the masses

Another question that arises is, why has it been that Nigeria has had a successive line of bad leaders, with only but a few regarded as exceptions? Why is it that good men find it hard to make their way into politics or become leaders of the nation? This becomes a challenge to our individual selves and our society as a whole. I, therefore, believe that these problems can be solved if only we must get a hand at the desk and fight these menaces which seem like loopholes, such as the inauthenticity of leaders among themselves, the tribalism of leadership, inordinate religious interference during a political campaign, bribing of citizens before and during the election and foreign inference.

Finally, it is evident that government and religion have failed Nigeria as a nation, but there is still some impact of goodness bestow on our nation in as much as we devalue their efforts. We can rise again only if we can fight together the aforementioned problems.

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