A Better Country

Oftentimes, when our parents are prompted to share their experiences as Nigerians under previous administrations, either military or civilian, we are left in astonishment as to how the country’s situation degenerated to what it is now.

They would tell us how, at a point in time, the Naira was more valuable than the US dollar and how they purchased goods which we would consider ridiculous in present-day Nigeria.

The clamour for a better Nigeria dates back to the military era when the authoritarian style of government didn’t seem to go down well with the Nigerian populace.

Despite the transition from a military regime to a civilian regime and the birthing of democracy, Nigeria’s situation seems to have gone from bad to worse.

As public office holders continue to leverage all kinds of schemes to loot the nation’s treasury and are unable to properly account for their expenditure when summoned.

The nation’s productivity experienced a steady decline upon the discovery of petroleum in Rivers state located in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.

This commodity has become the country’s major source of revenue to date.

It is sad to note that while Nigeria can build sufficient refineries for its petroleum, there has been no major move by the government to set up fully functional refineries.

All we get to see is newspaper reports here and there. Nigeria imports majority of what it consumes, including the petroleum it produces.

The two hundred Naira note reminds me of Maiduguri, Borno state, a city known for the presence of groundnut pyramids; the South East and South West flourished with the presence of vast oil palm and cocoa plantations respectively but these achievements varnished once the oil boom began.

I consider it a step in the right direction, the resuscitation of the agricultural sector, the Nigerian government under the President Buhari administration.

While I struggle with detecting stones when eating our local rice, glad that the country has risen to become the largest producer of rice in Africa with as much as eight million tonnes annually, seconded by Egypt.

Major infrastructures all over the country remain ailing for a long time until there is an intense public outcry on mass media and social media in this regard.

These anomalies are not unconnected with the warped perspectives, corrupt mindsets and wrong belief systems that continue to ravage certain sections of the Nigerian populace, youths being the major cause for concern.

We say the young shall grow like it will take a million years for this to happen but today’s young generation experience rapid growth within a short time.

Unfortunately, the rate at which growth takes place cannot match the rise of moral decadence among the youths.

Indecent dressing, cybercrime, drug abuse amongst other vices have become the order of the day, no thanks to the influence of the West, powered unashamedly by foreign and local media.

There is a dire need for national transformation in Nigeria. This cannot be achieved by mere ‘home training’ which is relative across various ethnic groups in the country.

There must be first an encounter with Jesus the Messiah, willingness to be indwelt by the spirit of God and submission to proper mentorship for life (career, relationship, business, etc.) and godliness.

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