For a country that imports everything from toothpicks to handkerchiefs, generators to automobiles, you would think that by now, someone would have figured that we need to start importing common sense. For heavens sake a national senator was elected when he told led his constituents that he would bring common sense to our nations legislature. It’s become audible to the deaf and visible to the blind that common sense isn’t made in Nigeria!
Where do I even start from? The list is endless. The political leadership lacks a common sense political will and the citizens lack the desire to hold the right people accountable. That’s why someone that lives across the Atlantic, with dual citizenship I might add, will ask Nigerians to go and kill each other in the name of Biafra. And they would go…without a second thought.
For decades now, we’ve not been able to figure out why students keep falling WAEC and Jamb without apology, but we are genuinely surprise when we discover that our university graduates are undereducated. We’ve blamed teachers, students, parents of students, poor infrastructure and even Facebook. I mean Facebook? For God’s sake!
For over 50 years no government has been able to provide constant electricity, whether democratic governments and dictators or native doctors. The portion of the private sector that can do something about it, is too busy pouring fuel in generators to even think about it, yet we have quite a number of legal and illegal billionaires in this country.
Our security operatives are underfunded, underpaid, undertrained and under appreciated yet we are profoundly shocked when they consistently under perform. For Christ sakes, we don’t even have a security database of the Nigerians in this country.
The best and brightest Nigerian minds in almost every field were either not born in Nigeria, didn’t school in Nigeria or no longer live in Nigeria. The few ones we did have were and continue to be frustrated beyond measure and have others have now been forgotten by a new generation of Nigerians who did not have history in their school curriculum.
Fuel scarcity goes from one level to concentric circles and yet the resource is under our feet. Even if you don’t believe in God, you better believe that an invisible hand has been holding our economy for years.
Every once in a while, a glimmer of hope shines, an oil boom, a Dora Akinyuli, an Attahiru Jega, a Chioma Ajunwa or Blessing Okagbare, you get the picture. But in a short time, like the anti-Phoenix instead of rising from the ashes, we find a way to plunge deeper into the grave, and when we think we’ve hit rock bottom, we plunge again.
I’ll be turning 21 in a few days and I’m beginning to think whether this is a country where I would want my children to grow up in. A country that tells them, you can achieve all your dreams if you work hard enough, but going to another country and starting from scratch, just might be a better option.
How do I tell my future kids about the Chibok girls? How do I tell them that If anything ever happens to you Daddy will tear down heaven an earth to find you, but you’re country will deny you?
Sure I’m going to do all I possibly can to change as much as I can, but I have to ask myself.
Maybe we need to elect an expatriate government, maybe we need to create and send our kids to schools of common sense thought patterns because I really can’t understand why people are so selfish and stupid that they will steal money meant for development while on office only to complain about a lack of development when out.
If we don’t start importing common sense soon, how long before we agree it’s time to give up on Nigeria?