The future we seek as a people and nation must be the result of deliberate efforts in a predefined direction to a predetermined destination. If our definition of our new future differs, we would never know when we arrive in this supposed new reality, for certain people might already be living their dream reality.
Let’s talk about the Nigerian State and the need for a collective vision. One thing is clear the Nigerian people all know what they do not want but do we know what we want and do we all want the same thing? As we look at the future of the Nigerian state, does the passion to see and experience this reality far outweigh our own individual longings and desires? Great nations are built on the backs of selfless men, men willing to mortgage personal glory for the greater good.
In my opinion a better Nigeria is to most a better Nigeria for me; if I am living my reality then it’s the best reality for the country. If I do not experience lack, scarcity, recession or depression then the times are good. If we do not agree on a collective vision how shall we move forward? If we do not weep when our children go to lush private schools and the government school next door lies in ruins we cannot make progress. How can we pay more attention to the institutions that train a few over the ones that train the many, how can we celebrate the hospital that treats a handful over the ruins of the ones the better part of the population can afford.
Are we living in another set of George Orwells animal farm where some animals are more equal than others? I have often asked, who introduced the class system to society? How did we learn to segregate on some of the most basic needs for human survival? Is there a virus in all of us? Why are we all fixated in self-preservation? The animalistic instinct of kill or be killed, we must jolt ourselves out of this reality into another reality. One that focuses on the collective good, where my cry for injustice is even louder when the people in question are neither my tribes men nor people I share the same religious beliefs with.
In shaping a new reality we must submit to a collective vision, we must find grounds on which to unite, we must find the unifying line in our differences, we must agree on the future we desire and what we are not going to negotiate collectively to achieve that future. What good is a future obtained in controversy and bloodshed, what good is a future designed to enrich a few and impoverish the many, what good is a future where we hate the guts of the man standing to our side. We mustn’t be buddies but at least shouldn’t we agree on common values?
We cannot go in several directions, we must go in one! Nothing kills productivity like division, a virus introduced by the men who do not want to see the Nigerian state emerge. We must align individually with a collective vision for the Nigerian state, we must embrace a reality that’s encompassing, we must be willing to think out solutions to the problems peculiar to us as a nation.
How shall we achieve the future our politicians seldom speak of, how shall we go where the entire populace has but a vague idea, how do we lay hold of a reality without anyone to lead, how can we ever experience good leadership when our selection process is fundamentally flawed and how can we deliver a future which we all do not agree on.
There is a new reality, one that begins first within men, for we must change if the societies we want to build will be different, we must ask the hard questions and bend over to find uncommon solutions, we must understand that our country Nigeria is home to Nigerians and only Nigerians will build Nigeria. Help is coming but it will come from us.
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That’s G.Y.M for today and I trust that you are charged up and obsessed with a burning desire to succeed. Ordinary is a misnomer for you.
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