When I used to be youthful, I used to love watching Nigeria sit under a tree, nursing her wounds with a wet towel. I liked observing her as she breastfed oil to her youngsters, fondling with their hair and watching because the rich ones amongst them present for the much less lucky. In these days, her children sang her praises – Wande Coal’s Ololufe, P-Square’s African Queen and, with her, all the things was ‘welly-welly’. She carried the biggest cloak of dignity amongst her siblings. And with her body on the big facet, her darkish skin gleaming with delight, and her Afro unrelaxed, she was my definition of feminism. But the last time I saw this friend of mine, she was anorexic, her crown had fallen off her head, and was too weak to even are likely to her wounds. Her youngsters have failed her. They have broken her. They’ve disappointed her. Sure individuals in our father’s generation haven’t solely failed their particular person democratic events, but they have failed Nigeria. But my generation – we’re going to repair her, attend to her, love her.
Some leaders persistently flip a blind eye in direction of electricity and the security of Nigerians. Folks need to depend on generators as a result of the ability Holding Firm of Nigeria (PHCN) has held the electrical energy and have refused to share it with others. The much less privileged individuals who can not afford to pay for the costly generators have to make use of lanterns to learn in the night. We have cases the place a sure “Nationwide Safety Adviser” thinks it fit to collect cash that is allotted to arms as a way to combat in opposition to terrorists and as a substitute choose to distribute it amongst his buddies. And, in line with Info Nigeria, when called on trial, he refused to point out up. We have now leaders in Nigeria who sponsor the same terrorist group that have burnt Mosques, kidnapped greater than 200 girls from school, declare Islam and practice suicide bombers. These are the identical terrorist we are praying towards, these are the identical terrorists President Buhari is preventing towards.
In accordance with Unesco, “another vital area through which Nigeria’s leaders have failed woefully as there isn’t any enough account of government or public money entrusted to them is nicely accountable to”. As a result of these funds usually are not accounted for in Nigeria, individuals have discovered a technique to steal oil. In Sanusi’s TEDx speak on Overcoming the concern of Vested Pursuits, he reported that “there are individuals on this nation that produced items of paper and dropped at PPPRA and any person stamped these items of paper and mentioned they brought in petroleum products and actually paid them subsidy. And those items of paper stated I brought 30,000 metric tones on so so ship, and we found that the said ship was nowhere near the coast of Nigeria on that date. We’ve got seen vessels that did not even exist – that had been retired – on payments of touchdown and money has been paid. And you recognize what? None of them as I converse to you has gone to jail”. These are people we trusted. These are individuals we voted for.
I’ve noticed the people in my generation; I’ve attended their summer season programs, listened as they brought clever points to debate in class and watched them reflect and talk about the Nigerian economy. That being stated, I dare say that my era is the only hope Nigeria has of rising once more. Our fathers’ era are usually not solely embezzling, but they’ve also made mistakes we’re not going to repeat. I nonetheless wonder how some are capable of sleep at evening understanding the cash that went into shopping for their kids’s vehicles belonged to a faculty child who was despatched residence because she couldn’t pay the fees. I nonetheless marvel how some have the courage to forgive themselves after sending troopers unarmed to combat terrorists. I still surprise how some have the courage to look into their innocent daughter’s eyes after funding terrorists. I’m so disenchanted with some folks of my father’s era, and i promise that my children will only look up to mine.