Amidst much that passes for euphoria as we witness the coming of another election, we ought to be asking ourselves more pointedly, as a nation, what steps we shall take in moving nearer to the Promised Land. We have been around the mountain of stagnation for so long, it is time to chart a new course and move swiftly to the place Providence has destined us to be? To be sure, our progress shall be fraught with new risks and unforeseen circumstances, but inasmuch as they will lead us closer to the land wherein floweth milk and honey, we ought to joyfully take on these challenges.
First, as some have started doing, we need to sit down and talk to ourselves in a very blunt manner. The people in government need to be more productive and patriotic in their daily undertaken. Much have been lost to the past by those who once occupied the position you know take; seek to amend for their wrongs. Not because you are guilty but simply for the sake of being a builder, the restorer of paths to walk in.
Next, there is need for our law-makers and law-enforcement agencies to be reformed in their offices. We are ashamed at the occurrences of past year wherein the law-makers engaged one another in a blatant display of folly. Such must not happen again. We must put things in place to prevent the re-occurrence of such.
Perhaps, most paramount at this hour is the state of our economy which is far from normal. We shall need to diversify from our too much reliance on crude oil to other lucrative sectors, most importantly agriculture and manufacturing; a knowledge-based economy will follow by default. We climb the steps one at a time! It is not proper that we are almost totally dependent on other nations for basic goods and services.
Of equal importance with our economy is the education of our youths and the continued training of our workforce. In their peace shall this country have peace and their failure is our failure. It is very vital that we get it right this time. Sadly, a very promising generation have almost being totally lost to militancy, agbero, prostitution and to varied unfruitful undertaken. How many shining embers have had their light quenched! This is very unfortunate and we ought to declare a day of mourning for this particular issue.
We need to put more resources in the educational sector and raise the academic standard. We cannot continue to live on the glory of the past which evidently is not sufficient for the present; we need stars, sons and daughters of the land that will go to greater heights than did Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, and a whole host of our early fruits – the fruits of our freedom fighters.
Certainly we can do far better than what we now have in our hands. If we put our house in proper order, in the offing lays a mighty harvest and we shall all rejoice together. But betwixt us and this foreseeable future is this mighty mountain we must scale: corruption in high places, poor education and infrastructure, unemployment, unflinching disregard to the plight of the people by the leaders, complacency, dependency on imports of basic goods and service, et cetera. Let us all arise and begin to build an edifice out of this desolation our past uncaring leaders left us. The government should take the lead and all public persons in the rebuilding of our nation.
Yes, we can take our own future into our hands and that of our children and make a beauty from the ashes of the present. The expectations of other nations from us are massive. “By whom will Nigeria rise”, they often ask themselves. It is by Nigerians that Nigeria will rise. The labours of our true heroes who have passed away in the persons of Herbert Macaulay, Nnamdi Azikwe, Obafemi Awolowo, Ahmadu Bello and so many others in their rank must not be in vain. Oh let us make their bones to reel in the grave for joy that their labours are being rewarded! Just a little while, we ourselves shall cross the threshold of time into the world of eternity and our influence, like echo, will fade into the rear. For what shall we be remembered while this echo lingers and for how long? What will be our investment to the coming generations? The time to do something, yeah, great things is now!