My nephew and I were having a serious “adult” conversation during dinner some nights ago, like real conversations – He’s so smart!
The euphoria of Democracy was in the air owing to the fact that he is on Mid-term break + Children’s day celebration and all. He asked me what Democracy meant. Honestly, I nearly missed it but thanks be to God, i remembered one phrase my Government teacher helped my life with “For the people, by the people”. My Aunt further completed the sentence.
So it’s Democracy Day in Nigeria, my country!
In the midst of it all, I feel rather encouraged for reason being that I now have a new perspective towards the growth of my nation; and the fact i never used to and i now am means that there’s a wake up call for someone out there too!
There are events going on today, different organizations teaming up to walk round the streets to proclaim their love for the country and push for the change they want. Truth is the change that they, we are seeking is a sacrificial change, which i am really sure majority of the populace wouldn’t want to come to terms with. Picture this – a reduction in salaries for senators with the money used to create revenue for failing sectors in the economy; but this same senator is a friend of “the family”, anytime he shows, something go follow, he would always put up our contract proposal up for bidding and ensure it is won, he’ll definitely get a cut but with this change, nothing drops anymore….
Sometimes I wonder if we are really practicing Democracy or it’s just a charade, a cover up, a disguise! During the Platform i got to understand what the Nigerian Constitution was made up of, at least a portion and it occurred to be a major slack in our selves, as citizens and the government – Information, Knowledge and Technical-Know-How.
How many of us can boost of knowing what the constitution entails! I inclusive, of course. We hear and see a lot of issues going on but base our judgements on “hear say” without actually looking deep into the matter to acquire knowledge on the subject matter. Most of our leaders don’t even know how to go about the situations going on in the country, they don’t understand Nigeria well because they’ve not searched the books, they’ve not dug deep into history, they’ve not even read the Constitution to see the paths our forefathers swore to follow, they’ve deviated from this path and are now constituting among themselves a plan that would first benefit then before the citizens, all we see, is a back and forth movement like the pendulum clock; where it ends today, we continue tomorrow, sad! Like Ters would say – We need to arm ourselves with the right kind of information we need to tackle the rising situations in the county.
How many of us have sustainable viable business ideas that seek to promote social impact and value not just gains and profits. Until then, we do not have the economy that we seek!
Most of the decision made in this country are based on Region and Religion and it is high time we set our hearts to understudy ways we can penetrate the system using the two factors effectively. It is vital for the North to know well about the South, the South, the East and so on, till every region in Nigeria is well fed about each other, then maybe we can understand why some people behave in a certain way, we can proffer inter-region solutions that can unite two regions without tension.
HAPPY DEMOCRACY DAY NIGERIA