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Happy 56th Imdependence Day, Nigeria!


Fellow Nigerians,
Happy Independence Day Anniversary.
I have absolutely no doubt that Nigeria go better – none whatsoever.
However, let us ponder awhile, these few truths:
1. What do we know that thrives when incessantly knocked down? I cannot see it. Even when things are not working as it should for a child, psychologists counsel parents to keep speaking positives to that child. Not knock him down, for doing so will seal her fate.
So, things currently do not seem to be where we great Nigerians want it to be for our nation, but must we CRITICIZE all and everything? Can we not discover and celebrate the positives, even when few and far between? Would we rather others trample all over us when we mess up?
2. Yes, I know and understand free speech. Yes, we all have a right to air our opinions? But do we really hold the moral high ground to be EVER critical of our nation and its leaders?
Let us ponder and ask ourselves this? Do we as citizens of Nigeria do right by our nation ALL THE TIME? Do we pay our taxes on time, and where we do, are they the fair share we ought to pay? How well do we treat our own neighbors, yes, those we are able to help; not only those living a few blocks away from us? 
How do we treat our own spouses, children and family members? If it is akin to the way we conclude our nation and its leaders treat us? If I just touched a raw nerve, let us ask this of ourselves – how should we then be treated by those around us?
3. Not making excuses for our leaders at the local, state and federal levels, but GIVEN THE MORAL STATE OF OUR NATION, would any of us fair better if entrusted with power? 
Yes? Well, how well do we treat our workers or employees, or those over whom

we have charge or supervision? Are we faithful with work time, tasks and assignments? Can we say if a truth that if we are trust into the spotlight of local government leadership (not to talk of state or federal leadership) we would fair better?
Now, all these are to show that yes, Nigeria is not where we want it to be; but is it not true that all other nations of the world we hasten to leverage in condemning ours also had developmental problems at this stage of their development? As a student of politics and governance, I know this for a fact.
My fellow Nigerians, our nation is a summation of the moral traits of its citizens and their religious and ethnic biases; and if we do not condemn our selves as its citizens for the ills that manifest even at our street or village level, we really in truth cannot condemn the whole of our small! Because Nigeria mirrors all out lives!!!
Nigeria becomes what we desire only when we become what our own microcosm desires. Unpopular but universal truth.
So, in celebrating Nigeria’s 56th independence anniversary, I choose to see the positives, Naija’s potentials. Maybe, too late for my generation, but surely possible for the generations of my children and their own children’s children.
My name is Adewale Adeniji; and I say with conviction – NIGERIA GO BETTER!!!
Care to join me?

Our Nation, Our Selves_Change & Personal Responsibility.


The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) just marked its first year in office; and the verdict has come in. Even by the president’s own admission it has not been a rosy start. So, it can be accepted that performance has been below par, vis-a-vis people’s expectations – at all levels of governance. This writer can only hope that the sophomore year would be better; but that is not the focus of this piece.

The focus is you my reader, and I, the writer. It is clear that Nigerians yearn for real change, which has been slow in coming; so our evaluation of PMB and our Governors has been critical. Sometimes downright uncharitable. Fair enough. That is in the nature of democracies. If they can’t take the heat, they should get out of the kitchen, right? But it is true, is it not, that everyone wants change but most are loathe to change themselves?
Let us do a critic of ourselves – how many of us pay our taxes; and for those who do, how many make honest, exact declarations of their taxables? How well do we keep our environment clean; or how well do we degrade it by our actions or omissions? How do we evaluate and react to issues of common interest – based on reality or on primordial interests? We do it, do we not, I mean cut corners in commercial transactions, one with each other – with false weights and measures? How many arrange grades for their children and wards to secure admission into higher institutions? The list is endless, from the family unit to the community level..
Yet we are quick to criticize authority; yet we bemoan ‘our fate’ and that of our nation. We have declared an open season on our leaders (in most cases, for just cause); but who criticizes us? Do we even allow for it? Our collective attitude reminds me of that child who needs his mother’s attention all the time – whining when he doesn’t get it – but who refuses to do his part of sleeping after been cleaned and fed! Our expectation from our government system must be balanced with personal responsibility. 
Dear friends, a good and working nation begins with us. At the micro level of individual and family units. If we understand and internalize this, we would soon realize that the equation of governance tilts in favour of we the citizens of Nigeria, not in our leaders. Where our leaders realize we are able to do our bit, and would not pander to their primordial baits and tendencies, soon enough would they sit up and govern aright.
Personal responsibility leads to corporate security. Let us understand and resolve to do our bit from today. Change should begin from us; and not just by voting! By the choices we make in our personal lives; by choosing to do the right thing when no one is looking etc. Then we can dare hold out leaders accountable. Anything else would be sheer hypocrisy, wouldn’t it? 
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!