This is Nigeria.
It’s a land of promise and hope. It’s also a land in need of help.
It is not an accident that you are a Nigerian or that you’re living in Nigeria or connected to Nigeria, somehow. God could have created you as an American, a Belgian or a Kenyan, but He made you a Nigerian. And He’s a purposeful God.
As an individual, you have been created in a unique fashion. There is no one like you in the entire universe, and you have been made a Nigerian. There is darkness in the land, and you have been sent to shine your light in the darkness. You were created to be a solution and to use that solution to resolve one or more of the problems plaguing this country. There is no point in you, the solution-bearer, leaving the problem intact and running off to a place that does not need your unique solution.
That is why many Nigerians who run off to other developed places are not respected. The people in these places know that you’re a fair-weather friend. They know that you just want to come to their land to enjoy what they and their ancestors have built. When you get to these places, to enjoy any benefits, you still have to work (usually in unfair conditions) to contribute to the good of that land.
Why don’t you work in your own dear country Nigeria and build it?
It doesn’t matter what part of the earth you are, if you have a solution to a Nigerian problem, please do your part to solve it.
Admittedly, things are really bad in the country. But Nigeria will not be fixed by gremlins, aliens or even angels. Americans, Canadians and Norwegians will not leave their country and come and fix Nigeria. Only Nigerians will fix Nigeria.
So, if you’re a Nigerian, it is time to be responsible. Take your place in the country and do what you have to do in your own little way to make this country great.
It is daunting, I know. Where does one even start from?
Here are a few tips:
- Understand yourself and the gifts and skills that you have to offer this country.
- Develop great competence in your skills. Strive to attain mastery in the things you do. Competence will help you to stand out and give your best in your current season of life as a student, a worker, business owner, politician, or whatever your role is.
- Develop good character. Competence will make you stand out, but it is character that will make you endure as a nation-builder. Being a person of character means that you’re a person of honesty and integrity. Various systems in the country have collapsed because of a lack of character and many of us have thrived in this lawless system. Now, it is time to start rebuilding in our own little corners of the country.
This is a great nation with plenty of opportunities. It is what you take the pains to build that you will enjoy. Now is the time to take your place in this great country. We will build Nigeria and we will enjoy Nigeria!
Happy Independence Day!
What is the ONE thing you will stop doing, start doing or continue doing as your own way of building the country? Let us know in the comment section.