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2 Nov 12, 03:10 PM, Africa/Lagos

There is the urgent need to revolutionize our mind set, change our priorities, focus

on education, adapt quickly to our environs, we should be determine to succeed.

Since the onset of the European financial crisis, I have read extensively on the

subject, the more I do the less I understand and the more confuse I become.

Nevertheless, I have understood one major thing about modern Euro
pe, solidarity is the key. Countries like Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece must be

saved from collapsing. A fall of any of these countries would have adverse,

retrogressive impact on the others.

The story in the Nigerian communities all over the world is the opposite, the black

man and for that matter Nigerians believe they can only succeed after they have

brought their brothers and sisters down. The question we need to ask, has that ever

brought the needed results, the answer is NO. We remain the only folks on this

planet that think only of today, we refuse to invest into the future.

The likes of Mobutu, Eyedema, Babaginda, Abacha and many other African

leaders looted their citizens of anything they could lay hands on. And even in our

new democratic dispensations the focus of politicians has been on how to enrich

themselves at the expensive of the tax payer. If at least one of them could have

built a university or a hospital and name it after him, my mind could find some rest.

I challenge Blacks and Africans in general that should whites introduce slavery

again, we shall start selling one another! That is how far we can go… A prominent

German politician had this to say, “Ihr seid wach, aber unstrukturiert, verwirren und

& ohne Orientierung”. Literally meaning: the African communities are awake, but

unstructured, confused and without direction". At first I felt insulted, but today I am

in better position to examine this statement critically.

SOLIDARITY: The number one enemy of our advancement and miserable state

of affairs is our lack of solidarity. For our community to see real collective progress

we need to mobilize support for one another. If we begin to patronize the services

of one another we can at least attain the Chinese status worldwide. People you

dine and drink with, kept asking if your business is still existing, these are people

who consciously refuse any services you render and waiting to see the day you

fold up. Let us learn from the Euro Crisis, for we are the same boat. Ironically they

kept reminding you that their kids are having challenges with internship. Forgetting

Siemens was not established overnight. The Indians, Chinese, Turkish and

Lebanese are now controlling Nigerian trades, they own shops and sell all that we

can produce in Nigeria from our resources, even fishes caught in our Ocean are

imported, we have crude oil, we import petrol into Nigeria. My fellow Nigerians,

where are our senses?

We have since time immemorial attributed all our failures to racial discrimination, I

have never doubted the existence of it, but I believe that should rather motivate us

to excel in what ever we undertake; Racial discrimination shall remain part of

humanity, just as tribalism has eaten deep into Africans.
Jesus Christ said "He that is without Sin, Cast the first Stone " if you are practicing

& preaching tribalism, who are you to question racial discrimination.

Lack of creativity is another challenge facing our community; we are having so

many wonderful ideas dying, it is difficult to invent. If one meet somewhere ,if you

have similar ideas join the existing institutions or bodies to expand what they have.

The attitude of organizing parallel events and arguing that Nigeria is big enough and

that every Nigerian can do what he wants is a fallacy. I disagree with it.....

Thinking only of today! Let’s analyze our present actions carefully and be mindful

of the consequence and implications on the community tomorrow. Unfortunately

we are refusing to put measures in place that shall take care of us in the near

future. Research has it that Africans remain poor because we care only of today;

The European are what they are because they invest into the future.

I still belief that for us to make any meaning impact in this civilize and advance

society we need to enter into mainstream politics. For us not to make the mistake

of importing our outdated African politics of divide and rule, we need to help by

criticizing them objectively. They are setting the pace for the future generation.We

need to come together, involve Party leaders and the result shall be wonderful.

Another disturbing issue is the divisions! All of a sudden my good friends are all

busily building clans around themselves, the question is what for? Everybody wants

to be seen to be in charge, thus resulting in the countless number of events we are

organizing around. Please it is not the quantity that matters but the quality of what

we do.
The quality of leaders we badly need is those who shall help unite our poor

communities. I am afraid this attitude of you are either for me or against me is not

what we want at this level of our development in Africa. How can you represent a

group of people, at the same time quarreling with them. You have every right to

disagree but not waging war! We want leaders to unite us not to strengthen the

division. Our leaders should be a Blessing not a Curse.
The major political parties should not use the political immaturity of others to

manipulate them; one might argue we do not have the numbers to be of any

importance, I am sorry that is wrong! Study the demo-graphical development of

Countries in Europe carefully.

There is however the need for our churches to step up their social responsibilities.

For instance there are Institutions , charity Organizations and so on, they can

support them and help less privilege kids to go to school. By so doing they are

helping create jobs. There are lots of help Churches can give to the society instead

of a bishop or founder acquiring a private jet and mansions when it is written in

Psalm 49:17 " For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not

descend after him."
The church have a great role to play in the development of our society and the

country.. Muslim brothers and sisters have to take social responsibilities like the

churches to make Nigeria grow.

My conclusion, as a person i can not change Nigeria but i can change a person and

the person can change other person, i believe by doing this we are a step ahead. so

Let us start the re-structuring process today, let us re-define our wants, and let us

define what we want to be in 15 years. I entreat all Nigerians and Africans to take

stuck of their minds set, re define our priorities, put education high on the agenda,

develop interest in politics, live a stress free life and most importantly have

solidarity to one another. Rome was not built in a day, but there should be a desire

to build Rome. God Bless Nigeria! God Bless Africa.

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