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Nigeria and the recalcitrant cry for change

Adeze Ojukwu

Most progressive societies thrive on excellence and merit.

Sadly this is hardly the case in this jurisdiction. Nigeria seems to pride in mediocrity and hypocrisy.

Street children clutching their begging bowls
Nigerian children scavenging for food in a refuse dump site.

Corruption and the craze for materialism are the main occupation of the nation’s managers, setting the pace for the present chaos across all sectors.

Celebration of mediocrity and unbridled quest for wealth, have destroyed family and moral values for which this region is known.

Corporate organizations would rather promote pornography and immorality, under the guise of hog-wash entertainment that live many participants and consumers of such banal activities, traumatized and distressed.

It is therefore delightful that, Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun has given OAU Best Medical Graduating Student, Miss Joy Oyinlola Adesina, a Five Million naira cash prize, a bungalow, under the state housing scheme.

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun giving OAU Best Medical Graduating Student, Miss Joy Oyinlola Adesina, a Five Million naira cash prize, a bungalow from the state Housing Scheme and a residency scholarship at Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, Ogun State.

In addition, the governor offered her a residency scholarship at Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu Ogun State.

This is cheery news. Undoubtedly, the governor’s philanthropy is highly commendable and worthy of emulation.
The young girl merits the largesse. Her hardwork and discipline have indeed paid off.

Oyinlola has done well and her string of gifts and awards, represent a big boost to the nation’s academia.

Education is the bedrock of development. Every investment in learning is worthy and rewarding.

Other state governments should emulate this exemplary act by Governor Abiodun.
It is laughable that President Muhammadu Buhari was recently quoted as saying that ‘millions of students are afraid to go back to school.’

Whose fault is it? This is the concern of stakeholders and concerned nationals.
The answer is not farfetched, as seen by the decadence of most schools.

Indeed the current administration has shown little or no commitment to education.

With the paltry budgetary allocation to this vital sector, poor remuneration of teachers and dilapidated facilities, the collapse of public schools is inevitable.

The recent viral video of some pupils, singing the national anthem, while standing in the flooded school premises, in Lagos, captures this rot.

Only children from poor homes attend such horrible institutions.

The children and wards of the ruling class and political elite, dot prime schools, in foreign lands, at the expense of the common patrimony.

The fate of poor Nigerians is horrendous, due to the massive corruption and unprecedented looting by government officials and their cronies.

The consequences of these endless atrocities and leadership failure have plunged the country into untold darkness and despoliation.

Today, Nigeria has become a killing field and cesspit of destructions, as those in the corridors siphon monies meant for infrastructural development.

They plunder the economy, while hapless citizens live in trepidation, misery and penury.

Every responsible government must put the welfare and security of the weak and vulnerable citizens, at the center of its policies.

Sadly in Nigeria, the reverse is the case, as the nation remains the epicenter of poverty, having overtaken India and other distressed lands.

The state of this nation, ripped by violence and terrorism, leaves much to be desired.
Crass malfeasance and ineptitude characterize the ethos of this regime, leaving the citizens in endless sorrow and sadness.

This is not the nation that the founding fathers of this land fought gallantly for.
Most hearts are bleeding, with endless cries for change at every quarter.

Certainly Nigerians are suffering and deserve a change.

Cheerily, the 2023 general elections present a veritable opportunity for the positive change and enthronement of a good and credible leadership.

 

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