Even when it seems as though things have gotten out of hinge in the nation Nigeria, I still remain optimistic. I strongly believe that being a Nigerian is never a mistake but a divine arrangement as a vanguard for a better nation. It is now time for Nigerians to join the bandwagon of positivity. Switching mental gear in the right direction as a major test of maturity and goodwill, is a true sign of patriotism at this juncture.
I saw a new Nigeria void of personal interest and nepotism. A nation were laws did not only favor the aristocrat but also accommodated the poor in equal proportion. My heart was full of joy with the ears given to the voices of the poor Nigerians. The litany of grievances the poor had against the rich, especially those at the echelons of power, vanished into thin air. Fairness and social justice became the new other of the nation, while the word “corruption” became strange and irritating to ears.
One thing became common in the rebirthed Nigeria: anger was understood to be like a tropical squall that can tear off roofs tops and lead to a cataclysmic resolution of personal grievances. Disputes were settled instantly without raising dust and throwing mud. Ambience of unity in diversity dominated the rebranded nation. Terrorism became history and the then dreaded areas became most accessible at will and with bravado by the populace.
The two major religions, (Islam and Christianity) doting the landscape of Nigeria, meshed amicably on piazza to further strengthen national unity. Followers of the two religions, accommodated themselves, irrespective of religious diversities. The rebranded Nigeria became a cynosure to other countries because of the evidences of unity in purpose.
The new Nigeria rejuvenated as destination for global investors. Economy once again boomed with the Naira toppling the US Dollar in the global market. Unimaginable industrial growth catered for needs in the nation while foreign exchange earnings dominated national reserve. Unemployment was directly referred to as a time for sleeping and not as joblessness because citizens were fully occupied with profitable ventures for sustenance.
The rebirthed Nigeria provided automatic job offers to graduates of tertiary institutions, who fancied white collar jobs, while those with contrary desires were financially empowered by the government to kick start private ventures of choice
Inclusive governance was the nature of leadership in the rebirthed Nigeria. The youth were integrated freely into public offices to learn the rudiments of leadership from the aging class. The aged voluntarily retired from service after mentoring the youth to appreciable level of satisfaction.
It was comprehensively distasteful for any aged public holder beyond fifty (50) years to stake personal claim to an office in the guise of conceited medieval monarch. Women were respected and carried along in governance.
Percentage quota in leadership was strategically reserved for only women to occupy. No political leader had the guts to tweak the vital artery that kept the heartbeat of the nation beating to its accustomed rhythm for egocentric gratification.
Social amenities in the new Nigeria was second to none. Villages, towns and cities nationwide, were well connected by solid road networks. On no account were irrelevant fissures on the roads, allowed to burst into gaping cracks. Hospitals were fully equipped with state of the art facilities. Nigerians welcomed with warm embrace, foreigners trooping in for medical treatments. Irrespective of societal class, social amenities were easily accessible and affordable. Rural to urban migration was abhorred because resources and opportunities were uniformly spread.
Education for citizens was entirely free of charge. The ubiquitous internet network and facilities surrounding the rebranded Nigeria, made acquisition of education juicy and attractive.
The evergreen vegetation spanning from the Sahel savannah in the northern hemisphere, to the fresh water swamps of the southern part of Nigeria, was a leap of faith. Agriculture reclaimed its rightful position as the mainstay of the Nigeria economy. The youth dominated the agricultural sectors with enthusiasm and passion as prodigies. Each citizen, irrespective of social status, had one unique agricultural venture as backup to livelihood. Mechanized agriculture in the country, heralded food security and agricultural export.
The deaf testified and even the blind saw that a new Nigeria was birthed. Government flattened the curves during agricultural downturns by purchasing agricultural produce at higher prices from farmers and immediately sold at low prices to citizens. Agricultural activities shimmered and drew attentions. Foreigners trooped into the country to learn indigenous agricultural skills and practices.
I can’t trade Nigeria for less. Am a proud Nigerian. I hold my country in the highest esteem. I believe that change in Nigeria begins with me. As I have dreamt of a new Nigeria, it is achievable. All efforts must be channeled toward building Nigeria to global standards, worthy of admiration. Nigerians are not demanding a slice of the moon. They just want a paradigm shift that will usher in the new Nigeria of choice. My consolation lay hold on the fact that a spokesman cannot claim neutrality without being labelled one way or another. It takes courage to speak out when things get out of hinge.