By: I.J Dahilo
Welcome to October, a month Nigeria was said to have gained independence, but are we truly free?
Freedom is not merely the absence of slavery, but also the ability to prove that the “chains” are broken, to do the RIGHT THING!
We raised our voices that year with shouts and roars in 1960, singing the song of freedom from the hands of our colonial fathers, who undoubtedly were excited to let us go…because they had taken the better part of us…OUR MINDS!
Hence freedom, our freedom in 1960 was simply that of the physical but not of the mind.
No man is truly free if not from the mind. No wonder everything we did and still do is a copy of theirs, from the food our children eat to the houses we build …all are from the colonial masters, we grow up learning A is for Apple, watching TOM and Jerry, but should A not be for Akara? Should we not be watching “Akin and Sani”? Hence our children grow up with the appetite of a foreign dish, we crave for the aroma of their soups, their soups are not better, they are just popular, they are not where they are because of their currencies they are there because if their ” correct-sense”, no wonder we arrange our kids to have double nationality
Because we hate our roots so bad that everything we do is designed to magnify the “western world”
Today, what do we really celebrate @60?
What do we produce? Oh certainly a little bit more of “vegetables” just enough to feed us.
Can our leaders stand tall …amidst other nation’s leaders? How about our schools? Where are our research centres? Have we not sold the inheritance of our God given Land Nigeria? No doubt Nigeria is the Giant of Africa, but a giant asleep is as good as dead!
Is our nation not on RED?
Red on debts…
Red on killings…
Red on curruption…
Red on religious bigotry
Should our flag now be RED-white-RED?
Hey Nigeria, we have come too far to the negative…
We go to church and mosques to show that we are religious “…but that’s where it stops!
We are yet one of the poorest, most dreaded zones of the world, I wish we were only poor monetarily…but do we not need MENTALITY FUNDS? Here, IMF can’t help!
It is said that “we only know we were asleep when we wake up”,
WHEN SHALL WE BE AWOKEN?
WHO WILL WAKE THE GIANT OF AFRICA FROM A 60-YEAR SLEEP?
Oh! Wake up giant of Africa, lets wake up and build our walls
Wake up and fund our minds, let’s get back our true freedom that was lost to the colonial masters or at most win by diplomacy.
Above all other freedoms they fight for, is the freedom to THINK and we have it!
Can we not have schools that teach us engineering in our indigenous languages?
Must we learn in English?
My friend says “English is the problem of mathematics”…and yet they are a twin criteria in western education!
Can we not have better hospitals?
Must we always fly abroad to get what we can bring on board?
Can we not refurbish our tourist centers and watch as nation’s flood into our nation?
Is Nigeria not on the center stage of the world?
Can we not have leaders void of religious sentiments?
Can we not have leaders who celebrate objectivity?
Is terrorism really our brand?
Can Nigeria not earn majorly from new exports to other great nations?
Can our citizens not smile again?
Can we not stop the killings?
Can Nigeria not be great Again?
Our great Nation Nigeria has no “red” in her flag or coat of arms,
we do GREEN AND WHITE;
PRODUCTIVITY AND PEACE.
SO HELP US GOD!
YES WE CAN, NIGERIA!!!
GOD BLESS NIGERIA.