Think not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. These words are very pertinent at this momentous time in Nigeria’s history.
This is due to the fact that as contemporary Nigerians, we often mistake the entity that is Nigeria, for the institution that is the government. The Nigerian government is responsible for Nigerians, but Nigerians are responsible for Nigeria.
It is upon that foundation of patriotism that the nation is built. Not a passive, procrastinating progressiveness. But a conscious, constant clamour for change. And this mentality of selfless sacrifice for summum bonum; that is the greatest good – is not new to our nation-state.
In the mid 20th century, Nigeria was on the brink of independence. After decades of agitation, of struggling against the British colonial powers that be, a nationalist spirit had taken hold of our countrymen. This spirit so possessed the Nigerian populace that virtually every publication, every capitalist business, every radio and television broadcast station, every man, boy, girl and woman, and religion regardless of ethnicity or social standing, spoke in one voice, the loud unrelenting voice of freedom.
Nigeria is one of the few nations in history that managed to overthrow its overlords without violence and gore.
Now faced with new kinds of colonizers, that spirit must rise again. Today, we are faced with the Colonizer called terrorism who cripples our civilisation and development. The colonizer called tribalism, who attempts to divide and then conquer us. Not to mention the colonizer called complacency, that cousin of laziness that makes us fold our hands and believe that we cannot change the state of affairs. That brother to failure that makes us give up before we even try to make Nigeria a better place. These colonizers and more attempt to dominate and destroy us, but they cannot do so without our permission!
So arise compatriots, let’s serve our fatherland because the future does not come freely, it is taken by deliberate force! Justice can be delayed, but we decide if it can be denied.
On a final note, look to your right, and to your left. We may no longer have Nnamdi Azikiwe, Samuel Akintola, Obafemi Awolowo and other champions of independent Nigeria, but we have you, and we have me, and that makes us all that we need.
Self-sufficient in Christ’s Sufficiency. We are complete in Him, we bear the self-same mind as Christ. Ours is not the spirit of fear, but of power, love for Nigeria and sound mind to make the right decision to come tomorrow.
God bless you and God bless Nigeria.