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26 Oct 2017

NIGERIA: BETTER TOGETHER THAN APART

A wise man once asked his grandson to break a bunch of broom as naive as the young lad was he tried for hours and told his grandpa he couldn’t then his grandpa asked him to pick them in one’s and two’s and he should try again in few minutes he successfully destroyed the broom confused about the task given to him he asked why his grandpa asked him to do so he only replied with “there is strength in togetherness and unity

Recently there has been an outcry for blood in disguise of a political strategy and revolution. Nigeria has from time to time been faced with challenges and obstacles majorly from her own children; she has been beaten, stabbed, stolen from, and enslaved in her own land by her colonizing fathers. Yet she has risen from these odds like phoenix her beauty has been a source of inspiration to others. Good People Great Nation they echo Giant of Africa they sing the continents adore her for the splendor she creates, a blessing to the whole world. But her story isn’t one without tears, agony and sorrow. Her own children have also killed their fellow countrymen in desperate thirst for power and wealth. What medicine does she need to cure herself of this cancer? Eating through fabric like a cankerworm.

1st October 1960 after toils and agony Nigeria gained her independence from the colonial masters with no assistance from an external source just her own people. How? They fought side by side irrespective of their skin color or dialect or tribal marks or religion they all came together with the sole purpose of stopping the suffering of her folks which was a successful mission. Seven years later, an invent that changed the course of history till date happened a civil war that took over 2 million people to the world beyond with over 500,000 people dying out of starvation, a war that lasted for three years leaving thousands homeless, wives without husbands, children without fathers, children without parents. Over one million children died out of starvation the rest died with guns in their hands and bullet wounds to their chests and heads, others with parts separated due to bombs. Children!!! They died in the hands of their leaders and elders. Community made us all individuality broke us apart, individually we are one drop together we are an ocean, so we do not need to go head to head with each other again if not for anything but for the kids who still suck their mothers breast and the older ones who still serve their fatherland we do not need to be separated rather to be united. We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided, we remain each other’s business, and we are each other’s magnitude and bond. We are equal in the fact that we are all different. We are all the same in the fact that we will never be the same. We are united by the reality that all colors and all cultures are distinct & individual; we are all harmonious in the reality that we are all held to this earth by the same gravity. When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.

Nigeria being regarded to many has a country over Gods heart due to its abundance in resources which exists tracery in other countries should be one of the richest countries in the world but reverse is the case she struggles to raise her heads up from the slumps of poverty. We have resources that compliment each other we do not need segregation amidst ourselves with the easterners known for their multifacetedness in business, the northerners their splendid agricultural skills, the western region a site for commerce and the southerners with resources beyond imaginations. Nigeria being regarded as a third world country needs every ounce of togetherness and collective effort we can get. The earlier we realize help is from above not from abroad the better for us. We don’t share blood, but we share the air that keeps us alive. I will not blind myself and say that my black brother is not different from me or my brown sister is not different from me. But my black brother is he as much as I am me and my brown sister is she as much as I am me.

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Nigeria is a middle income, mixed economy and emerging market, with expanding manufacturing, financial, service, communications, technology and entertainment sectors. She is ranked as the 21st largest economy in the world in terms of nominal GDP and the 20th largest in terms of purchasing power parity. It is the largest economy in Africa. With a dilapidating decrease in her Gross Domestic Product (GDP)  growth by 2.1%   and a population of 33% living beyond poverty line, a labor force of over 74 million with an unemployment rate of 13.9% as at the third quartile of 2016. We can make this work we could beat the odds if we work together we do not need to be apart rather come together to work things out and settle out our differences. “if the amount of money stolen from Nigeria was stolen from the United Kingdom there won’t be a United Kingdom today”- David Cameron, but guess what there is still a Nigeria with her heart beats stronger than before because we are stronger than whatever comes our way.

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The downfall of the attempts of governments and leaders to unite mankind is found in the wrong message that we should see everyone as the same. This is the root of the failure of harmony. Because the truth is, we should not all see everyone as the same! We are not the same! We are made of different colors and we have different cultures. We are all different! But the key to this door is to look at these differences, respect these differences, learn from and about these differences and grow in and with these differences. We are all different. We are not the same but that’s beautiful and that’s okay. In the quest for unity and peace, we cannot blind ourselves and expect to be all the same. Because in this, we all have an underlying belief that everyone should be the same as us at some point. We are not on a journey to become the same or to be the same. But we are on a journey to see that in all of our differences, that is what makes us beautiful as human race, that is what makes us beautiful as Nigerians and if we are ever to grow, we ought to learn and always learn some more.

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Imagine there are no states no ethnic groups anything to kill or die for and no religion too. Imagine all the people living life in peace, harmony and unity. You may say am a dreamer but I am not the only one and I hope someday you will join me too and Nigeria will be one.  And all the books you’ve read have been read by other people, and all the songs you’ve loved have been heard by other people and that if you looked at these facts when you were happy, you would feel great because you are describing ‘unity’. Remember the word UNITY cannot be spelt without U and I.

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