THE ROAD

By: Adekunle Adewunmi

Our dear nation, Nigeria, has found itself in a messy state, which keeps humiliating, haunting and hurting the lives of the citizenry and dwellers. A lot has been seen and several scenes experienced, especially after the change of power from the Otueke born former President, Goodluck Jonathan to President Muhammadu Buhari as the leader of the country.

References can be drawn while some instances could also be cited as regards the plethora of secrets that have become unconcealed immediately after the change of baton ranging from the Dasuki Gate Scandal, which revealed atrocities allegedly committed by the former national security adviser and also went round to other high-ranking personalities in the country, who were said to have shared in the loots meant for the acquisition of arms that would have protected the property and lives of the citizenry.

More so, many who held political positions in the country have been caught in EFCC’s net, with thousands and dollars reported to have been recovered. Interestingly, some even went a step further in keeping stolen funds that should be enjoyed by the suffering masses in septic tanks, not forgetting the amount also allegedly squandered by officials of the past administration led by Goodluck Jonathan. What an alarming state this nation has found herself!

One cannot but see the level of decadence that has eroded the sight and good road of this dear country. Rather than the process of grading, smoothening, tarring and plying through an incorruptible road, the representatives of Nigeria has chosen the corruptible road. What a disaster.

Moving forward but not away from the aforementioned, we are currently faced with economic recession rather than its progression in this country. This might have been as a result of so many things which we’ve failed to address until it got to this peak stage, not forgetting that the points earlier mentioned forms a big part of this menace.

Still, the government has continued to live on a mono-economic system of financial increment instead of making it a multi economic system. Nigeria’s continual dependence on crude oil isn’t helping matters in any way and a road out of this state would be us, addressing our economy in a holistic way by widening the scope of our income. Before the corn was another food which fowls feeds on. Then, before we found crude oil, was “Agriculture”.

Well, I’m saying vividly that, Nigeria should go back to agriculture in a globalized way or form, and into more of ICTas well as other initiatives which can make us a nation that runs a multi-economic system.

Nevertheless, as part of the continuous challenge of this nation is the mindset of the people. The thought of an average Nigerian is how he gets rich and hasten his prosperityin life without minding how the feat is achieved. He clamours for a height without any qualification that can lift him over. This is more of the reasons you see peopledelving into some sorts of schemes just to get money whether it be by crooked means or by the virtue ofsanctity. Many youths of this nation, instead of going to school or learning a trade, would be spotted at betting arenas, staking the little money they have on them and wasting away their lives and time which could be spent doing things profitable . Those little, unconsidered monies can be used as capital to set up minute (small) businesses (SMEs) which can become large afterwards. I even thought the idea of making money rituals had died totally, not knowing that some Nigerians still indulge in the inhumane act.

This type and kind of road we’ve chosen to ply to success in this nation would lead us nowhere but destruction because it is not the authentic one by God but, the devil’s device.

The spirit of brotherly love has totally crept away from our abode as a nation, for we no longer love ourselves as a family not to mention loving as a nation. The spirit of togetherness which is the only way in which works can be effectively carried out to achieve maximal and positive result has become lost in transit, in so much that our tribes are not in agreement with each other, neither are we in conformity as regards religious beliefs. Religion and religious people now takes sides. How then can we rebuild and make Nigeria the best we want it to actually become if charity is in absence?

Some sects claims to be fighting for their rights while destroying properties and taking the lives of human beings like them, calling themselves Boko Harams. Why not think of a better road to make your grievances known to the government rather than plying that evil road of martyring innocent future-promising souls?

Hmmn, our conscience has been seared with hot iron and hypocrisy is all we make as benchmark in this nation (1 Timothy 4:1-2). Some people that has been charged with lots of money for the smooth running or overseeing of a project at their place of work or at government parastatals can no longer be trusted. All they are professional at is to add two zeros to the budget in order to have ungodly gains. While some, after the projects has been approved, moves for bad materials and even fail to completely execute the job. What a slippery road to prosperity! If you aren’t aware, it is only truth that exalts a nation. Without truth, Nigeria won’t make progress.

So many graduates are out there without any job. In fact, the issue of dichotomy still exists very much between HND and BSC degree holders. The HND holders, after going through the rigours of hectic study loads while in school have been isolated amongst their counterpart, without any end in sight. Even when any opportunity for job security arises, they are, almost at all times, berated by most companies and industries yet, nothing is being done to eradicate this head-aching, heart-troubling menace by the governments. Whereas, these HND holders, when examined, are well equipped than those whose certificates are only celebrated.I pray this won’t let the unemployed graduates turn into something else that the government would have to deal with as regards the security of lives and properties of this nation in the future. Beware, for the road of I don’t care behavior being exhibited by the government would lead this mighty nation to nowhere but the destination of a big fall.

I’m sorry for the eternity of some employers and even the future of their children, I mean those who demand sexual intercourse from female employment seekers at their firms, those who attach other strings at the stake of getting people employed. The road you are building is for the downfall of your life, health and children.

Consequently, many talents, no, heterogeneous talented persons are in our dear country which the government has failed to fish out to develop and they are just wasting away to become tools of the devil while some has become brain-retarded. Many of these talents have been developed by some countries abroad and furnished to a heightened taste, which makes them more garnished amongst other nations of the world.

I’ve seen a person who made an airplane-like vehiclewhich he drove around for almost 2-5 months around Ota environs, in Ogun State, looking if anyone could be of help to him so that he could developmore on it but no help came. I believe and I’m convinced as well that people who could help saw him but failed to assist. Many can develop and break any software or personal code on the computer, these are students that have enough grey matter that can compete with Bill Gates. Bill Gates was even below forty years of age before he became the richest man in the world. I wherefore opine, that a road of career opportunities be built around these young talents who can make the country become proud and big before they turn cyber thieves!

Fathers they say, takes one further. This adage, rather than having a positive impact in this country, the case has been the otherwise, for politicians of today who enjoys consuming and lavishing the resources of the country for their personal gains has infested the upcoming youths with the same virus since all our youths seeks for in governance, if they have the chance to go into politics, is to also become corrupt leaders as their progenitors have always. When you ask a typical youth about his or her dream if given the opportunity to rule, the first thing you hear is, I want get as much money as I can run for an office. What the leaders fail to know is that, many of these youths see them as role models and anything they do, or whatever behaviour they exhibit tends to be part and passel of the younger generation’s lifestyles. So, for this bad road of legacy they have built not to cause devastating accident for everyone, their generation and Nigeria at large. Dear political class, please Change!

Permit me to delve into the religious world and spit my word. Nowadays, spiritual leaders who are highly respected by the people are at most times; “wolves under sheep’s clothing and fraudsters (419s).” Plethora of them didn’t wait to get ripe under the tutelage of their senior spiritual leaders before setting up their own centers where they just cajole the people with pre-staged miracles, signs and wonders, all in the name of collecting their monies and spend wildly. All in a bid to getting rich quickly. The religious world that should lead us in the right road, should not compromise but make their ways straight and help smoothen the path of this nation.

At this juncture, I would like everyone, all citizens of our dear nation to take the big step in amending the spoilt road of this nation so that we can go into our enjoyment and attain the heightened stardom we’ve always looked forward to, because it is the responsibility of all, not forgetting that united we stand but divided, will result in a big fall.

The government and leaders should as well, burn the garments of irresponsibility they’ve tucked, to take full charge of the state of this nation and become the best legacy setter for our youths in the whole of Africa and the world at large. Also, for this road to be sweet to drive and ride on, let the oil of our wheel; the youths of this country be introduced and more involvedin the political systematic process, both male and females. No stereotyping whatsoever.

On a final note, Reverend Olusola A. Areogun, in his book, ‘CONSCIENCE MATTERS’ which he co-authored with his son, opined that; “If Nigeria is going to make it, the Federal Government and the Senate should make a legislation to cancel all these promos that is going on, lotto and coupon playing. He said, this spirit that is flooding our country is not the way the Western countries were developed. They didn’t develop their country by their youths playing lotto and lotteries, saying, ‘if you open a bottle of drink you can win a brand new car’. If that were how they developed and sustained their country, they wouldn’t have migrated over here”.

So, you find youths of today, instead of settling down to a legitimate righteous work, knowing that it is a step-by-step process to greatness, he wishes to hit a jackpot; that is why if you go to cyber café today, you find all kinds of young people there, many of whom are not surfing the internet for information, but for fraudulent activities! Where did the spirit come from? Every Police Officer tells you that it takes intelligence to catch criminals because they are not just stupid criminals. But, the same brain they use to plan for crime can actually be used for good. The challenge however, is that he wants to succeed without suffering. Anytime you want to succeed without righteous suffering, you will become a criminal and won’t even be able to manage what you get. It is the road that makes the man, not the destination”!

I end this by quoting from the Holy Bible which says; ‘there is a way that seemeth right unto men but the end is destruction’. For this country not to be tagged as giants of yesterday, we must mutually build,ply and sustain an incorruptible, righteous-filled roads that can make us a better nation.

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