Finally, the Independence Day have come and gone. Fortunately or unfortunately, from whichever way you decide to look at it, we didn’t celebrate with as much pomp and aplomb like we used to do in the years before. Some people say it is the fear of extremists and their threats, well I don’t care cos as a friend recently said “The fear of Boko Haram is the beginning of wisdom”, they are real and mean. i see the low key event as a good thing cos our inefficient leaders are beginning to realise that at 51, it’s a shame that we have nothing to celebrate about except the die hard and hustling spirit of the common man on the street.
I refused to write anything concerning Nigeria before the independence or during cos there wouldn’t be anything positive to write about, I probably would have written of the numerous ailments that have plagued us for more than 50 years and still hold us in its bondage till this present day. It’s a shame, I am tired of writing of poverty, corruption, insensitivity in high places, joblessness and terrorism, a new low that has been added to our shameful CV and a whole lot of other things I can’t be bothered to mention because we are all tired of hearing them. How we as a people remain optimistic under these dire circumstances must be the greatest miracle ever since the time of Jesus Christ.
So you won’t say I am a pessimist, I will tell you the only good thing that have affected my life since we started pretending to practice democracy, it is the power supply that has improved recently, I can confidently say there has been steady power supply for some months now and I can ping and tweet all day without worrying about my battery going flat, I am saving money I usually use in buying fuel daily and that I use in servicing my ‘I beta pass you’ generator or stay at home and drown myself in the illusion movies create whenever I am bored. It’s a good development and a step forward for president Goodluck and I hope it drives him into doing more even though it looks like his brilliant wife is hell bent on becoming more popular than him as first lady with her ‘punch lines’ and ‘arrows’ live on TV and at public functions. And people ask why we are the happiest people on earth, simple, start with how our first lady is trying so hard to be a comedian. Don’t get me wrong, I am proudly Nigerian and I wouldn’t trade my nationality for any other one. We as a people are a living wonder, our creator must marvel at our creativity to keep on living in this hardest and harshest of times.
So this post independence piece I dedicate to the memory of every Nigerian who have lost their lives in the struggle, in the senseless bomb blasts, those that have been slain and maimed by a careless government, to our founding fathers who must be weeping at where we are headed, to every hardworking Nigerian, to the common man on the street who suffers yet smile, the mothers who never stop hustling to feed their kids, the fathers who are stuck in hold ups even at midnight, for those of us who have been oppressed and repressed, for the youths who still believe the future is real, for me, for you, for all of us who have been told we are leaders of tomorrow but remain home and jobless.
May our tears, our sweat and hard work bring down all the evil doers in our high places who don’t want us to move forward as a nation.
GOD BLESS YOU
GOD BLESS NIGERIA.