— Ann M. Martin
Under the military the enemy was known. No one dared challenge them, very few actually did. Some paid the ultimate price. Others ran away to exile. But generally the people were hopeful and positive. Suffering and smiling, according to Fela. Nigerians were rated among the happiest lot on the planet. I would have said the most positive and hopeful people on the planet. But today after the military are now subservient to elected authority. After years of civilian administration the mood is gone down fast to despondency and disillusionment. There is even beginning to be a growing call for a revolution. Today Nigerians are rated among the unhappiest people of the planet. More challenges than was previously imagined has sprang up from the woodwork – ethnic divergence and violence, systematic disenfranchisement by election rigging, official corruption and embezzlement, misappropriation of funds, self serving political cliques, tribal and regional power lords and brokers, police brutality, armed resistances and hostage taking. The public finds no where to hope on. More and more people are crowding the embassies seeking, begging, bribing and fighting to leave the country. The one last hope of a simple man. How the latest military top brass reshuffle impart the security situation is anyone’s guess. Some observers think the appointment of the first Igbo COAS is a subtle counter offer from the President against a similar offer from IBB to zone the presidency to the South-East by 2015. Many more people have begun to hope that President Goodluck Jonathan represents a new strain of emerging leadership. Since his ascendancy seems not to be directly orchestrated by any known political clique.
Something Good is coming to Nigeria
“For the next seven days look more carefully around you and write me about what good has happened in your area. Let us see pictures if possible and we shall publish it”
Morale is so low that Nigerians have become their own worst critics. Every Nigerian is an armchair critic. Everyone knows best what ails the once dear country. The raw fact is however, that the country needs a break from the criticism. Let us look again at the positive side and hope on and pray on once more. Before you leave the country try once more. The same principles that you will need to survive outside the country is what you will need to survive inside the country. And you already got a head start because you are a citizen of this country. The power to change the country is in the country why take it abroad? Let us be a little bit positive. Look a little bit to the bright side. We have got quiet a lot to be proud of. We are Nigerians we will find a way. We always do. Any Nigerian knows that he can survive and make good any situation. That is a quality we have got above others. We have got successes in the public sphere as well that we can be proud of. We have got people who have delivered solidly on their official and political mandates. Let us look at those and be a little proud. Not on the wrong side. Remember that there is the tendency to go where you are looking. In recent times Nigerians have been looking on the negative side a lot. When sometime good happens we take no notice but when sometime bad happens we advertise it. The country could do with a little bit of a good news. Someone has side “accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, and latch on to the affirmative. Don't mess with Mr. In Between”. For the next seven days look more carefully around you and write me about what good has happened in your area. Let us see pictures if possible and we shall publish it. Nigeria is a great country with very enterprising people and with the most open economy of any in Africa. In many countries you do not have the liberty to start or enter any business or industry as you wish. In Nigeria you are free. Individual enterprise is unfettered when the environment is right especially the electricity shortage this country will rise. I believe in this country. You too can.