Building a New Nigeria; The Value Perspective.

It is no farce that our country is living far below its potential- considering the vast amount of human and natural resources available to us. I am of the opinion that God gives resources according to peoples’ ability. If that is the case, we as a Nation have what it takes to make the best of the abundant resources we possess.

I believe the problem is that we have not risen to the challenge by taking the bull by the horn. If we claim to be doing anything at all, it is evident we are not doing enough. In the words of one of the world’s finest statesmen, Mahatma Gandhi, “the difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problem”. I believe this assertion is a truism in relation to Nigeria.

It has often been said that everything rises and falls on leadership”. Very true. This has put those in government and top leadership positions in our country at the receiving end when it comes to passing the bulk. The average person blames almost everything on “government” and “leaders”. While this may be the case in some sense, we must come to terms with the fact that we are all leaders in our own right and sphere. As a Father, you are the leader of your home- same for a mother. As a boy or girl, you are a leader in some right to your siblings, class representatives, office workers, Pastors, Imams, bus drivers, School teachers and medical officers are all leaders in some ways.

I am of the opinion that we have no moral right to criticize our “Leaders” if we ourselves fall short in our “little” leadership roles. Many have argued that our major problem as a nation is bad leadership.  While I agree with this in some sense, I personally believe that our major problem as a nation is lack of values. As individuals at all levels, we have lost the values that drive successful economies and make for success in societies.

Values such as; integrity, honesty, hard work, patience, responsibility, justice, courage etc are highly necessary in creating a conducive environment for national development. The absence of these values is the reason for all the corruption, killings, looting, embezzlement, injustice and underdevelopment in our nation. It’s high time we began to embrace these godly values. When we imbibe and practice them at our different leadership levels, we would be able to make a difference.

I believe in a NEW NIGERIA. A New Nigeria is possible and it begins with YOU!


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