A life without a purpose is a life without a destination. Like a boat adrift on the ocean, there is no telling where you might end up. With no direction we all head to the polls to cast our votes for the various elective offices to be filled in the General Elections. Same story, same people, but we are expecting a different result. This possibility is in the bosom of time.
With the way things are going in the country, we are not sure of what to expect in the coming days as we become more anxious of the direction we will be taking after May 29 when the winners will be sworn into power.
We all want change but do we consider our ways every day? Going round town, it is same account from the populace everywhere you go; complains of irresponsive governance, corrupt leadership and the likes, but the truth of the matter is that the decay we see actually cascaded from top to bottom and moves in circles. We all have our role to play; complaining of many other things not going right in this country, it’s in our hands to turn things around, as we go to the polls to choose our leaders.
Even when we are not so sure of how to defend the votes we cast; let us at least vote for the candidates that we believe will guarantee our interest. Aside this the little effort we give will go a long way in steering the change we so desire, we all count in the transformation process, we all have our own quota in the new scheme of things as we continue to push for a better Nigeria; this we can readily achieve by becoming better Nigerians.
Revolution can either start from the top or the bottom. Whichever way, it goes beyond blame passing – which will not help us – our actions and inactions are very important in our quest for change. What are the conscious efforts we make to leave a better impression of this State? If I don’t leave an effort to better the lot of the Nation who do I expect to? Most times we are very quick to accuse others of corruption, nepotism and the likes are we better in the little things that is placed in our hands. Even at that often times the society mounts undue pressure on same people we accuse as corrupt, to settle the many struggles we face to the detriment of our nationhood.
Our societal values have eroded so bad that even the unexpected can surface as anything now goes around us; our pursuit for wealth is alarming and nobody question anybody’s source of livelihood as people are celebrated for malevolence, the family unit is almost nonexistent with many homes having kids growing up in the street while the few that will stake claims to a home lack parental care and guidance, this social decay affects the setup of our political class. An unusual chase for wealth is what we see everywhere as comfort, leisure and peace of mind have all been redefined.
Our middle class is virtually elusive, as poverty as forced the people to survival at any means and this is a bane to our socio-economic freedom, and the structure of the social life is so flat that we cannot form any sort of base with it. Poverty has eaten deep that it has affected the mentality of people as their sense of reasoning is deluded.
This is why youths willingly trade their future in exchange for some thousands of naira, just to quench their hunger for a moment while they prepare to live the rest of their lives in misery. How can we rise when we are down? We need courage, character and sincerity of purpose to power a revolution. This is what we need to step out of the clutches of poverty which is a setback to our National aspirations.
Until we have a compassionate leadership that can motivate the down trodden; we cannot move forward with these pathologies looping round us, we need to break this circle of retrogression and spring out a renewed passion to serve our fatherland better with integrity, honour and character. Only a man that is full will fight but the most feared fighter is the one that has nothing to lose.
Who will take us out of this circle of lack, poverty and retrogression?