To some of us, this means nothing to us. Its just another opportunity to have a public holiday. Don’t feel bad if it doesn’t mean anything to you, you probably weren’t there 57years ago.
If you do not fancy history considering the boring and tiresome way it is taught in academic building, I won’t shoot you. However, even if you do not fancy history or you weren’t born 57years ago to understand the reason for this ‘holiday’, these three (3) things should help you make the best of independence day now and always.
Lots of fact will be flying around about Nigeria. Stories from the 90s till now, history and current. Use this Independence day to actually pay attention to your country, Nigeria.
I can assure you that there will be so much negatives flying around, but if you plan to be different, which I suggest, ensure that you look for the positive portions of our history.
This isn’t the time to write a movie script about witches and tormenting ‘babalawos‘. This isn’t a time to compare the old times and new times with the sole aim to show us we have achieved nothing so far. Choose to dig for gold.
Choose to fight the temptation of comparing Nigeria with countries way older than Nigeria with a condemning intent. Don’t.
Sieve through all the myriad information you will come across and choose to find the positive portions only.
Then, share this positive angles with others. Choose to paint the green, white, green in a positive light this year.
Ask yourself, ‘what am I doing to contribute to my nations growth?’
Rather than looking for the promises the government will be making this year, why not be proactive and decide to make the promises?
What can you do for your family to better their lot, considering the family is the smallest unit of a country .
What can you do for your community? For example, you could start a proper waste disposal campaign to help proper disposal of waste and waste conversion. You are doing the dual job of sanitizing your community, hence increasing good health, and also creating a source of income for the young ones in the community.
If you will find what to do for your community, and I will do same, and all of us commit to do so, we will in no time begin to see the dream for our country come to pass.
Decide to commit yourself to doing something to better the country. Write it down somewhere. Tell someone to hold you responsible for it.
Ensure you commit to something worthwhile for your country.
Nigeria is one of the most religious countries in the world amongst other labels we have been given and whether you agree or not, this can work for our good.
More important now though, is to pray for our country. The prayer of a righteous man availeth much. As much as praying alone isn’t the solution, praying is definitely a part of the things we need to do for our country.
Let’s pray for wisdom for our leaders. Let’s pray for our teachers. Let’s pray for the political leaders. All the military personnel needs prayer, every single sector in the nation you can remember needs prayer. Let’s pray against disorder.
As you pray for yourself, please choose to pray for Nigeria this independence.
Oh God of creation
Direct our noble cause
Guide our leaders right
Help our youth the truth to know
In love and honesty to grow
And live in just and true
Great lofty heights attain
To build a nation where peace
And justice shall reign
Thank you for reading.
God bless Nigeria!
What are you committing to do for Nigeria? I will like to hear from you. Drop your comments in the comment box below. Thank you.
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*Babalawo – Yoruba word for herbalist.