Ignorance can be defined as a lack of awareness, or knowledge, of content that defines the entirety of an endeavor.
The successful end result in such an endeavor is largely dependent on the extent to which the participant(s) understands and executes the content learned. This absolute truth of life is applicable in the human and animal world; it is applicable in any activity of individual or group participation. This fact is not tolerant to sentimental compromise if a successful end result is the desired outcome.
The applied reality of this definition can be cited in the easily observable and self explanatory ‘equation of survival’ which governs the animal world and which states that ‘the life span of an animal is inversely proportional to its ignorance index’. The more knowledge the animal has learned about the perils within its environment, the greater its chances of survival, the more ignorant the animal is, the greater the chances of an unpleasant end.
This nature of this reality is more subtle on the human side of the fence, however it is easily agreeable that the position of greatness in any field of human endeavor has never been achieved by persons who are unlearned in the subject endeavor: great sports personalities, great entertainers, successful marriages; renowned chefs, reliable brands, etc have never been achievements of person(s) without in-depth knowledge of the endeavor.
The archive of human history also bears evidence of instances where persons who could not previously excel with their endeavor of concern changed the narrative after returning to the learning phase to acquire more knowledge on the subject. This attests the fact that a condition of ignorance is only reserved for persons who are simply not willing to learn.
Ignorance is not a condition of spiritual curse which is beyond the control of any human; it is not a condition which can be remotely inflicted on anyone who may choose to hold a third party responsible for the outcome of their circumstance. It is also not a condition which has been hard-coded into the sands of time by destiny. Ignorance is not a function of location, skin color, tribe or religion; it is a condition that feeds and grows on the reluctance of a person to learn.
Fortunately the simple cure for ignorance is enlightenment, and this cure is completely within the individual control of anyone who is willing to learn. The negative effect of ignorance on the other hand can be very devastating, and perhaps not even anticipated by the person engaging in actions of ignorance.
The grave toxic effect of ignorance may be very difficult to reverse even by those who are learned in the subject, and for this reason, expunging ignorance should be an urgent concern for all and sundry.
Governance is the collective responsibility of both leadership and followers. This fact is best illustrated by the saying that a rider can take his horse to a stream, however drinking the water is the responsibility of the horse. It is possible for leadership in any system to do the needful in any circumstance however if the followers do not objectively reciprocate their role, the system would simply not work.
This logic of thought would agree with the fact that the circumstance of any nation is a collective reflection of the mindset of its citizens. Governance is not only a leadership issue, which is the common assumption of an average Nigerian. Just as it takes small droplets of water to build the mighty oceans which separates vast expanse of continents, the present state of our nation is as a result of the aggregate appropriate and inappropriate actions of every citizen of this country from 1960 till date; with no exception.
Understandably, this unpleasant truth may be difficult to grasp by the subjective minded ignorant individual, however the hope of reversing the current trend in our collective quest for a dream Nigeria rests on our matured ability to digest this seemingly bitter pill of fact.
It is no rocket science that the neatness of a family compound is a reflection of the collective mindset of its occupants; the ability of a business to provide quality customer care is a reflection of the collective mindset of its staff regarding the value placed on their customers. These illustrations have been cited to further awaken our consciousness to the reality of fact that the current state of the Nigerian nation is undeniably the result of our collective actions.
The Nigerian economy was very vibrant during the oil boom of the late 70’s and the experience of life was a lot more pleasant. The exchange rate for the US Dollar to the Naira was about $1 : 90k (1 dollar: =N=0.9); pump price of petrol was a fraction of the current rate. Federal and state governments owned educational institutions were renowned institutions of learning rather than the grave shadows they have become today.
At that time, Nigerians preferred to purchase brand new cars within ranges typically less than =N=10,000.00, rather than the current vogue where the majority of citizens are content with buying used vehicles at outrageous prices that often runs into millions of naira. There were foreign investments dotted all over the Nigerian land space. The National air carrier was working perfectly and there were no private airlines. Such were stories of our pleasant past, which made Nigeria the envy of the entire African continent. It is a sharp contrast of our present experience.
At that time, we were all proudly Nigerians, opening our shores to the rest of the world with landmark events like the Festac ’77, etc. The mindset of every Nigerian was mostly molded on the tenets of the most important constitution of the country; the National pledge. The present state of the country where a single US dollar is the equivalent of approximately =N=365.00 was never imagined by any Nigerian citizen at that time. The present state of economic chaos in the country was never conceived in the faintest iota of our imagination at that time.
At no time in the history of our nation did Nigerians in totality vacate the Nigerian land space to be replaced by foreigners who may have ruined the fortunes obtainable at that time in Nigeria; promptly disappearing before our return. It is an undeniable fact that the inappropriate actions of the leadership of the country in no small measure contributed to redefining our success story of the 70’s into the nightmare of today however, the inability of the majority to constructively respond to this emerging trend remains the reason we are all culpable for the current state of our nation.
The various reasons tendered for the malfunction of the leadership of the nation over the years can be summed up as the result of a deviation from the tenets of our National pledge. The same conclusion applies to the various reasons tendered for the collective inactivity of the remaining majority who constitute followers.
For any doubtful mind, a close observation of the daily utterances, and actions of most of our current leadership figures that are media spotlight figures, would reveal a very unpatriotic disregard for all the lines of our national pledge. The daily actions of the governed majority which can be experienced within the immediate environment of an observer would also reveal the same unpatriotic disregard for the tenets of the national pledge with most actions regarding normal endeavors of daily life. Therefore there should be no reason for anyone to feign ignorance on the foundation reason for the current state of the Nigerian nation.
In conclusion, it is more than obvious that our collective ignorance on the subject of the patriotic mindset required for insight into the development of a nation is the foundation reason we all have our varying accounts of bitter experiences in our current Nigeria: tribal conflicts, poor electricity, bad roads, an educational system of no consequence, insecurity, etc.
The general ignorance of the majority to the fact that the aggregate summation of the unpatriotic nature of our individual actions big or small has its contributing effect on our national outcome must be addressed as a matter of urgent priority. The way forward would be a reorientation of this unpatriotic mindset in every action of every single Nigerian citizen. It does not lie in trading blames,words, blows, or indeed anything else except an admission of this truth.
God bless the nation of Nigeria and all the surviving Nigerian Patriots who continue to believe, and continue to bear the burden of hope that a dream Nigeria as an achievable reality in their heart.
Arise O Compatriots…
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