The Military establishment of any nation is primarily saddled with the onerous responsibility of contending and containing the most challenging security threats to its sovereignty. This is a non-negotiable understanding which has been imprinted in the mind of the noble citizens who have willingly signed up to passionately defend the integrity of their national existence regardless the circumstance. This act of valor is definitely not reserved for a faint heart, and requires an uncommon dedication which is fearlessly committed to a carrier of selfless service for reason of love for country, and countrymen.
The narrative is no different with the loyal citizens who have faithfully committed to the service of the Nigerian Armed forces. On a daily basis, the peace of the entire nation is guaranteed by the selfless sacrifice of these honorable Patriots; brave men and women who will routinely endure extremes of discomfort, dare the unthinkable; and effortless sacrifice everything, just to ensure that the rest of us can get along with endeavors of daily living.
There is no sane Nigerian who can contest this statement of fact which defines the height of committed patriotism. The somber nature of the weight of daily sacrifice committed in efforts by the Nigerian Armed forces is a clear indication that each line of our national anthem/pledge is engraved in thought, word and deed of the entire hierarchy of personnel. There is no other better real life illustration that can define the serious gravity of what it means to be a Nigerian Patriot.
Granted the fact that the entire Nigerian population do not need to enroll in the armed forces to be considered patriotic citizens; however the salient lessons we can all learn by observing the way of life of these brave men and women can encourage and teach the rest of us to apply the principle of patriotism in issues of our daily endeavors. These lessons will surely guide us to the realization of the fact that what we may consider the load of our share of patriotic responsibilities to the nation of Nigeria, is a far more bearable and preferable portion of no comparison.
The lessons should put an end to any excuse which we may typically offer as explanation for relegating the project Nigeria to second place in our consciousness. It is a most unfair reciprocal gesture from the rest of us that whilst the selfless tone behind role of the Nigerian Armed Forces guarantees our peace of existence, we mostly do not utilize that peace to play our own role of selfless service to the Nigerian nation. The lessons will also remind us that project Nigeria is not a choice, but a necessity that translates to our collective and sincere dedication in thought word and deed.
Regardless the field of endeavor; scope of responsibility, or sphere of influence a concerted effort by the rest of us at applying these lessons will surely lift the nation of Nigeria to greatness. The roadside vulcanizer, the banker, the traffic warden, the doctor, the teacher, the government employee, the Judge, the senator, the ministers, the engineers, the students, the traders, the herders, there should be no exceptions to this new rule of reorientation with our mindset and actions if there can ever be any hope of making a dream Nigeria an achievable reality.
As mentioned in blog episode 2: ‘Essence of the National pledge’: ‘a country is an abstract concept which is merely a land mark and a name. This places the onus of individual responsibility toward any circumstance within the Nigerian nation on the collective integral daily action of every citizen’. The quest for our Independence was the collective victory of every Nigerian with our founding Fathers in the lead and was achievable as a result of the patriotic contribution of every single citizen of discerning age at that time.
The profound meaning behind the lines of our national pledge was designed to guarantee that we maximize the mighty potentials of limitless resources confined within the dimensions of our highly blessed country to our advantage.
Our gradual decent shortly after that memorable achievement of October, 1960 to the precariously sad circumstance of today, is as a result of the gradual decay of the solemn message behind the national pledge in our minds.
Fortunately the fate of reversing the spin of the wheel of our national circumstance is within our control of action, and the sooner we start, the better. The current tussle over issues of no productive consequence will do nobody no good, save to guarantee a bleak future for our children, grand children and generations to follow. Rest assured, they will never forgive us for setting the stage for their unhappy existence.
To the citizens of honor that make up the ground, air and amphibious divisions of the Nigerian army, rest assured knowing that your gallant display of relentless and shinning patriotism is not in vain. It is a sacrifice worthy of emulation, sincerely appreciated and proudly acknowledged by your fellow Nigerian compatriots. God bless each and every one of you today, always and forever.
Arise O Compatriots…
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