11. Citizens on Patrol (COP): The Foundation of our National Security

Way back in time, the game of football was officiated by a single Center Referee and the two Assistant Referees. This was until the evolution of the V.A.R (Video Assistant Referee) technology introduced untold sanity into officiating the game. The V.A.R is a background crew of Referees who attend to the game through the Center Referee from a Control Center via Information and Communication Technology ICT. The end result is a game with little or no margin for officiating errors.

The illustration above draws inference on the fact that there is more efficiency achieved, when a majority is involved in any action within an entity. A centipede would navigate in the direction of motion of a majority of its several tiny legs.

The same logic applies on the issue of national security in any nation. A majority of the citizens must be patriotic enough to have a zero tolerance for anything which as much as whispers the profile of criminal action.

In advanced nations of the world this truth is very evident. From the coasts of the United States of America, to the British Isles, right through the U.S.S.R, down to the Japans in the Far East etc. Certain instances of actions against criminal intent are initiated by the patriotic civilian populace who escalate emergency calls to ‘911’ as it is observed with the United States as an example. The fact remains that the collection of very efficient security outfits in such nations cannot do it alone. The strength of their success lies with the collective patriotic actions of the majority of the Citizens.

 Our case in Nigeria ought to follow this logically sound norm; however it must be different considering the myriad of security challenges currently besieging the nation of Nigeria. Daily illustrations are so numerous it’s almost uncountable and not worthy of mention. Regardless the reasons behind the trend, the bitter and unacceptable reality remains that the priceless value of any single human life must be upheld in the nation of our dream Nigeria.

The dream Nigeria is a country where every single patriotic citizen is a Sheriff. This is excluding the already established security outfits: the NPF- the Nigeria Police Force, the NAF- the Nigerian Armed Forces, the DSS- Department of State Security Services, the NDC- the Nigerian Civil Defense Corps etc.

The dream Nigeria is a country where the foundation of effective National security is built around the daily patriotic actions of Citizens on Patrol (COP). The essence of the Spirit of honor behind the profile of the COP is buried in the heart of the Creed of the Patriot.

The dream Nigeria is a country where this massive security ‘VAR’ maintains a vigilance which ensures that any criminal thought is confined to the mind of the Originator and never finds support to translate into actions. Instances of crime should be preemptively contained in our dream Nigeria without a need to fire off a single round of warning shot.

For obvious reasons to a sound mind of rational reason, our collective path toward this dream may lie in mobilizing our Traditional Institutions to coordinate the Patriots on this leg of the journey.

Arise O Compatriots!

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10. Patriots Alert: The Nigerian Population; a growing ‘Hydra’ with Potentials, worthy of note. Part II of Part II

Continued from Part I of Part II

….In addition, there is a scramble for the limited resource which is available, social welfare responsibility would simply be overwhelming on any incumbent government. Simple waste management can be an odious task. There is an undue pressure on the ecosystem, because of large clusters of citizens in the few developed city areas. The list of disadvantages as well as illustrating real life examples within the domain of our country is endless.  

Within the Nigerian space, our attitude seems very oblivious of the threat of our currently unmanaged large number to our present wellbeing and the future of our generation. We are often enmeshed in needless debates of no real productive consequence such as: Mr. A, from ‘tribe’ B is occupying position C in a state D where the person is not an ‘indigene’. Amazingly, such topics usually occupy the Nigerian polity for months, distracting everyone from realistically addressing cogent and serious issues.  Another reality worthy of note is that with each passing day of our folly at distraction, our population adds an additional to the number: 190.9 million which is presumed to be the estimate figure at the time of this write-up. The very disturbing side of this equation is that the daily increase in the national population of Nigeria is not waiting on our decision to rise to responsibility; nor on the hope that one day, a Heaven sent messiah would appear, wave a magic wand, and all will be well. It is a steady and sure recurrent swell in number with each new day in our country Nigeria and we seriously need to consciously and collectively act to contain it. Our inability to manage this current figure, definitely means that we cannot manage anything larger successfully.

 The current objections, which may border on religious, customary, or personal sentiments, will not change the currently unpleasant scenario, or the eventual worse to come.

There aren’t enough schools, enough roads, enough hospitals, and enough hostel accommodations in our schools, ‘Cities are opening up at a much faster pace than the Government is able to execute the planned layout. This often creates a very chaotic challenge on the long run between land owners and the Government in such city settlements. The list of issues arising from poor management of our humongous population goes on and on. These issues find relevance in our neglect and lack of planning. If not for the negligent habit of excessive importation, one day some day, there might not be enough food to go round in our dearly beloved country Nigeria!!! This is an embarrassment of magnanimous proportions for a Country that was once the pride of Africa. ‘Arise O Compatriots…!’

Moving forward to a conclusion, perhaps it may be easier now, for any reader to appreciate the fact that our population can be likened to the monster hydra mentioned in the beginning which needs to be contained in order to harness the enormous positive side of its potential. We just can’t kill it. It must be dealt with, and the sooner we all wake up to that realization, the better for our present, and future.

Our Government policies and actions can learn from nations mentioned above who have been able to manage their population to the advantage of productive development. As Citizens, we should enlighten ourselves thoroughly on the subject matter to understand that such policies and actions are in the best interest of the country Nigeria and not any attempt of nefarious intent by anyone. In addition, we should all appreciate that the mental profile required to deal with this issue should be devoid of any Religious, Tribal, political, or regional bias.

This is one issue that needs careful and timely handling if we (on behalf of our generations to come), must continue our journey to the land of our Dream Nigeria. With hindsight, we may now understand the guiding reasons sighted in episode 5: (‘Giving a face to our ….’)behind the definition of the demarcation that defines the boundaries of our beloved country Nigeria by the Great British Empire. Another food for thought.

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9. Patriots Alert: The Nigerian Population; a growing ‘Hydra’ with Potentials, worthy of note. Part I of Part II

Population can be defined within the context of this episode to mean:  ‘the number of inhabitants (either the total number or the number of a particular race or class) in a given place (country or city etc.)’And in this case, our reference to the Nigerian population is the number of inhabitants born of Nigerian origin. At certain instances, it may also include an aggregate of this figure in addition to foreigners within the Nigerian land space at any point in time.

A ‘Hydra within the same context of the preceding paragraph can be defined as: ‘a (Greek mythology) monster with nine heads; when struck off each head was replaced by two new ones’ Rightly, it might seem best to rational reasoning to slay the monster; however, if the duel started with a one-headed monster, after cutting off the head just twice, the warrior of reason would be facing an undying monster with four heads! A riddle indeed!! It might seem best in the court of prudent wisdom, to tame the monster to become a useful tool, assuming this accomplishment is possible and this feat would require more than an average dose of ingenuity.

Lastly, ‘Potentials within this context means ‘the inherent capacity for a concept to come into being’, however it should be appreciated that the character of whatever defines the being could fall into the positive or negative axis of useful potential which can translate to positive economic growth and not a burden to economic development.

The large population of any nation could be a blessing or a dilemma if the development of supporting infrastructure (Roads, Water supply, Schools, hospitals etc) is not properly managed. There would come a time when there would be an unhealthy degree of competition because the limited infrastructure cannot support the ‘weight’ of the population. For simple illustration, the major refineries in Nigeria were built in the mid-70’s when the population of the country was estimated at 63,373,572. 30 years later, the same strength of refineries can no longer provide efficient petroleum service because the demand for the product is far higher. With proper planning, Countries with populations larger than Nigeria have recorded economic milestones with their national development; e.g. China is currently one of the leading world economies, and India is not far behind with economic success. The population of the former is estimated at 1.386 billion, whilst the latter holds a population of 1.339 billion, Nigeria is estimated at 190.9 million. This, is a mere fraction in comparison.

It’s a clear fact that if most of the citizenry of any nation are inclined to productivity, there would massive and varied spheres of development within that space. This is the case with the country China. The diverse skilled citizenry can always present an alternative productive drive if the nation’s main stay is no longer a viable source of income, and income is the medium of expense required for national development.  However, in the event that there is no effort at profound productivity from the majority, there can never be any divine intervention as a substitute to the reality of the consequence of under development. This is a truth we’d collectively need to come to hard terms with. The diversity of the productive strength of our aggregate majority is really weak. So for illustration, the drastic drop in the global price of oil was able to send our country Nigeria into an exile of recession. There was no readily fall back productive alternative on ground.  It is very doubtful if this scenario can ever find opportunity in the economic space of the Chinese nation. This is a painful lesson we all need to come to terms with, if there is a if there is any whisper of a chance to reverse the current spin of the wheel.  

Another negative dimension of improper management of a large population is friction within the population. Communal conflicts, Frequent Industrial actions, Herdsmen and Farmers clashes, etc are some illustrations of the dynamics with the preceding sentence. Another painful lesson….

Continues in Part II of Part II

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8. Double Thumbs up 2 Our Great Country: Nigeria H’2019!

This is wishing every single Compatriot, a very pleasant, happy, peaceful & prosperous New Year: 2019. We pray this will be a year of real development, learning and growth for our dear country. It would surely be better than the previous year of 2018, if it is our sincere collective desire, & prayer as ordained by Almighty God. We pray the good Lord to grant all our sincere wishes of true patriotic growth for our country, our families, and self.

Almighty God willing, we shall all live to see the peaceful conclusion of this year at the end of December 2019.  God bless our nation: Nigeria.

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7. Effective Democracy: The ‘Complex’ Equation of good Governance

Democracy can be defined as a political system ruled by the people, either directly or through elected representatives. It can also be defined with the more popular slogan of ‘Government of the people, by the people and for the people’, although the latter definition is not as detailed as the former. The first definition is most suited for this blog episode, because it lays clearer emphasis to the fact that it is a political system ruled by the people. It is the responsibility of every single person of national citizenship, though agreeably, the roles may be vast however yet everyone has a shoe size that fits a role. It is a National Venture requiring collective understanding.  

The collective understanding between the citizens in various roles of leadership and followers are that the citizens in roles of leadership will play the way of constructive development. The followers will play the way of the collective Umpire. Imagine a game played between 10 percent of the population of a nation, with the squad of Umpires comprising the remaining 90 percent of the population of that same nation. The system would unarguably be a spectacular upgrade of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR); if this illustration were to fit the popular game of football. This system of unbiased Umpires would surely detect the slightest attempt at an infringement by any of the political players. Resolving actual cases of infringement would be a walk in the park for this very large squad of Umpires.

This is the mighty power of corrective action resting with the majority of citizens on issues relating to the activities of the leadership toward providing good governance in any nation in the world that is sincerely practicing democracy. The massive power of the responsible minded followers does not include any physical or verbal altercation of any magnitude. This decent arrangement would provide an objective check balance on the leadership class on all levels of the political institution of the nation. The ethics of good governance has made penal provisions enabling for an accountable system of democracy by giving the followers the mandate to review their political choices on the presumption that they are not satisfied with the actual deliverable(s) of any Political Office Holder. It seems a fairly simple productive arrangement. This system has enabled citizens of other progressive Nations in the world to enjoy the dividends of good governance a.k.a Democracy.    

Currently in Nigeria, we are approaching the 20th year of uninterrupted democracy since 29th May 1999. Our story is strangely different from the accounts of other progressive Nations of the planet. The records of our retentive memory would reveal that our great Nation has expended a humongous amount of resources given a summation of the expense figures of annual budgets presented, approved, and dispensed through various tiers of government structure through the past 20 years. Yet still, our refineries have never really performed optimally, the concept of quality Education has nearly been eroded from the Nigerian landscape, the fate of a visit to our medical institutions can be likened to the fate of anyone who dares to walk through a mine field. We seem content with this deplorable situation, whilst our elite class with brazen audacity, fly to the best hospitals abroad on the occasion of the slightest perceived or imagined ailment.  It may be possible, yet serious doubtful, that our current definition of Nigeria may not be the physical location where the funds were expended through two decades since there is very little to show for it.

 Perhaps, it may be boldly wiser to appreciate the fact that we must be making seemingly minor mistakes which perhaps, unknown to us, does not bear any eventual productive consequence of minor dimensions.  This may be a foundation factor explaining the quagmire of sorts that currently bedevils the ability of our democratic system to effectively provide all Nigerian citizens with the wonderful dividends of democracy; and we have clearly never lacked the financial ability.

 With the boldly inappropriate ethical undertone of our democratic system, it would not be an easy assignment for anyone of great Leadership ability to deliver the dividends of good governance to the followers who are in the massive majority. It would be akin to sending a person to fetch water with a basket or what a sane mind would simply call: a Mission, Impossible!

A pause in thought toward reversing this trend of non performance of the democratic system in Nigeria would reveal that: if it were possible to leave the current political structure of governance the way it is, and for the purpose of make believe, replace all the political positions in the three arms of democratic rule in the country across the Federal, State, and Local government spread of it, with Nigerian Patriots, I strongly feel the story would be drastically different.  

When patriotically minded Citizens occupy the positions in the illustration above, and the remaining followers to be governed reciprocate their role in the system with responsible and objective bias. There will be a nearly perfect handshake with both parties, the dividends of good governance are sure to follow and the country Nigeria will most certainly heave a much needed sigh of relief from the current strain mostly caused by improper application of the successfully tested principles of Democracy. Little wonder this system of governance seems to be a global trend and approved by the United Nations.

Hopefully, it should be the will of popular opinion that each citizen of Nigeria should endeavor to thoroughly understand the principles behind the successful application of Democracy for good Governance. There is certainly a vast wealth of global real life examples we can all diligently and sincerely understudy. We will surely win, if and only when we collectively decide to give national development a chance in our great country Nigeria. Good luck to our great Nation Nigeria and to all the noble Citizens who desire the well deserved dividends of good governance.   A dream Nigeria come true.

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6. Nigeria Vs Corruption: A National Mortal Combat Nigerians must Win!!!

For the purpose of this episode, Corruption can be defined as a lack of integrity or honesty (especially susceptibility to bribery); or the use of a position of trust for dishonest personal or group gain. The country Nigeria has been defined in previous blog episodes with the last episode (5) adding the bio-metric detail of a face to our noble nation.  Just like the word Country, the word Corruption is an abstract concept which is only given boldness, effect and strength of consequence by any being that lacks a character of integrity. The soul or life of Corruption is driven by human beings clear and simple. The negative consequence of Corruption knows no religious, ethnic, or political bias; it simply ravages everything within its range including countries!

The Nigerian nation has been locked in a fierce battle with Corruption for decades now. This is evident when the effect of the strength of its very negative consequence can be observed within the static nature of national development in our country for decades; the complaints across board in every sphere of the Nigerian society from time immemorial till today.  Unemployment statistics are in sky-high figures; Nigerian citizens are braving extreme odds in desperate attempts at migrating to greener havens in foreign lands; strike threats and actions are a frequent order of the day; some citizens are complaining of outright hunger and an inability to feed at minimal daily frequency, the list is endless. So it will be safe to assume that since the fight started between Nigeria and Corruption, the latter has made good progress, and is currently in good lead on points. Nigeria on the other hand when the encounter ensued erroneously, assumed it was a play-fight, and seemed very confident that corruption was no match for it, therefore there was no need to hit back, evade its punches, or at the very least have a good getaway plan on time. With the foresight of today Nigeria would have definitely done things differently.

The current situation is so terrible that the country Nigeria is lying in a daze from the severe beatings received by Corruption. Nigeria can barely move, and is fast loosing the confidence of great admirers who span the length and breadth of this planet Earth, repeatedly showing support with aids, visits, you name it, and they’ve done it. Our Independence Day of 1st October 1960, was gracefully attended by the Her Royal Majesty, the Great Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, in the lead company of other eminent members of the modern British Monarch, in addition to other foreign dignitaries.  I believe this action was intended to send a resoundingly strong message of encouragement and support for the project Nigeria, to all and sundry.

Currently, and previously, several attempts have been made by Nigeria to fight back however it’s a ferocious onslaught of frightening magnitude by Corruption. The amazing fact through this drama remains that Nigeria appears not ready to give up the fight, and this resilience is infuriating the heartless Corruption who does not even realize that good sportsmanship should have demanded for reprieve for the opponent. The fact ought to be very clear to all and sundry that this is not a game anymore. Corruption has come with the profile of a death-match to a friendly encounter and this was not the understanding with Nigeria at the onset.  Nigeria would need to take drastic measures to survive this encounter and this is the reason every single Patriot left in the country would need to rise up to the call of the National Anthem. Every single Patriot would need the motivation of the national pledge engraved in their spirit to fire up their morale. It has become a non negotiable reality of fact, that Nigeria must resoundingly win this encounter. However, this is not a physical battle, it a battle of concepts; with subtle and peculiar attributes. It is a battle that requires our collective encouragement of any patriotic attempt of any citizen to put up a fight against any form of ignoble unpatriotic action from any other citizen.

The first step would be to put a face(s) on the concept called Corruption, and this should aid the Patriots to identify it when they see it. There is no attribute of Corruption which represents in any form, the morale undertone of any line in the national Pledge; so definitely a corrupt culprit cannot be a Nigerian patriot. A Nigerian patriot would always protect the interest of the Nigerian nation. It could possibly be a person from another nationality, which is fair thinking since their allegiance would most definitely be to their own country. However, since we are all aware that our government institutions and individual or group endeavors are not majorly driven by foreigners, there would be no need to look in that direction, besides no national creed of any well meaning foreign nation would be so empty of morale content to incite such decadent behavior.      

Corruption in Nigeria has been given life by citizens who engage in unpatriotic actions regardless the frequency or magnitude of such actions. The God given conscience in each of us will bear witness to this truth by a cursory observation of actions of a majority of the citizens within the immediate environment. We sincerely do not need to look far for the culprits. It is becoming clearer that we can say the fight between Nigeria and Corruption is literally a fight between the patriotic citizens of the country and their non patriotic siblings, between noble actions of patriotism and ignoble counter actions with no patriotic undertone.  The boundaries of patriotism are not limited by lines of immediate or extended Family, Religion, Tribalism, or political sentiments, neither the boundaries of the devastation of corruption. In order to guarantee a sure win, the mentality of the Patriot should equally bear no sentiments of such dimensions.

Therefore it should be safe for a sane mind to assume that we ought not to stand arms akimbo whilst a summation of unpatriotic actions destroys our country, and the future of our generations to come. A collective patriotic response in counter measure does not call for a single blow; a whisper of violence; extending a drop of Hatred; or indeed any other action that lacks noble patriotic finesse. This skill we can all learn by understudying the life of the Great Nelson Mandela of South Africa.

The spread of activities molded behind thoughts with the dark tint of corruption is virtually in every sphere of the Nigerian society. Granted, it may have started within the leadership class of the country, but currently It is not only found within the leadership or political class in the country. It actually exists right inside our homes, our organizations, our schools, our hospitals, on our roads, in our markets, our businesses, at work, at play, virtually everywhere!

The fight cannot be left to a single individual or group; it must be fought by every single Nigerian Citizen. I am certain that if we could all collectively engrave the message of the national pledge in our spirit, in thought, in word and indeed, the current fight between Nigeria and Corruption would be an easier walk in the park for the country Nigeria.

Bearing in mind that the present Nigerian narrative regarding corruption, has spanned decades of our collective neglect for our nation, reversing the current trend would require a process of consistent continuity across very thread that defines the fabric of the Nigerian society. It should be a synchronous process spanning the dynamic pinnacle of leadership, to crannies of our homes. It would not be a process with overnight success; however, it is guaranteed to yield positive results on the long run. It would require the strong armor of patience and maturity on the body of all of Nigeria’s finest Patriots; You and I inclusive.

In conclusion, it would certainly be very correct and best for us to collectively muster the Will to act, in order to continue with our determined walk of necessity toward the dream Nigeria; pounding the lethal enemy of our great Nation: Corruption, to smithereens.  A stitch in time as wisely recommended, definitely and surely saves nine: Arise O Compatriots…!!!

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5. Giving a ‘Face’ to our Noble Country Nigeria

Our great country Nigeria was a concept conceived by the great British Empire. There must have been a good reason for the thought. This compliment does not eliminate the fact that the idea had its flaws; however there is every good reason to spare the time to reason through what may have been the strengths behind the thought.

There is no gain emphasizing the fact that presently no living Nigerian was consulted through the processing of conceiving or executing this noble idea. Therefore it should be nominally surprising when a majority of us consistently state the fact that if wishes were horses, we would have partitioned a different arrangement as our choice decision of our country Nigeria. However this would be very far from reality as we might end up with as many versions running into numbers the size of our current population. This is another thought for food.

It would seem best to accept the reality that we have all been born into by our parents who were very much at peace with that thought. A reality we appear to embrace as a pleasantly natural truth, so much so that we effortlessly indicate Nigeria as bio-data info in the country field of any form we fill. An innate fact we have accepted to the extent that we all bear the Nigerian passport and would vehemently prove our nationality given the appropriate reason. This would imply that there should be no reason to explore any basis to engage in any exercise of realigning the structural design of our great nation. We should rather focus our thoughts on the probable reason behind the noble British assembly which is today our dear country Nigeria. The answers may provide another reason to realize why the wisdom of our great founding fathers were bold enough to accept this design without strong reservations. Perhaps they could see the enormous potentials behind the concept, if managed properly. It may not be wrong to strongly assume that the Independence of the Nigerian nation on 1st October 1960 was the proud collective decision of all Nigerians at that time. Leaning on the reason of wise providence, it may be very unwise for any of us to attempt any alteration of this concept.

Bearing in mind the abstract nature of the country entity, which is simply a land demarcation and a name, it would be easier to appreciate that it is the citizens that give life to this entity, and their character is what defines the ability of this entity. The truth is that individually, every single Nigerian citizen is a facial variation of the country Nigeria.  Currently we are estimated at 180 million, we were estimated at 45 million during independence in 1960, it would be definitely right to assume there was a time in the history of time there were less than 10,000 people within the demarcation that defines Nigeria. Until there comes a time when there is no one within the demarcation, the country Nigeria, lives.

When Nigeria participates in the world cup, it is the vibrant national football team we all fondly call the Super Eagles that is Nigeria on the field of play, with every member of the team and crew, a facial variation of the country. When any of our entertainment celebrities are on stage abroad, it is Nigeria on stage. At the United Nations summit, it is the representative citizen(s) that is Nigeria at the summit. Indeed for anyone, when the opportunity presents itself for any foreign trip, we are all ambassadors of the country; simply a facial variation of the Name.  Within the boundaries of the country, we are all facial variations of one massive family, the same principle is found with any family in any home where siblings are facial variations of the abstract family name. These differences can be regarded as a union of diversity with great collective potential.  

The current impression regarding the identity of Nigeria in the minds of a majority should be flawed to the point that can explain the dearth of patriotic actions within our minds. A Nigerian Patriot knows that he or she is an intricate part of the soul of the Nigerian spirit which gives life to the concept we know as our country Nigeria. The Nigerian Patriot understands that together with other Compatriots, they are the country they live. The Nigerian patriots understand that we are all Nigeria, just different faces of it, and this admission is definitely not a crime in any divine court of Justice. It is the collective strength of our character that defines the strength of Nigeria, and it is our collective weakness that defines the weakness of Nigeria.

It is very clear that the National Anthem and National Pledge of our great nation was designed to provide a melodious background reminder of this reality to our consciousness on a daily basis. It is definitely sure that if we could collectively muster the boldness to press the ‘play’ button in the consciousness of our minds, the march toward a dream Nigeria would be a more practical and realistic journey.     

On these truths and more, I rest my case.

Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country’- President JFK (20th January, 1961)

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4. The Nigerian Armed Forces: A Proud Symbol of Unrelenting Patriotism

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 the national 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 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 NAF 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: ‘Arise O compatriots, Nigeria’s call obey…. ’      

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 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 the 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.  

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3. Ignorance: The Achilles Heels of National Development

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. It 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 any who is willing to learn. The effect of ignorance on the other hand can be very devastating,and perhaps not even anticipated by the person engaging in any 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 objective 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 therefore agree with the fact that the circumstance of any nation is a collective reflection of the mindset of its citizens. It 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 the nation today 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 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 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 stories of our pleasant past, which made Nigeria the envy of the entire African continent; 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, neither was the present state of economic chaos in the country ever 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 to the nightmare of today, however, the inability of the majority to constructively respond to this emerging trend, is 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 the 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 the 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, 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 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 Patriots who continue to  believe, and continue to bear the burden of a dream Nigeria as an achievable reality in their heart.

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2. The Essence of the National Pledge

The national pledge is a brief and powerful selfless prayer that defines a Nigerian patriot.

It is a very simple poem molded with strong words of virtue,intended to convey an unambiguous clarity in meaning.  This design was to encourage easy understanding of any reader. It should be engraved in the mind of every citizen from birth through a process of daily recital and meditation.

This prayer acknowledges the abstract concept of a nation which is merely a land mark and a name, and places the onus of individual responsibility toward any circumstance within the nation on the collective integral daily action of every citizen. There is no line that literally mentions any action from the entity Nigeria toward the citizen because no abstract concept possesses such inherent capability on its own.

This aspect of any abstract concept is driven by human beingsIt is a fact therefore that the circumstance of any nation is an aggregate reflection of the state of mind of a majority of its citizens, rather than an arbitrary occurrence of fate.A keen observation of the progressive nations around the world will agree with this logic of reason. The United Kingdom, the United States of America, and indeed in all the countries we look up to as our model of a dream nation, the logic is the same. An aggregate majority of the citizens of those nations have a virtuous intent regarding the effect of all their daily actions weather at home, at work, at play, name it. This attribute is not only reserved for citizens in position of leadership, it the preserve of every citizen. This foundation attribute of a patriot is the driving force behind the lives of all prominent Heroes in the history of nations. 

It is strongly evident in the life of Nelson Mandela, who is unarguably the greatest African patriot.

The result of an honest examination of self by all Nigerians regarding our individual adherence to the tenets of the national pledge will provide an answer for the reason behind the currently precarious circumstance of the Nigerian nation. Moving forward, assuming it is possible for every Nigerian citizen to be guided by the selfless tenets of the national pledge in a majority of our daily actions, achieving our dream Nigeria would be an easier collective reality.  On these truths and more, I rest my case.

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