24. The Refined Differences Between The ‘Masses’ And The Citizens Of A Nation.

The term ‘Masses’ could mean a casual reference to the common people of any society, it could also mean an ill structured collection of similar objects or people. It is a word frequently used in discussion topics of governance by most Nigerians when referring to the majority of the 190 million people who are allegedly downtrodden and not a part of the architecture of governance or beneficiaries of affluent living. This unsavory word is ignorantly used by most Nigerian citizens in reference to themselves and their place of belonging in their own Country.

The term ‘Citizens’ on the other hand refers to all the natives or naturalized members of a nation, state or other political community. It conveys a more deserved intimate feeling of belonging, interaction and expectations from the Parent entity. It also exposes the rather subtly derogatory and uncaring profile of the word: ‘Masses’.

The people of progressive nations prefer the use of the word ‘Citizens’ in reference to their own persons rather than the tasteless word ‘Masses’ which carries the uncaring undertone of abandonment.

The people of such countries interact with their nation with an understanding that they are the individual building blocks of a whole entity which is their country. They have a full understanding of their rights as citizens and intelligently express this understanding with different issues of their national existence.

In such countries, capable citizens occupy positions of capacity on the strength of merit, as a result they diligently dispense the responsibilities of such positions with a firm and sincere commitment of not failing their compatriots whose contribution regardless the scale also sustains the survival of their nation. This system guarantees that everyone is accountable to everyone and there are no sacred positions reserved for a ‘privileged’ class of citizens. Regardless who it is, the system is built on an objective system of merit.

A nation mostly comprised of ‘Masses’ of people tells a completely different tale of emptiness with a National identity. Their voice is mostly unheard as it falls consistently on the deaf ears of a greedy minority who are tagged ‘the big men’. The ‘big men’ feel they are the rightful heirs to benefit from the vast resources of our nation. They are the first class citizens while the rest of us belong to a class of no consequence. This is our case in Nigeria.

The ‘Masses’ of Nigeria literally feed off the crumbs which falls off the table of a few self acclaimed immortals as they shamelessly dine on our common wealth which should be utilized for the productive benefit of every Nigerian citizen.

It is very sad to note that the psyche of the ‘Masses’ in the Nigerian space appears content with this loathsome arrangement and diligently keeps faith with empty grumbles that lack the bite of constructive actions which change their plight.

The ‘Masses’ are in absolute ignorance of the massive effect of their strength in numbers, as result, there is a non-existent willpower to collectively think differently and act differently.

The affairs of our nation are decided by the selfish greed of the ‘big men’ while the rest of us are abandoned to the frustrating consequences of our self-made dilemma of accepting that we are the voiceless and inconsequential ‘Masses’ of Nigeria.

The frustration of accepting the mindset that we are the ‘Masses’ of Nigeria is the reason we all want to run away from our country to foreign lands where we hope to find acceptance and hope of a better life. It is the reason we never have anything good to say about our noble nation. We have consistently failed to realize that if we can reverse this psyche of self pity, we can find the acceptance and better life we seek outside, right here in our home country.

In conclusion, a corrective action would require a lot of education and enlightenment on our part regarding what it really means to be a Nigerian citizen. Our Mass media industry and educational institutions can pilot this reorientation process of the mind which is required as a first step.

Once we are able to expunge the use of this unwholesome word in reference to ourselves, it would be a lot easier to appreciate that we are esteemed citizens of a noble nation endowed with limitless resources to achieve greatness.

It would be a lot easier to engage the ‘big men’ in a discussion that would change their attitude toward the rest of us in Nigeria.

With this achievement it would be a lot easier to collectively accomplish our quest for the Nigerian dream.

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23. Patriot Alert 17: The Citizens of Nigeria – A People Of Diverse Strength In Colors And Numbers

The Nigerian nation is currently estimated at a population of 190,000,000.

Over 500 languages have been spoken within the demarcation of Nigeria, and this translates into diverse clusters of Ethnic groups.

If the Nigerian nation were an instrument of painting, it would be much easier to discern that this strength in diversity and numbers would translate into a rich toolbox that can bring to bear a nearly infinite count of inspirational designs assuming this toolbox were in the hands of a Master Painter.

It is dishearteningly sad, that we have collectively remained blind to this great gift of fact for the simple reason that we mostly believe that the 500 languages should translate to 500 countries and 190,000,000 citizens should translate into individual states of equivalent numbers.

53 years since the first major national altercation in the 1966 failed coup attempt, we are yet to forgive each other and move on with progressive development rather than continue to tirelessly spin the windmill of disunity.

It would help every single citizen of this nation of any Religious affiliation that believes in the Almighty God, to refresh our consciousness and soothe our bitterness with the prayer below on a daily basis:

This is the only hope of collectively achieving a Win as a people of diverse strength in colors and numbers. 

Arise O Compatriots…

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11. Patriot Alert 7: Citizens On Patrol (COP) – The Foundation Of Our National Security In Nigeria.

Way back in time, the game of football was officiated by a single Center Referee and 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. The end result is a game with little or no margin for officiating errors.

The inference drawn from the illustration above highlights the powerful efficiency achieved, whenever a majority is involved in any action within a system. Recall that a centipede would naturally navigate in the direction of motion of a majority of its several tiny legs.

The same logic applies to the issue of national security in any nation. A majority of the citizens must be patriotic enough to display 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. 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 reason for this trigger is 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 disturbing security challenges currently besieging our nation. Daily occurrences of heart-rending illustrations are so numerous and gory they do not merit mention on this platform. Regardless the reasons behind this sour and unacceptable trend, the fact remains that the priceless value of any single human life must be upheld in the nation of our dream Nigeria.

Our dream Nigeria should be 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. We cannot expect the personnel of these outfit to be everywhere within the entire area of Nigeria at all given moments through the day. This is not a realistic expectation.

Our dream Nigeria should be a country where the foundation of effective national security is built around the daily patriotic actions of all citizens. The essence of the spirit of honor behind the profile of the noble Citizens On Patrol is buried in the heart of the Creed of the Nigerian Patriot.

Our dream Nigeria is a country where this massive security ‘VAR’ constantly 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 and local government Institutions to coordinate all Nigerian Patriots on this leg of our collective journey to greatness. There is a safe role for every responsible man, woman or child to play which does not literally require patrolling the streets or deviating from pursuing our requirements of daily living. It is possible to structure a system which simulates the ‘covert’ design of the VAR in the game of football, which keeps the identity of the referees in the control room hidden from public view.

Arise O Compatriots…

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