4. Patriot Alert 3: 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 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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3. Patriot Alert 2: Ignorance – The Achilles Heels Of Our 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.

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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2. Patriot Alert 1: The Essence Of The Nigerian Pledge

The Nigerian 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 Nigerian 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 in any circumstance within our nation on the collective integral daily action of every Nigerian 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 of life 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. In 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 their daily actions whether 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 those nations. 

It is strongly evident in the life of Nelson Mandela, who is unarguably one of 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 our 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.

Arise O Compatriots…

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1. The Creed of A Nigerian Patriot

Nigerian National Pledge
I pledge to Nigeria my country,
To be Faithful, Loyal and Honest,
To serve Nigeria with all my Strength,
To defend her Unity,
And uphold her Honor and Glory,
So help me God.

Nigerian National Anthem
Arise, O compatriots, Nigeria‘s call obey,
to serve our fatherland, with Love and Strength and Faith.
The labor of our heroes past, shall never be in vain,
to serve with Heart and Might, one nation bound in Freedom
Peace and Unity,
O 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 living Just and True
Great lofty heights attain, To build a nation where Peace
And Justice shall reign

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