18. Patriot Alert 13: The Concept Of African Time – A National Embarrassment

An Embarrassment is the shame a person feels when their inadequacy or guilt is made public. On a national scale, the concept of African time is a national embarrassment of grievous proportions on our noble nation Nigeria. It is a concept brought to bear by a collective decision a majority of our citizens to be neither sincere nor accountable for their statements most of the time.

It is a concept with the mutual understanding that simply means ‘we all know we are not going to keep to the schedule of this task’.

Most of us seem quick to forget the reason behind keeping to the agreed schedule of the designated task. If it is an appointment scheduled by 12 noon as an instance, you will definitely not see anyone at the venue at the scheduled time. Everyone will deliberately choose to make a casual arrival at varying intervals of lateness. This is the height of frivolity among adults endowed with sound reasoning abilities.

This strange character of immaturity bears several frustrating twists with negative consequences of under achievement in any group endeavor. This fact is very clear in the Courts of Common Opinion therefore we ought to know better. In addition, it completely defeats the essence of the invention of individual time keeping instruments aka watches, clocks, calendars, etc.

The invention and application of time keeping instruments is designed to enable everyone synchronize to any schedule of appointment. It also means that a scheduled arrangement which has been planned in theory can be realized in practice within the time-line scheduled for it.

Our attitude always guarantees that any series of dependent schedules which forms a part of a whole project can never be achieved as planned right from the blast of the starting whistle since no one is ready to keep to time. From the start, the outcome of the task hangs on the uncertain balance of a mediocre attitude we proudly refer to as African time.

Another unfortunate and heart rending reality of this strange decision by a majority of Nigerians to simply be tragically funny is that the younger generation are learning this art from us right from birth; so much so that it has become second nature in their lives.

It is incredibly amazing and sad to often see a group of esteemed Nigerian citizens presiding a meeting which might run into marathon hours; engage themselves through the pains of documenting such meetings; only to deliberately throw each other into a planless state of chaos for the sake of ‘African time’. I often ponder the name ‘African time’ because this behavior seems to be mostly peculiar with the Nigerian nation so we might as well tag it ‘Nigerian time’.

We should not feign ignorance on the reason our index of achievements is very low considering the resources we have collectively expended on various projects in Nigeria through the years. This grave attribute of hypocrisy has taught our subconscious minds that the efficacy of the meaning of words no longer matters.

Little wonder the profoundly rich words of the National pledge has no consequence in our daily lives. Little wonder the melodious call of the National anthem has consistently fallen on deaf ears. Little wonder the words of our prayers carry no meanings with our actions. Little wonder it is becoming more difficult to find a Nigerian who can pledge accountability for their statements. Little wonder we have almost become the most unserious nation on the planet.

The notorious concept of ‘African time’ has evolved into a national embarrassment and must be unlearned by every single Citizen of this country as a matter of great priority. The plain truth is that there is no Nation on this planet where development can survive on such a terrain of hypocrisy and planlessness. This is one of the monsters which has retarded national development with our country in a very subtle manner. Until we choose a collective will to act on changing our current narrative of ‘African time’, the future of our dream Nigerian nation remains very bleak.

Arise O Compatriots….

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17. Patriot Alert 12: Productivity & The Non-Diligence Of A Majority Of Nigerians. Part II Of II


The narrative of a diligent approach to life within the demarcation that defines our dear country Nigeria is simply tear-jerking.

Before delving into this disconcerting issue, there is every need to acknowledge the citizens who have chosen to commit a diligent approach with their contributions to the development of our country regardless the dispiriting lifestyle of the majority.

Top on this list are the citizens of honor who are the members of the Nigerian Armed Forces defined in blog episode 4 ‘A Proud Symbol of Unrelenting Patriotism’. Others include citizens whose picture illustrations were proudly utilized to buttress the points of blog episode 5 ‘Giving A Face To Our Noble Country Nigeria’, blog episode 12 ‘The Nearly Infinite Potentials of The Nigerian Nation‘ Indeed there are several Nigerians who define their contribution to daily life on the platform of diligence however, the numbers are very marginal for a country with an estimate population of 190 million. 

It must be stated in unequivocal and clear terms that the reason behind the popular cliché of most Nigerians that ‘the system does not work’ is simply due to a lack of diligence by the majority of us. It is not due to a curse of divine fate or any remote manipulation by any person of cultist tendencies. In the court of Divine Wisdom, both reasons are simply laughable and ignorantly primitive.

There is no diligence with the Teachers in our schools; half baked graduates are routinely pumped out into the workforce. There is no diligence with our law makers; policies of no relevance are utilized to address serious national issues. There is no diligence with our financial institutions; high denominations and dirty currency notes are what we find in circulation. There is no diligence with our health workers; hospitals are grave yards rather than institutions of health rejuvenation. There is no diligence with our judiciary; serious crimes of corruption are ignored for petty issues of no comparison. Inefficiency is the order of the day, and the entire nation spends its financial resources on mediocrity. The list is endless and gravely disheartening.

A pause in thought would agree with the conclusion that this lack of diligence is the reason for the low national productivity of our nation. There is nothing more or less.

The truth remains that until there is a change in this philosophy of neglect and callousness, there can be no hope of real positive change. An uncountable number of investments have been run aground by this unproductive philosophy of nonchalance and negligence.

Our nation Nigeria is blessed with untold resources which can be likened to the fortunes of the Treasure Island. Our nation Nigeria is also blessed with the support of friendly nations and institutions who have tirelessly committed funds to resuscitate the dwindling fortunes of productivity from time immemorial; however, our lack of diligence has made this dream a bridge too far from reality.

Several fruitless experiments ought to have revealed to all of us that there is no shortcut to the application of diligence in all we do. These experiments which can be termed an aimless exercise in the waste of financial resources ought to have taught us the hard lesson that life is not about an aimless scramble for money, but on the fulfilling principles of diligent productivity.

Productivity we have learned in this blog episode is a function of diligence.

It is time for us to collectively revolt against this philosophy of selfish negligence in our daily chores of existence. It is time for the patriotic minded citizens of our great nation to collectively stand strong and influence the thoughts of the majority on the right attitude. It is only this change in our character of reasoning which can guarantee that our vision of a dream Nigerian nation remains in realistic view.

On these truths and more, I rest my case.

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16. Patriot Alert 12: Productivity & The Non-Diligence Of A Majority Of Nigerians. Part I Of II

Productivity is the ratio of the quantity and quality of units produced to the labor per unit of time. It can also be defined as having the power to create. Diligence is the persevering determination to perform a task or carefulness in paying proper attention to a task, giving the degree of care required in a given situation.

A careful observation of the developed nations of the world would reveal that a majority of the citizens are diligent with any task they engage in. In these countries; the citizens dedicate a careful attitude of paying proper attention and getting the best results with any task.

From the citizen occupying the official position of the President, through to the citizens in the legislative houses, or the judiciary, down to the policeman on the streets, the personnel at the power station, the gardener mowing the lawn at public parks, right through to the refuse disposal personnel, at every turn of life; conscientious diligence is on display with the majority. It is no rocket science that such nations are always progressive advances on the productive axis of life.

With such countries, a healthy quantity of products and services utilized on a daily basis within the nation are locally sourced and produced: clothing, consumables, furniture items, building materials, electronics, and more serious hardware.

Such countries may engage in the importation of certain items of necessity, however, they also export their own high quality locally manufactured goods and services. This helps them to earn a healthy income and maintain an economic balance that ensures that issues relating to a recession can only be experienced as a result of an extreme miscalculation of ignorance.

With great pride, such nations of the world are quick to refuse the delivery of substandard products into their country. A heavy frown and penalty would greet any organization or individual who attempts to make such unacceptable introductions.

Diligence of the majority ensures that lifeless systems which are driven by human beings work efficiently.  Diligence of the majority encourages the bloom of an attractive flora of national development on all frontiers. Diligence of the majority guarantees easy connect by the citizens with the patriotic ethics required to sustain the progressive vision statement of such nations.

Diligence of the majority would discourage a desperate mind from nursing thoughts of braving unthinkable odds in a bid to find the comfort of a better life in a foreign land. Everyone understands very clearly, that the grass is never greener on any other side except for where they are standing.

An illustration of this truth can be found with the Afro-American, some of whom may have complaints relating to racist behaviors within their country; however, they can never trade the American nation for another. They have proudly adorned the national flag of their great nation with several global achievements. Mostly, our case in Nigeria is different, and our justification simply ridiculous.

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15. Patriot Alert 11: Fake News – A Treacherous Assault On The Non-Negotiable Peace & Unity Of The Nigerian Nation.

Four keywords will be defined in order to provide character to the direction of this blog episode.

Treacherous: A tendency to betray one’s own. Assault: A threatened or attempted physical attack by an entity which appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped. Non-negotiable: A concept or items which can neither be bought nor sold. Fake: Not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article.

The filth called ‘Fake News’ has become a modern weapon of war in the digital information age of today. It is an art that is gaining popularity with persons of low integrity that defines a complete bankruptcy of decent ethics.  It is peculiar to Persons who owe loyalty only to the mirror image of themselves. This art of treachery is reserved for an unforgivably unpatriotic citizen whose sole intent given the opportunity is to distort the truth by fabricating and sharing false news stories.

For the context of this blog episode we will focus our attention the consequence of the menace of Fake News on our peaceful coexistence within our noble nation Nigeria.

Fake News is a modern adversary of far worse capabilities than the age long rival of our great Nation: Corruption. The devastation Corruption may have achieved in Nigeria in a decade of ten years can be achieved by Fake News in an instant.

If Corruption may be likened to the hand grenade of a nation’s problems, then Fake News may be likened to the nuclear war head of a country’s headaches. The consequence of Fake News on the fabric of a nation is simply toxic to say the least.

Deep meditation will reveal that Fake News can lead to the implosion of a nation more efficiently than any other device of human origin.

A simple truth is that if the altercation described in blog episode 6 ‘Nigeria Vs Corruption’ is allowed to ensure between Nigeria and Fake News, our noble nation will need the prime intervention of our finest Patriots to survive the onslaught. Nothing short of this magnitude and degree would rescue our nation.

For this reason, there is every need to nip the phenomena called Fake News in the bud and send it as far away as possible from the demarcation we fondly know as our country Nigeria.

Fake News is a lifeless concept which is fueled by human beings. It is a phenomenon which has been given popularity by nefarious citizens of our nation.

A pause in thought would convince anyone that an outsider cannot instigate any Fake News of credibility into a family save with the help of a family member. Therefore it should not be rocket science to conclude that Fake News in our country is mongered by severely unpatriotic Citizens who have no regard for any line of the creed of a Nigerian Patriot.

Any effort of national interest designed to expunge the emerging scourge of Fake news in our country, must be subtle enough to carefully and systematically expose the fake attributes of the source of the news and culpable citizens. These despicable citizens should be penalized severely for threatening the sovereignty of our nation to prevent a recurrence. This is not a task for faint minded persons.

It is a task for any Nigerian citizen who can understand the substance of each line of our national pledge without the sentiments of religious, ethnic, or political bias.

This effort of national interest must incorporate a highly objective and non-partisan News Verification System (NVS), which is designed to enable citizens confirm the authenticity of any contentious news item. The NVS of the Nigerian nation is recommended to comprise core membership of reputable and disciplined local media outfits, with ancillary membership of reputable foreign media outfits. Other details of the NVS proposal are beyond the scope of this blog.

The patriotic citizens within the legislative arms of the government must as a matter of urgency, draft laws guiding the introduction, operations and integrity of the NVS in Nigeria.

In addition, the Patriots within the Judiciary system of our Nation must be seen to sincerely penalize such citizens who have been determined to introduce any Fake News item into our nations media space.

A diligent and stringent application of these measures will provide a healthy measure of transparent decency and accountability on the information broadcast by media houses in Nigeria

In conclusion, we have witnessed all sorts of fake news ranging from the absurd to the nefariously mischievous in recent times, and it has become crystal clear that only a collective action of Patriotic gallantry will guarantee that our peaceful national walk toward our dream Nigeria is not interrupted by the treachery of Fake News. A stitch in time, saves nine.

Arise O Compatriots…

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13. Patriot Alert 9: Nigerian Elections – The Priceless Value Of A Single Human Life.

Your vote counts, but your life matters more…

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The summary dictionary meaning of the word Priceless refers: ‘Having incalculable monetary, intellectual, or spiritual worth’.

In truth, a single human life is of incalculable monetary, intellectual and spiritual worth regardless of the social status of the individual.

Unfortunately, in our beloved country Nigeria, human lives are the fodder which is used to fuel election chaos. Human lives are wasted through the consequence of each election in our great country in a recurrent manner that is mind blowing. It is very clear that an unhealthy percentage of us do not appreciate the value of the breath of life in each of us.

The process of an election is a fairly simple exercise which is nothing close to Rocket science. The process summarily requires citizens to cast their votes; thereafter an election Umpire will count and announce this result. This is a very simple arrangement which works relatively much better in the progressive countries of the world.

This arrangement has recorded consistent and dismal failures as it relates to the recurrent loss of lives with each election of any magnitude in our great country Nigeria.

The priceless nature of a human life and deep thinking ought to avail us with a resolution on the dire need to bring this senseless absurdity to a permanent halt. The process is not worth the life of any single human being. For anyone who is not in agreement, the question would be to find out if such a person would sacrifice their life in the process rather than some other person who might not know any better. The answer with most normal humans would be an emphatic ‘No!!

Ironically, it is on record that the citizens who have lost their lives at different instances of elections in Nigeria mostly do not have a firsthand relationship with the Politician they have committed to sacrifice their lives for. This is akin to madness of the first order.

The politicians on the other hand have parked their Wings of escape through airports across the country, ready to scamper to safety in foreign countries at the slightest sign of trouble in the even that their nefarious exploitation does not go as planned. Armed with this intent, they proceed to charge the polity with brazen audacity through the campaign period by throwing tantrums, war cries and blows. This ploy is fueled by the very dramatic and sensational media industry of our great nation.

In progressive countries of the world, their political contemporaries highlight their intentions aimed at providing good governance for their citizens with intelligent comportment. Our case in Nigeria is an illustrative example of the art of deceptive wickedness at its best.

We all need to realize that the very large population of this country is simply a humongous and diversely endowed family cell called Nigeria. We all drive through the same roads, shop at the same markets, send our children to the same schools, worship in the same churches and mosques etc. Blows, tantrums and war cries should not be exchanged during periods of elections.

It is very safe to conclude that if the process of an election which will involve the same set of people who share roads, schools, hospitals etc will become a threat to the coexistence of these people, then something must be terribly wrong with either the process, or the people. Frankly the reason for this twist rests with the latter since the process of an election is given life of effect by the people.

Either ways, we would desperately need to do things differently henceforth for a variety of cogent reasons. Top on the list is the quest by the Nigerian Patriots for a Dream Nigeria. The next reason on the list is the priceless nature of a human life. This list of healthy reasons is actually limitless.

It is agreeable that disagreements are bound to arise on national issues or indeed issues of the likes of elections; however this is a normal trend with any family and should not result in the loss of a single Nigerian citizen.

It is an unthinkable act of patriotic treachery to see two citizens trading blows with each other regardless the reason. It is unimaginable to conceive this scenario can be instigated by another citizen; the politician who is aiming to pilot the affairs of a democratic section of government for reasons which have nothing to do with the development of the citizens that are trading blows.

As mentioned in episode 5: Nigeria Vs Corruption, the battle for a Dream Nigeria is a war of concepts; Patriotic concepts Vs unpatriotic concepts, with each divide of the concept wearing the face of a Nigerian citizen. A simple litmus test with the national pledge on the action of each participant on this stage play would effectively reveal the patriots and non-patriots in this act.

A critical examination of the campaign profile, utterances, actions, body language etc will reveal which side of the patriotic divide our politicians belong. Rest assured, Religious affiliation, ethnic origin, political bias, and any subjective sentiment will not expose the culprits of our predicament. Therefore we need to approach the process with undiluted political objectivity.

This can only be achieved by a true Nigerian Patriot who lives by the code of the National Pledge clear and simple.

Going forward, The Court of Wise Jurisprudence recommends that all Patriots of Nigerian decent lock hands in a tight union to ensure that no single life is lost through any election process henceforth. If we can achieve this, everything else regarding our quest for good governance would fall into place seamlessly.

Arise O Compatriots…

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12. Patriot Alert 8: The Nearly Infinite Potentials Of The Nigerian Nation – A Tip Of The Iceberg.

This blog episode is a fact sheet built on information obtained from Wikipedia. It is a tip of the great potentials of our noble nation Nigeria. The intent is to encourage a collective read of the facts contained in the article on Nigeria which can be found on Wikipedia.

The name Nigeria was taken from the Niger River running through the country. This name was coined in the late 19th century by British journalist Flora Shaw, who later married Lord Lugard, a British colonial administrator.

History of activities within the demarcation known as Nigeria, dates as far back as before 1500

Land mass: 923,768 km2

Population estimate: 190,886,311

The population of Nigeria increased by 57 million from 1990 to 2008. This is a 60% growth rate in less than two decades. According to the United Nations, Nigeria has been undergoing explosive population growth and has one of the highest growth and fertility rates in the world. By their projections, Nigeria is one of eight countries expected to account collectively for half of the world’s total population increase in 2005–2050. By 2100 the UN estimates that the Nigerian population will be between 505 million and 1.03 billion people (middle estimate: 730 million). In 1950, Nigeria had only 33 million people

Languages: over 250 different languages 

There are 521 languages that have been spoken in Nigeria; nine of them are now extinct

Cultural variety: Diverse

Nigeria has the third-largest youth population in the world, after India and China, with more than 90 million of its population under age 18.

Agriculture used to be the principal foreign exchange earner of Nigeria

In 2005 Nigeria had the highest rate of deforestation in the world, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). That year, 12.2%, the equivalent of 11,089,000 hectares had been forested in the country. Between 1990 and 2000, Nigeria lost an average of 409,700 hectares of forest every year equal to an average annual deforestation rate of 2.38%. Between the years 1990 and 2005, in total Nigeria lost 35.7% of its forest cover, or around 6,145,000 hectares.

Tourism opportunities in the country can be found in all regions.

Nigerian citizens have authored many influential works of post-colonial literature in the English language. Nigeria’s best-known writers are Wole Soyinka, the first African Nobel Laureate in Literature, and Chinua Achebe, best known for the novel Things Fall Apart (1958) and his controversial critique of Joseph Conrad.

Other Nigerian writers and poets who are well known internationally include John Pepper Clark, Ben Okri, Cyprian Ekwensi, Buchi Emecheta, Helon Habila, T. M. Aluko, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Daniel O. Fagunwa, Femi Osofisan and Ken Saro Wiwa, who was executed in 1995 by the military regime.

Nigeria has the second largest newspaper market in Africa (after Egypt) with an estimated circulation of several million copies daily in 2003.

Critically acclaimed writers of a younger generation include Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, Chris Abani, Sefi Atta, Helon Habila, Helen Oyeyemi, Nnedi Okorafor, Kachi A. Ozumba, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, and Chika Unigwe.

Nigeria is the 12th largest producer of petroleum in the world and the 8th largest exporter, and has the 10th largest proven reserves

Nigeria has a total of 159 oil fields and 1,481 wells in operation according to the Department of Petroleum Resources

Nigeria has one of the fastest growing telecommunications markets in the world, major emerging market operators (like MTN, 9mobile, Airtel and Globacom) basing their largest and most profitable centres in the country

Nigeria also has a wide array of underexploited mineral resources which include natural gas, coal, bauxite, tantalite, gold, tin, iron ore, limestone, niobium, lead and zinc. Despite huge deposits of these natural resources, the mining industry in Nigeria is still in its infancy

In conclusion, it is evident that there is no justifiable reason (given the numerous opportunities open to our dear country) for the deplorable state of our Nation.

It would be rational for anyone to erroneously believe that collectively, we are indeed a very strange people; to have so much at our disposal, yet remain perpetually trapped in the abyss of underdevelopment.

My fellow countrymen, the profound reality of our mistakes are the simple reason for the currently precarious situation in Nigeria and there is every need for all of us to collectively act differently.

I am certain that if we were to replace the Nigerian population with those of any progressive nation, Nigeria would easily rank among the most developed nations on earth. Our problems are human oriented; pure and simple.

There is every need for a change in our character, and it must begin with the mind of each and every single citizen. We need to rest assured that our children and coming generations will hold us accountable in the future for our casual approach to the pertinent issues of today which go way beyond amassing untold wealth to the glory of our individual family names. We ought to have realized that this attitude cannot build a nation of any meaningful relevance.

Hopefully the strength of the message behind this post would wake up the dormant patriotic spirit of action that still lives in the heart of every single citizen that defines our great country Nigeria.

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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