In the Court of Posterity 7 – IDEDE Oseyande
“….and he said unto her, neither have I condemn thee, but “Go and Sin No More”
The last six episodes of this series has been filled with cases raised to explain our contributions (in various degrees) to the menace in the country today. It has shown how guilty we all have been, in making the cancer eating us as a nation, to continuously fester.
The series is not aimed at opening old sore, neither is it to reiterate the decay in the system; rather, it is aimed at awakening our sense of responsibility in owning up to the problems, and proferring solutions.
“If posterity should be fair to us, then we must play our role in getting solutions”.
We must learn to be responsible for the needed development we anticipate. This can be achieved when we all play our part towards nation building.
It can be achieved when we refrain from contributing our quota in the decay. For example, going on three years now, I have tried as much as possible to be intentional in my dealings with fellow Nigerians in a detribalized manner. Those close to me can testify that you cannot speak evil of any tribe, or ethnic group around me, and expect me to keep quiet. If you have issues with me, and instead of addressing me, you decide to classify my race or ethnicity with my attitude, I will not take it. Just as I will not take it, I won’t do such too.
Also, I see myself as an ambassador of my family, my state, and my country. So in all that I do, I am conscious of how my actions affect the “brand” of my family, state, and nation. That consciousness helps in living one’s best always.
The Holy book says, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people”. It did not say the righteousness of just the leaders. Another popular saying goes thus; “the leadership of a group of people is a reflection of the people”. Putting these two sayings together brings the bulk of the problem of this country back to the table of the masses. If we are all righteous (morally right), it will reflect on the kind of leaders we get. So instead of crying foul, blaming the leaders for all our woes, it is high time we (the masses) started taking responsibility for our actions and inactions.
“We must learn to be responsible for the needed development we anticipate. This can be achieved when we all play our part towards nation building”.
We must not allow those that have lost hope in the nation to sow the seed of despair and pessimism in us. They know within their heart that they really want this nation to get better, but they have lost faith in the possibility. As such, they have resulted to flowing with the tide to survive, but in so doing, they deepen the boat of the nation in the muddy swamp, making the rescue mission more tedious and cumbersome.
If posterity should be fair to us, then we must play our role in getting solutions.
Nigeria shall be better in your life time. Don’t give up!