Monday, September 30, 2013

My Nation, My Responsibility by Iyke Samuels


Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, to celebrate Nigeria's 53rd independence, I will be sharing an article written by my father and pastor; Pastor Iyke Samuels of House on the Rock, Benin. This is one of the best articles I have read because it actually profers practical solutions to the challenges of our great nation. If we are to experience change in Nigeria, it must begin with you! Excerpts...



MY NATION, MY RESPONSIBILITY!

It’s our independence and I want to channel my thought towards building a great, admirable and formidable nation.
I have to salute and appreciate all that played a major role in bringing Nigeria to where she is now.

Nigeria is unquestionably and undoubtedly a great country. The question that will quickly come up would be: "if we are that great, why are we faced with so many problems?" My answer would be: “It’s part of greatness”. Ask a truly successful person, he would tell you how many times he failed. Failure is ugly to the ears, but failure is the first step to success. Anyone who has not failed before cannot truly maintain success.



Even if we are called a failed or almost failing state, that on its own, is a commendation that plays an important role of challenging us towards taking our place in the international community. Unfortunately, most Nigerians dwell more on lamenting about what is not working and absolutely doing nothing to change what they complain about. Most people often use Lee Kuan Yew (Prime Minister of Singapore from 1959 – 1990) as an example, but Singapore or any other developed/developing nation never experienced transformation by lamentation. Transformation can only be experienced by taking responsibilities.

If we want a changed Nation, we must revisit our approach and reduce the rate at which we blame ourselves. The blame game has never helped anybody fix anything. What fuels the blame game is when everybody else is at fault except you. Once you are always right in your own eyes you cannot understand the challenge someone else is faced with. The citizens blame the government; the government complains that the citizens are impatient.
  • The citizens cannot understand the rate and impunity at which those in government divert tax payers’ money into their private pockets and go scot free.
  • If you look at it closely, it's annoying that government office holders embezzle so much money running into billions, yet students are still at home because ASSU is on strike. One will really wonder: is education not worth investing in? Will the children of the poor be denied quality education just because the rich can afford for their own children to school abroad or in private institutions of learning?
  • What about the rule of law? Our judicial process is now so watered down as a result of corruption. I mean, if corruption is found in the judiciary, where then is the hope? The rich and highly influential will do despicable things and get away with it, but the common man who stole just to be able to eat will rot and perish in jail.
  • A nation where those who are meant to lead are now suppressing and impoverishing the people.
  • What about value for life? That has disappeared completely or was it there at all? If there is value for life will we allow any group whatsoever to threaten any life not to talk of taking it? But every now and then, innocent, promising lives are being taken as if we are now goats. Sad!
  • What do I have to say about our high ways and roads that can now be best described as death traps?
  • Our young men do not consider kidnapping to be lucrative, but in a system where you must have long legs (connection) to get a job, the non-lucrative, life-endangering profession like kidnapping and robbery becomes admirable.
If you noticed, I have listed problems (and I really didn't scratch it), but that's not my idea of changing this nation. Listing problems and blaming government is not the way to the Promised Land. The way is simply RESPONSIBILITY. If we all begin to take responsibilities towards making Nigeria Great, then Nigeria will be great.







HOW TO FIX A NATION:
 
1. Become what you want your Nation to be. Be the perfect model worth emulating. What I mean to say is that nothing changes until you change.
Don't just look for change, be the change. Most people who complain that Nigeria is not working are not working. They criticize people that ‘eat’ money in government, but they don't see anything wrong when they ‘eat’ it in their places of work. Majority of what we complain about, we are guilty of.
Imagine a critical mass in Nigeria committing to be the change they want. Taking a pledge to change how they work, think, relate etc. Do you know what will happen if 80% of Nigerian Students decide that they won't encourage corruption anymore by lobbing to pass exams, but committing to study hard? Won't it be awesome to see lecturers commit to research and teaching without looking for female students they can take advantage of and those that will sort them? If Nigeria is to be a human being and that human being is you, how admirable will Nigeria be?
Any noise about national transformation that is void of personal or individual transformation is an empty noise. You can't transform a nation without transforming her people. You don't have any moral justification to demand a change in the system when you've not changed for the better, yourself. For instance, if you cannot give your gate-man power or your tenant at your boys-quarters, you don't have the right to complain about the power situation in the Nation.
Am I in any way supporting or indulging the government? Never! What I am simply advocating is, if the government won't lead the change, let us lead it and let them catch up with us. Change can never come by complaints, but by matured minds taking responsibility. I know you are a matured mind, and I charge you to take responsibility today!

2. Decadence in the family is equal to decadence in the nation. One of the easiest ways to fix a nation is to revisit family values.
 
Values began to erode from our families. Parents no longer teach their children dignity of labor, hard work, respect for another human being and how it's not good to take what is not yours.  On the contrary, parents even act in a suggestive manner that these things are the norm.
It's normal to lie is the signal you pass across, when you are at home and instruct your child to tell your visitor that you are not. It's normal to cheat is the signal you send, when you now look for machineries to sit and write jamb for your child or go to sort his or her lecturers yourself. Shame! 

The question is, if your medical-student child cheated and slept with lecturers to become a doctor, how comfortable will you be to visit his or her clinic? We have mass produced weapons of mass destruction and we wonder why our nation is the way it is.
Can you now blame those that fly abroad for medical treatment? If I know a country where medical students (for instance) graduate to really become medical doctors, I'll really fly to those countries to receive genuine medical attention. 

I call on parents to lead the change. Create out time for your family. Impart values and the right culture of respect for the law and for human lives in them. Teach them the place of dignity of labor and how to shun corruption. Expose them to knowledge; stretch them to read far and wide. Encourage them to move towards research and development. Can you possibly imagine what our Nation will become if your children grow up with this mind set?

CONCLUSION:
Let me conclude this way, Nigeria will change for good! Let us the Nigerians change our attitude, approach, confession and action. Even you can lead the change! Lead it in your family, lead it in your work place, lead it in your neighborhood, lead it in your school, lead it in your street and lead it in your own life.
Stop celebrating those who made money through dubious means. Stop making them your role models. Stand for what is right! Unscrupulous people might be given a chieftaincy title, but that does not make them chiefs in real life. I will recommend that we stop making thieves, chiefs in this Nation. My stand is that Nigeria will change and that you and I are the change agents.
God bless you and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Be the change you desire! You are unstoppable!
Happy 53rd Independence!


A’000Thoughts

  1. Failure is ugly to the ears, but failure is the first step to success. Anyone who has not failed before cannot truly maintain success.

  2. The blame game has never helped anybody fix anything. What fuels the blame game is when everybody else is at fault except you. Once you are always right in your own eyes you cannot understand the challenge someone else is faced with.
  3. Any noise about national transformation that is void of personal or individual transformation is an empty noise. You can't transform a nation without transforming her people.
  4. You don't have any moral justification to demand a change in the system when you've not changed for the better, yourself.
  5. Change can never come by complaints, but by matured minds taking responsibility. I know you are a matured mind, and I charge you to take responsibility today!

  6. Unscrupulous people might be given a chieftaincy title, but that does not make them chiefs in real life.
  7. Stop celebrating those who made money through dubious means. Stop making them your role models. Stand for what is right!
  8. If we all begin to take responsibilities towards making Nigeria Great, then Nigeria will be great.

  9. Nigeria will change for good! Let us the Nigerians change our attitude, approach, confession and action.
  10.  Even you can lead the change! Lead it in your family, lead it in your work place, lead it in your neighborhood, lead it in your school, lead it in your street and lead it in your own life.

2 comments:

  1. Mind renewing. Its not the time to swing into action.

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  2. Just what is needed!

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