Becoming the change you desire

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Dec 28, 2017
Lagos Nigeria.
According to the Arcus dictionary, change simply means “to make something different”. The incumbent president of Nigeria, during his campaign for the seat adopted the slogan "change" with various promises ranging from job opportunities, good roads, free education, restructuring of the power sector and many other political promises that made Nigerians trooped out in mass to vote.

Fast-forward years later, complaints and grumbles have filled the atmosphere as Nigerians seem dissatisfied, there seems to have been a negative turn out of event. Thankfully, Nigerians tend to see humor even in harsh situations and the word on the lips of almost every Nigerian is "change".

No doubt, the Nigerian government have technically failed in delivering their promises and the citizens have lost faith in their overused election campaign strategy just to get people to vote. But do we place it all on the government? Can we as citizens be blamed for even the slightest malfunction or pollution in the economy?

A certain speaker once said, “A country deserves the kind of government it has”. That's a very strong assertion that goes to say that, if we condemn our leaders for being corrupt, heartless, or ruthless, then we are too.

Every citizen of a country has an obligation to fulfill no matter the status quo. Eradicating corruption starts from the little ones to the elders, down from the leader to the ordinary citizen (Top-Bottom approach). There are basic things that should be done by every citizen that shouldn't depend on who is watching. When one decides to throw away the wrap of a consumed product on the road claiming it doesn't matter, one can only imagine if 20 other persons do the same thing in one day and only in one’s ignorance should he/she not know that, within a week the place might become a refuse dump if not regularly swept and a typical Nigerian would scream, the government is bad within a sight of station dump site not properly managed.

Hiking the prices of your goods and services just to make double profit not minding the poor, salary earners with fixed incomes and all others struggling to survive because apparently "it's none of your business".

The summary of it all is that, our leaders are also Nigerians who sprung out of the "I don't care" system, and they go into ruling power with that same mindset and lose focus of all their campaign promises.

Let's analyze the question of "what if? What if we struggle to fight corrupt practices individually? Take the case of Miss Firdaus, the law graduate who wasn't called to bar because she had refused to take off her Hijab, hers might not be an exact example of a corrupt practice, but the truth is, that something is being done by the majority does not make it right, which is why I must commend her effort on standing for what she believed in even when she had to stand alone. She definitely wasn't the only Muslim sister being called to bar that day, but she chose to go ahead with a plan that has so far received both positive and negative reactions in the country and beyond and has also prompted some other individuals to join the movement.

The latest #freethesheepie movement which is being pioneered by Daddy Freeze an On Air Personality has received lots of backlashs from several persons, ironically it has also gotten a huge followership and people are responding to the movement all because one man sat and thought it out.

These might not be the exact examples to define corruption with, the point is the method. One individual can transform a situation if he decides to weather the storm and forge ahead no matter what and it doesn't have to be something extraordinary, it could be as little as deciding to stop throwing dirt’s on the street or some other almost inconsequential thing. The recent trend of social media have made things easier for us all as one can now air his view of change to his social media followers and get someone to join the movement. If a single individual decides to change the country, there would most definitely be cases of insults, talking down, bullying and in extreme cases death threats, this would take a very strong individual decades to achieve, but if every individual decides to look inward and try to remove the speck from his or her eyes, then we all would see clearly to correct the government. It's high time Nigerians stop playing the blame game and sharing pity parties for the current situation of the country and it is time to work on ourselves and strive to become the change we wish for, transform yourself and watch as our dear nation gradually become transformed into a worthy nation for us all. God bless Nigeria.