Some of the credentials of my dear country, Nigeria, include being the “giant of Africa”, blessed with top-notch human resources, world’s seventh and Africa’s largest producer/exporter of crude oil, unrivalled world over in terms of abundance of food crops and mineral resources, most populous black nation in the world, geographically immune from major natural disasters, a land of tropical rainforests, fertile soils, lenient weathers, lush green savannah grasslands, breathtaking landscapes etc. and the list goes on and on.
Unfortunately, this much is yet to fully impact positively on the wellbeing of her citizens and the country as an entity thus representing a situation which is a far cry from my DREAM NIGERIA. The Nigeria of my dreams is one where every child can access quality education at least up to secondary school level, where every household can afford adequate housing, feeding and clothing, where unemployment and corruption is reduced to the barest minimum, one where public office holders truly hold offices in trust for the people, where every positive thought can be brought to reality in good time, where merit and respect for the rule of law is held sacrosanct.
This is to mention a few as the picture of my dream Nigeria cannot be fully painted here by words. In my strongest belief, the panacea towards a better and even better Nigeria is positive change in all aspects of our National life. A step change in the orientation of all citizens (both the leaders and the followers) through a re-evaluation of our value system is highly important. Honesty, Integrity and hard work should be respected and rewarded instead of idolizing money-bags and those with connections regardless of how they are made.
Conscious efforts by every Nigerian to do the right thing at the right time in his/her own little corner will definitely place the country on the path to greatness. Doing all these and even more will make our blessed heart of Africa a much better place to live in, assure a hopeful future for millions of Nigerian children, give greater hope to the multitude of virile youths abound, rekindle memories of the good old days in the mind of the elderly and above all BREATHE LIFE INTO THE NIGERIA OF MY DREAMS. These, and an even better picture, I keep dreaming and hoping of in quest for a greater Nigeria.