The 58th Independence Day celebration has come and gone, leaving on its trail, question, agitations, abuses, and little or no excitement.
As I woke up in the morning of the 1st day of October2018, I began to appreciate God for the gift of life. And my first daughter who just clogged 18. What a wonderful day l declared. When I was discussing with my husband upon waking up that morning, we agreed that Nigeria is undergoing a reformation and things are bound to tighten up a bit. And this is why hunger is striving in our land.
I got out of bed, woke my children up for our morning spiritual exercise. Sang a birthday song for the youngest adult in the house and my husband and I started getting prepared for work. Earlier on I have settled my daughter who wants to celebrate her birthday with a few of her friends at the cinema.
Driving with my husband to my office that very Independence Day morning, I observe that everywhere was unusually calm. People were moving about their normal businesses. No flying of the Nigerian flags from windows of cars and shops that characterized the previous celebrations. As we drive from Woji through, Odili road, to Amadi, I could not see any sign of celebrations. My husband teased me ‘Mma, you are the odd man out today. Have you seen anyone wearing the green, white, green color of our national flag? ‘I have not oo’. I replied a little disappointed on how people could lose hope so easily. ‘But it doesn’t matter’ I continued. At least am the ray of hope Nigeria needs. I have mandated our staff to where our national color today and am sure a good number of them will. So we at Fotozila Africa still have faith that with prayers God will turn around this country for the better.
As soon as we got to Amadi round about, I sighted three young ladies on the green, white, green outfit and I smiled and said to myself. There is hope for Naija.
As I got to my office, climbed the staircase and entered the reception of my office, a couple of my customers and most of my staff were on the green, white, green out. As soon as they saw me, they started cheering and hailing me and a happy mood was set in my office for the Independence Day Celebrations.
Things where just happening normal out on the street as if nothing was going on. It was just on two occasions that I noticed a truck carrying youths on the green, white, green outfit singing and dancing in celebration. I also sighted a young mother with her two kids on the same green, white, green and a few others. and that was all for that day. People are not happy, people are hungry. Some of my customers express surprise and shock that I and my staff are celebrating Nigeria. ‘For what’ they asked? I used this opportunity to talk to as many as would listen, on the need for us not to loose hope. I tried a much as I could to convince them to join in the crusade of the ‘PRAY FOR NAIJA’ campaign. As God is our only hope of salvaging this country. ‘We all have to do our own part first before expecting God to do its own part’ I concluded. Some tend to follow my line of argument while many refused bluntly.
I have often told anybody who care to listen that happiness is a mindset. The number of cars one has, houses, children, or wealth does not guarantee happiness. I know a lot of people who have most of these things in abundance yet, they are not happy.
One has to appreciate the gift of ‘life’ to be happy. The fact that we are alive alone should make us happy. What am saying in effect is that for one to be happy and stay happy even in the face of challenges, one has to be able to say ‘thank you God for the life you have given me’. God knows why we are in Nigeria as citizens and he expects us to perform our civic responsibilities. We all have a role to play in the progress of this nation. So please let us not shift responsibilities.
It is a fact that a lot has gone topsy-turvy in this country. Too many killings are going on, hunger and starvation, kidnapping and armed robbery, corruption in the high places. The money that if well circulated will be enough to take care of us and the next generation are just wasting in the hands of our political leader.
What more can I say, please don’t loose hope on Nigeria. Prayer, prayer and more prayer is what we need among every other thing, to move this country forward.
To appreciate God for the wonderful gift of life and good health , we at , julietscorner.com in conjunction with Fotozila Africa LTD flagged off the PRAY FOR NAIJA CAMPAIGN on this very day of the 58th Independence Day Celebration of Nigeria. We encourage each and every one of you to carry this crusade to the nook and crannies of this country. Each one tell another. Let us not loose hope on Nigeria. Nigeria is our country, and we have to help to make it better.