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Where is the Change? By AmanamHillary Umo-Udofia

by on March 6, 2016
 
Nigerians finally elected a government of ‘change’ in 2015, we had no doubt about where we were departing; we were going to accede to change; for that was the entire that mattered. The assures for us were infinite, or so it appeared – the ground would be hit running with messianic ideas; corruption fought with renewed vigor; insecurity addressed; Boko Haram defeated technically or ostensibly with the release of Chibok girls as a prerequisite for declaring triumph; N5, 000 monthly allowance to unemployed and vulnerable youths; creation of 1.3million jobs yearly; social welfare package and others ‘too numerous to mention.
 
After the general election, we had become expectant by a certain assurance for a better and uninhibited future. The alleged mastermind of 16years of misfortune had been defeated; Nigerians could now have a new lease of life championed by messiahs with an awe-inspiring excitement about the undertaking of change, devoid of any acquaintance of providence’s projected intention.
 
While the much-vaunted administration arrived with a lot elaboration, it is hastily becoming a vanishing reminiscence. With 9months already gone, Nigeria has experienced a cesspool of incompetence and gross clumsiness. Our courts are no longer respected; campaign promises denied or manipulated; inconclusive elections has become a norm; social justice and national unity have become elusive; national budget blatantly fleshed with corrupt figures; pervasive poverty on the rise; fuel scarcity and epileptic power supply have become stagnant with an attempt to implement a frivolous tariff plan; increase in prices of goods and services triggered by a deteriorating economy. 
 
Quite unfortunately, the navigators of change have not seen the need for genuine national reconciliation and national healing to build consensus on key national issues across the various divides of Nigeria; they consider opposing views unacceptable; they resort to trading blames every second and minute but, it is philosophically incorrect for this government to think that the best way to win the sympathy of Nigerians is to throw jabs and tantrums by constantly citing the misdeeds of previous administrations, forgetting that Nigerians will rate them too someday.
 
Let this administration be reminded with the words of Socrates: “the secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new”. 
 
The utter of affairs has worsened rapidly that one can concede that a live of stateliness, smugness and real democracy is still a dream for the overwhelming immensity of Nigerians. Today we can see a Nigeria encumbered with a sinister veracity. The epoch of grand incompetence and demeanor that was conceived in 1999 continues to this day; albeit in worse magnitude. What becomes more lethal is the media becoming brutally quiet or under-reporting issues and a generation of youths that have become morbid with senseless politics. 
 
The sojourn of change has become an unrelieved history of uninterrupted hardship, mound insensitivity and unclad despair. At the epic centre of this experience, Nigerians have begun to ask – where is the change? What has really changed between after 9months? Where are the messianic ideas? 
 
There have been many hullabaloos recently, but I wish this government would realize ‘there was a help before finding itself in hell’; they have a choice to listen to our wailings or forever live to pay dearly for their incompetence. The administration has proven amongst other thing that it cannot be trusted and that it is incapable of steering the dreams and aspirations of the Nigerian people. It is not aware of our humongous challenges and leaving us more divided, confused and hopeless than ever.
 
It beckons on us to reflect how the next few years will be; and that can solely be determined through our collective actions. Nigerians demand that the present crop of leaders begin to lay emphasis on executing the mandates given to them, by not heating up the polity through unnecessary politicking but rising up to uphold the ideals of national struggle which were fervently pursued by the likes of Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe (Zik of Africa) and Sir Ahmadu Bello who understood the critical importance of unity, democracy, the rule of law and honest and effective leadership. Those who were courageous enough to make campaign promises must be responsible enough to fulfil them – this is undebatable!
 
Even if the government would consider our views extraneous; even if we’re silenced with painstaking half truths that the government is working or condemned and persecuted merely for our opinion, we must not put aside our responsibilities to defend the very principles and foundations of our state. We must make Nigeria to work again!
 
There’s always no better time to address issues than now, because procrastination is only a temporary safety zone. One of the greatest things missing in Nigeria wasn’t the 2016 budget or Chibok girls (my sincere apologies); our integrity and credibility as a people is missing; we lack a national drive and most importantly, truth is missing from the fabrics of our state-run journey and unless we return to the path of truth, sanity will be far-fetched; our progress will be ceaselessly stagnated. 
 
One thing is certain, we must find a way out of this throbbing riddle currently experienced. Perhaps as we accuse and abuse, shove and censure each other, we will come by a home-grown solution. Until this is done, we shall continue to live mendacity and forever relapse into an abyss of despair.
 
Amanamhillary Umo-Udofia is an active citizen and can be reached on amanamhillary@gmail.com
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