It is with a heavy heart that I write to intimate you of the happenings in our dear land. We pride ourselves as the most populous black nation with abundant human and natural resources.
We have all it takes to make our land a pride of place among the committee of nations as a leading emerging economy.
Five decades and counting and we have been crawling,
taking a few forward steps and exponential backward ones to nullify all our effort.
We fought an avoidable war that saw millions perished.
I remember my history books telling me what started the war, blaming it on ethnic and religious violence.
We leaped into the seventies where a certain leader once said money wasn’t our problem but how to spend it.
Then came the barbarous elites in khakis and robes who plundered and looted our collective wealth making corruption a way of life. Our anti corruption agencies are weaker than toothless bulldogs and the judiciary now issues judgement for the highest bidder. Our hope of getting justice for looters of our commonwealth now lies in foreign law courts. Merit has been sacrificed on the alter of nepotism, sudden wealth have now become accepted without the society asking questions.
The ultimate goal in life is now how much you can accumulate.
Our certificate from the ivory towers have turned to mere papers as hard work is now ridiculed and most folks think it doesn’t pay anymore.
Our leaders have and are still taking us for a ride.
Like a donkey we have been mum
suffering and smiling like a famed musician once sang.
The whole world called us the happiest people which is indeed an irony as over 70 percent of our 160 million populace live in abject poverty even as your foot soldiers told us we are the “third fastest growing economy” in the world. The terror attacks that increases in magnitude and number of casualties each passing month is now threatening to consume us all and our security agencies seems to be on top of the situation only on television screens and on the pages of newspapers.
We can now gather ourselves and speak up for what is rightfully ours thanks to the fuel pump price you unilaterally increased as a new year gift to the already impoverished citizens.
We have seen people power topple tyrannical rulers in the Arab spring. That gives us hope that we can reclaim our father land.
Hope that we can rid our beloved nation of corruption and bad leadership.
You told us you were once in our shoes and even lived without shoes for a while. Now we don’t know if you can still remember how it feels to live without the basic necessities of life with your billion naira food budget.
You have become detached from us as some would say and even add further that you are clueless when it comes to proffering solutions to our multitude of problems. You stand a better chance than our previous leaders to help us out with your PhD if it isn’t a mere paper like that of most people who parade themselves about as academic Doctors. Mr President you have many critics now mostly due to what you have failed to do as our leader. You can still salvage the situation with more actions and less talk.
Your impoverished citizen.
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