Do Nigerians Really Need Change? || REALTALK WITH VERA FRANK

Do Nigerians Really Need Change?

Have you ever prayed for Nigeria apart from the general prayer in church or in the mosque?
Have you ever argued about the situation in Nigeria?
If your answer to the second question is yes, then for how many minutes or hours?

Yea, sometimes we forget to pray about this country. But we sometimes see different things wrong with it and argue extensively. Afterwards, we continue with our businesses and everything remains the same. Have you noticed that most times, we argue about problems and summarize it with “we need change”?

One man cannot change this country all by himself. The change begins with me and you. Don’t get me wrong. Some criticisms are healthy in a way.
–Have you thought about signing that document for that person without collecting any money?
–Have you thought about giving a student a grade he/she deserves without thinking about the student having a first class which you didn’t have thereby reducing the grade of that student?
–Have you ever thought of not collecting money from students who never attended any of your classes and give them the grade they actually deserve?

When you collect money from them and make them pass, what do you think those who took pains to attend your classes and read their books will do? They’ll stay away from class and bring the money to you too. Now, you’ve instilled corruption. These students might go extra miles to get the money for you. Steal, kill, become prostitutes. But do you care? Of course not. You just need the money. Yet, you join millions of people to scream CORRUPTION!

That aside, One minor thing i would love to be changed in this country is her national anthem. I call it minor because there are majors like corruption, unemployment and all that. Yes, the national anthem i said. I’d love everyone to sing the second stanza instead. You know why? Because it is a prayer.
You know what i do? After my daily prayer, I sing the second stanza of the Nigerian national anthem . It says,

    “O God of creation
    Direct our noble cause
    Guide our leaders right
    Help our youths the truth to know
    In love and honesty to grow
    And living just and true
    Great lofty heights attain
    To build a nation where peace and justice shall reign.”

Yea, it’s really deep. But you might never notice because we mostly scream

    Arise o compatriots!
    Nigeria’s call obey
    To serve our fatherland
    With love and strength and faith
    The labour of our heroes past
    Shall never be in vain……………

And then make a pledge we hardly keep because they are mere words to us.
I pledge to Nigeria my country
To be faithful, loyal, and honest
Shuoooooooo!
To serve Nigeria with all my strength
Chei!! This is solely for some National Youth Service Corp members.
To defend our unity
Rotfl. Yes, we’ve almost defended it.
And uphold our honour and glory
And tell God to help us at the end of our recitation?
I strongly believe it’s not the God I serve.

Let’s endeavour to say a word of prayer for Nigeria. You don’t really have to ‘kabash’. Just sing the second stanza of the national anthem and trust me, it just might/will help.

God Bless Nigeria!

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