THE DEMONS THAT HOLD SWAY OVER NIGERIA

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A favorite past time of mine is to scour the web and find Nigerians who are having discussions or expressing their opinions about Nigerian and global events. I recently happened upon the blog of a young Nigerian called Naija Pikin. His post was titled - Are We Cursed?

The writer, AustynZOGS, confessed,

I am tempted to want to give in to the school of thought that strongly believes that a demonic cabal is happy holding us down.
He then went on to share a quote that he believed was appropriate to Nigeria. It stated - 'In a sick country, every effort to cure its sickness is an affront on those who profit from its illness.''

After reading his post, I could not help but share my thoughts on the issue he raised and I have provided a copy of my comment below.

"... the issue you raise is one that millions have probably considered. I'm not sure if a workable answer/solution has been derived.

The only demons that hold sway over Nigeria, are Nigerians themselves.
No one to blame but us. We have had the best opportunities to create a nation that should be a leading example for every human being, but we have failed.

Can we overcome this failure? Absolutely. Failure is simply an opportunity to revise the game plan and attack the problem(s) with a better and successful strategy. Why haven't we achieved this success? For the very reason you referred to with [the] quote - those who benefit from the status quo will protect it with everything they have.

That is basically the way of the world and it is not a new phenomenon. The issue, in my opinion, becomes when will the average Nigerian realize that they as a collection of individuals and interests can demand and work towards change that will benefit everyone and not just those that already are advantaged by the current status quo? I pray that that time will come sooner rather than later, because the Nigeria that I know, and the Nigeria I take pains to study does not have time to wait for the 'government' to make changes from the top to the bottom. Nigeria needs a bottom - up strategy that will likely be organic. It needs minds and psychology to change in order to have a populace that engages in democracy and the decisions that will transform the country."

Now, I know some will criticize this approach and stress that Nigeria suffers from the vestiges of colonialism. Technically, I do not disagree with that point. I however strongly believe that Nigeria is the one country that has everything it needs to overcome and surpass any disadvantages/hurdles. On this day, I point fingers at noone. We are all to blame for the situation Nigeria is currently in - every single one of us.

And as to my dismissing the influence of the "demonic cabal" AustynZOGS refers to, the Devil doesn't have to do much with Nigeria and its madness. He just sits back and watches us do the work for him. Yes, Nigerians make it easy. We give the Devil, and indeed the demons that might hold sway, a holiday.


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Jaja said...

AM I First???

God holds sway over me definitely!!!

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Jaja said...

That Nigerians and Nigeria's problem, I agree.

That we are not under the influence of some demonic cabal, I agree

That we havent suffered from the vestiges of colonialism, I disagree.

I believe we need one good leader.. I beleive we need a decent responsible media.

I beleive we are capable of rapid change {WAI in the early 80's is a good example}

Sola Folowosele said...

may GOD help us...amen

Jaycee said...

Yes, Nigeria is still suffering from colonialism, yet I strongly believe that now, more than ever before, CHANGE is in our HANDS!!! The time is NOW.

I loved these lines, "The issue, in my opinion, becomes when will the average Nigerian realize that they as a collection of individuals and interests can demand and work towards change that will benefit everyone and not just those that already are advantaged by the current status quo? I pray that that time will come sooner rather than later, because the Nigeria that I know, and the Nigeria I take pains to study does not have time to wait for the 'government' to make changes from the top to the bottom."

Debbie said...

Hmm, Nigeria and it's problems, but we have to keep beliving in change that one day God will raise up a leader who will be selfless, and will work for the greater good, that all Nigerians home and abroad will rise up and work for the collective good of the land.

Standtall said...

Only us can redeem ourselves. I have seen in so many pple asking for change the inability to see that change starts from "self". Individual effort will surely go along way to affect the collective effort if only we are ready to be the agent of change.

Jinta said...

dare i say even the devil will be scared of nigerians?

Doja said...

Oh no jinta you have gotten it all wrong! The devil is Nigerian!

RE Ausetkmt said...

You got that right solomon.
now if we can just do something to free up some of that oil cash to fix the economy.

guerreiranigeriana said...

...well stated, although i do disagree about the colonialism bit...we as nigerians have got to stand up and bring about...no, we need to stand up and just be the change we wish to see...all that you have reported that is going on and we sit and do nothing...unforgivable...we have no one else to blame anymore but ourselves...i do believe that people only do to you what you allow the to do...governments included...

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