What if Nigeria was blessed with leaders with foresight and a passion for their country? What if Nigerians could fight for the future of their kids in the face of growing poverty? What if there are punitive measures for crimes of treason against Nigeria by its politicians or it’s people? We could finally produce a deterrent to those who plan to betray Nigeria in any shape or form.
What if Nigerians are rewarded proportionately according to individual productivity? Rather than people getting rich with no correlation to actual contributions to humanity. What if it made more sense to work or run a business that provides services for compensation in payments as opposed to riches that’s just all miracles? What if stealing public funds to cater for your family was a taboo and a shameful act that completely strips perpetrators of any form of public respect? What if you could never be elected if there is any shadow cast on your integrity? You could never convince the public to trust you if they ever thought you might have lied, you could never be trusted unless you’ve been exonerated beyond doubt?
What if integrity was a word with actual definition that means something to Nigerians? What if more than a few generations of a linage are doomed because of one disgraceful act of a member of the linage? Would you think of your name when presented with a temptation in office? What if all parents teach their children to be honest and show honesty by example? What if we did not celebrate those who stole from us? What if Nigerians do not celebrate people whose wealth origins cannot be traced to honest beginnings?
What if Nigerians are tired of mediocre leaders? What if Nigeria was led by intelligent people rather than dull losers? What if our leaders are clever people wise in strategic thinking and humble to ask other clever people for better ideas? What if our leaders are skilled in reasoning and can take a step back, evaluate decision and change strategies when the current approach has stopped working?
What if Nigerians and our leaders alike are a people of empathy? What if the concern of the common citizens is treated as priority over cheap publicity nonsense such as statues and painting bridges? What if we build hospitals and schools instead of bridges?
What if Nigerians would vote their conscience in the face of oppression and tyranny? What if for once our future is more important than a bowl of gari or condiments? What if our politicians fear the people because we vote, as opposed to the other way around? What if Nigerians could never be bought in elections? What if Nigerians have had enough?
What if Nigeria can tap into boundless wisdom of its people, our women? What if the leaders of today were children of yesterday? What if there’s something to aspire for the young people today, a hope for tomorrow a vision to believe?
(to be continued…)
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