Kachisgrit–The Nigerian Mentality

Posted: May 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

ImageBy Stella Omepa
What exactly is the problem with Nigeria- a country that is so religious?

As a Nigerian, let me start from my roots. I come from one of the states widely considered as a northern state and my people are a major part of those who constantly argue that they are in the middle belt and not in the north.

They reject being northerners with so much passion that I wonder what is wrong with being a northerner when we are all Nigerians.

I come from a Christian home and I have an unfailing faith in Christ. My friend, the one I call my twin hails from a Muslim home and they believe in Mohammed as the prophet of Allah.

I love my friend and her family. For me, it doesn’t really count if they call us northerners or not. North is only a geographical location, we are all Nigerians, sharing the same human race.

However, my subject remains why Nigeria is still where she is when we are incredibly religious with about ninety percent of our population divided among the Muslims and Christians.

Could it be that the almighty God of the Bible, the almighty Allah of the Koran and the customary god of the African traditional worshipers are sleeping at the same time? Or could it be that their time to deliver us hasn’t come?

Well, like Nigerians will always say, those bringing us down with corruption and terrorism are not believers but I expect the all powerful God will profess to protect his own.

The idea of people dying during their prayers has become a big source of concern for me, although it’s easy to predict Nigerians; very soon they will rule it out that it was the destiny of those who were killed during explosions and it was all originally intended to happen that way.

Yes, that is who we are, cowards! Fighting for the right cause is not in our vocabulary. We are just believers who believe in anything.

Which brings us to the number one problem of the Nigerian state, it is a country occupied by fanatics who think they understand all about God and life.

We keep doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results. We have had enough prayers said for Nigeria, it is time we ignore the prayer requests from our government officials or add action to the prayers.
The God that watches over Nigeria is not blind, he is not deaf, he is not powerless and our present state is far from his wishes for us.

He has one simple rule, what you sow is what you reap! No amount of prayer can change that sidling.

Simply put, the problem of Nigeria is the error of Nigerians and only Nigerians can bring about their desired change.

Let me borrow the words of James Allen that “men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound” to describe the Nigerians of this generation.

Our leaders cry of enemies trying to destabilize their administration when their own corrupt and dishonest stance is the enemy breeding the results that they so much desire to do away with.

We as a people complain of bad governance when the people in government are our products, those we destroy lives and properties to ensure they win elections, the very ones that we voted for because we define them our brothers or sisters either by tribe or religion.

We complain of illiteracy as our biggest problem as a country when the educated ones are actually the problem. They are the ones who write all the sugar coated proposals and enrich themselves with all the money from donor agencies, monies assigned to improve healthcare services, to train people on election matters and to generally improve the standard of living of the poor in our communities.

Stories of how much there is a need to take the ahmajeries of the street abound, we hear of how they are easily brainwashed and used to cause crime. But, who does the brainwashing? Same education we crave is the one empowering people to bring us down. The peaceful mai gworo (kola nut retailer) and the wheel barrow pusher are more useful to Nigeria than the officer collecting ₦20 on the highway.

I am grateful that our deficiencies are not in our natural resources, and happy that the disadvantages of our choices are being felt by all and sundry.

Nature has been kind to us and the God of Nigeria is sitting right here, watching and waiting for when we’ll stop sowing seeds of division and corruption while expecting him to interfere in our will and start sowing seeds of unity, peace and progress.

  1. I love this Stella, I couldn’t really talk to you, at the PYI lunch, but I knew I will get in touch with you. Keep up the good work. I think I like the simplicity and architecture of your blog. Check me out at meetkola.com.

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