It’s good to be alive at such a time like this. There probably isn’t a better time to be alive than now.

The past weekend was quite a hectic one for me. More importantly, it was a moment of deep reflection over the socio-economic status of my dear country. 

Nigeria is greatly distressed. The same is true for most other nations of the world today. Reality is that the whole world is in deep trouble. Solution seem to be far-fetched.

When a country resorts to selling her public assets as a way of revamping her already fallen economy, it vividly shows that the depth of her problems is unequaled. 

The news this morning declares that the federal government of Nigeria is making a deal with the Book Haram sect with respect to the Chibok girls incidence which occurred during President Jonathan’s administration. 

What is the deal? A 50/50 bargain that says, “release our girls you are holding and we will release your members we are holding.” I guess that’s such a fair deal, definitely not.

On the eve of her 56th national independence celebration, Nigeria was hit with another fuel scarcity that compelled her (on her independence day celebration) to make sales of what happens to be her most priced resource at #250 naira per litre. Entrances to gas stations were practically locked down on the last day of September.

The weight of national and global issues today is really suffocating and highly traumatic for those whose hopes are hanging on the government.

In times like this, we are reminded by nature that the world does not exist to attend to our needs. On the contrary, the world exists for her needs to be met by us.

Looking at the current state of things, we all have either of two options: complain, rant and blame the government. Or rise up, take responsibility and play the part. Signing up for the former option leaves you at the mercy of the problem.

Having signed up for the latter option, I feel more responsible for my country and the world around me. Owing to this, I spent the independence celebration playing the part the best way I could.Focusing on the grassroot and helping the younger generation to look beyond the surface of the problem. It was challenging yet very adventurous.

As the trouble persists, let’s learn to relegate ourselves towards sowing the seeds of change in our hands. Change is still possible but only when we rise to responsibility.

Stop waiting for the government or anyone else to answer to the needs of your country. Just go ahead and do the part you are called to do. If we all had learned to do our respective parts with fortitude and deep commitment, perhaps the story would be different today.

Nevertheless, the opportunity to think and act differently still stands tall in front of us all. What we do with it decides both our fate and that of our country.

Friends, this is the time for you and me to ARISE and let the light of transformation within us to shine forth and push this thick darkness of economic depression to oblivion.

I am using this opportunity to say a resounding Happy Independence to all Nigerians. Being a Nigerian myself, I understand that there is practically nothing that should call for happiness not to talk of celebration in a time like this. All the same, it’s necessary for us to do so.

I spent the independence celebration with a group of youths in my local assembly in what I tagged GREEN REVOLUTION, a youth summit with the following topical issues:

Spirituality and Governance

Purpose and Leadership

Career and Business

Singleness and Marriage

Dominion and National transformation

It was a time well spent. 

To my Nigerian friends, I ask; how did you spend the independence celebration? What’s the experience like for you? Normal? Traumatic? Exciting?
For me it’s a mix of the three. 

Whatever the case, God bless Nigeria and help her to recover from all her troubles. AMEN.


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