I normally do not engage in politics, but the recent struggles of the Nigerian people have led me to speak.
Recently I became close to my Facebook fans all over the world. I love the fact that it is the closest that I have felt Nigeria in 16 years. It was almost home. I have seen people calling my name and sometimes calling me out too which is cool? Now seeing the stress on the people of Nigerians does not make my life easy. I have had sleepless nights recently just for the fact that I am not in any position to help their courses. They are still going through some struggles that I cannot still understand. Sometimes for most of them who are really struggling with the language; they cannot afford to leave a comment in a blog. Even when they dare to leave comments, it will be spammed.Probably because of the quality, production or their marginalized language. I know I escape it, but how about others. The United State is the best country in the world. Anybody who wants to know why it is the best place to live must first study the history of this country and then compare it with other places. This is the reason that history was my best course in college.
Just like wistawa syzmborska said and I quote ” Get to know other world even if it for only comparison” Based on that I would like to draw attention to the differences between these two countries so that anyone will understand why Nigerian children,especially the poor people are still struggling with direction.
Why every body should Celebrate America ?
First, the leaders of this country are accountable to the people. There is nothing any elected, appointed or nominated person can do without knowing that he will have to give an account of it. The road is maintained very well. The person, who is given the responsibility to repair it, must do so according to the standard written down by the government. Also take a case of their policemen, they come to you with an open arms, wanting to embrace and listen. However in Nigeria, The government’s officials share the money that is supposed to be used in the road repairs. They will now use the money that was meant for road repairs and send their children to England, America, and other places to further their education, while the roads are left UN-repaired, making life miserable for the vulnerable. Unlike the American police coming with an open arms, Nigerian police are coming to get money from you “the victim”. Even when you give out that money the actual person who committed the crime may end up paying more money and the case will be closed at the scene. That is how corruption keeps building up. The corrupt government is not accountable to anybody but themselves.
Secondly, here the utilities are all working well. Since I came to this country, I have never stayed a day without lights, water or telephone. People here had the opportunity of working with time, technology, embracing production, and thereby becoming accountable to themselves and other people. However in Nigeria, the country is without the necessities of life. In Nigeria, the utilities would not work for months, rendering the people useless, hopeless and wasting. If the people are not accountable for themselves, how can they be accountable to somebody else? The government would not be concerned because they themselves are already covered, their children are no way around the country to feel the pain. The money for those projects will still be in the hands of selected few that has no sympathy for the masses.
Thirdly, here is where Nigerians whole problem started. The educational system here is working effectively. Students are given the opportunities to learn without interference. The teachers are accountable to the students. No matter the disagreements here, the teachers can never abandon the students to go on a strike, but in Nigeria, the government will owe teachers for months, and the teachers will go on strike; there by rendering all the millions of students wandering on the street. Not even learning. The students are the ones that are deprived the opportunities to acquire enough knowledge that would carry them for the rest of their lives.
Here is how their problem intertwined; people are still struggling from not getting enough education especially in writing because most people do well in sciences but not actually languages. The rich people are the only people that can afford to attend any international schools of their choices . Now education become expensive ,and out of reach. Also In Nigeria today, Muslims are killing Christians making life unbearable for the children to move around freely . Most of the good schools in Nigeria are located in the North of that country, but they dare not go there because of the Muslims unrest in that Northern part of the Nigeria where most things are located . But look at America, this is the only place that people will come and practice their religion, liberty, freedom and get charity too. In America, one can relocate at anytime without the fear of the unknown which beclouds Nigerian Children
I speak too because this is the only place in the world where people like me and other good people from other places can comfortably come and become whatever they want to be . Why because there is room for people to grow. In America, There are people willing to lead you to success without looking for their names to be on World Guinness book of records. In Nigeria, nobody can do anything without looking for something in return. The politicians have turned innocent girls looking for genuine help into prostitutes because nothing goes without anything over there. In America, there is humanity flowing everywhere. I have been given so much here just by mare asking which could not have been possible in Nigeria.
I speak now because I have cried recently for the sufferings of the people. I have been sent links of dead people lying all over the streets in Nigeria through Face Book. I want people to know that the struggles with the African nations in general ,and Nigerian in particular will not be solved unless there is a miracle. So please consider all the problems before you spam their words .That is the highest some of them can go. This is not about spamming , this article is about creating an awareness for the people.
Long live the United States of America for giving us hope, freedom and liberty. We will be celebrating you for who you are, what you do, that Other countries, even worst Nigerian government cannot do for his people.