Time to change the change

Imagine having a job of N5m every month as salary. It sounds unheard of in Nigeria, but it can be heard in the United States. In fact, my friend Henry just jumped ship and landed a sweet job in South Africa.

Another buddy of mine recently took the plunge and decided he’s had enough too – and relocated to the sandy enclave of Dubai. He sends me emails often about enjoying a quality lifestyle which is beyond his wildest imagination.

They’re not alone, though. This year, a large number of Nigerians are set to not only escape Nigeria, but also to renounce their citizenship.

A friend of mine, Victor, lives in Sweden and says he always feels like living in a Utopian society. It’s INCREDIBLE! he screams on the phone each time we talk. He tells me of all the statistics of the Nordic countries. The way he talks is like describing only the candle on a chocolate cake. Wait until you taste it. Living in Nigeria is like eating ‘kpako’ biscuit and saying “that is good enough” when the cake is just across the table to dig in.

Why are they struggling to leave? — Did you just ask that question?

For the first time in many years, we are recording a huge number of skilled and educated young and older Nigerians and industries heading for the exits.

Hint: It has nothing to do with being unpatriotic.

You see, it’s not the sudden heat all over the country that is driving people away… it’s the idea of being tied to what Nigeria has become.

Growing up, I was part of a patriotic family. I worshipped Nigeria almost to the point of idolatry. I was happy when the soldiers came back from Liberia. My catechism teacher lost her son in the war, and we did our best to console her.

Now I wonder… are we ever going to be that nation of plenty again, or have we already taken our “first step into a thousand years of darkness with the second coming of our lord and saviour, Buhari?

With the current hardship in the country, it is already looking like Goodluck Jonathan was elected President in a distant era, many years ago. Nigeria has changed so much since then.

It is also looking like whatever change the second coming of Buhari could have brought about will forever remain a mystery.

Isn’t it time for us to seriously start thinking of changing the change?

The most important “change” we should consider right now is changing President Buhari.

We all can perhaps recall vividly one of the promises of the President, “I will pay all Nigerian jobless youth N5,000 every month.” Denouncing the promise with a first-rate accent now seems stupid and uncalculated. It was a beautiful song to all Nigerian youths amidst the gargantuan level of hardship in the country. It was lauded as “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at the sunset.”

We need to find someone as soon as possible with the intelligence to save Nigeria from impending disaster. We need to take a stand now. We cannot CONTINUE to give the country away to misfit politicians. We need a leader who will rally us to once again embrace the unique Nigerian values of honesty, hard work, and the love of God, which led to our success in the 70s.

I don’t know if I should advise you to start running to the border or stay and fight, because I still feel there is some hope left to turn Nigeria back and restore what has been taken from us by those misfits in Abuja. It is going to take men and women of courage to speak up against this destructive force that is ripping the heart out of our country. I must sincerely admit a fondness for a previous time when “change” hadn’t yet come to Nigeria.

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  1. Duncan Daniel Reply

    Bros Etcetera.
    You’re doing a very nice job…..

    but I have to tell you the truth…
    Nigerian politicians are afraid of you (your Bombshell truth) and they would always do…

    I use to say it and I would continue to say it….

    All Nigerian politicians from Top to bottom are all unfortunate Rulers with maximum security Agencies for their personal and family protection…
    (The Masses/Citizens are On Their Own = OTO)

    It is so sympathetic and unfortunate that there are no Leaders in Nigeria….but (underground Military) Rulers….

    Pls check/ Google the quality of a Leader and compare it to that of a Ruler in terms of Leadership in Nigeria…

    Do we have it here in Nigerian Government system?…

    If Yes…

    are we applying it as Leaders in the Government?

    is it working for the citizens?

    if No…

    Then our Educated, Expose, Vibrant and Capable Youths on the street should be call Leaders… and call into Leadership roles with “New Innovation” not the former system bcos the former has expired and collapsed…

    While our so call politicians should be address as Elders…

    Note: If an incapable Elder or Elders are ruling over the Bright and promising Leaders…. the system crumbles…

    That’s what is happening to our Dear Nigeria which has been “Ruled” deep down the tunnel by underground military rulership called Democracy…… We are still in the 3rd World generation..

    but shey na like this we go they crumble go enter 2nd to 1st World country of our dream?…..

    Hmmmm… “I sorry for Nigeria”…. by Fela.
    and “Ring the Alarm”… there’s a t… in the government house…… by Etcetera….

    I would suggests that our Elders (politicians) and our Youths (Citizens) should under go Basic, Advanced or Executive Leadership training course at DLA…. (Google DLA) so that no one would be deceiving or fooling who in this country… bcos what you would need to know and understand about Leadership would also be known and understand by me…

    so what would remains would be the application of what we know and understand about leadership in terms of moving this country forward positively which is Wisdom and Godly principles…. pls this is optional…

    if not so…. the country called Nigeria in Africa would one day be remembered as a one time country called Yugoslavia in Europe…. “The murdering of the Beautiful Democracy of the past” was what gave birth to the rising of Biafra, Niger Delta and now BIAFRA again but I don’t know what gave birth to the Islamic caliphate called Book Haram in the North… but what are the politicians doing….. personal gain, gain & gain but are afraid to lost the country called Nigeria.
    hmmmm To be continue……..

  2. Friend and Fan of writer Reply

    Hi Etcetera, I use to be a great fan of your write ups but suddenly stopped reading them when you became weak, sentimental and shallow writing without facts and clear reasoning. You have become unnecessarily judgemental and myopic in your thought process and sadly wrote just anything you feel. This write up is childish and lack credibility from someone of your position. You are not only creative a archive against you but one that will judge you in itself when your weak sentimental views catch up with you.

    You no longer speak like a deep thinker that you use to be but like an ordinary ignorant man. You will soon loose all your credibility and gain sentimental unrealistic supporters like what you have become, which will add no values to the purpose you started this blog in the first place.

    God back to your blue print and start writing about issues you truly understand and not be a shallow Activist without sound reasoning. May God guide your thoughts and actions so you do not destroy your career and self with ignorant write ups like this to appeal to the hungry impatient ignorant masses that you seem to have become part of. Remain blessed

    From a friend and caring fan.

    • winshywinshy Reply

      And who is dis blind Man gibbering?
      O neva mind we don’t even wona know you!
      ETC pls disregard dis dotard,omode lon sHey…+ he must be blind

  3. Chris Reply

    You are wonderful, please keep it up, but please we are always expecting that weekend article should be consistent.

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