The Wrongness of the Mechanisms Nigerians Adopt to Escape the Realities of Nigeria

No one would say they are not aware that Nigerians are different breeds of humans when it comes to behavioural explanations and generalizations; the implication of this is that even if a thing is true about every human anywhere in the world, it would either be more truer with Nigerians or not true at all—everything applies to Nigerians differently. This is to tell you that the things I will be talking about here may be relevant to other peoples across the world, but it’s a discourse here because they are relevant to Nigerians differently. The hard economy is everywhere—no country is exempted of the constant rise in cost of living and the dwarfed growth of income; the need to either reduce one’s needs and wants attended to or increase labour and means of income in other to be able to attend to equal or more needs and wants, no country is exempted of this phenomenon.

What makes the Nigeria’s harsh economy different is not necessarily in how extremely harsh it is, but in how Nigerians and the Nigerian government react to it; Nigerian government would not just care, because they have been abroad and their point of view is that abroad is expensive than Nigeria, so Nigerians should pay more for everything while their incomes remain runts. Nigerians on the other hand make jokes out of everything they should take seriously and take actions on, and when these things are funny no more, they either turn to God to ask for what the state can and should be doing, or turn to crowdfunding to attend to what the state should be attending to. What amuses me the most is when I see people whose religious beliefs make them have the position of exempting themselves from everything happening in Nigeria with mantras insinuating that what applies to Nigeria does not apply to them because they belong to an euphoria kingdom that makes them live beyond the hardship in Nigeria (just because they are able to afford their daily needs), but when some health issues like kidney problem or so hit them and they cannot afford their possible solutions to it, they leave their euphoria kingdom and become Nigerians again just because they need Nigerians to crowdfund their possible solution to their health issues that the state should be able to cater for if the system was working and no one was acting like they are fine even if the system doesn’t work.

We are all vulnerable to every of the misfortunes that bad governance of the country can cause. We are all victims of the incompetence, greed and wickedness of the Nigerians in positions. We are all victims of all these insecurities and harsh relationship between cost of living and income. We may joke about them, we may say mantras about them that make us feel better or exempted, but none of these remove us from the misfortunes in the country—we are in this mess together. Churches must quit giving mantras that make their members deny the realities of the economy and society, these denials have done no one any help. Churches need to be more aware of the fact that whatever euphoria kingdom Christians belong or look forward to cannot deny the facts that they are still on earth and they are still Nigerians, so Nigeria can still happen to them, and they have to do what they could and have to do to help Nigeria get better. We as Nigerians must all be aware and admit that the Nigerian state is our formation—-it is what is because we are what we are; if Nigeria is awful because of the effects of negligence, selfishness, greedy and other vices, it is so because we are the negligent, selfish, greedy and unvirtuous ones. We are Nigeria.

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