What Is Change?

All I see today is young Nigerians arguing without facts, disconnected from the nation’s history, having NO knowledge of the past, with defeated hope of the future. No ability to construct proper synonyms, but making analysis based on absence of adequate knowledge. The Egyptians new what they wanted, also in Hong Kong, because they had adequate information on the issues at hand. But at the moment, we don’t have an intelligent society. We don’t read yet we proffer solutions. How can you proffer solutions to something you know nothing about? Wake up Nigerians from your slumber. We only make analysis based on what another says, we lack information, brain power, we possess knowledge gap, yet we make analysis. How sad.

Someone who knows nothing about nothing demands change. What is change if I may ask? We really don’t have an idea. Change doesn’t always mean a positive upward movement, it can also mean a downward trend, backward motion. And before you ask for it, you analyse situations on ground, in the past, with facts and figures and not just sentiments, and then you try to (based on this terms) predict the future. Now if the future shows a decline from the progress of the past and detach from the present, then you have all full rights to demand change. But when you have no information about nothing but drawn from social media, TV screens, newspapers and we keep shouting change, then we might be riding on the winds which is without substance and is therefore a journey to nowhere. Lots of people who are guilty of cheating in schools want change, people who jump queues want change, people who cannot keep to a route on the road but shunt want change, people who are guilty of forging results want change, people who cheat on their girl/boyfriends want change, adulterers want change, people guilty of murders and extortion, corruption and oppression, want change and the list goes on. Nobody want to change personally to effect the change but we build hypocritical structures that cannot stand the test of time. Its time Nigerians wake up and put in proper perspective where we need to be. Its time for Nigerians to stop looking at TV screens and start using mirrors (TV screens shows others, mirrors show you). It’s time for Nigerians to start developing leaders who have a history of making upward strides at the grass roots, touching lives at the base levels. It’s time for Nigerians to understand that a downward trend people cannot choose an upward leader, they will chose for themselves a downward trend leaders.

It’s time for Nigerians to build a lifestyle of integrity. Before you ask for change, change yourself first. Make changes in that little space around you (I mean upward trend changes). We also have to realize that the Presidential seat is not solely responsible for the happenings in the country that is why he deepens his rule through the governors, Local Government chairmen and Councillors. We also have representatives of the people like the Legislature (in our case the House of Representatives and the Senate). It’s time to get really knowledgeable about these things and how they operate and affect our everyday lives. There is so much to know. Don’t stop at knowing until you are sure you really know. What we need in Nigeria is not a partisan change but a structural change; we need a vision, a dream, a plan, a road map and we drive in the direction of that plan. What makes you think the change certain politicians are canvassing for is the change you are referring to. It’s not a war to kill people, but a war to kill our wrong mentalities. We have been slaves to our past and therefore have related with our future with the same mind-set. It’s time we begin to think properly and build a Nigeria that will stand the test of time through generations. Our children will not forgive us if we don’t succeed in doing this. This is the time for a revolution, but not partisan (because the person who you are supporting in the APC may soon decamp to PDP and vice versa, so what becomes of you?). Let’s create an awakening, a revolution, not partisan but a dream, instilled in every Nigeria. We have today the American dream, we can have the Nigerian Dream too. We don’t have to begin to individually tackle all areas of the Nation like education, agriculture, research, and the likes, no, a Dream can take us there. A Dream is a holistic picture of the future which once imbibed, direction becomes an easy decision to make. It’s not a GMB thing or GEJ thing, it is a Nigeria thing, it is called the Nigerian Dream. Politicians only succeed in manipulating you to think like them therefore getting what they have longed for, but we can go beyond them and build a Nigeria that works regardless of what party is in power.

Chigozie Nwankwo is a final year medical student at the University of Benin, Nigeria. She is passionate about Nigeria and believes in justice and good governance.


About Egoyibo Okoro

Beautiful. Friendly. Opinionated. Feminist. Scholarly. Political. Christian. Sometimes, I write in Engli-Igbo and/or pidgin English. Just so you know, I am naturally disgruntled about a lot of things, most especially gender inequality, human rights abuses, racism and corruption. #EndChildMarriage. #EndTerrorism. #EndPoverty. #EndRacism. #EndImperialism. The Igbo say, "egbe bere, ugo bere, nke si ibe ya ebena nku kwa ya" - Live and let live!
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