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Anyone remember Hector versus Achilles in the popular movie; TROY! that epic Greek movie that thrilled the whole world at a time? We all know the story of Achilles, he was a great warrior, one well respected, a man of war – one who won’t loss a battle. In terms of strength no one could match him, needless to talk about skills. But, as good as he was according to the movie after seeing it I believe that Hector was better and greater than him despite the fact that he (Hector) fell by the sword of Achilles. Now the question now is why is that? It is simple: Achilles fought for himself alone, he gets bloody just to protect his interests alone, but Hector on the other hand fights for his country. I find this very profound.
The very famous charge of Hector to battle has remained with me, as a matter of fact that defined purpose for me. Hector said all his life he has lived by a code, and the code is simple:
Honor the gods!
Love your woman!!
And defend your country!!!
This is what exactly what I heard:
Love your woman
And defend your country
I fell in love with those words, I easily identified with it because the words look like me, I’d rather die full of courage, living for a course bigger than me and leave my footprints on the sand of time like Hector than be alive to myself. After seeing that movie – it became clear to me that I have to live my life to honor God, Love the wife God blessed me with and defend the interest of my country, after that movie till now nothing has changed about it, it rather gets more clearer.
This was where the burden for my country was planted, and everything providence has brought my way has lightened this path I stumbled upon. I grew up knowing myself to be very principled, and a lover of beauty. Growing up as a teenager, I envied the Europeans just because of the seeming development I see around them, I love more the beauty and serenity I see when I watch their movies. There were times I felt less human, I was even angry with God at a time asking why I was so unfortunate to be born in this part of the world. Growing up a little more, finding purpose, I discovered I was born to make those beautiful pictures in my head a reality in my dirty environment.
Due my quest for life meaning, searching for answers, seeking for solution to the desolation of my land – i desire revolution with a passion. My pastor gave me a better clue, as a matter of fact he gave me the answer to the problem I was seeking a solution for with this sentence: “Nigeria can never experience a political revolution, rather an economic revolution”. Since the first day I heard those words till now, everything I have saw, researched, studied, experienced have validated the assertion.
Corruption has eaten deep into our beings that it reflects in our politics. I have always learnt that the government of a people is always a reflection of who those people really are. We can have wicked, clueless, corrupt and selfish leaders because that is who we are. After-all leaders are always chosen among the people.
Nigeria is blessed with great diversity as a blessing, a country with over 500 different ethnic groups, with an estimate of 180 million human resource. All of these Nigerians waiting on the government to do a magic to make Nigeria a better place. Wishing we can wake up one morning and expect a president to wipe away corruption, bring sanity to the whole system of government also bring all the economic advancement we desire are just fantasies. Political revolution can work for other countries – but it won’t work in Nigeria.
I saw the movie; “Men who built America” I realized it was economic not political. The people who called the shots and built America where entrepreneurs and not politicians. I took time to study the growth of China – I realized it was the same. Reader, it is very true that the government is not responsible primarily to build a country – the citizens are.
The primary responsibility of the government is to create a conducive environment and provide the necessary tools for the people to build their country, please let’s demand the right things from the government. I read about the failure of BIAFRA, I witnessed the SNG protest in Lagos and how it failed, then I was more convinced that we cannot have a political revolution – Nigerians are too industrious, economic sensitive, and enthusiastic about life than to protest or leave the comfort of their houses. I was not surprised when no one took to streets when the APC administration finally removed fuel subsidy, and increased PMS pump price, despite the fact that the labor union did all it could to keep Nigerians at home – it just did not work.
You want to know the truth guys? political revolution will never work. If i lead a revolution as a Yoruba man, the Igbo and Hausa will feel i have a personal agenda, so also any other tribes. There is something that unites us more – it is economic. Hunger doesn’t know tribe, money doesn’t know religion – economic revolution is the solution.
This is a reality before us.
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