A lot of us fall into the trap of believing that only the person(people) in a leadership position should be blamed for our current predicament as a nation but I’m sorry to break it to you that you and I are the problems. You do not need to wait to get into a leadership position to effect change or see how you are part of the problem. The government recently restricted movement to help fight the spread of the coronavirus. One of those majors was limiting the number of people inside a commuter bus. Our psychology has been so warped that it took coronavirus to make us see that a bus was meant to carry 3 people per seat and not 4. 1 in front with the driver and not 2. Even with the majors put in place for our good, people are still flaunting these measures. Stay at home and avoid movement but you will give an excuse for not staying at home even after the government has announced no movement.
Wait you are saying you are not part of the problem, I am coming for you. You have increased the price of your goods and service using the pandemic as a means to exploit others. This is not a time for business advantage. People are going through a lot, don’t capitalize on this to add to their problems. The stock you have was not purchased today, it is old so why increase the cost? You want to make more money but remember that you may not even be alive to enjoy the money you are trying so hard to make during this period. Show empathy.
You still believe you are not part of the problem, but you have beat traffic light one time in the past, thrown dirt out your window while in transit, bribed a police officer, made your friend do something unethical. You still think you are not part of the problem, how about that time you said Haba this small mistake or this small thing to another person when a third party was requesting for quality service delivery? How about the times you have seen a wrong being committed and choose to stay quiet because you think it does not affect you or is not your business?
The truth is one way or another, we are all part of the problem in the same way we can all be part of the solution. It is time for us to collectively accept and acknowledge our mistake and choose to collectively redirect our ways to one that is sustainable and places our nation on a trajectory for growth where leadership position becomes an avenue to scale positive development. Nigeria can have a better education system, standard hospitals, great roads and a stellar maintenance culture. But these and more will only be possible when we come to terms with the fact that leadership begins with you and me.
It is time to stop the blame game and stop the talk about how the older generation failed us, we cannot continue like that as gradually we are becoming that generation that is also failing and our children. The pandemic will pass us by with no visible change if we don’t take personal responsibility. The cycle of blame stops with me. Our children will see and experience a better Nigeria. The road will be tough but I commit to it. Will you join me?