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Our Values, Our Nation and the Call for a Revolution by Gold Ijeoma Malasowe

Positive change

Positive change

Recently, there has been a consistent call by civil society, political groups, activists and individuals alike for a revolution to overhaul governance in Nigeria. This call has been mainly due to maladministration of public offices, misappropriation of public funds, corruption, insincerity and ineffectiveness on the part of public office holders. This call, though in itself not bad; I dear to say it is a mere scratching of the problem on the surface rather than cutting the tree from its root. This leads me to the question – What root?

By “root” here I mean “values”, which I would like to define here as principles one holds sacrosanct.

A wise man once said, the things people place value on determine who the people are, what the people get and the leadership they deserve. In other words, the quality of a nation is determined by the quality of its values.  This is because it is the foundation in which any nation stands, for it is a common knowledge that the strength of a building is determined by its foundation.

Pastor Sam Adeyemi will always say that the developed countries didn’t fall from the sky; what made them different are the things they place value on which is the development of the INDIVIDUAL. I am persuaded to agree with him especially when I look at countries like the United States of America, China, Germany, Canada, Japan, and of recent Ghana; to mention but a few whose policies and attitude are mainly geared towards development of the individual.

Recently, I have been trying to closely observe the ordinary Nigerian wherever I go and quite amazingly discovered that most Nigerians place value on money over the individual; little wonder that an ex-convict of criminal charge of misappropriation of public funds will be celebrated by the same public defrauded.   Where does that lead us to? The point I am trying to make here is that many of the people clamouring for the revolution are not different from the perpetrators of these ills, whether civil society or individual. Is this not a case of a dog eating its own vomit?

Another ready example is our electioneering process where the people sacrifice the quality of the candidate for the highest bidder and turns back to complain when these office holders decide to “reap the dividends of their investments”.  The dearth of facilities and human resources in our schools (whether public or private schools), our recreational centres, our libraries, the nonchalant attitude to work by the ordinary Nigerian, the insincerity of the market woman on the street and the bus drivers on our roads, and our attitude to sanitation.  All these unwholesome attitudes lead to one deduction – that we do not care for the next person – little wonder the increase in the alarming spate of kidnapping, internet fraud and armed robbery; and yet we clamour for a revolution. So I ask again are we truly ready for a revolution, when we do not care for our fellow man?

Interestingly, it is noteworthy to state here that the best asset of the developed world is not its natural resources but its HUMAN resources; that is to say, the development of a nation is dependent on the level of development of its people, which is not just a function of the government but also a function of the individual and collective attitude of the people towards one another.  Let us not forget that it is not the President that sells in the marketplace or the Minister that lectures in our classrooms – it is you and I that largely affect the people we meet every day in the street.

I would like to stop here as there are too many things to talk about, but I plead with us to stop for a second and reflect on what we truly need – a revolution against government or a revolution of values? Let’s remember that God created man to work the garden and take care of it and also to be a creator, thus the Nigeria we desire, we create.

I desire a better Nigeria! I crave for one and I work towards one. But honestly, I can’t do it all alone and that is why I believe that you who happen to be reading this piece would share the same desire and it is this belief that motivated the writing of this article. ALWAYS remember that our leaders are drawn from us and not imported from a foreign land; thus our nation reflects our individual values. Therefore, if you want to see a better Nigeria like me, be a better Nigerian for you are the Nigeria the world sees.   Join hands with me as we work towards our dream and our future, and I believe and know that God is with us. EXPRESS THE GOLD IN YOU!


Gold Ijeoma Malasowe is a Lawyer. Currently a national leader in Golden Minds Nigeria, his profound patriotism never goes unnoticed, anywhere, anytime, any day. Catch him on Facebook: Ijeoma Malasowe.                                                                                      

  1. Frederick
    31/01/2013 at 22:13

    This is a message well preached, Gold IJ
    This is a song that must continue to echo… Until the change that we seek become the life that we live daily.

  2. Ken
    01/02/2013 at 07:47

    This should be a must read for all Nigerians. Good work Gold IJ

  3. 01/02/2013 at 10:59

    A positive message well communicated with a positive mindset. I really think we need a revolution too…a revolution of values as you rightly identified here.

  4. Cynthia Adesuwa Otubu
    01/02/2013 at 12:47

    Nice write-up.Pls am writing on Justice Kayode Eso(my project).So if u happen to have any info dt will be of help to me,pls let me know.Thanks.

  5. 22/04/2013 at 04:24

    Very nice blog post. I absolutely love this website.
    Stick with it!

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