Saturday, 19 November 2016

MustRead - CHANGE BEGINS WITH ME?

Our president, Buhari have launched a campaign, change something something, my sister who didn’t have the full details then, pointed out to me. It’s in sync with your blog campaign and you should find out more about it.

Enthusiastic, my search began and to my delight President Mohammed Buhari had on 8th of September, 2016 launched a national campaign – “Change Begins With Me.” A section from the speech which he gave at the launch reads: “It is safe to say today that honesty, hard work, Godliness have given way to all kinds of manifestations of lawlessness and degeneration in our national life. This is why we have among our cardinal objectives ‘change’, which implies the need for a change of attitude and mindset in our everyday life.”

In my opinion the speech was a heartfelt delivery, the offence of plagiarism (which apologies have been made for) can be swallowed up by the message it carries. Obama made the call to Americans now Buhari is beckoning on all Nigerians to join hands to make Nigeria better.
Been an advocate for change, as seen in my blog slogan “Be the Change You Want to See in Nigeria,” a call to all Nigerians both the leaders and the led to make a difference, as wherever we find ourselves becomes our own sphere of influence. 

Philosopher Mahatma Ghaji made the same call to the world, when he said “Be the change you want to see in the World.” Abraham Lincoln drove home the point when he said “Do not ask what your country can do for you ask instead what you can do for your country.” The concept of citizens driving for positive change is a globally accepted phenomenon and has a divine call to it. “Office of the Citizen” is one occupied by all.

From yore, which backs down to biblical times, the people are the main drivers of real change because most times the leaders are okay with the status quo which have enriched them and made them demi god of nations. They care about their next asset than embark on any developmental project that will better the lives of the very ones who elected them. It is to our dismal that Nigeria today cannot generate enough megawatt of electricity to power the country. 56years of Independence and Nigeria is still in darkness. My people abeg we need to look into our issues in a different light. We need to rise to the occasion, take the destiny of our land in our hands and not allow it crumble under corruption, insecurity, bad governance and economy woes. 

We are fortunate enough to have at this time a government who has given us the power to demand for the change we want by being the change we want to see. “Change Begins With Me” is a viable campaign and shouldn’t be murdered on the altar of politicking. While I appeal to the Presidency and its cronies not to play politics with this I also appeal to all Nigerians to see this campaign in a better light.

Following critics that have trailed the campaign, especially in the face of the economy crisis and alleged failure of President Buhari to deliver on his campaign promises, Nigerians have added a question mark to the campaign slogan; Change begins with me? It is the opinion of many Nigerians who have rather pushed the campaign back to President Buhari and his cronies that “Change Begins from the Top” or “Change Begins from within.” Well, pushing the ball to someone else’s court does not score the goal. To see any meaningful change, we all need to take responsibility and may I ask, If change does not begin with you, then who?
IF NOT ME THEN WHO?

When Buhari made the assertion that Change Begins with me, it automatically pointed to him, I am not sure he exonerated himself. As a president he is the number one change agent and Nigerians will trust his change begins with me campaign only when he drives it from his hallowed Aso Rock office. 

Beyond the President, it is the collective responsibility of all Nigerians to have the right mindset and attitude that makes for a better country. Was at a seminar and the anchor asked what Nigeria problems were. The audience responses were amazing; instead of stating the problems they stated the cause of the problems, which sprang from bad leadership, corruption, indiscipline, wrong attitudes etc. I had expected bad economy, insecurity, poverty, unemployment to top the list, but it is relieving to see that Nigerians are looking more at causes of the problems. 

We all need to make adjustments in little things like adhering to traffic rules, not littering our streets, paying our taxes, celebrating our home land, patronizing made in Nigeria and showing gratitude that the country have not disintegrated. 

One person with the right mindset and attitude can turn the world around for good. A look at Mahatma Gandhi the man who fought for Indian’s independence in 1947 and who the global advocate is for “Be the change you want to see in the world” will aid in driving this advocacy home. “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean, if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” The determinant of our actions must not be on the bedrock of the failures of our leaders. When a Nigerian chooses to break laws on the basis of leaders wrong, we have not only aided the perpetuation of bad governance but have given up on Nigeria as a nation. 

Indeed all Nigerians should be comrade of positive change. We have complained long enough to no avail, we have fought for personal interest for too long; it’s time to fight for the interest of our land. Only in unity can we stand against our foes. Arise o compatriot, Nigeria call obey, let’s serve our father’s land and we will eat the fruit of her peace and prosperity.


Awake Nigerians, let the change we seek begin with us. Click HERE for my 15 ways to be the change you want to see in Nigeria. No matter how small, you have a role to play.


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