Monday, 3 April 2017

OUR WORD, OUR WORLD.

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Our words shape our world, so take a good look at the world around you and see how much construction work you have done with the words you speak. I looked at my world and exclaimed, what! Did I say that? Have anyone noticed the huge similarity in spelling and pronouncing word and world? Their closeness is too close to ignore.

Words are building materials and I will like to ask; if you are to build Nigeria with the words of Nigerians what will Nigeria be like? Sadly, it will be an awful country. Our country is the must guaranteed space given to us to build our world, we can’t destroy it. Be a yes we can Nigerian, see beyond the trouble and deliberately say words that will build her and not destroy her more.

Words created the world, built the strongest nations of the world like America, yet many it has destroyed. Fear of how much of destructive words I hear and read about our dear country Nigeria, drove me to my computer to script this article.

In “The Words That Built America” it is said that the very first words in the American Constitution are “We the People.” Insinuating that, the people are what make the country a great one. Apparently, it is same for Nigeria’s constitution, “We the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.” Read an extract from the Nigerian’s constitution below:

“We the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Having firmly and solemnly resolve, to live in unity and harmony as one indivisible and indissoluble sovereign nation under God, dedicated to the promotion of inter-African solidarity, world peace, international co-operation and understanding.”


“And to provide for a Constitution for the purpose of promoting the good government and welfare of all persons in our country, on the principles of freedom, equality and justice, and for the purpose of consolidating the unity of our people.”

From the words of our constitution, national anthem and pledge, it is evident that the Nigerian government and her people and yet to apprehend the import of the very words that bind us together as a nation, our own building materials that will build us into a great nation.

Nelson Mandela, who opposed the South African apartheid regime for almost 3 decades, understands the power of words. A decade after his release he said: “It is never my custom to use words lightly. If 27 years in prison have done anything to us, it was to use the silence of solitude to make us understand how precious words are, and how real speech impact on the way people live and die.”

Indeed, while the actions of people defend, define and rally for their country’s success, it is their words that build a nation. Words capture the battles, the cries, and the politics of developing countries.

Do not seek to score political marks to the detriment of our unity. Ethnicity and religion is not meant to divide us but offers us diverse ways of doing one thing. Different languages but one message, different ways of worshipping but one God, there is indeed unity is diversity. The purpose of all mankind is for peace, love and prosperity. We destroy these, when we divide with our words.

2019 electioneer year is just by the corner and the battle of words have already begun. Abuse is gradually becoming part of our political system and unfortunately I see it eroding governance. Most of our political tenures are now spent dabbling in one political fight or the other mostly between opposition and ruling party. These fights take our attentions from the real fight. Yet when the wrestling ring is set, Nigerians gladly dive into it in mass with all kinds of fanaticism, allowing it to crumble our unity.

Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively or destructively. I appeal that we use it constructively for our lives and for our country Nigeria.

#TalkCorrectNaija.

#BeTheChangeYouWantToSeeInNigeria.








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