The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has stated that Nigerians are the country’s greatest problem. The presidential spokesperson and Special Adviser to President lashed out at some Nigerians who do nothing for the country but find faults in the country. He cautioned Nigerians against disintegration, destabilization and outright war.
Femi Adesina also admitted that the religious and ethnic conflict which came off from the civil war, are still very evident in some parts of the land. And that if care is not taken Nigeria may end up in another civil war in the nearest future.
According to his words;
“It is often intriguing to hear eminent and well appointed Nigerians talk about disintegration, destabilization and outright war, as if it is a picnic. War is war! Not a tea party and not something you should wish even upon your enemy.
Nigeria fought a war before, in which about two million people died. There was sorrow, tears and blood, till good sense prevailed, and we said there was no victor, no vanquished. The scars of that internal, religious and ethnic conflict are still very evident in some parts of the land.
“Why then do some newspaper columnists, public commentators, ethnic warlords, even academics, talk of war as something they are longing for, or just an affliction they want to inflict their country with? When I say War I mean real war and not picnic or tea party.
“I have seen enough to make me conclude that the greatest problems of Nigeria are Nigerians themselves. They seem to hate their country. There was that atheist who said on his death bed. “I hate everybody, I hate God, I even hate myself.” That seems to be the experience of a good number of Nigerians.
“What am I saying? Is Nigeria in a perfect state? By no means hell no. We all see things that exasperate us about our country. So, is cutting off the head the cure for headache? Is death wish for the country through the constant craving for war the way out, couched as warnings by some interest groups? For really, that is what they would wish to see, if only to have the morbid satisfaction of saying; we warned, they didn’t listen.
“We have our grouses with Nigeria. The President often talks of missed opportunities, and yes, this country has missed many opportunities, over the decades. But he added that those of them who have fought to keep this country together would never open their eyes and see Nigeria dismembered or disengaged. Loving the unlovable. That is what Nigerians need, if we would eventually get the country we desire. William Cowper, English writer, who lived between 1731 and 1800, said: “England, with all thy faults, I love thee still-my country.”
“That is one thing we find lacking. We have not got to the point that we can say, Nigeria, with all thy faults, I love thee still-my country.
“The Good Book says love covers a multitude of sins. And it does. But does it happen in respect of our country? Don’t Nigerians carry around giant-sized grudges against themselves, against their leaders, against the next ethnic group, and against their own very land. They seem to hate their country. There was that atheist who said on his death bed. “I hate everybody. I hate God. I even hate myself.
“The need of the hour is love for Nigeria, warts and all. Yes, there are many reasons not to love this land. But it is the only one country we have. We would be second class citizens anywhere else. Nigeria we hail thee. Our own dear native land.
The fault lines are many: ethnicity, suspicion of domination, religious differences, language, centrifugal forces. But, Nigeria, with all thy faults, I love thee still-my country.
“Do you know that some Nigerians actually gloat when things go wrong in the country? They rejoice at wanton killings, massive insecurity, prostrate economy, decrepit inter-ethnic relationships, and the like. They want things to fall apart in the ‘zoo.’ But Nigeria will survive. The singer, Veno Marioghae said it long time ago. Nigeria is like the testicles of a ram. It may sway from side to side as the ram runs, but it will never fall off.
“It is time we began to have a Nigerian agenda, instead of sectional agenda. It is time we began to see the big picture, and wish our country well. Enough of wars and rumours of war. Should we talk less and negative about our country all the time? Can we emphasize less on things not done, and focus more on things being achieved? And I tell you, the Buhari government has stories to tell. Then we can boast of rice pyramids, good roads, rail, bridges, airports and massive infrastructure everywhere.
“Just on Thursday, the 13 Floor, Twin Tower ultra-modern Headquarters Building of the Niger Delta Development Commission was commissioned, about 26 years after it was conceived. And many of such projects abound. Lets wail less, and appreciate more. Nigeria, with all thy faults, I love thee still-my country” The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina stated.
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