We are all in it together; both home and in diaspora, the thoughts and occasional outpour of emotions are all part of yawning for a better Nigeria.
I read an interesting post the other day whereby a lady was fed up with Nigeria layabout youths. They are always on the roads with their rucksacks and nowhere in particular to go. They are quick to complain on the state of economy as if they would ever be handed free cash even if economy was any different (true this, Nigeria is no social welfare cautious nation). She talked about the mediocrity of our artisans, they often take money without completing the tasks and worse of all is the finishing part of the work is less of what one expected.
The advice was that unemployed youths must look beyond riding Okada (motorbike) and get trained and ready to earn their living. And those who find it hard could return to the farm to grow stuff.
The post received quite a lot of attention which signals relatability.
I have learnt with Nigerians online that people tend to prefer to agree with opinions rather than offering a different perspective the writer may have missed out for fear of being unpopular.
One commenter eventually made a very good point that makes me check on my own privilege and to realise that, my state, my community or my family at home will never get better if I did nothing – not given up on people who have been marginalised by the society is our collective responsibility. The lady is of the opinion that Nigeria will be a better place if enough people realise they are privileged and do their bits for those who have been hit the hardest by the poor leadership.
This means layabout youths can not all be bad and lazy.
I do appreciate both ladies for speaking their minds, I especially liked the lady who pointed to the obvious of lack of equal opportunities that makes it harder for many to make headway.
I love that the post serves as a reminder that those of us who have a little bit more owe it to others to lend hands knowing that this country will never get better if the less privileged were left to rot.
While government policies need to be more reflective of the society, individuals who are doing their share of lifting people around them need not be discouraged.
Most people I know are appreciative and thankful when given helping hands. Some people can not be helped but we can not always let the few bad eggs spoil it for all.