Looking back at the events that have shaped this country through these past 57 years, events that I witnessed and those that were tales passed down to me by my parents and history books, I can’t help but wish for more than we already have. And this is not a bad thing because, as much as I long for the development and growth that the future must hold for Nigeria, there are some things that we have seemingly lost that we have to fight to reclaim. Things like
- The country’s good name and reputation in the International community.
Before all the instances of crimes against humanity, fraud, and skyrocketing increase in corruption in the country that has led to a number of economic restrictions and Nigeria being named the 28th Most Corrupt Country in the World and 21st Most Corrupt Country in Africa, Nigeria had a good name and relationship with other countries in the international community. And while I miss the good name the past held, I look forward to the future and efforts to reclaim our good image.
- Stable economy.
Though the bustling economy that earned us the ‘Giant of Africa’ status could be seen by some as a thing of the past, I long for when the Naira will reclaim its strength and value again.
- An abundance of good food at affordable prices.
As a result of a stable economy, there was an abundance of good food at affordable prices and good salary structures that allowed the citizenry enjoy all the food they could buy. Hmmm…the days when long grain rice was affordable for both the rich and poor alike.
- Strong education system.
The days when degrees from our Universities were considered some of the best degrees in Africa, if not the world. Now, we are riddled with strikes, delays in payment of salaries, and much more that work together in devaluing the degrees from our Universities.