Particular Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has acknowledged that Nigerians are the nation’s biggest drawback.
The presidential spokesperson who lashed out at these he claimed do nothing however discover faults within the nation, cautioned Nigerians in opposition to ” disintegration, destabilization and outright warfare”.
Adesina additionally admitted that the internecine battle which got here off the civil warfare, are nonetheless very evident in some elements of the land.
“It’s usually intriguing to listen to eminent and effectively appointed Nigerians speak about disintegration, destabilization and outright warfare, as if it’s a picnic. Warfare? Not a tea get together, and never one thing it’s best to want even upon your enemy.
Nigeria fought a warfare earlier than, by which about two million individuals died. There was sorrow, tears and blood, until good sense prevailed, and we stated there was no victor, no vanquished. The scars of that internecine battle are nonetheless very evident in some elements of the land.
“Why then do some newspaper columnists, public commentators, ethnic warlords, even teachers, speak of warfare as one thing they lengthy for, an affliction they wish to inflict their nation with? Warfare? Is it a picnic or tea get together?
“I’ve seen sufficient to make me conclude that the best drawback of Nigeria are Nigerians themselves. They appear to hate their nation. There was that atheist who stated on his demise mattress. “I hate all people. I hate God. I even hate myself.” That appears to be the expertise of a very good variety of Nigerians.
“What am I saying? Is Nigeria in an ideal state, nirvana, a Utopia? On no account. All of us see issues that exasperate us about our nation. So, is reducing off the top the remedy for headache? Is demise want for the nation by means of the fixed longing for warfare the best way out, couched as warnings by some curiosity teams? For actually, that’s what they’d want to see, if solely to have the morbid satisfaction of claiming: we warned, they didn’t pay attention.
“We’ve our grouses with Nigeria. The President usually talks of missed alternatives, and sure, this nation has missed many, over the many years. However he provides that these of them who’ve fought to maintain this nation collectively would by no means open their eyes and see Nigeria dismembered. Loving the unloveable. That’s what Nigerians want, if we might ultimately get the nation we want. William Cowper, English author, who lived between 1731 and 1800, stated: “England, with all thy faults, I like thee still-my nation.”
“That’s one factor we discover missing. We’ve not bought to the purpose that we will say, Nigeria, with all thy faults, I like thee still-my nation.
“The Good Ebook says love covers a mess of sins. And it does. However does it occur in respect of our nation? Don’t Nigerians carry round giant-sized grudges in opposition to themselves, in opposition to their leaders, in opposition to the following ethnic group, and in opposition to their very own very land… They appear to hate their nation. There was that atheist who stated on his demise mattress. “I hate all people. I hate God. I even hate myself.
“The necessity of the hour is love for Nigeria, warts and all. Sure, there are lots of causes to not love this land. However it’s the one one we now have. We’d be second class residents wherever else. Nigeria we hail thee. Our personal expensive place of birth.
The fault strains are many: ethnicity, suspicion of domination, non secular variations, language, centrifugal forces. However, Nigeria, with all thy faults, I like thee still-my nation.
“Are you aware that some Nigerians truly gloat when issues go incorrect within the nation? They rejoice at wanton killings, large insecurity, prostrate economic system, decrepit inter-ethnic relationships, and the like. They need issues to collapse within the ‘zoo.’ However Nigeria will survive. The singer, Veno Marioghae, stated it way back. Nigeria is just like the testicles of a ram. It could sway backward and forward because the ram runs, however it is going to by no means fall off.
“It’s time we started to have a Nigerian agenda, as a substitute of sectional agenda. It’s time we started to see the large image, and want our nation effectively. Sufficient of wars and rumours of warfare. Can we cavil much less about our nation? Can we emphasize much less on issues not carried out, and focus extra on issues being achieved? And I let you know, the Buhari authorities has tales to inform. Of rice pyramids, roads, rail, bridges, airports, large infrastructure in every single place.
“Simply on Thursday, the 13 Flooring, Twin Tower ultra-modern Headquarters Constructing of the Niger Delta Growth Fee was commissioned, about 26 years after it was conceived. And lots of of such initiatives abound. Let’s wail much less, and recognize extra. Nigeria, with all thy faults, I like thee still-my nation.”