A Chance to Rise and Shine
By A. A. Kila
Contrary to what many people believe and imagine in Nigeria, partly because of their need to project their hopes and aspirations for a better life outside a country that tends to only limit and disappoint them and partly due to the flamboyant life many of our fellow Diasporans led when they go back home on holiday, we all know life is very demanding in the West and I know Nigerians are very busy people abroad. I therefore wish to sincerely thank you all Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, and our Friends for taking the time to be with us here today. Allow me to remind us that as a people this is a historical moment for us both home and abroad.
For those of us abroad a lot have changed as well: technology, possibilities of integration and the new breed of emigrants from
Regardless of all our current achievements and disappointments as individuals, I wonder if as a people we still remember to ask ourselves why we came or returned abroad in the first place. Do we still remember the frustrations and disappointments that led us to seek refuge and a better life outside the shores of our ancestors? Can we still recall the hopes and excitement that fuelled our desire to emigrate? Do we still remember our first struggles and success in a foreign land? Now that we are here, more or less stable, more or less content, I wonder if we still have time to remember that the comfort and structures of these foreign lands that we so much sought or were forced to move into did not spring by itself but were built by some people like us. The unease that forced us to leave the land and ways we know is still there and will not go away unless some people do something about it. I will like us to ask ourselves and those we know what we intend to do.
Four options come to mind. We can simply turn our face away and stand aloof like the marsh does, pretending it is not the river's kin; we can just talk, complain and comment like people watching a science fiction film; we can wait, fold our arms, follow events and try to conform and squeeze ourselves into the system so we too can get a chance to loot and oppress notwithstanding the benefits we have reaped from the labours and vision of a foreign land built by people that did not have us in mind where they were building their future. We can decide to rise and shine either by finding out what little we can do to help our homeland in her quest for a better future or even take the lead in shaping the future of our land.
History is full of examples of the Diaspora taking the lead. The Irish immigrants left their homeland because they were faced with the kind of oppression and despair that pushed Nigerians abroad. They then got to
Most people point out that for things to better in
I am here today to appeal to all Nigerian men and women of goodwill across the globe to tell their friends and family back home to do the right thing in next coming elections because events unfolding are showing us that we have a big chance to put things right in Nigeria. I am particularly appealing to Nigerians in the Diaspoara for many reasons. Unlike millions of our folks in
Most of us abroad however have something now and we should be able to see we can get more in the long run if we had a well managed country. Whether we decide to go back home or continue to live abroad there are immediate benefits for us if our country gets capable and committed leaders. It will boost our status, we shall have better chances to invest our financial and human resources, even those depending on us for sustenance will be less. Nigerians are proud people, these coming elections is a chance for us to show the world that we have learnt something; that we are as good as we claim to be. Let us use this chance to rise and shine as a people, let us tell them @ home to vote for the right person in every seat and for every post. Let us gather information about the past, the present and the vision of every candidate vying for any post that concerns us. Let us use our knowledge and resources to influence those back home to make the right choice.
I am mostly interested in who becomes the next president of Nigeria and my choice is clearly and openly for Pat Utomi and I will be telling everybody I know abroad to tell them @ home to vote for Pat Utomi. Yes, I am partisan; my choice however is a reasoned one and I am sure I have made the right choice, a choice many of us are convinced will take us towards the much needed transformation of
Some people tend to say they will not vote or make others vote for a candidate because although that candidate is good he does not have a chance of wining. Let me say here today without mincing words that such attitude is unwise, cowardly and ungodly. It is not sagacious to abstain from supporting what and who you know is appropriate when we all know the inappropriate candidate will still not do anything good for you or for your believe. It is blasphemous to act as if God is indifferent to what is right and just or incapable of beating evil. Many refuse to actively work towards a better
Today we have a chance to change all this; we have chance to rise and shine. We should not be afraid to aspire. We should remember that if a man has an idea and does not stand up for that idea then either him or that idea and does not worth much. Ideally we should put some of our time, some our ideas and some our money at the service of our country. Imagine if every decent person you know just gave 20 hours or even 2 hours of their time and say 100 euros or even 10 euro of their money to influence the election of the president of the biggest black nation in the world. What a difference it will make! For most citizens of the great nations where we seek refuge this is a normal act. For many of us this is heroic; the reasons for this will be reserved for another discussion.
For now, let me appeal to you all to please rise and shine; let us all find the generosity to do something for our country. At least one thing before elections come, your simple email or just your phone call might be decisive for the future of