Ordinarily, the topic should have been something like "Happy Democracy Day", but it's hard to even acknowledge we are in a democracy talk less of a happy one.
Today should have been the sort of day in which we are overwhelmed by gratitude of freedom from the tyrannical rule of the military, alas this is not so because there are scarce things one can count that has brought about happiness since Nigeria became a democratic country.
I, for one, don't see myself harping on about a "happy democracy day", when I know for a fact that the country is presently beleaguered by nefarious terrorists. The #BringBackOurGirls campaign is still fresh and will remain so until we get our girls back. 😑😑
I don't see myself wishing anyone a happy democracy day when it really does not feel like we are under a democratic system. Corruption is the order of the day, we do not have stable power supply (in 2014!!!!! , the roads are death traps, the healthcare system (what healthcare system though? Smh) is is shambles, most higher institutions are facing one strike or the other, armed robbers are having field days at the citizens expenses while the police does little or nothing, potable water is as far fetched as a myth to some, I could go on and on.
If the lack of wealth were to be Nigeria's problem then perhaps I would be more understanding of our plight, but that is not the case. The root of our problems is that we have nonchalant and extremely corrupt people in power. All they care about are their comfort and those of their immediate families. Anyone else can take a hike. That's the attitude they portray and that is the fact. Why on earth would a governor (just one man) propose a bill that would ensure he gets paid nothing less than N100,000,000 per annum as pension just for having been a governor. Do you have any idea of the amount of things that could be achieved to benefit the citizens with such a huge sum? Yet ONE person thinks it is alright to have it all to himself.
I keep saying one thing and it is the fact that until we Nigerians get angry enough to rise with one voice and demand an end to the corruption and bullshit being doled out on us by these knuckleheads in power, nothing would happen. Change would not come, however much we hope and pray about it, unless we act.
The only comforting thing about this day is the fact that it's a national holiday. Make the most of it, the hustle continues tomorrow.