Happy Independence my fellow Nigerians! As we celebrate the 56th year of our independence, I’m reminded of the second stanza of our National anthem:
As a parent, I definitely would love my children to attain lofty heights and would want to know that I contributed my bit (no matter how insignificant it may seem) to build a nation where peace and justice reign. So what can I do to help? A good starting point is teaching them to pray for our Leaders (Guide our leaders right) and inculcating in them the importance and value of patriotism – love, respect, a feeling of pride for and a commitment to making one’s country better.
There’s no doubt that as a nation we have our shortcomings – plenty. We are far from perfect but truth be told, which nation is? Unfortunately, for too long the world and sadly some of our citizens, have emphasized only one side of the story – the “shame” side. It’s very difficult to have love, respect and feel any sense of pride in anything or anyone that one is ashamed of.
The good news though, is that there is another side of the story. Our story of GREATNESS. I want to encourage us to help our youth this truth to know – we are a great people from a great nation. In case you’re having trouble coming up with the script for our “greatness” story, let me help you with a few words that have been used to describe the citizens of our nation – Resilient, Intelligent, Happy, Optimistic, Entrepreneurial, Energetic, Bold, Gifted… Nigeria is endowed with a rich culture, abundant natural resources, amazing talent, great food, and a strong kindred spirit. You see, writing the story isn’t really that difficult. It only takes our deliberately choosing to see our cup as half full rather than half empty.
Parents, youths, we all have a role to play in building a better nation.
Let’s remember that patriotism is not just in the words we speak or the story we tell.
Let’s remember that true patriotism is shown in the way we live our lives.
Let’s make choices that ensure that we build a nation worth inheriting for our children.
Let’s teach our youths to make choices that lead to a greater legacy for their own children.
Let’s “Arise o compatriots”!
Let’s be proudly Nigerian!
God bless you !
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