Deportation: The Wrong Outcry By Geraldine Eloike
Obviously we are all familiar with the biblical narration of creation: and the Lord said’ let there be light and BAM! There was light. Anyway, I think Nigerians sent representatives from each ethnic group to ensure that God instilled in each one of us ethnic sentiments. If not, why is it too hard to find one Nigerian PATRIOT, instead, scattered everywhere are ethnic over sensitive citizens who go about creating wars and war chants. In this 21stcentury of massive technological outbreak and educational reforms, Nigerian senates were busy endorsing child marriage and other irrelevant policies while the citizens apportion blames. In this write, blaming people of no importance but we sure can view an opinion.
The latest event in the country or should we call it the latest trouble with Nigeria that has been given an ethnic connotation by the press, media, citizens and the supposed political leaders has gathered the wrong outcry by everybody. But it is my duty as a citizen to point out that the approach to this matter is not just WRONG but UNPATRIOTIC. And it is totally irrelevant to publish any “fight back speech” made by politicians just to gain more attention on themselves. The constitution of Nigeria, states section 15(3), “for the purpose of promoting national integration, it shall be the duty of the state to:
(a) Provide adequate facilities for and encourage free mobility of people, goods and services throughout the federation;
(b) Secure full residence rights for every citizen in all parts of the federation.
Glaringly, it is more than obvious that every single Governor, political leader or government that took part in the ongoing “DEPORTATION FLU” in Nigeria has entirely gone against the law of this nation and should be brought to book. But the question here is, who will do us the honours? Is the press who has made it their point of duty to publish these ethnic nonsense posted by politicians, or our “LEADERS” who took out time to mess up the Nigerian system and their citizens, or the citizens who took the ethnic trash personally and were chanting war songs all over the social media? WHO?
So I decided to start somewhere and am believing that by the time you are done reading this article, you too, will start somewhere. That we failed ourselves woefully as a nation is the biggest understatement but the fact is that we have failed in our respective duties as leaders and citizens. Year after year, our national bond diminishes and we ceremoniously give way to ETHNICISM. How can a nation with our experience and age still be allowing what is clear that it’s a “political get together” to still be making news, and not just news but daily news for five consecutive days. All over the place, you see citizens offering sentimental support to a particular leader whom they view as their ethnic representatives. But let me make this clear, any political person who happens to find his or her self in a leadership position is representing Nigeria and not whatever ethnic group you deem fit. More so, one of the byproduct of education is that it put us in a better position to think constructively so that our actions will be sound and all through this deportation chaos, its only in very few citizens that I have seen this characteristics even though that the persons involved happens to be regarded as educated citizens. We seriously need to go back and reform our classroom philosophy if ever we are willing to attain any meaningful sustainable development because it is still very obvious that we have not mastered the idea of “PATRIOTISM”.
I will sign off by quoting Abraham Lincoln: whatever the classroom philosophy is in one generation that will be the philosophy of government in the next. we can’t keep answering a developing nation in a developed world.
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