The More we are Together By Walid Moukarim
As children and young adults we sang this song and lived it too.
THEN we lived in a free, calm, kind, caring and safe Nigeria, we took so much for granted, there was always water in the tap, we didn’t own generators, the roads were good.
We all went to public schools and hospitals, we could walk from one end of town to the other without fear of ANY kind of molestation and yes the police was our friend.
We could leave from Maiduguri to Lagos at any time of the day, check point free, we feared not the police or the army nor was the thought of armed robbers a bother.
Then in the words of Fela “suddenly, suddenly, everything scatter” the comfort we enjoyed came to a gradual halt.
We are now prisoners in our own homes, living in constant fear of the next moment and person.
We cant send our kids to the government schools we went to, we cant generally go to government hospitals we were born in – probably why every Governor, Commissioner, Minister, member of House, Senator and President – would jet off to any other country to for the cure of a head ache.
We have to be together again, we are an interwoven bunch of people, who have over the years built strong bridges of interethnic and interreligious ties; bonds that have strong and deep roots.
To let any one person or group of persons to set us family against family neighbor against neighbor, in any guise, will be playing to the gallery.
With all the resource available to us, we fail in most cases to read between the lines, to ask questions, hard questions –like who gains when we are at war? When we kill ourselves, burn our houses, keep our kids out of school who gains? How come the killings are ever on the increase, what’s the grand plan? Who makes money from it all, gains power from it all, acquires material wealth from it all? Whose arms factories get employment from it all? And who is on the losing and receiving end of it all?
It’s time we all took a little time to study more of ourselves, learn to respect the things we have in common and those that are our peculiar customs, traditions and ways. This with a view to living together and not forcing our ways on each other. There is no compulsion in religion, for each his own way.
We must understand our Religions from the Books and Schools available and not from undereducated myopic and desperate self-appointed saints!
From the actions of the majority not of the twisted minority.
Mutual respect and understanding is the key to bring peace to us, upholding Justice and Fairness without respect to the who but to the what, is the only stabilizer to maintain the peace we need.
This is the foundation to good governance and a new and improved Nigeria where peace, freedom, qualitative value and safety of life is guaranteed to all.
We must be tolerant and patient; we must act justly in all we do, we must learn to value and protect life.
We can’t tolerate nor be a society that kills for every available reason, if it’s not a mob lynching a man for sealing a cigarette then it is a Police man killing because of 50 naira? We must ask ourselves is this really what a Nigerian life is worth?
Is this what we want our kids to grow into? Are so far away from GOD All Mighty that we are showing less compassion to ourselves than animals do each other?
The time is now, to take that step and educate our minds, build our will power, find and obey GOD, be that better person, make the change happen for us and our children, for the generations of Nigerians to come, that they will say, Yes! Our parents courage in the dark days of Nigeria is the light that has us a great Nation Today.
Remember – what affects the nose affects the eyes and in the abundance of water the fool is thirsty.
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