The Good Old Days

June 15, 2009 at 10:48 pm (Inspiration, Thought, Family, Motivation)

MAY 29 1999, was just like yesterday, when we all embraced democracy with open arms, with high hopes we expected a lot from the government, we were looking for a set of leaders that would take us to the promise land, one decade after what can we show for our democracy.

I see a lot of Nigerians these days castigate the leaders and shout that the Nation is corrupt, when in the real sense of things they themselves are. They yearn for the good old days, and crave for it to come back, they look at the past achievement of the Nation they console themselves in it, they complain about the present and they have no vision for the future. All they see is loop holes and anomalies in every sector of the nation.

I also cherish the good old days, although most of the things that I know about the good old days are hearsays, things that I read, as I was not yet born or at least I was but a child at that time, I therefore do not have a full grasp of that time. The good old days when we had a robust economy, good exchange rate, standard education, good roads… a lot of good things is characterised with the good old days. However, even the good old days had some challenges, setbacks and worse still some evils. Military rule was a basic characteristic of the past, injustice and decadence associated with the desire for power, mounting external debt, lack of proper infrastructure, etc…

My basic concern in this post is to talk about tomorrow, the future, not to shatter the experiences of the good old days, the past, rather let us learn from the good old days, correct the wrongs in the good old days, but let us stop living in the good old days. It’s high time we understood that the future of the nation depend on our individual decision as a person. Lets stop living in the glory of the past rather let us take upon ourselves the responsibility of Nation building.

“Never ask what your country can do for you, rather ask what you can do for your country.” How have you fared in Nigeria’s ten years of democracy?, what quota have you contributed to the nation’s development, do you only please yourself by seeing the lapses of each administration, or do you use your creative thought to proffer solution to how the nation can move forward? Learn to appreciate a positive change when you see one.

Today is the present, REALITY CHECK 1, 2. How far have we gone with democracy?

Abraham Isaac Omotayo



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