Light everywhere, more like the 1st day of creation. I see beautiful houses, mansions. I see skyscrapers. I see good hospitals, schools. I see good roads, transport systems. I see an industrialized economy with ‘democratized’ goods of the people, for the people and by people, a nation where agriculture is the backbone of the economy. I see exporters, so many goods leaving the border.
Oh! I see the birthplace of great ideas as companies’ troop in their numbers. I see a nation where everything worked.
I see nation where leaders are true to their words; Men of integrity Yes, men with passion and women with dreams and purpose driven youths. I see a Police force with passion to truly fight crime. I see a nation where night never came as people moved about without fear. I see a nation that can cloth, feed and shelter its people…a nation where farmers are king.
A nation of peace, wealth, integrity, prosperity, a nation of… God where on earth is my thesaurus?
As if to answer my question, I heard a loud sound from behind and my vision became blurry. As I struggled to keep the image flowing, the sound got louder…that was when I woke up. It was a dream, I realized. I had fallen asleep in one of the Lagos traffic.
As I tried to adapt to my ‘new environment’…I saw people begging, I saw hungry people. I saw people putting their lives at risk just to sell their wares. I saw little boys wash windscreen of cars for a few naira which may not even be given to them by the driver. I saw people ‘lapping’ in busses because the fare is too high. I saw long queues in filling stations. I saw a nation with people proud to be called ‘second hand’ as they gracefully patronize ‘Okrika’ clothing. I saw dilapidated buildings, poor infrastructure, abandon social amenities. I saw frustrated people. In fewer words, I saw poverty, crime, sickness, hopelessness, corruption. Corruption, oh! The cankerworm that eats deep into almost every facet of the nation … It was so much for me to take in. It was the exact opposite of my dream.
Yes, my dream, it was beautiful, it felt so real; my dream of my nation, that was Nigeria in my dream. That is the Nigeria of my dreams.
As we celebrate independence, there is no better time to truly envision tomorrow. What do you want Nigeria to be like? What is your dream Nigeria? ‘Eko o ni baje’ one man says, ‘Nigeria would not spoil’ we should all scream.
Nigeria may not be all we want it to be today but it could be all we want it to be tomorrow. Together we can make our dream Nigeria a reality.