In Times Like These
We are living in very difficult times. Many of us do not even know or understand the magnitude of the terrible things that are going on behind closed doors. Criminal acts are constantly been committed by authority figures that are supposed to help us and the country.
Even the media cannot be trusted anymore. Many published stories in our dailies do not scratch the surface of the issues of this country and nobody is asking, nobody is saying anything, nobody cares, because those you are in a position to care, are affluent enough to protect their families from what the common Nigeria experiences. But for how long will they succeed at this? Some of the most powerful Nigerian media who are supposed to be the gatekeepers and report to the public have jumped to the other side of the fence and for money, will sell and are selling their integrity.
In all these, many believe there is no hope for Nigeria. As a young child many years ago, the adults will say ‘in our time or back in the days when things were good’. Now, I am the adult, and I cannot look back to any time when things have been better except the time when I could save 10k out of my 20k lunch money, twice, and buy a bottle of 29cl coca cola.
The economy sucks and from the look of things, there might be no hope. Unemployment has never been at its highest, but then, how do we even know those who are unemployed, when the jobless will tell you he or she is an entrepreneur when asked?
In times like things, when the prices of food commodities continue to rise, how should the masses survive? Why should a cup of beans be more expensive than rice? Price of every single food item or provision in the last three months has gone up twice without employees getting any meaningful increase in income. School fees have continued to go up because the children must be educated.
Then there is the issue of insecurity in the country amongst other. When dwelt upon, it is easy to join the crowd who believe the country is finished and will continue to fall.
But even in times like these, I choose to stand on the other side of the fence and believe that there is a time for everything. We are here today, but who says tomorrow wouldn’t be better?
I see tough all around me. I see difficulties and hopelessness, but thankfully, in the midst of all these, I see opportunities of a better tomorrow. And I choose to believe what I see. Even though the change doesn’t happen in my lifetime, no problem, I will continue to pray for it for this country, and thank the Lord for it because if not me, then my children and their children will have a better Nigeria.