“Today is my birthday, and I want a gift! The gift I want is for you to on my behalf credit the following account with whatever is laid on your heart to give. Little Saints Orphanage, Skye Bank. Acc No: 133170005200. Please do it on my behalf and kindly let me know about it. Thank you.”
I would love to write about my birthda, but I’m sorry, I can’t. I must pour out my heart in another direction. My eyes have seen the evolving of the glory of the country called Nigeria. Nigeria will be great again! Out of the shambles of the current hopelessness, out of the fabrics of this current decaying state, out of the depths into which we have plunged, Nigeria shall arise again!
A new crop of leaders are arising in Nigeria, a blend of people who have participated in the old, yet remained untarnished and those who have hitherto considered themselves too principled to participate in valueless politics. A new breed without greed, a generation that will raise, build and repair the foundations of the New Nigeria. My eyes have seen the glory to come, the exciting days ahead, and the desirable paradise that will be crafted out of the once deplorable nation. While I see the beauty and the spendor of the glory however, my eyes are not disconnected from the sacrifices that need to be made. The challenges that lie ahead, and the hurdles that must be crossed. I have interacted with the future, shaken hands with them that are about to be, I have viewed the Resumes of great ones, and tomorrow excites me. Change is coming, change is here. Change is looking for volounteers and my answer is totally yes!
Today a prophecy I heard 11yrs ago rings true…”Here comes the tender shoot from the side of the north, afore prepared before the foundation of the earth, to stir Nigeria to her prophetic destiny. His two feet are deeped in the blood of tyrants. In his right hand and left hand are the swords of justice and the sword of judgement… In his time, the economy of Nigeria will recover faster than the economy of Japan. The mouth of the Lord hath spoken it, the zeal of the lord will accomplish it” – Dr. Tunde Bakare (Deliberately edited for the days ahead).
What do we need to do? All we need to do is simple. The template of which dates back to creation and timeless history.
1. We need to SPEAK the SAME Language – Our desire and confessions, our conversation and communication must be the same language – CHANGE. I know the word change is overused, but it’s so apt. We need to SHIFT from our old way of thinking and talking, and embrace CHANGE! Things are about to change for better in Nigeria, and it’s not dependent on any one man, it’s just the right time for change. Many before us would have wished to witness these days, but it’s our time. We are at the greatest time in the history of Nigeria. A time that great men will be brought to limelight. We are in the days of change. That language needs to fill our airspace. We want NEW! A New Nigeria, New Roads, New Hospitals, New Politicians, New Schools, New! We want change, change in power supply, change in mindsets, change in our global perception. We want change!
2. We need to set big goals – We are were we are today, because as a people we have always thought small and imagined small things. People need goals bigger than themselves to consistently stay together. If our goals are lofty and challenging, then our bonding will be thicker and more efficient. Change in 2011 is ambitious, but that’s exactly what we need ambition. We need to set goals high enough to accomodate our failures as successes. Can’t Nigeria have the best something in the world? Can’t the world come to us to see? We need to take concrete action into getting our goals and aspirations achieved. We need to do the impossible!
I’m so excited, not by what I see, but by what I hear. The future of our about to be great nation relies not on all who have been custodians of it, it belongs to us, you and I? Have you ever wondered how in our homes and extended family meetings we seem to lead already and set direction? How come in governance however, we have relinquished our responsibilities to a generation that should ask us what our opinions are?
I just want to bring you into my excitement, you’ll get more details later. We can change this nation, we have all it takes! All we need to do is build our one voice to be heard and make sure it’s unmistakeable.