by Richard Odusanya.
“Good citizenship and defending democracy means living up to the ideals and values that make this country great.”-RONALD REAGAN
Every Nigerian is entitled to freedom of religion, association and thought, including freedom to change his religion or beliefs. Nobody or group of people, particularly the two dominant religion should be allowed to coerce or intimidate the good people of our country, to hate each other on the basis of ethnicity or religion-going forward.
Let it be known that: the verdict of history, the verdict of posterity and the judgement of God Almighty will be very harsh on anybody or group of persons encouraging and promoting hatred among the good people of Nigeria, using either ethnicity, religion or complicit in any way. “The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.”-John F Kennedy
Within a system which denies the existence of basic human rights, fear tends to be the order of the day. Fear of imprisonment, fear of torture, fear of death, fear of losing friends, fear of isolation, fear of failure. A most insidious form of fear is that which masquerades a common sense or wisdom, condemning as foolish, reckless, insignificant or futile. The small, daily acts of courage which help to preserve man’s self-respect and the inherent human dignity. Our rights to freedom of thought, conscience and religion should be non negotiable.
Human rights’ are a fine thing, but how can we make ourselves sure that our rights are not trampled upon and also that our rights do not conflict with the rights of other people. A society without rights is incapable of standing up to adversity. If we do not wish to be ruled by a coercive authority, we must rein ourselves in. A stable society is achieved not by balancing opposing forces, but by conscious self-limitation, by the principle that we are always duty-bound to defer to the sense of moral justice. This is part of the Duties and responsibilities of good citizenship.
Although it is difficult for a people conditioned by fear, under the iron rule of a rejuvenated retired zombie and a stone age despot to begin to express themselves and find a common ground. However, the time has come for us as a people destined for greatness, to embrace courage and determine what becomes of our tomorrow and the destiny of the next generation.
Never again should the good people of Nigeria be used as a cannon folder for any man’s inordinate ambition; never again should criminal elements and terrorist groups sympathizers be allowed to hold sensitive appointments in government in Nigeria, never again should the promoters of violence become president of our country Nigeria, never again should we allow ourselves to be so divided by the inability of the so called leaders in managing our diversity.
NIGERIA MUST REGAIN HER GREATNESS!!!