Gov. Adeleke’s independent celebration Ban: Which way Nigeria?
The news that the Osun government has cancelled the Independence Day celebrations is raising eyebrows.
Governor Ademola Adeleke justified the decision by pointing to the dire economic situation, the security challenges facing the country, and other issues that need to be addressed. He also called on the people of Osun and Nigerians in general to join him in prayer and meditation for the country’s future.
But the governor’s call for prayer and meditation is meaningful, but without concrete action, it could be seen as a hollow gesture.
Perhaps we could also add that action needs to come from the government at all levels, not just from the people.
Only then can real progress be made towards solving the country’s problems.
It’s true that the government has a vital role to play in improving the situation in Nigeria. At the federal level, policies and programs need to be put in place to address the economic and security challenges facing the country.
The government can also take steps to improve education, health care, and infrastructure.
At the state level, governments can work to implement policies that are tailored to the specific needs of their citizens.
For example, the Osun government could focus on agriculture, tourism, and job creation.
And critical observers believe that concrete action is what will truly make a difference in the lives of ordinary Nigerians.
While prayer and meditation can be a source of strength and hope, they are not enough to solve the country’s problems.
When citizens are actively involved in holding the government accountable, it creates pressure for the government to act in the best interests of the people.
This accountability can take many forms, such as protests, petitions, and media campaigns.
Even small actions like voting and defending their votes in elections can make a big difference.
Also an independent, free, and responsible media is vital to the health of a democracy.
The media can play an important role in shining a light on corruption, holding leaders accountable, and providing a platform for diverse voices to be heard.
However, the media must also avoid sensationalism and strive for accuracy and fairness in its reporting.
It’s clear that the Nigerian media, like many other institutions in the country, is facing significant challenges.
These challenges include a lack of funding, a lack of independence, and pressure from powerful interests.
These challenges make it difficult for the media to fulfill its role as a watchdog and a platform for diverse voices.
But with determination the media practitioners can overcome these challenges.
Also the power of collective consciousness can be a force for positive change. When people come together and work towards a common goal, even the most seemingly insurmountable challenges can be overcome.
However, it’s important to remember that change takes time and requires sustained effort.
Another key ingredient for change is unity. Nigerians must not only be resilient, but also united in their desire for a better future.
The idea of “we the people” taking control of their own destiny is very powerful. It echoes the principles of democracy, in which the people are the ultimate source of power.
In order to achieve this, it’s important for people to see beyond their individual interests and focus on the collective good.
This can be difficult, especially in a diverse and divided country like Nigeria.
But it’s possible, and it starts with individuals who are willing to stand up and speak out.
The independence and integrity of the judiciary is also crucial to ensuring that the rule of law is upheld and that justice is served.
But when the judiciary is compromised or biased, it can create serious problems for the entire system.