We have come to a point as a nation where we should change. Things should be better, and can be better if we decide to change. The path to change is a tough one, but one in which we must get to sooner than later. This change is not just about the people in leadership, it is about we the people.
Truly, it is what we the people allows that happens in leadership. For example, if a relative assumes a leadership position, and his family relatives and associates do not make or expect unusual demands of such person, that sends a very clear signal to the leader not to go overboard or abuse the office to please anyone. While we expect leaders who are clear-minded, and would do the right things against all pressure, their leadership will be a lot better if the people around them are meritorious in mind. We the people must get back to a meritorious way of living, and that can only happen as we imbibe sound character.
Change, a Choice we have to Make
The path to change beckons on us all. The change we must pursue is largely in the area of educating the minds of the people not to depend on handouts. However, this becomes very, very challenging when enabling environments have not been created for the people to thrive. While it is a sad pill to swallow, the democratic process in Nigeria and the current practices around it have been a major setback to creation of the desired environments. While the concept of government for the people by the people sounds good on paper, the big lacuna is “who are the people?” When the people are impoverished, it takes extra-normal power for them to be meritorious in mind. But the point is, we do not need extra-normal power to do normal things. We must choose to educate our minds.
A Change of the Poverty Mindset
The change we must seek as a people is a change of the poverty mindset. This is the hard work we need to commit to. Imagine over 50 years of being ‘educated’ to be poor in mind by processes and practices that obviate the normal course of living? That’s why we talked about the #50 Year Challenge. This is challenging every Nigerian to commit to sound character over the next 50 years, since we cannot change this nation overnight. The change we need is mainly in the aspect of character virtue education of Nigerians aged 0 to 24 years, which is 62% of the population. (Source: World FactBook). Poverty mindset is not, not having money; it is not having sound character! So the work is cut out majorly for Parents and Teachers.
We will see and Live in the Change
If we work to imbibe sound character strengths in Nigerians aged 0 – 24 years, over the next 50 years, we will certainly rebuild this Nation. The pain is going to be much, but the pain of change that produces sound character is far less than the gain. This is also a cry to Nigerians in leadership, especially those 55 years and above, to please be conscious of the aged 0 to 24 years, kindly live everyday to leave for them a legacy of sound character.
Author & Sound Character Coach