Looking over our 60 years as a nation, shows a history chequered with joy and pain. The pains have reached a crescendo that there have been repeated calls to split. Into how many regions do we want to split? 3 or 300? What we focus on grows, so focusing on the pains will definitely lead to us going our separate ways. In 60 years, we that were once different entities have been interacting as one.
Though there was a time of war, how about we focus on what has caused us joy over the last 60 years? Beyond the individual successes we have achieved, the joy we have achieved as a nation has been because people of different ethnic, linguistic, geographic, religious and educational diversities were brought together to create a nation. Joy comes when we achieve greatness, and greatness comes when we serve people. Therefore, the opportunity to have about 300 ethnic groups under a national identity should be harnessed and cherished. We need to save the future of our nation, and sound character is the vehicle.
We need to save the future of our nation, and sound character is the vehicle.David Adegboyega
What is your role in ensuring we have more joy than pain over the next 50 years? What is your role in ensuring that the greatness of Nigeria is released over the next 50 years? I call this the “50 Year Challenge”. Your role is to ensure that over the next 50 years, you imbibe sound character in everything you do and inspire it in everyone you meet. Sound character is a unifying factor that takes the focus away from what divides, to what unites. Take love for instance; when love is flowing, you don’t think to favour one person over the other.
Your role is to ensure that over the next 50 years, you imbibe sound character in everything you do and inspire it in everyone you meet.David Adegboyega
Government policies could at best provide a sense of order to guide how things should be, but living by sound character makes you do what the policies try to make you do. For instance, the Federal Character Principles which was meant to foster equality in Nigeria, is now seriously contested. So what was intended to foster equality, has now become a basis for disunity and a quest for separation. You must allow fairness, truth, transparency and love to guide all you do. The result will be a united nation.
Nigeria of our Dreams
The Nigeria of our dream is that which has systems that harness the collective strength of its teeming population. In 50 years’ time, by 2070, Nigeria’s population will be 550 million (according to PopulationPyramid.net). imagine half a billion people who are inspired by sound character. A nation where students are not after certificates but after knowledge; a nation where governance is about the good of the people and not the unashamed interest of a few; a nation where the youth are not bothered about getting rich quick but about seeking education to create solutions that make life better. I see Nigeria @ 110 years, and therefore spending time and character today to save the future. Let’s raise the banner to a great future for our nation, Nigeria. I, therefore, dedicate the sound character theme song – “Save the Future” to the 60th Independence Anniversary of our nation. You can listen here:
Author & Sound Character Coach