Monday, September 3, 2012

SHOULD I FIGHT THIS FOREIGNER FOR MOCKING NIGERIA?


I was in an electronics shop on Victoria Island some days ago, and a disgusting thing happened: an elderly Nigerian man and a Lebanese sang “Nigeria Jagajaga”... And I was like, "What? How dare you make jest of my dear country in front of me?" Yes I said "dear country"; I mean, it's not that I'm enjoying the way my country is making me feel now but I know someday things will get better. And if it doesn't maybe someday I will vex and take up mantle of leadership in this country. Lol.

Anyway, back to what I was saying: I really thought that the elderly Nigerian should have stopped this foreigner from messing up our country, and I wanted to face him instead, but on second thought, I directed my disgust to the foreigner. Maybe because I thought the Lebanese pays his salary; but shouldn’t he have kept quiet instead of making such fun?

Perhaps I would not have paid much attention to it if not for a post I saw on 9jaolofofo some days ago where Obasanjo  tongue-lashed Eedris Abdulkareem (the singer) again. Without any form of dis-respect to Eedris, I think it's high time we all put all hands on deck to put Nigeria on the right course, and it starts from who you are, to what you do, and finally to your vision in life. Of course Obansanjo could talk, I respect him as one of the most effective presidents of Nigeria ever, no matter what people say about him (after all nobody is perfect). But the sad thing is many of us don't even have the interest of our country at heart and we claim it's "Jagajaga."

Okay, back to that foreigner, I bet you he is in Nigeria solely for business and he doesn't care how well Nigeria becomes: that's why I felt the elderly man should have corrected him. But like I said, the man may want to but couldn't. It's just the way situation of our country box us into a corner.

Here was I in their electronic shop about to pay for something. I definitely couldn’t make that payment by going to the nearest ATM machine to withdraw money because ATM daily limit is 150k and I needed 200k. We tried the 3 POS machines in the stores for hours but they refused to work. The Lebanese called his suppliers to come and fix the machine yet it refused to work (He said it was a network problem). While the Nigerian technician was frustrated, the Lebanese wondered why the Nigerian government should be clamoring for cashless economy when all indication show the nation is not ready for it… That was before he started singing the song.

Now wouldn’t you agree with me that the Lebanese had a basis to sing?

14 comments:

  1. Candid words.....
    However, I do believe in Naija. I believe that it might take a while but things will turn arround if only our generation can rise above profanity, selfishness/self centered mindset, greed,corruption etc and all other vices that has eaten deep into our hearts and re-lay the foundation of our nation so our unborn generation can be proud of being niegrians. It starts with our generation. You and I.

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    1. Yes. I believe u anonymously. It Starts with u & I. :)

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  2. He sure has a basis to sing o, sir. The state of our nation is conspicuous and even visible to the blind. May God help us. Sometimes when people say stuffs about Nigeria and Nigerians here, I just keep quiet cos its hard to defend Nigeria. If you try to, you will only be doing so on some emotional trail that will leave you embarrassed eventually. Once again, may God help us.

    - LDP

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    1. Amen. Hmm. I can imagine how u feel. To say the fact, u r in a more complex situation. I mean, down here, u can still fight, but u can't fight over there o. :))

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  3. He has a basis to sing o bros.... may God save nigeria and make it a better country to live in..... God bless nigeria Amen

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    1. Yes o. Amen. God bless Nigeria. I want the Blessing to be so Strong that Corruption will flee at the sight of Nigeria!

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  4. Do you know that the problem that we are experiencing in this nation is cause by Christians? You say why? I Tim 2: 1-2 “ I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, [and] giving of thanks, be made for all men;
    For kings and [for] all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. Do you notice that the Bible say first of all prayers, supplication, Intercession and Thanksgiving be made for who? Kings and people in authorities not for yourself. It is quite funny that many of us want the concluding part and not ready to take responsibility. God told Abraham that it took minimum of ten righteous people to save Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. 18: 17- 32) compare to a lot of Christians in Nation. And I believe the sins of Nigeria are not up to Sodom and Gomorrah less HE would have destroy us. Some that even think they are obeying this counter what they are saying by condemning Nigeria. You still say why? Read these scriptures (II chronicles 7: 14 & Ezekiel 22: 30) and digest it and tell me you are guiltless. All this I receive when I begin to wonder why Nigeria failed to receive trophy in the Olympics, whereas our disabled are banging Trophies and setting records. More than never before we need scriptural prayer in this Nation.

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    1. :)) Pastor Anonymous, r u trying to say the situation of our country is so bad that God is using the disabled ones winning medals to tell us our dear nation is disabled at the moment? HA! Anyway, you got some points sha.

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  5. Hi Bisriyu!
    Great post there. While I do not see merit in the conduct of the Lebanese, I believe we ought to put our house in order first before we lash out at the foreigner. "Onigba lo pe igba re ni akufo, ki won to ba'a fi ko ile," goes a Yoruba proverb. It literally means you must have declared your calabash as wrecked before an outsider would dare use it to pack refuse.
    So, while our leaders are and remain greedy, corrupt and insensitive to our plight, Eedris has done Nigeria no good as well. An average American, even those who are unemployed, would wake up and say, "God bless America!" While I'm not the insanely patriotic type chanting "Good People, Great Nation," I believe our dear nation deserves more respect than we the citizens too have given it.

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    1. Hmmm. Thought provoking and impact-full. Well done.

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