As I drove down the supposedly newly tarred road last night under the rain, I hit bump after bump, on a road tarred not up to a year ago and I wondered to myself why we would have to go through this time after time. The Nigerian Factor I mean!
Our greed and selfishness makes us fall below world approved standards. Not because we cannot meet such world standards but because of a high sense of greed. Imagine the suffering and incovenience we are going through in my area presently, having to take longer alternative routes and sometimes having even to leave private vehicles behind and take buses to work as road construction is being done presently all in the hope that soon the roads will be motorable and it will be to the good of us all only to have the contractors carry out a job that will serve us and in a few years we are back on the same slate. Not fair!!!! Just because they want to fill their ever hungry pockets things are done the wrong way and tolerated by saying “Ah! That’s the Nigerian factor now!” Whattttttt???? I thought our new motto or our rebranded self is “The good people of a great nation”?
We cannot be the good people of a great nation without changing our consciousness and mentality. We cannot be the good people of a great nation if everything in this country will not work. Not because we can’t make it work but because we want to continue in our mediocrity and are not willing to change, are not willing to improve and most especially because we are too SELFISH!
Countless times have I encountered one form of failure or another why trying to make a call from my phone after loading card units and problems like network failure and all what not is ascribed to it and before you know it the call unit is finished! A poor service rendered for money paid! Don’t even try calling the customer service help desk! You will be kept on waiting for nothing less than fifteen to seventeen minutes and the reception is not always pleasant. I have only had a good reception once and this is not an exaggeration!
Problems using the web with an already prepaid modem for browsing like the one that my brother paid for which is supposed to run from 9pm to 6am in the morning which is nine hours. You are lucky to get it to run for four hours hitch free for you! Not fair!!!!
We groan, we complain and are unhappy, we put suggestions in the “SUGGESTION BOX” placed on a corner of the buildings, we send mails and yet these things happen and are overlooked.
Day after day we wallow in mediocrity. A great nation full of people who should do us proud. Outside the shores of this country we see Nigerians making a mark in their different professions.
How long do we continue like this under the guise of “It’s the Nigerian Factor”? How long would we look on askance and things move from bad to worse? If you doubt me look at the records of the Olympics from previous years to present day which is the just concluded “London 2012”
We’ve grown into a ridicule of ourselves and I suggest we stop calling ourselves the giant of Africa. A giant doesn’t fall. He crushes “little” men as he makes his way to the prize.
Wake up Nigeria!!!!!