School: St. Peter’s College Olomore
Since the beginning of the world and the division of the continents into smaller fractions called countries, every country has had its own share trials, problems, challenges, setbacks and national crisis, Nigeria not being an exception. Nigeria was established as a country in the year 1914, when the British authority led the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern parts of Nigeria which eventually led to the formal and official declaration of our dear country.
Nigerian as an African country and a developing third world country at that cannot escape its own share of political, economical, social, Socio-Cultural, religious and tribal challenges but yet Nigerians are to continue to love her country.
Corruption is one of the major challenges that face Nigeria, corruption has eaten deep into the moral façade of Nigeria, it stagnate our economy and causes problem for honest Nigerian leaders. Corruption is practiced in the office, market place, schools, religious institutions and even n the road. Nevertheless, this should not abort the love we have for our country. Corruption or not, I love my country.
Nigeria is a country rich in cultural heritage, it consists of up to two hundred and fifty tribes but three are majorly known. They are the Yorubas, Igbos and the Hausas. Though the division of tribes makes Nigeria rich in culture, it also causes tribalism. Tribalism is one of the challenges Nigeria is facing today, for example, a Yoruba man who just became the manager of a company could decide to retrench the Igbo secretary that served the former manager. Nigerians are to cooperate, we should not let disunity drive through us but instead should stand united to make our country a better place, a country that we all love.
Terrorism is a major problem in Nigeria, since 2007 when the Islamist militant group popularly known as Boko haram started their demonic activities, thousands of Nigerians have been killed and more injured, homeless and orphaned. The militant group has caused a lot of havoc to the Nigeria social, economical and political system, but this should not make us lose hope, we should stand against terrorism to make our country a better place.
Bad Leadership has had a long record in the history of Nigeria; a lot of Nigerian leaders are in power for their own corrupt, greedy and selfish interest and not for the people’s gain. Many of the people in power have done a lot of both imaginable and unimaginable things to get into power thereby encouraging corruption and unemployment but yet this should not stop love we have for our country, no matter what, I Love my Country.
The economic system of Nigeria is going down the drain, with fuel scarcity, devaluation of the naira, a lot of Nigerians are now living from hands to mouth. The weak economy of Nigeria is causing a lot of discomfort to its citizens, due to bad leadership, the situation is not getting any better, but this should not stop the love we have for our country.
Poverty is also a challenge in Nigeria, statistics states that at least hundred million Nigerians can’t afford three square meals a day. Alas!, that is more than half our population, with fuel scarcity and unemployment, the situation is worsening day by day, but this should not abate the love we have for our country.
Civilization has caused more havoc than good to our beloved country; the rate of moral decadence in our society today is alarming. Youth no longer have the respect for elderly people, even their parents, discipline is now old school stuff and a lot of modern technology has caused a lot of distraction for our teenagers. Disobedience is the order o f the day but this sound not discourages us; Nigerians should continue to love our dear country.
Cultism is a challenge that faces the educational institutions of Nigeria. Many youth under political backing and peer pressure loin cult groups and cause a lot of havoc for tertiary administration. Cultist group members get vibrant unnecessarily, destroy expensive school property and even organize riot, thereby causing headache for the school authorities, his should not be so but it should not stop us from loving our country, no matter what I love my country.
Kidnapping is also a challenge facing Nigeria, the Islamic Militant group known as Boko Haram on the 14th of April, 2014 kidnapped two hundred girls causing heartache for hundreds of parents and turning the educational system upside down. Many children are kidnapped for blackmail by heartless human, but this does not stop the love I have for my country.
Nigerians, no matter what, whatsoever problem we are facing, we should continue to love our country, we should not flee to other countries but instead we are to remain optimistic and patriotic, we are to help in making Nigeria a better place for the coming generation, because no matter what, no matter where we are, east or west, north or south, home is the best and our home is Nigeria.