HOW MUCH IS MY CHANGE?
By: Silas Oluwadahunsi
Published January 29th, 2015
It is good to write but way better if
there is something meaningful to pass across. I would
like to address the issue of CHANGE as it has become a
buzzword in Nigeria's present electioneering.
Do Nigerians really understand what change is? Can we
recognise it when we see it? I really doubt if an
affirmative answer will suffice for these questions. Or
is it that we are seeking for words to get us 'high'
politically just as smoking weed does?
Before I continue, some persons reading this may wonder
why I am raising my voice along side countless others at
this time. Well, I am by no means apolitical. I'm a
concerned citizen of this nation and just as I am, there
are several individuals who need light to be shed upon
the issues on the table at the moment.
Let's delve deeper by looking at the subject of CHANGE
in comparison with the game of football. It is one thing
for SUBSTITUTION to be made and yet another for a team
to come back into a game and WIN eventually. It is
possible for a substitute to bring about the much needed
victory through his introduction into the field of play.
At times, a substitute goes ahead to make little or no
improvement to the situation of his team. At other
times, the team is helpless, no matter how good the
substitute brought in is(remember Brazil vs Germany at
the 2014 FIFA World Cup, 1:7 FT).
Looking at the analogy, a WIN is
the real CHANGE yet it is 'substitution' the opposition
and their sympathizers are proposing. The incumbent
administration has left lots of reasons why questions
should be raised and yet, they promise CHANGE. In their
case, a change in formation or tactics will result in a
WIN(CHANGE). However, they are not showing the
electorate how they plan to change either of the two.
Be that as it may, winning one match is not enough to
win a championship. That implies continuity. We have
come to believe in this country that continuity is
possible only when an administration is reelected for a
second term or a party is returned. None of these is
completely true. In the first place, they do not
necessarily have to be for continuity to take place.
I wonder how continuity (sustained change) will take
place when important issues are not being properly
addressed in the manifestos of the major parties. I have
not heard of any of the aspirants/parties speak on the
ailing 1999 constitution for instance. Instead of
addressing weightier matters, they are busy hauling
insults and washing each side's dirty linings in public.
What a show of shame! Grave issues such as insecurity
and decay in the nation's educational system are only
being paid lip service.
They are quick to point accusing fingers at each other.
By so doing, the unsuspecting listeners are carried
away. That may be confusing at times when the candidate
you seem to prefer is on the receiving end. For me, the
words of Jesus Christ have clarified such instances.
Individuals with a log in their own eyes want to remove
the speck in another's eye. Many of these politicians
are hypocrites. When you examine the vast amount of
money they stand to misappropriate(running into billions
of Naira/Dollars) and power they will abuse, it would
not be difficult to see why they can come out in public
and boldly tell blatant lies. It has happened before and
it is still happening today.
Let's examine change a little further. First of all,
change does not come so quick and easy as we are being
wheedled to believe. Change takes a lot of work and
relatively long time to achieve. In fact, if Nigerians
really understood the kind of change needed in our
country, we will not be carried away cheaply. That kind
of change will require far more than 4 years to be a
lasting one. The change we need must cut across all
strata of the nation's life. In short, it must be
Just as a lone tree does not make a forest, believing an
individual or duo will bring about lasting change may
not be better than a mere wish. For lasting change to
occur, all hands must be on deck. I must play my part
and you must play yours. If we continue to wait on those
at the top to make things right, we may just be like
someone expecting to see a crab blink.
How much is my change in effect refers to the quota I
have to pay in bringing about a lasting change in
Nigeria. I hope you really want to contribute your own
quota as well? Moreover, change does not come to those
who are folding their hands and doing nothing. It comes
to those who are aspiring and working passionately for
it. Change comes at a price, are you willing to pay it
fully in your own life, community and nation as a whole?
It is up to us to entrench a change and not necessarily
God bless Nigeria!