Saturday, December 29, 2018

My Part In The Nigeria Project!



In the past, I used to ask myself, "what has Nigeria done for me?" But these days, there is usually guilt when that thought intrudes. There is now the thought of, "how to make Nigeria better".

You probably have questions about how we can make Nigeria better “overnight” and i agree with you that Nigeria will not just be better tomorrow morning just because we wish it. However, we can wake up on a morning in this country and live in a far better world than we have it right now, howbeit, only if we choose to do what it takes.

Yes, Nigeria can be different if we decide to do what it takes and I believe that Nigerians, home and abroad, can Make Nigeria better overnight if we so wish!

The emphasis is on action. Nigeria requires more DO-Tanks than think-tanks. And it rests on our hard work and capability to start something new, something radical.  There are so many things we can do as a Nigerians to make this our country better. I am sure you don’t need me sermonizing about why we need to act now!

So, in case you are not sure of what you can do in your own capacity, maybe you think that you don’t have the power to cause any difference to happen or maybe you think you are insignificant, I have come to preach to you another message. Simply decide that this is what you are going to do next year to make  better.

TALK

In 2019, don’t keep silent, talk! I know we do a lot of talking already and that is why this is the least thing you can do about our problems. Don’t just do lazy talking – which is the kind of talks that focus on what the problems are and the latest corruption case being investigated. In 2019, lets talk about the solutions to these problems too and God Knows, you will be talking to someone who can take it from there.

WRITE

Another thing you can do in 2019 is to write. Writing lasts longer. Not every person can write but i can assure you that more persons can read! The patriot beside you might not be able to articulate his thoughts about how our problems can be solved but he reads newspapers. The pamphlet method has gone out of vogue but trust me, they also have facebook pages where they go at the end of the day so write and writing lasts longer. And of course, just don’t write about the problems, write about the solutions too.

VOLUNTEER

Beyond talking and writing, you can make Nigeria better by volunteering. This is like the highest form of service you can give to your country. Volunteer! There is a cause around you, there is a movement around you-like the Citizens for Righteousness and Social Justice (CRJ), that is trying to make things better, there is a group in your area that needs one thing or the other, there is a coperative society that can make lives better for the people in that community, volunteer your time and your efforts and your skills. This is a step higher because you are not just talking about what is wrong, you are now a part of what is righting those wrongs.

JOIN

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To be clear, you might not have what it takes to start a movement or a cause or an advocacy group, we all have different temperaments and enthusiasm required to put people together but join a movement. Join people trying to make things better. Stop Speculating about how better they could have done it like you’re watching a football match. When you are part of a cause, you have the opportunity to make lives better for all of us! There is no greater sacrifice to country than leaving the fence.

TEACH


If you must help make Nigeria better come 2019, then you must teach people your message. You might not have what it takes to move your movement forward, but by the time you reach out to more people who are within your cycle of influence, you get more skills and expertise. You can also teach people what you stand for, or what your movement stands for so that even if they choose not to join, you leave them with a message.

MOBILIZE

Related to teaching is mobilizing. There are folks who are natural mobilizers, for church, for street meetings, for football matches, for gossips, for parties, just think about it. You can put that into something for our country too. You might not even be a part of a movement or a cause, Identify one cause doing great stuffs and help them mobilize people! You would have done great stuff too.  Don’t just sit behind your device lamenting. Identify that little movement trying to do stuff and you would be a hero already

NETWORK

Let’s even say you can’t do all these things. You can network. By that I mean to make calls to your friends and tell them about a movement that is looking to make life better for everyone of us and how they can be of help. In doing that , you are making it easy for others to make life easy for all of us! You are a hero! We don’t all have the contacts of people who will help make a phone call and that project will be great! So, you can pick your phone and call some folks you know on behalf of some other guys who are Doing stuff! Bury your ego to be recognized and all that. Ask for their mail, send them a recommendation. When Nigeria is like Singapore, we all can start worrying about egos and all.

DONATE

For the busy guys who can’t do all these stuff, you can be partners in progress through donations. There is great impact at the grassroots and with the saying real progress is Local, we know the real deal is at the grassroots and without that nothing really will be happening but participation doesn’t start and stop at the grassroots. You might not have to be there if you can send your money or your resources or your recommendations. There are so many things you can donate apart from money but you can donate your money too no matter how small. It goes a long way in financial and moral support.

SERVICE

Another way to support the Nigeria project is to peddle your services that people are in need of that you can offer them without pay. Maybe you plan events or your can draft proposals or you have access to opportunities they can leverage on or you can write a grant or you can raise funds. Don’t wait till they acknowledge your many years of experience in that field and send you an invitation letter, go to them and give them the service, you would have served your fatherland! Code for free, Program an app that will help make them feel better, design better graphics. Don’t analyze how they would have gotten more donors with finer banners, there’s no time for that, help them!

PROMOTE

In 2019, decide to promote a noble cause to better Nigeria. It is the pathway to reaching that goal. Sharing on Facebook, WhatsApp and other social media platforms, have not made anybody more popular or less popular. There are thousands of folks doing great stuff but just can’t get their message out to lots of people! I hear content promotion is now a job. If it’s not your job, share. It will save a life, If it’s your job, offer it for free or at a discount, that single act will not deny you your next meal, it will even help in the end.

ORGANIZE

One of the greatest problems we have in the world of making our country better is organizing. We lack organizers. What we have are agonizers! . How do we plan events, which venues do we use, how do we get sound, are people showing up, where are they going to seat? What’s the agenda? If you are good at organizing, Nigeria needs her own Barack Obamas. Don’t just stop at your own pay-job. Help to organize. Form cell groups, meet often, All those women groups in your streets, they can be turned into channels of impact.

Organizing will be helpful in 2019. Using word of mouth or posters or banners or online, Help to make publicity! It is the life bank of any social movement, the more people who know about it, the faster we can have our overnight success in this country! Anything that you can do to publicize a movement for good, Do It! Pay for posters and banners, Tell one friend per day, Just Do It!

PROTEST/MARCH

This is a culture which I would love to see more in Nigeria in 2019. We don’t have it in this country and we need to develop. I have always toyed with the idea that there would be a group, an organization that would develop a database of Nigerians per state who would be willing to march on any issue that takes us back in time into darkness so that when those issues come up, those who have indicated interest will show up. Because we don’t march on issues, we are being taken for granted by officers as low as the local government ward councilor. March! It is the highest statement of demand from a government! Don’t be afraid too! Stand up and march!

LEAD

Though it does not apply to everyone and the reasons are obvious, leadership is key to a better Nigeria. But if you think you have the solutions to Nigeria’s many problems, start with one and lead a movement on that issue. If you want to start a political party or group that will deliver Nigeria from where we are headed! Please start! If you want to lead a branch of a party or group in your area that will birth a New Nigeria, join and Lead that chapter! Nobody will come and beg you to lead! Stop waiting for Leaders! Leaders are wanted! Leaders are needed in our society! If you have what it takes, you are gold right now and You are highly in need! Lead! And don’t just lead, raise other leaders too! We need Leaders in this generation. We cannot afford to be another wasted generation parading the worst of their folk as the leaders of their epoch! Come out and Lead! Answer the call!

COLLABORATION

The most important factor we cannot afford to lose as we strive for a better Nigeria in 2019 is collaboration.  Irrespective of our passion and energy, we stand to achieve little if we fail to collaborate. We have all it takes! I can boldly say that Nigerians has what it takes to build and deliver a New Nigeria. But we cannot do it individually no matter how strong and efficient we are! We need to collaborate  and we need to start now!

I believe you can plug into these things i have mentioned as a Nigerian! If you must talk at all, Talk about solutions and join the Implementation. You are needed! You are greatly needed to make Nigeria better.

Christian Alert Group, Nigeria Rise Initiative in conjunction with Citizens for Righteousness and Social Justice is the Best way to Go Raising Anti Corruption Crusaders fighting Injustices in a Violent and Immoral Society of Nigeria for a Better Nigeria come 2019.

Please forward others, Sharing is Caring for a Better Nigeria 2019.

The People's Bishop Kenneth Obi *Anti* -Corruption Crusader and *Advocate* of Humanity and Social Justice.

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