By Olusegun Philips-Alonge
As we honor the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of Nigeria, we are obligated to preserve the causes they fought and died for. Wreath laying and the colorful public celebration is a befitting first tribute to their patriotic and selfless service. Those who laid down their lives in active duty places a higher burden on the living to preserve and grow the nation they secured with their sweat and blood.
The lesson of this day is that our fallen heroes never waited for outside help before committing their lives to the cause of Nigeria. Consequently, the living must now end all dependence on Western nations for social and economic solutions. I sincerely appreciate the influence of the West on our nationhood. However, our socio-economic problems are our making, and we must look inwardly for a sovereign solution.
Instead of surrendering or asking for foreign help on the battlefield, the heroes fought gallantly and paid the ultimate price for the nation the loved. It is saddening to see incompetent leaders betray and undermine the heroes gains by asking for external help. Instead of galvanizing local talents to develop solutions, our inept leaders continue to surrender sovereignty back to the Western nation one piece at a time through several foreign aid packages.
The interdependency in collaboration is delimited by the sovereignty of independent partnering nations. Asking Europe and the West for socio-economic help amounts to surrendering our independence and shaming our heroes who fought ceaselessly to earn and protect our freedom. If our leaders can put things in perspectives, they may understand the futility and the self-defeatist nature of asking the children of those whom their fathers drove out of Africa for socio-economic help.
Mr. President, I request that you allow the work and sacrifice of our heroes guide your approach to solving Nigeria’s problems. Enough of looking for outside help in a manner akin to declaring the inability to self-govern. No nation on earth will hand you their hard-earned economic solutions on a platter of gold. As a matter of fact, any external socio-economic solution is a Trojan horse that would further hamper Nigeria’s sovereignty and independence via several covert and explicit mandates.
Reliable and lien free internal solutions are possible by unleashing the ingenuity of over 190 million Nigerians. Mr. President, wreath laying and speech making are not enough to honor our heroes. Please preserve the gains of our heroes by emulating their sacrifice and by reaching deep into the heart of nation to find non-partisan socio-economic solutions that would lift Nigeria and Africa out of the woods.
So, that the labor of our heroes past shall never be in vain: I pray you will find the courage and the ability to solve Nigeria’s problems by empowering Nigerians who are providentially appointed to lift Nigeria to greater heights. Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.