For many years now, wealthy Nigerians have been able to go abroad for education in order to achieve a better standard of living than the average Nigerian citizen. This may come with a distinguished degree, and upon getting this degree; you are put above every other Nigerian who has not had the chance of attending a well-funded school in his/her home country.
That being said, I believe many Nigerians have been open to a lot of financial opportunities, but for some reason, most do not seem interested in contributing to the country In any way; politically or economically. Now, they may have acquired a good job with a decent salary outside of their own country, but apparently that gives them the right to admonish our country for its’ actions? Many have held wide protest through their social media platforms, but have refused to march in the streets in an effort to make change in the country. Yes, “We may be shot at, or told to get off the streets” by the police, but it does not hurt trying. You may think I ‘am making this up, but history has proven me to be right.
In 1965, Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), marched from Selma, Alabama to the state capital of Montgomery in an effort to register black citizens to vote in the south. In this attempt, state police met the marchers with violent resistance, and despite getting thrown to the ground, and sprayed with water hoses, the voting rights act passed later that year. This is an example of a group of people who stand up to their oppressors, and not complain from afar. Despite my transient love for Malcolm Little, I may have to compare him to the Nigerian Citizens that are afraid to make change, but can hold protest through social media. During the time of the Selma march, Malcolm Little had made a series of outraged speeches directed at white authorities in Harlem, New York. Malcolm Little had made these speeches in a city that statistically did not see as much racism or prejudice towards people of color, but were quick to manipulate news media outlets.
Having said that, I will continue to press on the fight against all forms of corruption in the country, but we need to ask ourselves if we are ready to face the consequences that may follow as seen with history. It may seem easy to criticize the Nigerian government for their failures, but you cannot simply suggest action against them without being able to confront it.