Respect to every courageous Nigerian who stood up for the fight for freedom. If this comes to pass, i will want to believe we just had true INDEPENDENCE. Independence from religious bigotry, corruption, mediocrity, ineptitude and oppression. I would kindly applaud us to MARCH together in one accord, irrespective of the party we all belong to, with a renewed mindset, in order to create autarky (economic independence). In the spirit of sportsmanship (virtues such as fairness, self-control, courage, and persistence). We should give support to whoever emerges as the winner of the just concluded election. Let's remember that we are still one Nigeria. Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa, and for the interest of our reputation before the prying eyes of the outside world, we must conduct ourselves appropriately. Let's embrace this long overdue change, that has finally come to live with us for good, for the benefit of our children and our unborn children. A change that will redeem our image from the black books of other Nations. I feel great pain, when i have to instantly read the body language of people at the mention of my country of origin. I cringe in most cases because the unpretentious way in which they abhor the name Nigeria, can be peircing to the skin (how hurtful), but trust me, I am living a life worthy to be associated with, not materially but in terms of dignity and honesty. I stand up with my chest out and shoulders high, so i remain an emblem and an enviable ambassador of my country, here in the Netherlands. I work hard, to erase the notion that we are all not lazy and dubious people. (no flaunting). No one has said politics will not remain what it is, but to a very large extent we know that some humans are more corrupt than others. When faced with two devils, for crying out loud, a wise person will prefer to deal with a lesser devil. We seek for 'government of the people by the people for the people'- words from the Gettysburg Address of Abraham Lincoln, often quoted as a definition of democracy. An egalitarian government. A government that practices LIMA SYNDROME rather than STOCKHOLM SYNDROME. Leaders that are willing to be accountable for the services they render and not the ones that keep garnering opulence as if it's running out of vogue. It is now apparent that we the citizens bear the power to elect and de-elect the government of our choice. So if and when the incoming government refuses to perform, we can whisk them out, just as we have exercised our right by voting them in. I kindly urge us all to live above mere sentimentalism and embrace our commonness. A lot of water has passed under the bridge but as Nelson Mandela, had rightly exemplified. I quote: No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background,or his religion. People learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love,for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. Our resilient nature, in spite of all odds, shows how similar we are than our differences. Nigeria : Good people , great nation. ..................................................Voice of Yemi Michael.
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