Why We Cannot Wait

by Johnson Abbaly

Surely, to arrive too soon is to arrive too small but not to arrive at all is treason against the soul. For many long years we have waited for men of goodwill to visit with us and change our fortune. We waited and were enslaved at the price of shadows. We waited again and were colonized. We wait still and we are being re-colonized through sound bits and visual wizardry.

Always others seem to find use for us so long as we don’t find use for ourselves. Like the matrix, our people rise in toil and continue all day long like the Masai people of the great Safaris only to provide a back upon which the civilization of the world is hewed – but why continue like this when we can change all these?

No one race of men is superior to the other. The future of any race is shaped by the choices its people make. The future is not some magic moment in the distance when all things become equal.The future is the sum of all the choices we make.

Propelled by the gnawing need of this grim hour, how could we possibly, as Nigerians, wait when the errors of the past are being perpetuated to make our sons slaves in the future and our daughters stoop to pay for a meal.How could we tuck our hands in our pockets and bask in the illusion that some foreign donor will build our institutions, empower our youths, clean our environment, raise our economic profile and grant us a voice in the global political dialogue.

Gentlemen, the folly of our wait is now embarrassingly public!

On March 23, 1775 Patrick Henry confronted the cowardice of an American colony and challenged the continued chains of a people born free. Feel his pulse: “What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!”

The liquid passion of Patrick Henry rallied a cowering nation to win one of earth’s most astonishing victories.

2030 is not so far away. The burning question is where do we, as people, hope to be by this date? We cannot wish it, hope it or fake it. We’ll have to invent it! I extend my clarion to all who share the burden for an African renaissance. Now is the set time to take responsibility for our collective future as real men should. If we wait… we will waste.

Forbid it Almighty God!

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ROLAND AIBANGBEE July 2, 2010 - 4:09 pm

it does matter who may want to deride and scoff at our non-conformist posture, let them be for our mind is set not be cloned in their mold. irespective of their overwhelming social standing we will steer this ship of paradigm shift in african mentality to its shore. we may not be there overnight but most assuredly, we will be overtime. the majority are not always right. non acceptance is the price for trailblazing and same is well worth the price.

ROLAND AIBANGBEE June 11, 2010 - 11:47 am

the future of this continent is in our hands. if we wait we will waist. they must not see us coming. but as for me, my mind is set & i am poised to join the legions of firebrands who are out to disrupt the present statusquo of african thinking posture. J, the fight indeed must be fought to finish. let’s wake up these sleeping giants.

Wilfred Daniel April 17, 2009 - 4:33 pm

It is motivational! It is spirit building! It is responsibility-reminding in order to rebuild the broken wall of our mother Africa!

TAMA DANIEL March 17, 2009 - 8:05 pm

as nigerians blessed so much by the almighty God,i believe the future of nigeria is in our hand collectivly.what we say,do where we work live we all can change nigeria and nigerians one second at atime,for me am proudly NIGERIAN

Monye Paul U. March 27, 2008 - 9:13 am

Except men take up the challenge, no tangible change can occure- Johnson is not just dynamic but dynamic in his approach.

all we need today is for the rest of us to in the same spirit join in the emancipation fight.

Ukpetenana frank September 1, 2007 - 6:23 am

Johnson's really a wonderful speaker and motivator – heard him speak while i was a student as his Alma mata – but please we need pratical steps to ensure that we donot waste. Good men like you and the rest of the crew should lauch programs that will see to the emergence of righteous people in african politics and governace.

Good Luck,Johnson!


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