By ABIOLA OLAIFA
Thomas Jefferson of America, the famous author of the America’s Declaration of Independence and the third President of the United States (1801 – 1809) wrote;
“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
Nigerians deserve better. The neglect has lasted too long and it is time for a long deserved liberation. Our Government has remained complacent for long, playing politics with our lives.
I have a dream that one day and very soon, Nigeria will work and we will all laugh again.
I see a new nation with zero tolerance for corruption and accountability at all levels.
I see a new Nigeria with young and dynamic leaders who are well inspired and educated to formulate the right agenda for a nation that works.
Nigeria will be at the forefront of scientific technology and research to pioneer the much anticipated development among black nations.
I dream that one day Nigerians will not depend on China made products and we will invest in made in Nigeria technology.
I dream that there will be a Version-Nigeria and the world will accept it as one of the best option.
I see a nation that will not only survive on the export of Oil and Gas, but harness her agricultural potentials and other sectors.
I see a nation with less bureaucratic red tapes in its administration and a vivid concentration on quality control.
I dream that one day our epileptic power supply will be a thing of the past and we will have uninterrupted power supply.
I dream we will have the best solar-power generating station in the world.
I dream Nigeria will invest in the best wind and hydro energy generation in the world.
I dream that our best brains will stop their 419 scam and start ICT development to the admiration of the world.
I see the richest man on earth from Nigeria.
I see Nigeria becoming the centre of tourism.
I see the religious extremists being rooted out and peace returning to the nation.
I have a lucid dream that one day crime will be reduced to its minimum and our police will do their jobs properly.
I see our entertainment industry boom, using the best technology to promote Nigeria’s art and culture.
I see our music and film practitioners winning Oscar Awards.
I dream Nigerians will live in a green environment, with good sanitation, garden and parks.
I dream that the life of every Nigerian will be respected and everyone treated equally.
I see a better coordinated transportation system in Nigeria.
I have a dream that our best professionals all around world would scamper to come back home and develop their land. Our Nurses, Doctors, Engineers, Lawyers and other professionals will readily come home to help their nation progress and would not be hunted down by selfish individuals.
I have a dream that the Police will be our friend again, rather than kill for 20 Naira.
I have a dream that every young Nigerian will have at least one job to choose from.
I have a dream that Almajeris and Area Boys will be eradicated, but cared for and empowered.
I have a dream that our youths will not travel the deserts of Sahara and die in ships to Europe because they have all they need at home.
I have a dream that our emergency services will compete with one of the best in the world and no life will be lost when we can save it.
I have a dream that our democracy will work, we would vote and our vote would count
I have a dream that ‘padi-padi’ politics will stop and wealth for all will start.
I have a dream that one day the gap between the rich and the rest will be less noticeable.
I have a dream that our able brains will not be the best brains for scam, but will use the brain to develop our land.
I have a dream that I will no longer be a lone voice, but what I say will make impact, same as the voice of every Nigerian.
I have a dream that one day our girls will not be prostitutes in Italy and other places.
I have a dream that one day our children would not have to go to universities and colleges in London before getting a good job in Lagos.
I have a dream that one day our president and other government officials will see themselves as servants and would jump trains and ride commercial jets.
I have a dream that our senators will stop the money-bag politics and work in the interest of the populace.
I have a dream that our ‘thieving’ pastors will fear God and not rip off their members in the name of the Lord.
I have a dream that Nigeria will not have to import rice and beans, but our arable land will generate what we need to feed the nation.
I have a dream that one day we will not have to import petrol, despite our abundant crude oil.
I have a dream that one day we will not have to wait for foreign aids before Nigerians survive.
I have a dream that our teachers will be well paid and equipped to impact the right knowledge.
I have a dream that one day our graduates will not be illiterates, but will be ranked as one of the best in the world.
I have a dream that one day we will press the switch and boom! There is power always!
Jiminy Cricket, the famous Walt Disney character said; “when your heart is in your dreams, no request is too extreme.” This indicates that we need to believe in our dreams to bring it to maturation. What we believe we will get is what we get.
The first lady of United States from 1933 to 1945 named Eleanor Roosevelt said; “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” We need our dreams to foster the change we need, as bad as things have got in Nigeria, it is still our heritage. Let’s hold firm to the dream that Nigeria will be the nation we all can be proud of and we all have a role to play to start the transformation. Maria Robinson once said; “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
I will leave you with the word of Dr Dale E Turner, he said;
“Dreams are Renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.”