The national challenges facing Nigeria are too many now, and we are almost drowning in them. This, we think, is precisely because the governments’ approach to societal reforms is moribund, anachronistic and old-fashioned. It cannot match the current demands and yield desired positive results. At this dangerous turn of events, Nigeria must have a conscience or renew its conscience, based on goodness, forbearance and love.
The approach to governance today and for a long time has been too harsh, too inhuman, too mechanical and too uncaring, producing more and more fighting and disgruntled elements. Rather than solve our problems as we get along, problems keep mounting, creating disbelief, anxiety and hopelessness in the people. The national question is thus such a monumental dilemma now that the conscience of the Nigerian country is what is being challenged more than any thing else. We have gone from blaming the leadership to blaming the followership and to blaming both. Yet we have not found a way out of any one single challenge since we started out as a country.
We feel however that the violence in the land is controllable. If the Nigerian person were to be loved unconditionally by the state, he or she would respond positively. The Holy Book has told humanity what to do to have peace. The key is love. The state has to set the pace for non-violence in the country. Nigeria’s expectation and demand for peace and non-violence from its people is unrealistic when it has not set the example. All their lives many people of the country have read nothing, not even the Bible. All their lives people like this have known life only as a mad house of violence and chaotic degradation. The same people have never experienced a meaningful family life. There is a long list of deprivations this society has subjected each and every member to before he became whatever he is today. It consequently appears logical to lash out, resorting to violence at whatever position one is. No one is exempted from state violence at one stage or the other of his chequered life.
We wish to point out as well that corruption is violence too. It is an action or inaction based on conscience or lack of it. Therefore after trying all things else, this newspaper is re-directing the country to examine its conscience in its dealing with the people. To err is human. The state of Nigeria must concede to some error in the so many accusations levied against it in its conduct of the business of governance. One solution to Nigeria’s numerous problems will require the government to clear its conscience and purge itself of violence and violation of human rights. The state must love its people first, the way God did humanity.