Or have we moved on?
Dear loved one,
I want to share this post with you from my friend Ayo Daniels.
At the end of the reading, I want you to answer a simple question. Please ensure you read to the end.
Lord Lugard, the former governor-general of Nigeria, in 1926, wrote his unfiltered thought about Nigerians. From his book, The Dual Mandates, comes these excerpts:
“In character and temperament, the typical African of this race-type is a happy, thriftless, excitable person, lacking in self-control, discipline, and foresight. Naturally courageous, and naturally courteous and polite, full of personal vanity, with little sense of veracity, fond of music and loving weapons as an oriental loves jewellery. His thoughts are concentrated on the events and feelings of the moment, and he suffers little from the apprehension for the future or grief for the past. His mind is far nearer to the animal world than that of the European or Asiatic, and exhibits something of the animals’ placidity and want of desire to rise beyond the state he has reached. “Through the ages, the African appears to have evolved no organised religious creed, and though some tribes appear to believe in a deity, the religious sense seldom rises above pantheistic animalism and seems more often to take the form of a vague dread of the supernatural.
He lacks the power of organisation, and is conspicuously deficient in the management and control alike of men or business. He loves the display of power, but fails to realize its responsibility – he will work hard with a less incentive than most races. He has the courage of the fighting animal, an instinct for survival rather than a moral virtue. In brief, the virtues and defects of his race type are those of attractive children whose confidence when it is won is given ungrudgingly as to an older and wiser superior and without envy. Perhaps, the two traits which have impressed me as those most characteristic of the African native are his lack of apprehension and his lack of ability to visualize the future”
Nigerians are solidly united by the following: love of money, love of power, corruption, culture of impunity, passion for mediocrity, lack of focus and incessant national holidays. We are far more united by national holidays than any other factor. Whenever Christians are having their holidays Muslims are always there to celebrate with them. Same stride goes for Muslim holidays. If only we quantify the economic losses due to national holidays, we may adopt the Chinese work model. The Chinese work real hard and they don’t go on holiday frequently. The Chinese holiday is once in a year and it is for about two weeks. Here, the president and state governors declare holidays abnormally without any consideration of the economic implication. Too much cook spoils the broth. We are a lazy nation.
Question: Are these still true today in our society? What is your plan for forward movement in 2014? Please drop your comment in the space provided below