NIGERIA AT 61- SAVE OUR SOUL!

Hey Tribe,

How are you all doing today?

It is Nigeria’s independence today. Nigeria is located in West Africa. Nigeria represents different tribes with unique languages and rich cultural heritage. Nigerians are known for their vibrant and friendly energy expressed through diverse creative expressions. Suffice it to say that Nigeria is the pride of Africa.

Nigeria is my motherland and the place of my birth and today she turns 61. an

Amen!

When we became Nigeria at 60 last year it was with utmost expectation and high hope for a better today but today, we do not even have the life to hope anymore. 


There has been so much hunger and insecurity in the land. How does one even think of the stomach when life itself is not certain of seeing the next sunset?


As we mark Nigeria's Independence today, I cannot stop myself from thinking of the many families who have lost their dear ones to the raging wind of insecurity blowing in the land. 

The most recent being the death of Dr. Akunyili, husband to the former NAFDAC boss Mrs. Dora Akunyili who served this country with her life in ensuring that fake drugs are completely eradicated from this country until her death.

Just a few days back her husband met his unfortunate death as he set out to receive an award in honor of his late wife. He was allegedly murdered by unknown gunmen. 


Image source: social media

My heart cannot stop leading for the children left behind as they watch videos trending around social media of their father begging for help with his last breath as passersby look on and capture the moment.

Like when did we get here!


And if you think it only happens in the new to distant people, it rains everywhere, right here at home. This same week, my entire community was thrown into mourning as we witnessed the laying to rest of one of our sons and brother Friday Omage who was murdered in active service. 


His only crime was being in the Nigeria military 

 

The list is endless and so are our grief  and pain.

Nigeria, my heart bleeds.
Nigeria we pray thee, please stop.

Stop all the pain.
Can anyone hear us?
Please save our soul.


Save our soul!

On Nigeria at 61, I can only keep praying the words of our founding fathers in the first national anthem.


THE FIRST NATIONAL ANTHEM

“Nigeria we hail thee,
Our own dear native land,
Though tribe and tongue may differ,
In brotherhood, we stand,
Nigerians all, and proud to serve
Our sovereign Motherland.

Our flag shall be a symbol
That truth and justice reign,
In peace or battle honour’d,
And this we count as gain,
To hand on to our children
A banner without stain.

O God of all creation,
Grant this our one request,
Help us to build a nation
Where no man is oppressed,
And so with peace and plenty
Nigeria may be blessed”


#Rip to all our fallen heros

#Nigeria at 61

#Save our soul


Xoxo

©️RACHEL JESUSEME

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