Reflections can guide one’s direction. It could serve as a compass, helping to navigate from wrong paths previously taken.
It’s another October, gradually gliding. It’s a new phase that will lead to our 60th year of independence, a new year with many more fresh and blank pages to be filled with our actions and inactions. Therefore, before we begin writing this new script or hurriedly add this new phase to the pages of history books, let us stop to reflect on the journey of the past one year. The past will always have connecting dots to the future. So, it’s best we trace down the memory lane to adjust, weigh and constantly make corrections, in a bid to move from where we are, to where we ought to be.
Having transcended the process of making reflections, what’s best from this stage is to move on, and moving on requires taking steps, both collectively and as individuals. Taking steps, whether in inches or in miles, what matters is the fact that we make progress, rather than remain in stagnancy, comparing our nation to her contemporaries. True, in all ramifications the world is rapidly moving on and we seem to be left behind as a nation. However, the bigger truth is that this will remain the case until we realize the word ‘Change’ is not just a theoretical phenomenon. Change is life itself, a doing word that demand action and if not effected, we will continue to be left behind.
Moving on to the brighter side of life has never been an easy journey, notwithstanding, Nigerians are known to be strong, brave and resilient. With this, our national pledge should not just sit as mere words, but serve as fuel to keep the fire burning within.
To this end, let the pledge be our watchword in moving forward both collectively and as individuals:
“To be faithful loyal and honest
To serve Nigeria with all my strength
To defend her unity and uphold her honor and glory
So help me God.”