Nigerians; what do you gain?

By Eta Uso Jr.

Our nation Nigeria has been through a lot of trying moments this past one (1) year and I am of no illusion that Nigerians are not fed up, neither am I of any illusion that the citizenry do not all seek a better and safer Nigeria but one thing that’s of real concern to me and of which I need answers to, is; 'Nigerians, what do you gain by throwing and dishing out insults at our President?'. Maybe if even one (1) out of 150 million Nigerians can confidently tell me how throwing insults and non-constructive criticisms on the President could offer our Nation any of the positive strides we seek, then maybe I might as well join the band-wagon.

On a second thought, could it be that there is some satisfaction gained when such hate / derogatory words are used on our President? Could the satisfaction be that we would stand to be counted amongst the people that spoke during the trying moments of our nation? Or, could it be that we exhibit such actions as a part of our stress-relieve formula? Whatever, we think we achieve when we throw insults and non-constructive criticisms on our President, I am yet to be find anyone that can attest to any positive gains derived from such acts of which has been the norm for ages past.

President Jonathan may never be a fanciful speech-maker, neither might he ever be that orator that gives us butterflies when he speaks; but till date, I am yet to see where it has been proven that 'fanciful speech-makers make the best leaders' and I am as well yet to see where 'not so fanciful speech-making skills makes one less of a good leader’. It seems it is only in Nigeria where a President is assaulted with all derogatory words because he happened not to say what we all want to hear. Why can't we all stop being petty and stop the throwing of insults and derogatory comments at every slight interval? Or, is there some positive gains derived from such acts that I am yet to uncover?

For ages past, Nigerians have all implemented the 'banter and insensitive approach to issues' using different variants and it has clearly brought us no results. Don't we think it might be high time we try the solution-oriented / constructive criticism based approach? If nothing else, I confidently believe that a solution-oriented / constructive-criticism based approach would definitely put us on the right track for the change we seek rather than the banter and insensitive approach that has proven over time to be a failed stance.

My fellow Nigerians, if there is any good we can offer, it would be to come together in unity of purpose by streamlining our efforts into proffering solutions geared towards ensuring a free and safe Nigeria. Then if and when we criticize, let’s offer constructive criticisms that would rather guide and not the disdain approach of which clearly offers no gains.

May God Bless Nigeria.

Eta Uso Jr.


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