NIGERIA, WE MUST DISSENT


We cannot play ostrich. Democracy just cannot flourish amid tribal fear, ignorance, and apathy. Liberty cannot bloom amid complacency. Justice cannot take root amid compromise.

Nigeria must get off their comfort zones and get to work. 

In the chill climate in which we live, we must go against the prevailing wind.

We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust of other tribes.

We must dissent from a nation that has buried its head in the sand, waiting in vain for the needs of its poor, its elderly, and its sick to disappear and just blow away.

We must dissent from an exploitative and uncaring political class that has left our youths without jobs, education or hope. We must dissent from the poverty of vision and the absence of moral leadership. We must dissent from the corruption and nepotism.

We must dissent because Nigeria deserves better, because Nigeria can do better, because Nigeria has no choice but to do better.

We must make our votes count. We must vote with prudence.
—— Adapted from a Speech by Thurgood Marshall, First African American Supreme Court Justice 


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