HOMELAND “SMOOTH 98.1”

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Welcome to HOMELAND on Smooth 98.1. Today, I’m inclined to share these facts with you. Do you know that 22,000 children die daily due to conditions of poverty? Do you know that every 5seconds, a child dies from hunger-related diseases? Do you know that every year, 15million children die of hunger? Do you know that more than 11million children die from preventable health issues such as Malaria, Diarrhoea and Pneumonia? Do you know that more than 925million people do not have enough to eat? This is more than the population of the USA, Canada and European Union combined.

3 billion people, a majority of the world population struggle to survive on $2 per day, which is about N320. Throughout the 1990s, more than 100million children died from illness and starvation. Those deaths could have been prevented for the price of 10 stealth bombers or what the world spends on its military in two days. To satisfy the world’s sanitation and food requirements will cost only 13 billion dollars. This is the amount the USA and the European Union spend on perfumes each year.

Each year, nearly 2million children are exploited in the global commercial sex trade. More than half of Africans do not have access to modern medical facilities. A mere 2% of the world’s grain would be enough if shared, to erase the problem of hunger and malnutrition around the world.  God has given our generation everything we need to alter the course of human suffering forever but our problems continue to prevail, in spite of the fact that they are artificial

My challenge today is that a lot of people are not even aware of the above. How can we not be aware?  70% of our people (Nigerians) are supposed to be youths and that should be a ‘miracle’ for the future but over 80% of that 70% are lost on sport, entertainment, fashion and a microwave mentality with no consideration for delayed gratification, ready to make tons of money overnight.

These young minds are usually the first to complain about how the government is not aware of their plight. They forget that the same reason the government is not aware is the same reason they are not aware of what is going on in the world around them. The government is only concerned about what interests them and the Nigerian masses are only concerned about what interests them. Self-interest is the common denominator. The care and concern the government officials don’t show is one they have mastered over the years before they became ministers and senators. The citizens who couldn’t do anything about the socials evils around them will not do too much if they make it into an office as a governor or president.

There is a little Nigeria in every home, with the same unfairness and disequilibrium of the national level.  We are all the same. We only shield and hide behind the cloak of irresponsibility of the government to hide our selfishness and greed. If government is responsible for governance then every human being is responsible for love, empathy, benevolence and kindness that define our humanity. Love is a duty, kindness is a must and the commitment for you to do something is a necessity for the weak and the helpless around you. Your conscience is your guide.

If the above makes sense to you, make a decision and a definite commitment to do something now. Share your thoughts with me below. GO!

Posted on April 5, 2013, in QUOTES. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Halima Danjuma

    The info here is amazing! And yes, we are so caught up with our individual needs and perhaps, lack that we often forget to extend a hand of kindness to those around us. We forget that what truly makes us prosperous is giving, loving and extending a hand of kindness. It is well with the nation!

  2. This is very true. With a certain kind of transformational leadership Nigerians can develop a common interest. A strong commitment in the sincerity of purpose from all stake holders should be a major ingredient.

  3. This is true, with transformational leadership Nigerians can develop a common interest, however sincerity of purpose on the part of all stakeholders is important.

  4. Adeyanju samuel

    That was a great piece,that calls for prompt response from both individuals,private and public corporations and governments.TO THE INDIVIDUALS,THERE IS NEED FOR US TO BEGIN TO MAKE IMPACT IN OUR OWN LITTLE WAY.CONTRIBUTE TO THE BETTERMENT OF THIS NATION BY HELPING THE CHILDREN AND YOUTHS.
    THROUGH DIVINE INSPIRATION FROM GOD,AN ORGANISATION NAMED ”PACE IMPACT INITIATIVE” HAS BEEN FOUNDED BY SOME YOUNG NIGERIANS TO HELP THE LESS PRIVILEGED YOUTHS AND TO RE-ORIENTATE THE YOUTHS AND HELP THEM TO DISCOVER THEIR PURPOSE IN LIFE.WE NEED THOSE WHO CAN PARTNER WITH US ACHIEVE THIS DREAM.TOGETHER,WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

  5. #WORD!!! @”If government is responsible for governance then every human being is responsible for love, empathy, benevolence and kindness that define our humanity. Love is a duty, kindness is a must and the commitment for you to do something is a necessity for the weak and the helpless around you. Your conscience is your guide.”
    What more is there to say? God help us all…

  6. Great value in exchange for the reading time, I must say. This is what everyone in our society needs to hear,much more, for critics and social commentators. It is easier to point fingers at those in Government and assume to be saints but truth be told everyone is guilty of the challenges in our collective lives. We must take responsibility for our lives and for the kind of society we desire. I agree in no small measure that we have to take up some kind of personal social responsiblility to building a nation that we would be proud of and posterity also. Until then, everyone – mostly ‘the masses’ would continue in the pity party.

  7. Thanks for informative post. I am pleased sure this post has helped me save many hours of browsing other similar posts just to find what I was looking for. Just I want to say: Thank you!

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