HOMELAND “SMOOTH 98.1”
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!