“Ìpolongo tó nlọ lọ́wọ́ ni orilẹ́ èdè Nigeria ni pe“Àyípadà bẹ̀rẹ̀ pẹ̀lú mi”: The current slogan in Nigeria is “Change begins with me”

Ohun ti wọ́n bá fi ogún ọdún tàbi ju bẹ́ ẹ̀ lọ kọ́, ṣe é bàjẹ́ ni iṣéjú akàn, ṣùgbọ́n lati ṣe àtúnṣe lè gba ọ̀pọ̀lọpọ̀ ọdún bakan na a.  Ó ṣe pataki ki gbogbo ọmọ ilú pinu ni ikan kan lati ṣe àtúnṣe lati bọ́ lọ́wọ́ ìnira ti ó wà ni ilú lọ́wọ́lọ́wọ́.

Àtúnṣe bẹ̀rẹ̀ pẹ̀lú mi - Change Begins with Me. Courtesy: @theyorubablog

Àtúnṣe bẹ̀rẹ̀ pẹ̀lú mi – Change Begins with Me. Courtesy: @theyorubablog

Àyípadà tàbi Àtúnṣe yẹ ki ó bẹ̀rẹ̀ pẹ̀lú òṣiṣẹ́ Ìjọba, àwọn ti ó nta ọjà, ọ̀gá ilé-iwé àti àwọn ọmọ ilé-iwé, àwọn òṣiṣẹ́ ilé-ìwòsàn, ọmọdé àti àgbà ilú.  Àbẹ̀tẹ́lẹ̀ gbi gbà àti àwọn iwà ibàjẹ́ ti ó ti gbilẹ̀ fún ọdún pi pẹ́ ti ba nkan jẹ ni orilẹ̀ èdè Nigeria.  Di ẹ ninú àwọn iwà burúkú wọnyi ni ki òṣiṣẹ́ ìjọba ji ẹrù àti owó Ìjọba fún ara wọn tàbi sọ ara wọn di alágbàtà ti o nsọ ọjà di ọ̀wọ́n nipa gbi gba àbẹ̀tẹ́lẹ.  Eleyi lo njẹ ki àwọn iṣẹ́ ti ìjọba bá gbé sita lati tú ọ̀nà ṣe, lati pèsè iná mọ̀nàmọ́ná, omi àti ohun amáyédẹrùn miran wọn ju ti gbogbo àgbáyé lọ.  Nitori òṣiṣẹ́ Ìjọba ti gba àbẹ̀tẹ́lẹ̀, àwọn ti ó gba iṣẹ́ lè ma ṣe iṣẹ́ tàbi ki wọn ṣe iṣẹ́ ti kò dára.   Ẹni ti ó nta ọjà á sọ̀rọ̀ si onibárà pẹ̀lú ẹ̀gàn, ojúkòkòrò, ìfẹ́ owó ki kó jọ ni ọ̀nà ẹ̀rú àti à ṣe hàn ló nfa iwà ibàjẹ́ àti olè jijà laarin àwọn Òṣèlú, olóri ẹ̀sìn, òṣiṣẹ́ Ìjọba, ọlọ́jà ti ó nkó ọjà pamọ́ lati fa ọ̀wọ́n, Olùkọ́ ilé iwé, ọmọ ilé-iwé kò ni itẹriba fún Olùko mọ́, àti bẹ́ ẹ̀ bẹ́ ẹ̀  lọ.

Ki àyipadà rere lè dé bá ilú, ó yẹ ki onikálukú yẹ ara rẹ̀ wò fún àtúnṣe kúrò ninú àbẹ̀tẹ́lẹ̀ gbi gbà, iwà ibàjẹ́, ai ṣojú ṣe ẹni ninú ẹbi, ai bẹ̀rù àgbà, ji ja ilú lólè, ki kó owó ilú lọ si òkèèrè, ki kọ oúnjẹ ilú ẹni silẹ̀ fún oúnjẹ òkèèrè, ayẹyẹ àṣejù, ni ná owó ti èniyàn kò gbà àti ai ni ìtẹ́lọ́rùn.

Ìpolongo tó nlọ lọ́wọ́ ni orilẹ́ èdè Nigeria ni pé “Àyípadà tàbi Àtúnṣe bẹ̀rẹ̀ pẹ̀lú mi”.   Yorúbà sọ wi pé “Igi kan ki da a ṣe igbó”, eyi túmọ̀ si wi pé ki i ṣe Olóri Ìjọba Òṣèlú àti àwọn Òṣèlú yoku nikan ni ó yẹ ki ó ṣe àtúnṣe ohun ti ó ti bàjẹ́ fún ọ̀pọ̀lọpọ̀ ọdún ṣùgbọ́n gbogbo ọwọ́ ló yẹ ki ó ṣe àtúnṣe lati gbógun ti iwà ibàjẹ́.

ENGLISH TRANSLATION

What was built for twenty or more years can be easily destroyed in seconds, on the other hand, to re-build could take many years.  It is important for every citizen to be determined to ‘change’ attitude in order to overcome the current hardship.

Change ought to begin with government/public servants, market people, school heads, students, healthcare sector, young and old.  Bribery and corruption that has taken over Nigeria over the years has destroyed many things.  Some of these bad practices include diversion of government properties and looting of government treasury for self-aggrandisement.  Obtaining bribe before issuing contracts has led to making contracts for the provision of basic infrastructure such as roads, water and power supply in Nigeria the most expensive in the world.  It also contributed to the contractor’s lacklustre job performance and sometimes non-performance.  Market sellers are often very rude to customers, greed and acquisition and display of ill-gotten wealth has led to the increase in corruption and outright stealing among the politicians, religious leaders, government workers, market sellers that hoard their goods to cause inflation, school teachers, students that have no respect for their teachers etc.

For ‘change’ to deliver positive outcome in the country, everyone must examine his/her ways and be determined to change their ways from receiving bribes, shun corruption, irresponsibility in the family, lack of respect for elders, looting the treasury, siphoning money overseas, abandoning local food for foreign taste, excessive celebrations, living beyond ones means and lack of contentment.

The current slogan in Nigeria is ‘change begins with me’.  According to a Yoruba adage that said, ‘a tree does not make a forest’, meaning, it is not only the political leaders and politicians that can redress several years of corruption, but all hands must be on deck to kick out corruption.

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