Christians reflect on the parable of the sower who got varying results after spreading various seeds on different types of land. Some seeds’ fell on fertile soil and blossomed, while others that fell on thorns and dryland died off or were eaten by birds. The biblical fertile land represented those who do the will of God after they heard it, while the others were distracted. In our age, those lands represent human hearts and lives that receive inspiration for fulfilling their purposes in Nigeria. With the pitiable situation of Nigeria, it could be said that Nigerian hearts are thorny or drylands without fruitfulness.
An observation of Nigerian media and cyberspace indicates a high level of inconsistency in Nigerians’ response to influences for social development. Revolutionary messages surface and trend loudly on Nigerian media-space and quickly fades at the rise of louder messages. Even when the dimension of these loud messages contradict one another, we follow, react and get bored, waiting for the next trending item. The good messages temporarily direct our lives, but are not allowed to germinate and consistently direct our social lives due to an overflow of influences. It thus, appears that the present Nigerian has no anchored social-value, from which his life and actions are consistently directed. Otherwise, the amount of revolutionary socio-political messages in Nigeria is enough to change Nigeria for good.
The reasons for this inconsistency include poor economic situation, absence of national purpose and consequent education towards individualism. This individualistic education is unofficially spread by social, political, academic and religious institutions who emphasize individual prosperity over group collaborative accomplishment. By extolling individual successes over greatness from group social accomplishments, these institutions drive Nigerians to constant unhealthy competition in everything and with everybody. Because of the poor economic situation in Nigeria, many Nigerians are too hungry or focused on individual prosperity to think of their social purpose in Nigeria. Then the absence of agreement between the constituent ethnic communities on a true national purpose sustains the confusion among Nigerians.
Thus, many Nigerians presently lack social purposes for which they live, strive or channel their efforts. They may only be motivated by base desires in avoiding pain and attaining maximum pleasure. Hence, many Nigerians respond to the socio-political influences according to their immediate appeal to pleasure or popular endorsement. In the absence of social purpose, they become empty, and continuously search for distractions in trending lifestyle, music or video. Even the poor ones seek distractions from the horror of their social reality. As people get high to distract themselves from pain, Nigerians seek trending distractions to escape the purposelessness of our society.
A country is made up of different individuals who are organized in smaller groups, from which they contribute their productivity to the whole country. Each individual is trained to actualize their potentials in order to contribute his best to his smaller group and country at large. However, the structure of collaboration between the smaller groups that constitute a country greatly affects the people’s feelings about the country. In cases where the social structure does not develop the citizens, they either unite to repair the structure, or struggle for individual survival. It may be better to unite in organizing the structure, so that we can benefit from one another in peaceful relationships.
A remedy on the part of the individual is to find his/her social purpose in Nigeria through proper evaluation and guidance. The social purpose directs the individual to reformation in specific sectors like health, agriculture or politics, and to filter information he requires. For without proper identification and focus on target, a person may not know the type of bullets to request. After identifying the social purpose and information required, the individual needs to develop his consistence in working towards his purpose. The difference between the fertile-land and dryland is consistence in nurturing the seed, in our case, social purpose.
The seed is the social purpose, the manure is the information and the soil-fertility is the consistency of work.
A remedy on the part of Nigeria as a country is to gather the ethnic communities in order to define our national purpose. This definition of a national purpose will help Nigerians from different parts of the country to find true social purpose. Hence, the individuals will not be moved around by different trending elements. Instead, they will be motivated by the necessary information and collaborative disposition they require to actualize their purpose in Nigeria.