Events over the years have exposed how increasingly divided a country Nigeria is.
A cursory look at comments online will suggest to anyone how deep this cancer have eaten into the fabric of our national life. We wear fake smiles and pretend but beneath that veneer is a cesspit of hate, anger, irritation, and bigotry.
The youths are focus less, immature and even more abusive. Elder statesmen have become more partisans on key issues facing the country. Worst still, those that are given mandates by the people, have abused the opportunity and have orchestrated more divisions rather than uniting and healing belligerents on the different sides of the divide.
Our challenges are complexly multi-sectorial and dangerously religious. It is perplexing that every issue in Nigeria today is viewed through the religious lens. And it is even more confusing and contradictory that in this show of religiosity, Nigeria still lead in the comity of corrupt nations
But who taught us to hate?
Philosophy taught us about the mind as tabula rasa; the idea that individuals are born without built-in mental content and that therefore, all knowledge comes from an experience or perception. Has that answered our questions of “who taught us to hate?”
We’ve ran away from the truth for so long but it never stopped haunting us. We live and pray for peaceful and stress free lives but that has eluded us too.
Because we are taught to hate each other.
Mr A grew up with the notion that B is his enemy. There are written and unwritten code that have been wired into us to hate!
Like said earlier, our country is face with multiple challenges. But I am of the opinion that if we can overcome this wicked problem of hate, the solutions to other challenges will naturally unfold.
Nelson Mandela said, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate , and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
This is the task for our generation.
By our generation, I mean the youths. We must preach love. We should do this in our churches and mosques. In schools and markets, in our offices and other social places. We must see ourselves as friends and not enemies. We must make friends across board and treat them on the ground that they are human beings.
We must not impress upon the empty minds of our children the idea of hate.
A United and prosperous Nigeria is not for Christians or Muslims or pagans or Atheist or animist, but for all of us.
And since hate and fight couldn’t give us what we so desire, why don’t we try Love?