Is it an ideology that will hold Nigeria together and make it more prosperous? Now, ideology is broadly speaking a collection of beliefs held by an individual, group or society. Okay, brace yourself because to some Nigerians I am about to speak too much grammar. Alright, it is a little bit of it, so it's not too much. So here it is. An ideology is a comprehensive normative vision that is followed by a people, a community, a society or even a nation. It can make ardent followers of the vision becoming very tendentious. Well, okay by that I mean strongly favoring a particular point of view in a way very pointed way. The modern meaning of the word ideology is traceable to Napoleon Bonaparte who as a politician used it in an abusive way against people he called "ideologues" to express the pettiness of his liberal republican political opponents. Karl Marx, the great philosopher argues that a society's dominant ideology is integral to its structural sustainability. So a national ideology can define or reflect the structure of the nation and its stability. Why would Nigeria want a national ideology? As it turns out, the main purpose behind an ideology in general is to offer change in society, and adherence to a set of ideals. Even so, should we suffer the nation through the ordeal of coining an ideology when we have the words of our National anthem, arise o compatriots already? To me, regardless of the nature of the ideology, to make any mark, it would have to be universally believed and shared at literally every public forum and to take root its words would have to be taught in our kindergartens, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. In the final analysis it would have to cause the Nigerian to bring out a can-do spirit that is courageous, honest, fair and committed to the pursuit of personal excellence that makes him or her the best he or she can be as it brings greatness to the nation and glory to God Almighty. I am Magnus Kpakol, and that is my view.
Posted: Jul 13th, 2016 @ 07:55:24 AM