I attend a youth church in Lagos, even though I’m not technically a youth. I chose it for two reasons – It’s close by and its culture is such that I can wear my shorts & slippers in peace, if I choose to. But, to get to the church, I must pass another assembly on the way.
Sometimes, if I leave home after the top of the hour, there’s traffic at this other church. That’s when their service ends and another one begins, so people are either trying to leave or park. I have to wait in line to get by.
Every now and then, I get stuck behind a very uncertain driver about to park. As the traffic staff try to explain that the space in front of them can fit their car, they keep arguing, until in frustration, the attendants have to find another space. During the back and forth, traffic builds, time wastes, progress stalls and frustrations rise. This happened recently and it made me think of careers and nationhood.
Sometimes, you have a vision of where you’re headed. You do everything to get there, but there are other parties on your path that you must contend with. They try to frustrate your journey with their ambivalence, inexperience, ineptitude and operational incompetence. To progress, you may need to take another path to avoid them. Though the journey may be longer, your vision should not be held hostage by another’s lack of foresight. It’s worse if the lack of vision is being displayed by your leader. A leader can hold the destiny of an entire nation hostage and frustrate the advancement of its citizens.
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