WHY ARE WE A NATION, CONTINENT OF “GIVE ME, GIVE ME”? By RICHARD AKINNOLA
WHY ARE WE A NATION, CONTINENT OF “GIVE ME, GIVE ME”? BY RICHARD AKINNOLA
Why are we a nation of giving me all you can, can all l have and sit on the can? Why are we so selfish and self-centred?
In this season of Christmas, all that people have been telling me is -“you would do Christmas for me o”; “don’t forget my Christmas presents o”. Nobody is thinking or planning on how to sow seeds or give other people presents but only to receive, yet, they quote you “it’s more blessed to give than to receive”. If you believe so, don’t you want to be blessed? Why then do you always want to receive, instead of giving?
Last year, l spent the whole of December in London and come and see how people were feverishly buying gifts, three weeks ahead, to give out to people on Christmas day. Nobody, harasses you for gifts, rather, you try and bless people with gifts. But here, the reverse is the case. No wonder our continent/nation wallow in lack because all we know how to do is to receive and not to give.
Except you are a widow or someone in very dire circumstance, if you are expecting anything from me this season as some have been pestering, perish that thought. If l have been a blessing to you in the past, it’s your turn to bless me. Two years ago, someone, a teacher, despite being owed months of salaries, sent me a N500 recharge card on my birthday and l valued it more than any other gift. It’s time to have a change of attitude. Be a blessing to others. Don’t be selfish, always wanting to receive.
Barrister Richard Akinnola, is a veteran media law, practitioner