The year 2011 is a very historic year. It is in many ways amazing, upturning, chaotic and healing all at the same time. You don't need a soothsayer to tell you that this year is different in many ways. A closer look at many of the events that have characterized this year so far is enough to show it.
At the very onset, 2011 was heralded by happenings hitherto thought impossible. Revolutions in the least likely region; the middle east and Africa. The wave swept swiftly and firmly across several countries toppling many governments in its wake and ending decades upon decades of sit tight governance.
Natural disasters also took their pride of place. Japan has yet to recover from the devastating earthquake and flood it experienced earlier this year which affected its nuclear reactors and snowballed into a veritable nuclear disaster. The United States too is reeling from its share of hurricanes. Do you also remember the volcanic ash in Iceland that disrupted flight plans across Europe? Even Nigeria is not left out of the flood battle. Indeed, 2011 has been an amazing year so far.
In some schools of ancient wisdom, it is said that 2011 represents the last year within a 12 yearly cycle. It therefore represents the end of an era and also precedes a new one. Like the pain a mother experiences in order to birth a child; these occurrences are said to portray the birthing of a new era in our lives, individually and collectively. This is serious food for thought.
As a country, we believe it is an opportunity to pool our collective energies together to set Nigeria on a new course of prosperity and progress. What's more the year contains certain symbolic dates that we believe can be harnessed for just this purpose.
So at Heal Nigeria, we have set aside the 11th day of November this year to collectively rebuild our nation. The programme is slated for 11am and will have in attendance people from the Baptist Convention, Nasfat, Asabe Yaradua Foundation, Hare Krishna, Eckankar, Traditionalists, everyone who has a stake in this country and would like to see it grow from strength to strength. If you would like to be a part of this programme and we haven't formally invited you yet, please send us your contact details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
However, you can also participate in the programme without actually coming to the venue. All you need to do is set aside a few minutes on that day and do the same thing we will be doing at the venue. You may do this alone or with your friends and family. Simply let us know if you will be participating this way and we will send you copies of the CD "Prayer for Nigeria" which we will be unveiling and airing on radio stations on that day.
Nigeria has got to change for the better. We are happy to let this era end all the things we don't like about Nigeria and will be actively creating the Nigeria of our dreams on 220.127.116.11.