The national pledge ought to be something to be proud of, but in the face of widespread, multifaceted issues, Nigerians are losing their sense of citizenship and their sense of patriotism.
Citizens in many countries while reciting their national pledge are in a sombre mood of reflection, and national pride. A good number of countries sing their national anthems or recite their pledge with fervour, passion and positive enthusiasm.
‘our Father land, the labours of our heroes past now lies in ruins; to guide our leaders right, help our youths the truth to know, living just and true; all of these moral codes extolled, in the Nigerian context, have become a rhetoric of absurdity. The entire nation is the exact opposite of its creed and anthem!
The focal point of patriotism ought to be the national pledge and national anthem. How many Nigerians can recite the pledge? How many Nigerians are sympathetic to the pledge’s principles? How any understand the ethos of our pledge?