Greatness comes not from birth, class or royalty but from the deep-rooted conviction of the mind. Exhausted by the endless lamentations of system failure, one young Nigerian motivated by the desire to get things working is leading a movement, she called the ‘We Believe Movement’, but I reframed it to the ‘We Believe Revolution’. Buried in this movement is a philosophy of pure nationalism coated in absolute patriotism. She is leading a movement towards a national rebirth defined purely on viable ethos. Under the umbrella of this movement is a deliberate ideology that places every Nigerian as Nigeria first before any other identity. The Nigerian of her dream is a Nigerian that isn’t defined by the trinity of ethnicity, religion and politics, but by the dreams of our founding fathers. She is building a critical mass of Nigerians who are now disconnected from the apron of tribal distrust, religious bigotry and parochial leanings.
During a recent visit to the Presidential Villa at the behest of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Mayram Shetty, a Kano born young empress echoed these to the fascinating amazement of the vice president. “With your government, the determination of President Muhammadu Buhari and the government’s proximity to the people we now have a sense of fundamental existence, nationality and connection to a future of great hope as a reason for our present sacrifices. There was past to draw strength from, a present to live for and a future to look forward to that give meaning, purpose and energy to our lives. To this very great extent, we are inspired to believe in the Nigerian project.
“Your Excellency, we are a congregation of young, passionate and independent-minded Nigerians, most of which are professionals with a flare to do things differently. We are keen followers and active participants of the Buhari movement. We are believers in its broad philosophical and ideological constructs. And today, we are proud agents to its practical application in both politics and governance.
“We watched as the two of you toiled to put a new foundation for this country, a foundation of new national ethos and values, a foundation of discipline and commitment to service. Foundation of anti-corruption and accountability, a foundation of moral consciousness in politics, a foundation of critical infrastructure and social services, and indeed the foundation of a new Nigeria,” she said with measured pride and confidence.
With her #WEBELIEVE MOVEMENT, Maryam Shetty is calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to roll out a holistic and sustain his people-centred development master plan and national project of human capacity development. She wants a Nigeria where Nigerian citizens can have the heart to emancipate the land from the backwardness of ethnicity, parochialism and religious bigotry, a Nigeria where citizens can believe in, live in and if possible die for. That the language of blame, cynicism and hopelessness should be replaced with a renewed philosophy of hard work, vigour and harmony, for great nations are made from the sacrifices of her people.
How she managed to assemble large diverse and heterogeneous crops of Nigerians under this movement is a curious study of reference. It is difficult managing educated young people of diverse background. In fact more difficult when those young people are intelligent, patriotic and independent-minded. The #Webelieve members parade highly enlightened believers. It is, therefore, a celebration of astuteness, diligence, purposefulness to have this lady lead such a group and it calls for a worthy reference. Indeed, the advocacy for not too young to run has come to stay as manifested by Maryam Shettima, the convener of the #Webelieve – a movement of young Nigerians founded on the ideology of patriotism, nationalism and service.