ETHICS: THE FUNDAMENTAL REMEDY TO THE FEARS AND TEARS OF THE NIGERIAN NATION AND ITS RETURN OF TRIUMPH
In his play “Hamlet”, Shakespeare lamented, “Something is rotten in the State of Denmark”. Something is wrong with the Nigerian soul. There are structural breakdowns in Nigeria in all sectors. Nigeria has been described as fantastically Corrupt and as the Poverty Capital of the World. There is a culture of unbridled wasteful selfishness in Nigeria. There is lack of rule of law in almost every sector in Nigeria. These are signs of bad governance and moral irresponsibility, which has resulted to the fears and tears of Nigeria as a nation. Today, there is bitterness and hostility in Nigeria. There is insecurity of life and property manifested in terrorism, militancy and self-determination groups all over Nigeria. These have increased the menace of armed robbery, kidnapping and ritual killing of human beings, human person/organ trafficking and unauthorized possession of life ammunitions. The State has failed to control crimes and to enforce moral standard. The citizens have erred in virtuous living. The root of these imbroglios is the negligence of Aretaic (Virtues) Ethics. This paper proposes a return to Aretaic Ethics as a veritable guide to human acts. The responsibility of the acting agent is indispensable in the search for a better Nigeria and a better Africa.