A CRITICAL RE-EVALUATIONOF NIGERIAN NOTION OF VALUE
What we want to stress here is that for the Nigerian, indeed African by extension yesteryears, anything that is seen valuable and morally worthy must be found on the principles of communalism and guided in the real exercise of humanism. It must be directed and aware of the sanctity cum value of life and welfare of the people. But unfortunately today, this conception of value has drastically changed as value is now all about the acquisition of money cum wealth and possession of power by all means. The instinct for materialism, power for selfish interests characterized by a disregard for life, and human welfare has suppressed the instinct for worthy values. Lives and human welfare are today seen as means to ends and no more ends itself. Why must value for the Nigerian (and African) today be all about the ideology of â€œany way na wayâ€ provided the individual is heard financially and becomes politically famous? However, while we do not despise the necessity of money cum wealth and political powers when justly got and positively applied, we are just trying to reawaken our moral consciousness, raise certain moral critical questions vis-Ã -vis what we see as trending values today, and at once, proposing a new way of conceiving worthy values where our human nature of material consciousness and our moral consciousness will harmoniously exist. We will apply comparative cum evaluative methods in addressing the issue.