Ordinary Citizens

Perhaps you have often heard the term ‘ordinary citizens’? It a term that is often used by politicians and many . However, what does it actually mean? Forget about consulting your dictionary or any reference book, I will save you the stress and give you the definition.
An ‘ordinary citizen’ is a citizen who is recognized to be a lawful citizen of a country whose rights , though defined in the constitution but may not be fully guaranteed. In all countries of the world, ordinary citizens abound. They make up 80 percent of the population of countries. They are the ones most likely to bear the fallout of economic policies of economic politicians. This can be seen Greece at the moment where ordinary citizens live in hopelessness and uncertainty about their economic future. Ordinary citizens bear the brunt of the economic recession most and are likely to continue to suffer the impact of recession for long time to come.
Ordinary citizens bear the brunt of dictators and oppressors who kill and maim them at will for questioning or challenging the dictators’ authority. They are the victims of genocides, torture, disappearance and summary executions. In Syria, ordinary citizens are being massacred by their blood thirsty president while the rest of the world watches in wonder. Ordinary citizens only have their voices and sticks to fight their oppressors.
They are the victims of health issues often resulting from poor funding of health institutions by governments around the world. They die easily from curable diseases due to poverty and health policy failures.
Ordinary citizens bear the brunts of financial corruptions by politicians and other privileged citizens. In Nigeria, despite the huge exchange accruing from oil exports, more than 80 percent of citizens live below internationally recognized poverty line benchmarks. They had been cut off the benefits of oil exports and other national resources. Around the world, ordinary citizens hardly benefit in full from economic successes of their countries. Even if they do benefit, it is only for a short while. Soon they would be forced to another economic recession.
They are the ones trapped in mines like the miners trapped for days in Peru. Many of these mines were illegal mines. Who work in illegal mines? Ordinary citizens! In china, such mines have claimed the lives of many who are forced into them by economic survival. Besides the mining industry, ordinary citizens are forced to take dehumanizing and dangerous jobs to make ends meet.
Perhaps you are wondering who are the 20 percent that make up the populations of countries aside the 80 percent made up of ordinary citizens? They are the privileged class. This group of citizens own or control 80 percent of resources in their countries of origin. They define the constitution and line up the judiciary in their pockets. Speak against them and if you are not lucky, you could disappear. They decide who gets what, when and how. They are hardly affected by epidemics be it economic, diseases or hopelessness.
Being an ordinary citizen comes with huge price; unfortunately many of us won’t escape it. However this does not mean we should be hopeless or resign to the dictates of the few who don’t care whether we live or die. It is important that every day we stand up to injustice and impunity of every form and make it known that we too have human and equal rights.
Truly the few hold sway when majority watch and do nothing.

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