Some among us troop to Churches on Sunday and to Mosque on
Friday. They prayed to both “real and imaginary” God (gods);
they paid both “needful and un-needful”
“tithes”; donated to charities and did enough for the
god courses, as religions people. To these category of
people, their God will deliver the Promised Land; either
here on earth, or in the hereafter.
To whichever part of the divide we belong to; it will be
nice if we can do a self-assessment of our actions and
inactions. As rational being that we profess to be, we must
be able to ascertain how our actions have helped to grow our
Nigerian of today. We must be able to come out of our
perpetual lines of excuses and take the blames that is due
to us – we are solely responsible for the crises we face.
That we as a people have not been able to counter a rag-tag
group of rebel; that denial and blame-game have been adopted
by the very people responsible for our security; that the
elites who are supposed to be “the light and conscience” of
the nation, cannot fashion a voice to condemn, nor
strategies to confront the malaise; depicts our level of
decay as a nation.
In the midst of this, the resources of the state are being
spent more in propaganda to deceive us from apportioning
blames where it should be.
From a distance, the hollowness of the man, we have chosen
as our Chief-protector and Commander-in-chief has always
been quite obvious to me. His carriage, his conduct; the
manners he answers questions and puts up arguments reveals a
man of lower intelligence and capacity. I have also read an
interview granted by a Minister under Yar’adua who testified
that he talks and thinks like a child. Yet, all our
all-knowing elites who have had a one-on-one chat with him;
chose to hand over the destiny of this nation to such a man.
All the superfluous leaders of the big Churches, stealing
billions from our abject poor in the name of God, who have
sat and discussed with this man, could not see through his
weak personality; all the business leaders, all the
politicians (including those should ordinarily be called my
own leaders, down to my very root) could not understand this
man for whom he is. All the legendary traditional leaders of
our time with their “big title”; all the professional
columnists and back-page writers in our media who shapes our
opinions; did little to reveal the inabilities of this man,
before we are caught in it. They all conspired and put him
on us as President. The present predicament have exposed us
to what we truly are – a fake people, a clueless sort.
Today, the die is cast; a Daniel has come to judgment. We
must pay for our deeds. We all deserve what has befallen our
nation. What we sowed, we are reaping. No amount of excuses
or denials will save us. No propaganda or lies can obviate
the truth; that the leadership has failed, that today’s
elites must be changed if we must move forward as a people.
What is required is self-assessment, both as individuals and
as groups; and true realisation of our mistakes. What we
need is to begin to make corrections where possible and
swear never to repeat same mistakes. More importantly as
2015 approaches, we must begin to organize because time is
running out. If we don’t get this, our next four years, if
it ever comes, will definitely be worse. No God will come
down from heaven to save us. We must do it ourselves; we
must pay the price to have our nation.
In this regard, we should begin to see issues for what they
are, less beclouded by religious or tribal sentiments. We
should realize that all men are created equal by God; that
we share close weaknesses and desires. It will help, if we
can also understand that our differences are mainly a
consequence of varying evolutionary path we were exposed to,
in our differing environments. If I have been born a Muslim,
in the core Northern states of Sokoto of Kano, to the
families of any of the Emirs; nothing would have stopped me
from being a Muslim. Therefore, that I am not one is a mere
accident of birth, which does not make me a better man. To
think of a Muslim as a lesser being than myself; is a
delusion born out of an irrational self. So it is for a
Muslim who represents me as a lesser being.
Secondly, we must be able to see clearly how Corruption
destroys a society in the manners that Cancer destroys the
human body. Just like every human body can be affected by
Cancer, so can any of us fall prey to corruption. But for
our society to exist, we must learn to nip it in the bud,
when we encounter it; we must punish corruption. Very
related to corruption is justice and fairness.
Therefore, when we are ready to have a working nation and a
good life, both for our individual selves and our nation, we
must learn to respect every human being as an equal, in
justice and fairness. To be just ultimately negates
corruption; to be equal demands comradeship.
That our security agencies have not been able to subdue Boko
Haram have its roots in corruption. That we have a
Commander-in-Chief who lacks all the attributes of a
commander was made possible by corruption and ethnicity
which negates the very principle of equality of all humans,
fairness and justice. That our girls have been wasting in
the bushes for close to one month with no positive action
from us, is a consequence of our past. Today, it is Chibok
girls, tomorrow, it might be my village, or yours; all are
parts of Nigeria with a common destiny.
I have read leading opinion on Boko Haram just as I have
read leading opinions on Nigerian histories. I have read
those acceptable to the Yorubas’, Igbos’ and the Hausa-Fulanis’.
I know all of them to be half-truths The Igbos’ to whom I
belong have tried to suppress the wrongs perpetuated by our
own fathers in the past, only to blow that of others out of
proportion. The Yorubas’ and the Hausa-Fulanis’ have done
the same. We have all fed these lies to our Youths whom we
have also refused to educate enough; to be able to make
rational enquiries less beclouded by lies. In these same
manners we have chosen to interpret the Chibok kidnap and
apportion blames. I refuse to join the crusade because I
know Chibok is a creation of all of our inactions; and a
plot by our common enemy.
Leadership is a sphere for objective minds and thinkers. A
sound philosophical mind is a prerequisite to leadership
position. Great leaders are not only intelligent, but have
outgrown selfishness and primordial sentiments. Leaders must
not only be able to imagine a better tomorrow, their visions
are strong enough to clearly depict the practical steps
needed to achieve the great goals. It is the clarity of
their vision that protects them from the numerous sycophants
that aggregate around them.
These our present lords at Aso Villa clearly do not have.
I went out in 2011 to campaign against him, I was convinced
he lacked both the head and the heart needed to save this
nation. Today, I have been proven right. But I cannot
celebrate because I am trapped in Nigeria. I cannot
celebrate, because even when my decisions have been
vindicated, my people are dying; my future with that of my
land remains bleak.
Like my Dad use to say, the speed of the dull boy, is
the speed of the class. The speed of those who contributed
to give us Jonathan, has become the speed of our nation.
For these, we are all entrapped in an ever backward entity
called Nigeria, for this we continue to fail to lead Africa,
out of our present doldrums.