In the illogical, absurd creed that reigns in Nigeria, a man’s life is worth wasting over any rubbish of a thing. That, in a nutshell, is a picture of how much an average Nigerian’s life is worth in the eyes of agents of the Nigerian state. We salute and thank President Buhari for nothing.
The killing of Rev. Fr. Offu, a catholic priest of Nkanu division, Enugu State, the herdsmen bloodlust came to igniting a sectarian in Enugu State recently. Tempers flared. Many Hausa traders and residents reportedly fled across the River Niger and scampered into safety. My hunch is that the breadth, spontaneity and indignation of the Catholic Priests protest bespeak a new burgeoning determination by Nigerian clergies to resist their degradation and their animalization, by extension, that of other Nigerians.
If one’s conjecture is correct, then the rampaging priests was fueled by something of the rage that animated the outraged millions who weeks later, massed in streets in Abuja, from Lagos to Kano, to denounce President Buhari’s Callous decision, a case for abolishing democracy. A disdain for that being called “the Ordinary Nigerian”. There are, of course, two Nigerians – and two sets of Nigerians. Opposed to the “Ordinary Nigerian” is the set called “prominent Nigerians, “Chieftains” or “Stake holders”. The former are routinely slaughtered at police checkpoints, whilst the later-even when they are certified criminals – are guarded round-the-clock by a retinue of servile police officers.
“Ordinary Nigerians” go for days and weeks without electric power, their slummy homes besieged by merciless mosquitoes, obese rats and diehard snakes and cockroaches; “Prominent Nigerians” by contrast, own massive generators that supply them with power, build massive homes to house their inflated egos, and dream up ever more depraved ways of, one, and two, stealing from the commonwealth and two pauperizing a majority of their misfortunate citizens.
But come off it. What of the “Prominent, stake holding” Nigerians at their game of mindless squander fest. They get away with their scales of greed as security votes, then what logic must we muster against sun-scorched, wretchedly paid police officers who demand N50, and are determined to shoot when denied it?
Nigeria has hardly been a safe haven, but the recent spate of violence in different parts of the country, Enugu state, a case in point is sickening. In final analysis, nothing is beyond security. Let me repeat: until we get a handle on the nation’s security, none should feel safe and sound for the critical areas of surprises are abound. The sensitive and disturbing internal lapses must be sealed up. Mr. Buhari should call his herdsmen brothers to order, instead of looking up and pretending not to see the starry heavens.
Mr. President should keep one step ahead of his brothers who hears kill and bury but does not hear take a breath over the ethnic cleansing mission of Islamization and fulanization of Nigeria. Nigeria is daily spurning out of control based on inept leadership. Does it mean Mr. President never learned any lessons from the ousting of the newest Egyptian Pharaoh- Hosni Mubarak, who has now been gathered to his ancestors? He now exists in the past, a creature of history. He has passed on.
I have a dream. Call it Nigeria’s Egypt dreams. Ask many a Nigerian what it would take to turn her country around, and you are likely to get this answer: “Only God can solve the problems of this country”, evidentially God is not pleased with the buck passing. A people with the extraordinary natural resources and variety of human talent that Nigeria boasts has no reason returning to God for anything else. This is apart from the fact that Nigeria’s crises are manmade, manufactured by the greed and criminal acts of those who pass themselves off as leaders – and often with the tacit connivance or permission of the rest of us. That is followership as accomplice.
There are Nigerians who (day) dream that some outraged and steely-hearted fellows-their own home -grown Jerry John Rawlings – would arise from somewhere and, in a volley of bullets, cleanse their country of its execrable past and present misrules. Again, the Rawlings fantasy strikes me as a bit like the God solution. Rawlings could emerge in Ghana because certain historical circumstances in his country made him possible. He was a product of the Ghanaian moral and political climate.
He arose at a point in Ghanaian history when the country’s humiliation like that of Nigeria was near- total, the masses of the people were not just dejected but also prepared to contemplate extreme action to reshape their shattered lives and pull themselves from the edge of a chasm, just like what is happening now in Nigeria. Yet we do not need a slaughter fest We do not need to kill those who have turned our lives into a horror reality show. A Nigerian Rawlings would spend too much energy and time processing targets. At Tahrir square, the Egyptians converged and removed Hosni Mubarak. If God and Rawlings were at the square, they kept an invisible profile and let the Egyptian people do their stuff. What an important lesson for us. The choice is ours.