Nigerian Masses: Their Roles In Halting The Tenacious Holding Of Political Offices
AbdulRauf AbdulBasit Obisesan
University Of Ilorin
According to Marcus Garvey, a Jamaican scholar wrote thus, “people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture, are like trees without roots.”
Having carefully studied the Nigeria’s history in quest my searching for knowledge from the cradle of her independence.
No doubt, the depth of misrule in Nigeria has become a source of frustration to many Nigerians. Over the decades, Nigerian leaders have carried on like a gang of bandits without conscience. But all through human history Nigerian leaders are not the worst leaders that have ruled a country. The difference between the masses of other countries and the masses of Nigeria is that they take their fate in their hands, while Nigerians sit at home and ask God to punish their leaders with diseases, tragedies and deaths. The result is that other countries succeed in creating a change that transforms their countries, while there is no positive change in governance in Nigeria.
South Africans are relatively free today because they stood up, they stood up against a racist government that violated the fundamental human rights of South African indigenous, they stood up to stamp out the menace of injustice and dents in our lives as Africans, they stood up even in death, they stood up even when great ones like *Nelson Mandela* was down in prison, men stood up, men fought relentlessly to rescue this great nation South Africa, Men like Oliver Tambo; may his bosom soul rest in peace fought, against the Whiteman’s racist ideology which violates the humanity of the Blackman. Today they relatively won.
How come Nigerians who claim to be the Giants of Africa have decided to be the dwarfs of Africa; how come a country so blessed in abundant wealth, human and natural resources, the citizens suffer from hunger and starvation, how come a country blessed with men and women of substance run away from their own country only to be refugees in other peoples lands when there is no war going on in their own land. Where are the future heroes? And what more often hundreds of countries have done, Nigerians can do as well. The philosopher Bertrand Russell once wrote that “the very best proof that something can be done is that someone else has already done it.”
Once upon a time, a hunter was going to kill an antelope, so the antelope ran for its life, it ran until it got to the house of the lion begging the lion to save it from the hunter, antelope had forgotten that wherever the lion lays in wait, whatever animal passes become dead meat. To my mind, The lion is even faster kills than The Hunter.
Wonderfully enough, the above tale is even commensurate with the Nigeria’s plight at the moment. In the past few years, on 1st October, 1960, the Nigeria became an independence nation thinking that we eventually free in the hands of that colonial masters British, unfortunately all we have is political inhumanity ( that humanity fading away in them like oxygen fading away in the atmosphere) oh, what a bad leaders!
Achebe’s diagnosis, when he succinctly notes that, “The trouble with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership. There is nothing basically wrong with the Nigerian character, land, climate, water, air, or anything else.”
In his book entitled “Hope of living dead” Ola Rotimi; says to this leadership that: “The collapse of a nation begins with indiscipline in the ranks of those who rule and govern.”
However, it would be entirely accurate to say that in Nigeria at the moment, power and just are often the same thing; the person who owns one, owns the other.
Besides, if actually all we are saying is that Nigeria hasn’t grown because we are being controlled by those in political offices using every day syphoning our money yet they remain not contented
The question now is, is it their permanent seat or perhaps their fathers’ houses. If no!
Why are they still there? Why haven’t we done something to rescue our dear nation from those hands all this while?
Hence I would rather be a trustworthy ruffian than a classy sellout by calling a spade a spade; the Nigerian masses lack a quality which I think would be of great help to overcome the tenacious holding of political offices. Put simply, cowardly should be jettison. Remember, “Cowards die many times before their death” (Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar ).
Nigerians should stop the display of cowardice and pettiness leaders rather than waiting and praying for God to punish their leaders for them. Praying for solution shows the religiousness of Nigeria and this religion is what Karl Marx describes as “the opium of the masses.”
The statement was necessitated as a result of the class struggle in the society between the rich and the poor,
to this end the rich have perpetually locked up the poor based on their means of production and
instead of the poor to rise up against the rich, they decided to hide under the disguise that theirs is the kingdom of God.
Alas! Nigerians forgotten that God is not an employee in Nigerian Limited, neither is He an attack dog owned by Nigerians.
In effect, committed and patriotic citizens should stand for justice and truth at all times damning the consequence(s). This in tandem with Yoruba adage, which says, “he who fears death cannot claim his father title.”
Hence, we delivered the coming generation from this bondage As Lord delivered the Israelites from the Egyptians bondage as described in Exodus 1:7
In the final analysis, there is absolutely nothing wrong with Nigerians that cannot be fixed by what is right with Nigerian, if and only if Nigerian masses can conquer fear. Allow me to be as romantic as Plato, “The first and best victory is to conquer self.”
Having stated the problem bedeviling Nigeria which is “cowardice”, solution or way forward would be good for another topic.
God bless Federal republic of Nigeria,
God bless Nigeria !
AbdulRauf AbdulBasit Obisesan is writing from the University Of Ilorin, he is an omnivores researcher, law writer, inspirational writer and poet.
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