A Time to Speak by Ogunjimi James Taiwo
“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” – Nelson Mandela
My ramblings in the wee hours of this morning are due to issues that have kept me awake and taken sleep away from my eyes. What other issues could there be? What issues could be greater than the issues that we are being confronted with in this part of the world? The Nigerian situation itself is enough to fill our days with tales of woe and our nights with hopelessness. If we’re not hearing about kidnapping, it’s bombing. If we’re not talking of pollution of the environment, we’re talking of poisoning. If we’re not faced with news of rot in one sector or the other, we’re confronted with news of mismanagement. It’s always one bad news after the other and one injustice after another.
So, I’m sitting here, wondering, like I’ve always done and like every Nigerian has always done, what is really happening? We’re dying here for crying out loud! Dying; not just physically, but psychologically. We no longer know what it means not to be corrupt. We can no longer tell what accountability means. We’ve forgotten what good governance means and justice now sounds like a myth. We’re always asking questions, but they never give us the right answers. We are like pawns on their big board of chess; disposable. We are like ants on their road to power; crushable. We are like the grass that lines their path to ill-gotten wealth; inconsequential!
Inquiries upon inquiries; no outcome! Panels and committees are being formed daily to gobble up taxpayers’ money, yet we have nothing to show for it. Debts are piling up locally and internationally, yet the money hasn’t been used to better the lot of the masses. The nation remains a hotbed of terrorist activities, insecurity is at an all-time high, yet we remain silent and continue to soak up everything quietly, in the words of the late Fela Kuti, suffering and smiling.
Absurd and shameful situations now happen right on our national doorstep, yet our leaders galivant around the world wasting taxpayers’ money looking for investors. Right before our eyes, James Ibori was declared not guilty in Nigeria, only to be found guilty in a foreign land. Right under our noses, Farouk Lawan and Femi Otedola’s case was swept under the carpet. Governor Chime Sullivan has been away for so long that he must be using e-governance to govern the state.
We must not keep quiet anymore. Our silence is what has made them go this far. Our nonchalance has fed their confidence. There is a time for everything. The time to be quiet has elapsed; now is the time to speak up. The time to play dumb is over; now’s the time to jump off from the high horse of nonchalance. The time to hide under the guise of religion has passed; now’s the time to dare to stand for something. We must keep on speaking against injustice wherever we find ourselves with the hope that our little drops would one day make a mighty ocean that will sweep off all evil-doers and rid our nation of them.
Remember, a new Nigeria is possible, we must not give up on that dream.
God bless Nigerians!
Ogunjimi James Taiwo
Ogunjimi James Taiwo
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