Between This Devil We Know And The Angel We Know Not By Rabiu Usman
Is Nigeria under a siege as opined by former president Olusegun Obasanjo? What may have transpired to the most populous black nation that we are oscillating in such misfortune? But then is it a siege that has to do with individuals without dexterity to navigate us out of the woods or a siege that $16bn would be judiciously spent on power sector and yet blackout would persist because the land is under a spell? Or we dwell in a nation that is allergic to progress. I’ve taken us through this promenade to pull us out from our oblivion on how Nigeria has always been. The default mode of finger pointing after failure, accusation and counter-accusation since the emergence of democracy under the ruling party, while our woes keep palpitating to the most frightening gallows amidst many spendthrift of various allocated funds.
The tale is not a new narrative for the past dispensation. The hugely budgeted security votes has simply been spendthrifted in a time of our crossroads that insurgency has continue to ambuscade our collective peace. The government have since, yet again, dashed out to its “point meter” and the pointer didn’t popped up with something new aside from the conventional chorus line of Alhaji Isa Kaita’s gibberish during 2011 election with a little paraphrasing as “friends of Tinubu”, the leader of the opposition party. While we’d thank Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s revolutionary politicking for the birth of a formidable party to reckon with, we shall as well not cast our mind off him as a facilitator of the present day government when the duo of Fola Adeola/Nuhu Ribadu under the then ACN were short-changed with some lucre for the ruling party. It could be recollect that the president flown to Lagos on the eve of 2011 poll to broker deal with an arch rival for the mouth watering votes of Lagosians. Asiwaju was just clever by half forgetting that at the end of the sunset he’d be served one of his bitter pills. Soon enough, he resolved to shove his voluptuous appetite for greed and demanded the corporation of other progressives to be able to fissure the 60years benchmark the ruling party had decree for herself to continue their torture on Nigerians.
There are progressives that only achievement was to cross the bridge from PDP to APC, there are ones that made their marks in APC, there are those that crossed over with their achievement to the progressive clique. These and many more formed the clusters of men/women that have resolved to salvage Nigeria from her present state of fanaticism and misery. This new development further brings the feebleness of the present government to fore. The leadership duty soon became abhorrence. All the government’s irresponsible pillaging of state resources that brought about this carnage was soon attributed to leadership that is yet to ascend power, character assassination and vendetta has become the order of the day. Our plight is similitude to a sinking man that’ll grab even if it is a sword that got stretched to him to rescue him from drowning. The progressives is the sword given to the masses as an alternative in a long search for the egg-heads that will steer us clear off this quagmire.
But then charity begins at home but it doesn’t stop there. Only those that can manage small affairs with efficacy and efficiency can be entrusted with bigger responsibility. While some of the progressives have demonstrated such zeal and endless will to deliver the mandate imposed to them, for some it is not short of what the masses have been subjected to for a decade. Featuring the few cronies and acolytes at the expense of the majority. As a matter of fact, the future of Nigeria looks bleak with the way and manner the progressives are running their internal affairs. The masses had expected to witness sanity from the lowest party member to its highest rank. No matter how minute an evil is in Nigeria’s political landscape, it always find its way of amplifying just like how the insects in cow meat is revived in an aqua that is below its boiling point. The expectations are high and the die is cast. The progressives have stretched a sword to the sinking populace, will the sword save them or slay them? Only time shall tell if the siege is natural or artificial as we anticipate to ascertain if truly “the devil we know is not better than the angel we know not”.
Rabiu Usman is a writer and teacher based in Lagos.
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