How Many Of Us will Make It To 2015 Election? -By Rabiu Usman
The world is faced with many tribulations, from Europe to Asia, to Middle East and to Africa, Nigeria. But we are an exception in the manners and mannerisms we’ve managed our internal crises. The pro-active measures are as though a fuel to the burning furnace of insurgents. Our home grown cockroaches(scourge) are now the most deadliest rodents in the world. The number of their victims is in squared unit by the day, they waxed stronger in in-tel and brutality. We don’t fair better than mosquitoes if even not at logger-head in life span, it has become a norm for hundreds of souls to perish in our clime. We are a classic demonstration of “Hobbesian theory”; where life has become brutal, short and nasty.
The emir of Gwoza never knew he was a walking corpse going to attend the funeral of his Gombe counterpart. While chibok college girls are yet get a presidential rescue, the first class emir was given a royal extermination by the sahara monsters. They’ve taking an oath to unite each and every inhabitants of Gwoza with their late emir in heaven. Annihilating more than 200 souls in a day. Even the governor of Borno did admit that it took the braveness and doggedness in him to visit the people to shed yet another tears with a temporal condolences.
Do we really have a conscience? How do we go about our normal activities amidst such number of casualties? Or is our hearts dead and harsh due to the incessant sacrifices by Shekau and his allies? Even without this menace, the tolls of death recorded daily should transmit a signal to our brain that the fate of our deceased is gliding eccentrically towards us. While we demand for the safe return of our girls, some 500 or more souls had perished. Can we really cope in this human abattoir? From Gamboru-Ngala to Nyaya, annexed in Jos and Kano and then back to base in Gwoza. No nation can survive such monumental intermittent annihilation. When will Governor Kashim Shettima speak out? May be when insurgents rolls’ all our heads and then when he breaks the silence eventually, there will be no more bush meat for Boko Haram to hunt. The ruling class and the outlawed sect will be slogging in it out for the superiority of an empty cosmos.
As an incumbent in power, you inherit the burden of your people and nations’ by default, you are to seek solution to their troubles without being conscious of where it is originated from and why it is escalating in your reign. Leaders seek more of solution rather than begging for sympathy for the Rome they’ve promised to build in a day even when they attest the reality in their minds but still hold sway to the myth uttered by their tongues
The binding agent of our contraption is cracking gradually. The delegates in NATIONAL CONFAB have since metarmophosed to sectional representatives, from Lamido of Adamawa in the North, to Mrs Briggs from the South South region, with the Oduduwa contingents not left behind. The Igbos are threatening fire and brimstone if they’re not divorced from Nigeria’s 100 years of marriage else, River Niger and Benue will flow with blood. Unravelling our disdainful myopia in a rather mundane and abominable style at a torrid time that the nation is in dire need of a roller support to restrain the cantilever that carries the weighty dead load of the nation from failing absolutely.
As a matter of urgency, the government need to fathom out what its priorities and posteriorities are in this crucial time, we are in a make or mar stage. It is survival first before possession. We are already at the brink. We either succeed together or secede apart.
The government should begin to consider Vilfredo Pareto’s theory in dividing its governance into the “vital few” policies that will account for most of our improvement vis a vis; security, power and education rather than the “trivial many” that reflect less on citizens that are trapped in the middle of a murky pond of terror and sorrow. The students in the North East are denied the enabling environment to explore the “trivial many” institutions at their disposal. They hardly ply the newly constructed roads because insurgents are laying siege on travellers. Male students are killed in their domitories and the female counterpart abducted en mass with no dream of exploring the newly established universities. The teeming unemployed youths are dying in a stampede in NIS Recruitment when they’ve perceived the 1.8million jobs as a mirage. Our obssession with “trivial many” is just out of space.
There are leaders with experience and unquenchable taste for achievements. There are leaders who learn on the job. If after six years in charge there are still people trying to bring you down, then, you cannot stay afloat in the next for years either. It is not curse but a fact.
Rabiu Usman is a free-lance writer/teacher based in Lagos.
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