Ramblings from a “Pained” Heart By Juded Feranmi
It is imperative for us to understand the core of the Nigerian problems not as corruption or greed or Mal-administration or tribal sentiments or religion but as the absence of the political will of our leaders to cause a change in the country. One of the least corrupt and developing nations of Africa, Botswana was set on the path of change by only three of their leaders some two centuries ago. Why would our leaders not set us on this same path? It is not just a lack of resources be it intellectual or material or human that is bedeviling us in this part of the world, because you want to as exactly what is it that we would need in taking this country to the next level that we do not have. We even have big men of God, Islamic scholars and the traditional chiefs who wield all kinds of supernatural acts. Nigeria can only be likened to the man that went to fetch ropes and after all the getting, needed one rope to bind all he got, only to go for another round of searching. We have all we need, ALL but our leaders will not lead us. They are busy looking for ways to retain an office where they’ve been idle all tenure long. They are busy traveling the world to enjoy benefits that they refuse to provide in their own states. They are busy looting funds and opposing those who want to loot from the same purse and would let them.
Has anyone read Gov. Amaechi’s reason of why they(leaders) loot? In summary, because the people has stoned nobody, because the so called protest was as he referred, dancing on the streets of Ojota, because we( the people) have refused to caution them, because we only blog, tweet, lament, complain and sing at times when they steal only to wait for the next story to blog or tweet about. Majority of us are even busy trying to make a way and fend for ourselves in this shattered market called “economy”. We are being fed figures about how our economy has been growing steadily when hunger pangs treat us to stupor. It would be a shame, No! It would be foolishness for us to assume that NOI and her team of economic experts do not know that economic growth is not in any way proportional to economic prosperity. That the figures only represent the fact that the Dangotes amongst us are getting richer and are as a matter of arithmetic increasing the GDP. My father used to own a manufacturing company before the forces of the market shut him down, He was always of the opinion that no matter what the economy looks like, an hardworking man would always make it forgetting that no matter how hardworking a serf was in the old roman empire, he would remain a serf till he died and his sons and daughters would inherit his serf lifestyle. He forgot that no matter how hardworking a black man was in the US south before universal suffrage was enacted, he would be subject to the economic monopolies of the economy imposed on him by the white elite. Now he tilts towards political matters these days. We have all neglected the problems and decided to settle for the eggshells after our leaders have carted away all the egg white and the yolk. We have been taken for fools, and with so much confidence, Gov Amaechi declared he only wanted $1b after he complained of people not stoning him because he was aware he wasn’t going to be stoned. Our chi must be asleep!!!!!all of us!!! Pathetic!!!!
I have always tended to think of solving the Nigerian problem as that of evolution and not a revolution! Now, it’s a different story! I have always hoped Nigeria will be the FIRST Country to cross from the world’s negative list to that of the positives without blood shed, but I’ve only been fantasizing ‘cos the oppressor does not ever want to stop oppressing the oppressed! The oppressed demands it with their blood and that of their children. In a country where sanity is present, People would ask questions from the presidency and demand answers after that 18 page letter of the ex-President who also underperformed in his time. Are these things true? These are serious allegations o! And I am yet to see Bloggers and political commentators ask if truly our president has a snipper list, but then we are left to read and be impressed at their abilities to remember the history of how Mr ex-President goverend for 8 years and how he left a stupid legacy that we now battle with! Our chi must truly be asleep, in fact drugged with an overdose of lexotan.
It is high time we raised issues. It is high time we collaborated to demand for that which we deserve. It is high time we started signing petitions. It is high time we placed ultimatums. It is high time we left our petty jobs that earn us thousands of naira and get to the main job of political reform. It is high time we come together to see how we can reform our political systems and request that it be done. It is high time we demanded for the implementation of the committees on corruption and electoral reforms. It is high time we demanded for the autonomy of our judiciary and anti-graft commissions , it is high time we demanded for the passage and enforcing of the PIB. It is high time we organised ourselves into meaningful numbers and demand for accountability and transparency. It is high time we had more #occupy protests. It is high time we woke up from slumber and decided our fate which our “ori” wouldn’t deny us.
From a “pained” heart
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