“Surviving The Egoistic Predictions And Prophecies” By Aminu Yusuf Malam
While I was in secondary school, I used to read a lot. I read a lot of novels by African authors, the creative ilks I prefer most. My love for African literature is immeasurable; I’m not, purposely, trying to prove it. You may excuse me if I digress a bit. Thank you as you do so.
It was in this adventure that I came across that prophetic novel by Chinua Achebe, Man of The People. I read the whole book more than once, to grasp the literary cannon bulleted into the well appraised work; such a good one, I have noted. Needles to say, I also read to enhance my fledging lingual skill[s]. For anyone who read the book, or heard about it, one thing you would be apprised of is that the book is prophetic. I even learnt that Mr Achebe was suspected of having foreknowledge of the impending coup d’etat, which (subsequently took place in the country) he ‘imagined’ had happened in his controversial, but instructive, book. If you read the book you knew something about political prophecy. And if you didn’t, wait a-minu-te, I’ll brief you.
In the book, Chief Nanga is a Minister of Culture, a corrupt one. His former student, Odili Samalu is then a school teacher in a grammar school. Knowing how brilliant Odili is, Mr Nanga brought him close to him; to spend some time with him in the capital city. There, Odili took his girlfriend to the house where Mr Nanga (and the girl, of course) later cheated on him. Angered by that, and desiring to change, Odili became an opposition element. To cut it short, as the Minister battled to keep power, and Odili to halt that, someone took control of the country.
See? The book predicted something which, shortly, later came to pass in Nigeria
It’s been years now since some chauvinistic prophets began to foretell our break-up, as a nation. The break-up prophecies I think started when the Boko Haram menace grew harsher than expected. Or, you may say, it all began when Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was ‘elected’ as the President of Nigeria, and the northerners rose up against the electoral decision. That speaks volume of the hatred showered at Dr Jonathan’s character, perhaps, because he’s from a minority group/ethnicity. Well, forget that. As things go by, Men of God use this as an opportunity to get riches and fellowship. Yes, they’ve got as much. Including the out-of-faith spectators. Me? Probably not, and, perchance yes. Don’t mind the cosmic probabilities. It wouldn’t make sense, I guarantee.
More surprising, our leaders, a noun I’d rather call ‘elders’ for convenience or as a recourse, are the ones contributing to the swelling urge of the abominable break-up. I’m talking about the same issue raised at the National Conference, by some regional and ethnic jingoists who want nothing good out of Nigeria. They have accumulated what they could, leaving us with the leftovers (if any, at all). So, the break-up will not be a big deal for them. It’s up to the masses. Theirs is to represent. And they do, right? Okay. Continue; there’s God.
Some of those leaders are merely advocates for the break-up because of resource control. Some because they have a land in the neighbouring countries. Some no reason; they hold a thing similar to : ‘let’s divide, and we shall see’. Dear, self-centered delegates, we can’t see. We won’t see. You may see; you reap what you sow.
Nevertheless, the issue of Boko Haram is too enigmatic for us to, really, understand rightly. From a rebel group, to some invisible troublemakers, to a batch of armed radicals, to shari’iyyun, to violent jihadists… We don’t know what is coming to be of them. Now it leaves us with the thoughtful, still mysterious, questions: Who’s behind this criminality? And, what do they want? It’d be quite difficult to answer these questions correctly, as the happenings show different countenance – upon countenance – every now and then. The system they are employing is never the same. It’s safe to call it dynamic. Consider this: In the outset of their ‘endeavours’, they are not killing anyone except the security officials; then they began to attack churches, markets, mosques; religious leaders popped up into their list. Unfortunately, now the killings are not restricted to any particular faith, race or ethnicity. Do one thing: say things as they are, and expect the Angel of Death to visit you. Reality!
Wait a-minu-te, isn’t it intriguing to ask if the killers are really members of the Jama’atu Ahlussah… known before, in Maiduguri? Could they, at all, be Muslims? That may engender some, usually, silly conspiracy theories. That Boko Haram are not Muslims is equally absurd as that they are sponsored by disgruntled northern politicians to make Nigeria ungovernable for Mr. Jonathan. How incongruous to believe!
That aside, back to the break-up talk. Can we really get divided because Boko Haram guys are attacking, or because a prophet, who’s never perfect, said so?
No. We can only break up when we cooperate to do so. We cannot cooperate do so unless if we agree with what the evil-minded outsiders say, about our unity. Imagine a foreign nation predicting our division for an ungodly amount of times; I’m talking about the United States of America. However, they’re not to blame. Our President has sold our dignity to them when he said everything that happens here ‘they will know’. Let them know. But we won’t throw in the towel because they predicted it and ‘they will know’. Gracious! Let them know everything, for God’s sake. Nigeria will not break up, yes.
Whatever the prophecy or prediction, we will not succumb to any tempting motive. Wait a-minu-te, did you understand my stance? I fear you did. Please do. Remember, the truth shall always set you free.
Aminu Yusuf Malam.
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