8th October, 2010
It is 50 years since independence. Nigeria gained independence on 1 October, 1960 andÂ last week, we witnessed series of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of our dearÂ nation. Yes, we are rejoicing and thanking God for freedom from the colonial masters. AsÂ a nation, we appear to be free and independent, but are we really independent? We areÂ free from the hands of our taskmasters and can now stand as a nation and do things theÂ way we want to see them done. To me, the nation and our leaders are independent and free,Â but definitely not the masses.
Every nation enjoys independence. Slaves pray and look forward to their freedom. TheÂ fathers of this great nation worked so hard to gain independence for us. But today, theÂ story of Nigeria is different. Is this what independence should be?
I remember those days, my days of childhood, when we looked forward to 1 October. It wasÂ as popular as Christmas. In those days, we woke up very early because the excitement ofÂ going to the square for another October 1 celebration wouldnâ€™t let us sleep well. IÂ remember my mother cooking different meals for us while we were out there engaged inÂ different sporting activities and dances to mark independence. We looked forward toÂ having the governor or the local government chairman come out to take the salute.
Schools came with their best to compete for the prizes, while food sellers were not leftÂ out as young boys and girls were out spending the money they had saved for October 1.
Market men and women ensured they lacked nothing in their shop when it was October 1. WeÂ bought new stockings and school uniforms simply because we must make our schools proud. IÂ really enjoyed my years of childhood and pity the children of this generation becauseÂ civilisation has denied them the true taste of Africa.
The invasion of the educational system by so many mushroom private schools hasnâ€™t helpedÂ us. Our children are now very good when it comes to the history of America and the UnitedÂ Kingdom, but not Nigeria. They are brought up to know just one side of life and haveÂ succeeded in making them know that when it comes to October 1 and other competitions, theÂ children in public schools shouldnâ€™t come near them.
Our children know nothing about the great men and women of this nation and when it comesÂ to great people, we teach them about Abraham Lincoln. I bought a book on current affairsÂ for my childrenÂ recently because I noticed that the private schools teach nothing aboutÂ Nigeria. This has so much affected the celebration of Nigeriaâ€™s independence.
But do we really blame the schools? When everybody has lost hope in Nigeria, when peopleÂ die mysteriously without any explanation as regards the cause of their death. People dieÂ daily due to bad roads, the health sector is left in a very pitiable state, while theÂ masses are being tortured by their task masters. People pay taxes even when they hardlyÂ feed only for the rulers to use it to satisfy their insatiable wants. Nigeria, like oneÂ of my friends said, is a failed state.
But I write this not for the leaders to change because I know they wonâ€™t. They will go onÂ acquiring wealth for generations after them and killing more innocent people to achieveÂ their political ambitions. Like the holy scriptures say, sin begets sin, they will go onÂ lying to cover up their previous lies and atrocities. I always say it and will go on toÂ say it; none of our leaders is good. These ones visit so many terrible places both withinÂ and outside the country.
A friend recently told me how presidents visit his village just for power.
That is why I donâ€™t understand it when our so-called men of God run around these evilÂ people and give them all sorts of prophecies to encourage them in their evil ways. HearÂ me, man of God, if you are truly a man of God and havenâ€™t missed it as a man of GodÂ (forget the long cross hanging on your neck), you will always stand for the truth.
I have never heard of any religious leader, except Pastor Tunde Bakare, standing to tellÂ these ones the truth whenever they are invited to Abuja. All they do is go and come backÂ with fat Ghana-must-go bags. It is sad, but I tell you, men of God, when the judgment ofÂ God will come upon these evil perpetrators, there will be no hiding place for you.
Also, remember you are sacrificing the future of your children at the altar of mammon.
We keep talking about our leaders, while we go on blaming them for all our failures as aÂ people. But the truth is, if there are no supporters, their evil doings will not standÂ the test of time. We have so many activists all over the place, but with no result. ThisÂ is because they themselves are now political. They choose who to condemn and keep quietÂ when their own people go wrong. So you can see, we have no activists but politicalÂ beggars looking for relevance.
What about the poor and suffering masses? We have refused to take our destiny in ourÂ hands. We have always sold out our future just for peanuts. On the bomb blasts thatÂ rocked Abuja during this yearâ€™s Independence Day celebration, I told a friend thatÂ Nigerians, Africans happen to be the most stupid of all creatures. How many times haveÂ you seen any of our wicked leaders killed by these bomb blasts? It is still the foolishÂ masses following them that end up paying with their lives because they know all they doÂ to protect themselves. What would have made me board a flight to Abuja during theÂ anniversary when I knowÂ we have very dishonest leaders?
Recently, we read how a presidential aspirant, who did a lot against the progress of thisÂ great nation, paid Nigerians to join him at Eagleâ€™s Square. The same people crying overÂ the state of the nation are the same people that accepted N5,000 to support him. We areÂ very dishonest and gullible set of people.
Last week, we heard about some Igbo elders locked out of the venue of their summit. I amÂ Igbo, but I think they got what they deserved. Do we really have elders in Igboland? AllÂ we have are sycophants and saboteurs, who donâ€™t think of the future. Most of them shouldÂ be in very respectable positions like Mallam Shehu Shagari and General Yakubu Gowon, butÂ because of greed, they sold out the Igbo nation and you keep seeing them in aircraft withÂ all roads lead to Abuja.
Today, they are for Jonathan, tomorrow, it is IBB. They are not working for our good butÂ after their own pockets. They should go and bury their heads in shame.
I see women moving all over the place with all these wicked men just because of peanuts.Â Our men are to blame as some of them allow their wives do this simply because they areÂ too lazy to provide for the family. Your wife wakes up in the morning, wears her aso ebiÂ and hit the road, singing the praise of fellow men like you. They do a lot of abominableÂ things with these politicians just to earn money to feed you. You shouldnâ€™t be called aÂ man. If your wife wants to play politics (I want to see more women in politics), thereÂ are more decent and respectable ways to go about it. If she is not ready to do it right,Â then she should get back to the house and take care of your children.
Last week, Nigerians were all over the place celebrating independence. Ghana celebratedÂ independence with stable power supply but Nigeria, the supposed giant of Africa, gaveÂ power to Ghana, but here we are, dying from the constant inhaling of carbon monoxide fromÂ generators. Businesses are daily folding up because of power and I donâ€™t blame ourÂ leaders who care less about us because they donâ€™t have a feel of what we areÂ experiencing. We have different commissions and panels set up just to settle someÂ political friends and foes. Have you ever seen any of those commissions achieve theirÂ aim?
A great nation, a very blessed and rich nation. But our youths are being killed daily byÂ hanging in Libya. These are the youths, university graduates with good grades, who runÂ out from their fatherland because they see nothing good in future. Our youths have lostÂ hope in this nation; this is why we now have so many cases of fraud and drugs.
Kidnapping is now the latest form of trade. All these are happening because there is noÂ future for the youths, who cannot see anything good come out of Nigeria because ourÂ leaders want to destroy the nation and take it with them into their graves.
May God have mercy on Nigeria!
We look at all the presidential aspirants promising us heaven and earth. Tell me, whoÂ among them is worthy to lead this great nation? The answer is clear; none among them isÂ capable as they are either sycophants, weaklings, serial killers, dictators, people usingÂ government machinery to fight their political opponents. I have decided not to step outÂ of my house to vote as my vote wonâ€™t count and I donâ€™t want to have my eyes blinded byÂ police tear gas.
I just think the solution to our problem in Nigeria would be what I call the JerryÂ Rawlings Therapy. That, to me, will bring sanity to this country. But as it is now, weÂ are a failed state and object of mockery to other nations.
I donâ€™t know if you watched the Nigerian adverts on CNN, lovely things about Nigeria, butÂ immediately after that, we saw breaking newsâ€”bomb blasts and kidnapping. Must people goÂ that far just for power? It is certain that come 2011, we are voting beasts and peopleÂ with no conscience into power.
I will stop here, but it would do us good if we, the suffering masses of this greatÂ nation, can take our destiny in our hands and reject any kind of mouthwatering offer fromÂ these men and women without conscience. Remember this, the labours of our heroes pastÂ shall never be in vain as well as those who fought and sacrificed their lives for thisÂ nation. We shouldnâ€™t allow the shedding of their blood to be in vain and as such, donâ€™tÂ sell your conscience and the future of your children, stand for the truth at all times,Â not minding whose ox is gored.