By Prof. Femi Ajayi
According to Howard Zinn, “Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience: Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders. Millions have been killed because of this obedience. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obediently filling our jails full of petty thieves while the grand thieves are running the country. That is our problem.”
Many Nigerians, at the end of 2020, prayed never to experience what they went through the COVID-19 pandemic, as they glowered ahead to more favorable year, 2021. Unfortunately, the first quarter of the year proved to be laced with greater dangers, occasioned by insecurity and growing dissent in almost every part of the country. The Bandits, Boko Haram, Herdsmen, and others killed over five thousand Nigerians across the Country.
Amid uncertainty, from Boko Haram to the FULANI Herders, KIDNAPPERS; YOUTH JOBLESSNESS; RESTRUCTURING; under the disguise of the two-headed dragon of ETHNICITY and RELIGION; breeding poverty in the lands of plenty. Nigeria is still facing the unhealed BIAFRA agitation, which produced the 30-month Nigerian civil war; with another fresh agitation for ODUDUWA REPUBLIC; while the Nigeria MIDDLE-BELT is silently suffering with the incessant killing; harvesting REGIONAL VIGILANTE GROUPS, the AMOTEKUN for South West, and EBUBEAGU for South East to fight terrorism in each zone.
Things are speedily falling apart.
Chandler Good Government Index, CGGI, rated Nigeria as the third-worst governed country in the world; especially the ability to handle corruption properly as the strongest indicator of good governance. CGGI ranked Nigeria 102 out of 104 countries, with a score of 0.319 points, ahead of Zimbabwe and Venezuela.
Unfortunately, Buhari is ignorant on how to manage Nigeria challenges. His administration could be seen as the worst natural disaster any country can have with his poor leadership style. It is worse than Hurricanes, Tsunami, Volcanos, Wildfires, and Flood.
Nigeria is collapsing.
A School of thought would like to end marriage of incontinence between the North (Hausa/Fulani) and South (Igbo/Yoruba) in Nigeria.
While another School of thought is considering the investment in Abuja is considering Restructuring.
According to the Greeks, the three types of people on earth are the IDIOTS, the TRIBESMEN, and the CITIZENS. Unfortunately, studies have shown that only ten percent of Africans are citizens, while the remaining ninety percent are either tribesmen or idiots.
When the Greeks used the word “idiot”, they did not use it as a curse word. ‘Idiots’ are people who just do not care. If they write exams, they will cheat. If they are in government, they will steal. If an idiot eats bananas, he throws the peels anywhere instead of putting them in a trash container.
According to the Greeks, some societies have more idiots, than tribesmen and citizens. “Tribesmen”, are people that look at everything from the point of view of their tribe. These are people that believe in you, only, if you are part of their tribe.
Nelson Mandela summated that “Our world is not divided by Race, Color, Gender, or Religion, our world is divided into wise people and fools. And fools divide themselves by Race, Color, Gender or Religion.”
According to Dr. Chuba Okadigbo “If you are emotionally attached to your tribe, religion or political leaning to the point that truth and justice become secondary considerations, your education is useless. Your exposure is useless. If you cannot reason beyond petty sentiments, you are a liability to mankind.”
The liability of the current administration is being felt across the country and beyond.
Unfortunately, it can be terrible to have a tribesman as a leader, in the case of Nigeria, he will alienate the rest.
When the Greeks talk about tribes, it is not just about ethnicity, they also consider religion as a tribe. A great percentage of Africans are tribesmen, because they view everything from the point of view of their tribes. They trust only their tribesmen.
According to Greeks, “CITIZENS” are people that like to do things the right way.
They will respect traffic light rules, even if no one is watching them. They drive within speed limits. They respect the laws, will not cheat in exams. In government they will not steal. They are compassionate and give to others to promote their welfare. ‘Citizens’ often promote projects that benefit everyone. The Greeks called this group the citizens.
Some countries have more citizens than tribesmen and idiots. Others have so many idiots; like in Nigeria, where hungry and jobless people blindly support those responsible for their agony and misery, where idiots are voting for thieves.
A tribesman can become a citizen through orientation. And an idiot can become a citizen by training and constant enforcement of the law. But things fall apart if you elect an idiot or tribesman to lead if he has not been reformed.
Bill Gate once stated that “I have invested $1.6 Billion in Nigerian economy with no results. When a clueless idiot is the President and a decorated fool is the Vice President and the cabinet members are notorious robbers, the result is nothing but economic calamity and holocaust.”
Boko Haram issue has been nurtured and promoted by Nigeria Government from the beginning with indirect funding. The Government negotiates with the sponsors, paid them money for ransom. The Government refuses to end it, or seek help from outside Nigeria, especially from American Government.
According to late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, “The pursuit of Wealth is not a bad thing in itself because without the food and comforts which wealth provide, life will be penurious and drab. But always remember that any wealth accumulated on a selfish basis, at the expense of the State, in defienace of social justice, helps to cereate a disorganized society in which everybody, and no one person, can be safe.”
The social ills brought into Nigeria by Boko Haram and Fulani Herders are causing insecurity in the country, while the current Admnistration is not concerned; hence the call for Restructurinng or agitation for Nigeria dissolution.
Ironically, as of April 2021, Governor Sani Bello, Niger State Governor, reported that Boko Haram insurgents have taken over Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, with its flag raised in Kauri. Shiroro hosts one of Nigeria’s largest power stations, while the area is barely 200 kilometers from Abuja, Nigeria capital. Unfortunately, more than 3,000 people have been displaced across Niger State, including those fleeing Shiroro and Munya Local Government Areas.
Kwara State, Niger State neighbor, could be the next target, while Boko Haram could be working in concert with the Fulani to penetrate to the south, which is already experiencing some pocket attacks.
According to an Ubuntu African Proverb “A village without elders is like a well without water.”
The Nigeria President Buhari, a retired General, is tribally keeping mute in reacting to the insurgencies. On his second opportunity to manage Nigeria affairs, it is being revealed his inability to manage Nigeria affairs; concealed under the shadow of his Deputy then, General Tunde Idiagbon.
According to Kawu Baraje, one of the political megaphones, “…we brought in Fulani from Mali, Sierra Leone, Senegal, others to win 2015 Election.” Unfortunately, they are causing unresolved security problem in Nigeria while they refused to leave after the election.
The ‘Tribesman’ Buhari is refusing to implement the Restructure Documents, put together by Goodluck Jonathan Administration. He does not understand his role in the society and could never make any meaningful contribution.
Historically, the tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from generation to generation says, “When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.”
Nevertheless, in modern business, education and government, a whole range of far more advanced strategies often employed: Buying a stronger whip; Changing riders; Threatening the horse with termination; Appointing a committee to study the horse; Arranging to visit other countries to see how others ride dead horses; Lowering the standards so that dead horse can be included; Re-classifying the dead horse as “living impaired”; Hiring an outside contractors to ride the dead horse; Harnessing several dead horses together to increase the speed; Providing additional funding and/training to increase the dead horse’s performance; Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse’s performance; Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overhead, and therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line of the economy than do some other horses; Re-writing the expected performance for all horses; and promoting the dead horse to supervisory of hiring another horse.”
Hence the call for Restructuring and agitation for Dissolution of Nigeria.
Nigeria has become a mockery for Ghana President, Nana Akufo, Addo-Dankwa remarked “…why Nigerians themselves are not angry enough to change the situation. The Nigerian government is an ethnic government, not a nationalistic government.”
Over the years Nigeria have failed to INSPIRE YOUNG PEOPLE; EDUCATE CHILDREN; HELP AND RESPECT THE ELDERLY; STUDY WISDOM; HONOR LEADERS; AVOID FOOLISHNESS; TREASURE HUMILITY; IGNORE ARROGANCY; EMULATE GRACIOUS PEOPLE; ELEVATE ASPIRATIONAL PEOPLE; SUPPORT STRONG PEOPLE; BLESS GODLY PEOPLE; STRENGTHEN WEAK PEOPLE; ENCOURAGE HARDWORK; ESTEEM KINDNESS; PROMOTE HONESTY; REWARD VIRTOUS PEOPLE; and EVADE EVIL, while the country continues to nurse the sense of discontentment.
Ignoring the issues on Security, produced by Boko Haram, Fulani Herders, Kidnapping, Massive Unemployment, Desecrating the future generation, Snubbing Restructuring, Nigeria is on the brink of ending the unfriendly marriage between the North and South, creating an abject poverty in Nigeria, could be the last straw would break the camel’s back.
Following the advice of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, “Our diversity should enhance good economy and strengthen it …we must focus on the management of our diversity and not desecrate it.”
Boko-Haram, Unemployment, Herdsmen, Armed-Robbery, Recession, Insecurity: BUHARI leadership is the problem being faced in Nigeria.
A wise man said, “Don’t be afraid to start over again. This time, you are not starting from scratch, you are starting from experience.”
In an unjust society like Nigeria, silence is a crime!
God bless Nigeria!!!