Sometimes you just look back and ask ‘how did we find ourselves here? The internal crisis is too disturbing and heavy for a third world nation like ours. Cases of the Fulani herdsmen murdering people in their own land and the Nnamdi Kanu issues will not be forgotten anytime soon and as a matter of fact, will play a big role in the forth coming Nigerian presidential election.
It is pertinent to state that by virtue of Sec 1 sub 2 of the Terrorism Prevention Act 2011, IPOB actions could be termed as acts of terrorism. Ironically, the provision of the Constitution and the Armed Forces Act makes the python dance legal but that is not the point in issue here.
Before the law makes us look foolish, let us come together to discuss this issue and resolve this conflict through peaceful means. It is high time we learned to live as one or seceded peacefully. The ridiculousness of our disunity was obvious when we went into an internal war barely 6 years into independence – a crisis we are yet to recover from. Most of us did not have the privilege of enjoying the early life and times of our Elder States Men when a country actually existed. Now, everything is messed up, unemployment rate is rising faster than a soaked plate of garri, the educational systems are in shambles, the once strong economy is weaker than the President’s physical health, it is not 1984 but life is getting harder by the minute.
When a region decides to secede, the appropriate thing to do is to call for a referendum. Incessant fights and sporadic killings brings our formal education into question. Everybody wants peace but peace can never be attained by force.
In the words of Albert Einstein, peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be kept by understanding.
As a nation, we have faced the storms over and over, we have loved and killed one another, lived together yet destroyed the very entity than binds us, generated good internal revenues but used it in feeding a selected few fat leaders so they could be eternally dominant over the long-suffering masses. The establishment of the NYSC – The National Youth Service Corps, was meant to foster inter-tribal unity and I wonder how that is meant to be when we are yet to achieve intra-tribal unity. The NYSC scheme has led to a series of massacre of young and promising corps members.
I understand that in every nation, there are hard times, there are tribulations but that is not what should cause the division and ultimately the fall of a nation, rather in times like these, coming together can show the world the strength in our unity and overcoming as one.
Enlightening is the words of Ronald Reagan, when he stated that peace is not the absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.
The Nigerian law is not as efficient as it should be in protecting it’s people and bringing a fair justice to the minority. And our lawyers are just as lackluster in making sure the law is enforced for the right reasons. The Lawyers’ Oath, just like the Marital Oath and the Hippocratic Oath taken by physicians has become a mere formality. Those who are meant to defend us let out the first strike. The military is a joke. We acts like it is no one’s business but in times of war, no one is a minor and everybody is a victim. Remember when the king of pop, Michael Jackson taught us in his hit song We are the world
- There comes a time when we heed a certain call
- When the world must come together as one
- There are people dying
- And it’s time to lend a hand to life
- The greatest gift of all ….
- We can’t go on pretending day by day
- That someone somewhere will soon make a change
- We’re all a part of God’s great big family
- And the truth, you know,
- Love is all we need
It is my opinion that if we must stick together, the component units (the 36 states of Nigeria) must be independent of the center and grow at it own pace. No longer should we rely on Aso Rock for all and sundry. The locals should hold their Governors/Majors accountable for within them he came and back to them he will return. The police system should be altered. Every state should have their police. Like in the US, when you police your city, a place in which you have your business and raise your family, you will be more willing to do the needful and pay more attention to your civic duties. There should be huge reforms in the public sectors where there are more ghost workers than rats in the President’s office. We have been schooled enough to know what is right. It’s time to implement that knowledge.
For the record, terrorism as defined by the TPA – Terrorism Prevention Act admits Boko Haram (obviously), Fulani herdsmen as terrorists and other acts that threatens the peace and existence of a people or nation or it structures among others as terrorism (see the Act for clarity). It is really insulting to have a President who is silent in the face of adversity or who defines terrorism based on who committed an act rather than the act committed for the purpose of protecting a select few. While he has done his best which is grossly insufficient just like everyone before him, it is high time we saturated the government with intellectuals when next we head to the polls. Election is coming but we can’t guarantee that we would be safe from the blades of machetes and bombs carried by infant suicide bombers indoctrinated into sacrificing their lives for an uncertain promise in the afterlife.
In conclusion, I will quote Senator Barack Obama (as he then was in 2006) in a speech he gave in the University of Nairobi, Kenya titled “An Honest Government: A Hopeful Nation” – You would love to check it out. I quote him “In the end, if the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists – to protect them and to promote their common welfare – all else is lost. And this is why the struggle against corruption is one of the great struggles of our time”.
Buhari has announced his intention to run for a second term. You know what to do. Have a great week.
Peace, love and spaghetti
Featured Writer: Wisdom Dickson
Dickson is a lawyer and voracious reader who blows off steam by reading and watching movies when he is not screaming and rooting for Liverpool’s every match day. Don’t mind him if he sounds light-hearted sometimes. Having lived in every part of the Nigeria, he began to realize that life is not that serious. In his thinking room, he decides to sit behind his keyboard with a cup of coffee to dissect prevailing social issues. In his words “My mind is pressed. Allow me ease my pen.”
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