The simplest things in life have become the most difficult to achieve or recover in Nigeria. In a society where self is the most pursued ambition, the concern for others become secondary or non-existent.
By Adeola Aderounmu
The invention of the battery and electricity took place more than 200 years ago. When a country claims independence in 1960, it is natural to expect that a phenomenon already established should be easily sustained or adoptable.
This is an example of a simple thing.
Nigeria was/is not troubled with the task of discovering electricity; she just needs to produce and use it according to laid done principles. How hard is that?
It is too simple.
That the use of constant electricity is impossible in Nigeria 54 years after the so-called independence means that the handlers of Nigeria (both at the presidency and the state levels) are either brainless or heartlessly wicked.
Any other excuse (like pushing blames to institutions or persons after all these years) will be an act of self-delusion or complete senselessness.
There are so many simple things of life that remain elusive to / or were taken away from ordinary Nigerians. When they are available or affordable, they become like gold. Take education for instance.
Just ordinary simple things!
At a time when elementary school children were already going to schools with mobile phones in Europe and other places, it was used as a reference point in Nigeria. For example, people say, that lady with a cell. Some may say, the man whose mobile phone is always ringing during a church service.
In the year 2000 mobile phone was used to raise the statuses of Nigerians. Nonsense!
It was therefore a Nigerian miracle not performed in a church when Obasanjo opened the market for GSM applications in Nigeria. Some people still worship him for that without asking first what the heartless people and criminals heading the Ministry of Communications did with our land telephones.
Nowadays simple things are miracles in Nigeria.
Therefore in 2015 if Nigerians luckily arrived at the polls, they will be choosing among men and women according to the levels of non-performances, regions, tribes and religions.
Election is one of the simplest things I have seen.
In normal situations, people vote for candidates with dependable track records and people of mostly impeccable character (at the time of their entrances to public offices).
This is so simple, and the votes are counted!
Unfortunately for Nigerians, after many years of disorientation by both civilian and military governments, the majority have thrown away both their moral compasses and their sense of reasoning. This is sad because the institutions of governments at all levels have been bastardized. 54 years of social maladies!
Simple things became complicated and Nigerians reached a point of no return.
Hence, the amount of criminalities perpetrated since 1960 or 1999 or even in the last 4 years will not count substantially when people turn to the polls next year. Religions, regions and tribes will be more significant.
Nigerians won’t think about the men who truncated democracy albeit an imperfect, corrupt one. They have since allowed them to rope with ordinary politicians and made sure that both groups rape the country in similar manners.
Revolution is actually a simple act too.
It ranges from using mild but sustained, consistent, and purposeful civil disobedience to extremely violent measures in ensuring for example that public servants and politicians who have stolen from the national and state treasuries are made to face the music by force or they’ll run to exile.
It is a way to change things, mostly for the better. It is a way to seek changes until people understand that government is for service, not for stealing or enrichment.
Referendum is a product of a mild revolt and the subsequent outcomes always bring new awakening no matter what.
When the laws of a country are functional, the need for revolution is actually not necessary. A referendum will do. It is a simple thing.
It is a simple fact that the law system and the methods of justice in Nigeria represent ridicule for the African (black) race. There are so many looters in/out of government offices across Nigeria and they will decide the turn of things to come in 2015 if the people remain as they are-endorsing social maladies and accepting criminals as rulers, brothers, sisters and families.
Nigeria surprises me in how it held together despite all the atrocities of the politicians and the other categories of failed citizens entrusted with the policies that dictate the way of life and the value of it.
Nigerians shock me more than their country does.
How a people so diverse in cultures, languages and ways of life generally remain organized in corruption and sustenance of failed unitary governance must shock the most brilliant philosophical anthropologists.
Some votes will be counted, the rest will be adjusted by the electoral commission/commissioners according to the party that spend or spray the most looted currencies to the electoral commissions.
Nigeria will never be an ordinary country for as long it holds together. Unless a good change occurs, what may even follow Nigeria may be worse.
Many Nigerians lack the knowledge that simple ideas brought into actualizations can bring peace and prosperity to everybody. The wickedness and selfishness that reside in their hearts as a result of several years of absence of both sensible governance and patriotism speak volume.
Politics, pure criminal activities including armed robbery and religious frauds, are among the commonest methods to inexplicable wealth in Nigeria. Yet the popularity of these vices grows.
The simplest things in life have become the most difficult to achieve or recover in Nigeria.
Where do you find a Nigerian politician who has not misappropriated public funds? It is therefore not a surprise that in 2015 every dick, tom and harry is venturing into politics-to become criminals accepted by the society.
Nigerian politics is also wasteful, probably the most expensive to run in the world.
A person who loots public funds and thereby living above his income and claim the grace of a god is a criminal except in Nigeria.
If you want to achieve holiness as a Nigerian even as the people you are supposed to serve are still living in penury, then visit Mecca or Jerusalem. The zombie people will even pray for you!
These things happen in Nigeria. People are praising a god or running after one god after stealing from the common wealth that is supposed to be used for developing the society and infrastructure in general.
The man who steals praises a god, the man who is robbed hopes on the same god. Both of them are stupid but the one who is robbed probably needs to be induced with a dose of cerebrum.
The bands of failed politicians ruling in Nigeria for example since 1999 have not been able to stabilized or improved electricity. They cannot account for the funds invested because the funds were mostly stolen or looted.
In several ways many things that are common sense, easy and simple have been thrown open as wild dramas in Nigeria.
A criminal becomes a state governor. Checked and move on!
A fraudulent person becomes the political godfather of a political party. Checked and no case!
A known convict is elevated in public life. He’s our son, checked!
A man who cannot explain the source of his wealth becomes the kingmaker and the most important socialite. Don’t jealous him, pray to god to give you same wealth!
These things, revealing simple facts but serious anomalies, should earn condemnations and they should spin the law into action. But they don’t in Nigeria. Useless law system!
These simple things that should arouse a revolution of minds, thoughts and actions have become seated as the standard and way of life.
Nigerians are hypocrites. They pretend to be united but they are far from it.
They are mostly divisive on simple matters that common sense can dictate. The dimension has become cancerous.
Simple things have become unhealthy debates on social networks taking on ethnic, religious and tribal dimensions. Reasons are clouded. Silly!
The future is bleak when criminals, sycophants and ass-lickers continue to cross carpet or leave Aso rock for governor’s offices and other appointments and vice versa.
The future is bleak when criminals flow from one section to another because the rest of the people remain silent or accomplices.
It is possible that more than 70% of Nigerians will live and die without experiencing the simple things that make life worth living.
They will not live with constant electricity and they will not live with constant flow of water in their homes. They will not live in standard apartments, flats or houses as these will remain the exclusive rights of the few, mostly rich.
They will not have basic education and their health statuses will be largely unchecked.
These simple things that elude Nigerians, these simple things that are easy to correct but remain ignored put a gigantic question mark on the mindfulness of the Nigerians.
The commonest (and probably also the most unacceptable question) to social critics is “what are the solutions?
How can we not know that the solutions to these problems are very simple?
People in public offices and positions of authorities should do the right thing or get booted by law or force or revolt!
How hard can it be to know that when a criminal or groups of criminals continue to have their ways that the problems (like lack of electricity, lack of clean water, lack of good roads, lack of proper public education) will persist?
How do we think? What are our views of public service?
What are our obligations to humanity and posterity?
But these simple things are complicated because many people are greedy and they will hide the truth just because of the things they hope to gain. They ignore their mindfulness.
In a society where self is the most pursued ambition, the concern for others become secondary or non-existent.
Nigeria will never get a magic dose. I know about the clamor for regional governments which may be a step in the right direction. Even secession is in the air.
How to take care of the simple things will be a concern no matter what type of dispensation that emerge in 2015.
The saddest thing will be a carry-over of the status quo.