My Random Reflections @ 48
Here we go again.
This series started in 2008 and this is the 13th edition. You can read my previous reflections using the page My Random Reflections at the top on this blog.
In 2008 when l wrote the first in the series. I was 36. l had no idea it was going to be an annual entry on my birthday, July 12. But it is now. A tradition.
Last year my post was about a number of predictions of what was going to happen before and after you finish reading the piece. If you are keen on Nigeria, you may browse the entry and see how easy it is to predict the fate of Nigeria and Nigerians.
There are still many things to reflect upon about Nigeria. They are mostly repetitions of what l have written about in the last 20 years. On September 9, 2002, l wrote a piece in the Nigerian Guardian Newspaper titled Why Politicians Steal. The reason Nigerian politicians stole in 2002 is still the same reason they steal in 2020.
Nigeria is running a very useless system of government. The politicians cannot be arrested by the police. They are above the law and they are immune to arrest and prosecution. Currently, two organised criminal organisations are running Nigeria. They are popularly called APC and PDP. But they are the same group of gangsters who moved in and out of the group at will depending on favours and ambitions.
By not having the authority to arrest corrupt politicians and bad people in the country, the Nigerian Police became one of the most useless institutions in the world. By not being independent and lacking the possibility of keeping the country under check & balance, the Nigerian judiciary is not far from the Nigerian police as one of the most useless arms of government in the world.
By being so resilient and incapable of initiating social changes that would change the course of their history, Nigerians are the most unserious and suffering-abiding citizens the world had seen. Nigeria is made of recipes for disasters.
I am sorry to say you may be an idiot if you claim to either belong to APC or PDP. That means that you don´t see how the politicians themselves are acting out the scripts. There are only a few of them who have not crossed carpets from one to the other. There is no matured Nigerian politician alive that has not belonged to at least 2 political parties in his/her lifetime. So if a citizen says, I am APC or PDP, that citizen is most likely a moron.
In essence, my point is that there are almost no political parties in Nigeria. The 2 major ones are criminal organisations. If you belong to a criminal organisation while trying to play your part in the destruction of what is left of Nigeria, you are insane and part of the problems that need to be eliminated for freedom to come.
It is not only the politicians that are ruining or destroying Nigeria. Nigeria is at a point where majority of the population are destroying the system or what is left of it so that they could survive. With massive unemployment, spread of insecurity and rise of terrorism, the destruction of Nigeria will climax someday. No one knows when or what the consequences will lead to. Nigeria is not sustainable.
You can tell that l am tired of the question: what is the solution to Nigeria´s problems? It is now clear that in order to find the answer to this question, one has to admit that there is no country called Nigeria in the first place. Nigeria is a fraudulent arrangement put together for the pleasure of the queen of England. Niger-Area metamorphosed to Nigeria as a British business empire in 1914.
The opportunity cost was the sovereignty of the nations that were clustered in the unholy marriage. For a while it worked. It did, especially when the fraudsters/colonial thugs from England who put it together perfected the process of indirect rule. What happened since october 1st 1960 unveiled the demons in the skin of the Africans occupying the geopolitical zone called Nigeria.
The gap between Europé and Nigeria for example is unwarranted considering the intellectual pool that Nigeria supplies to Europé and America annually. But how can the rest of the world be like paradise and Nigeria a total enclave of incivility? Where do you begin to do the analyses? Before you even begin to defend the insanity in Nigeria, take a trip to the oil producing area and come back with the EIA of the oil spillage. Oh, you don´t know what EIA is. Start from there.
I have written so much in the last 2 decades that l really don´t know how to summarise the points l am trying to make. But l will try. What could have become of Nigeria if for example politicians are not criminals or criminals are not politicians?
What would have become of Nigeria if there was love and no civil war from 1967 – 1970? What would have become of Nigeria if we abandoned the foreign incursions of Islam and Christianity like the Indians and the Chinese did?
What would have happened to Nigeria if the institutions of governance did their jobs and took care of criminals who found their ways to politics?
What would have become of Nigeria if education, health, medicine, sport and all basic infrastructure were maintained, sustained and kept running for the good of all? What would have become of Nigeria if no politician or military gangster stole N1 from the treasury?
The answers are clear. Nigeria would have become a paradise, a world power and the best place to live in the world. It would have been beautiful. We would have constant electricity, high standard of living, the best education in the world and our doctors would be the savers at home and globally.
Sadly, Nigeria is today one hell of a shamble. Nigeria is in the hands of idiots and complete nonentities called APC and PDP politicians. Nigerian intellectuals as l wrote in a previous article are ruled by mumus like Buhari. We had one drunkard before called Jonathan. There is one idiot called Babangida. One crazy fool called Abacha stole so much it appeared he kept sending us money from the grave. There is Obasanjo who kept writing letters but who also failed to return Nigeria to true federalism. Together with the ministers that served with them and the crook governors all over the place, they are sending Nigerians to their graves in thousands, daily-COVID or No Covid.
And all those still ganging up to keep Nigeria´s status quo, for example, Tinubu and Atiku, are all parts of the APC, PDP criminal establishments. Head or tail, Nigeria and Nigerians are doomed under the prevailing circumstances.
I just need to add that it does not matter where you live in Nigeria and how well you are doing or not, Nigeria on a whole is a useless country, representted by morons in government. For as long as more than 100m people are living from hand to mouth, unsure of the next meal and under constant lack of electricity, l am sorry, you are all living in poverty and in a giant man-made hell. Seun Kuti put it right: Nigeria is an open concentration camp.
Nigeria could have worked. But it didn´t. It must be dismantled and that is not the antidote to the poverty and hopelessness in the region. But it is the first radical step that will usher competitions in the regions as they start a century long journey to catch up with the least fortunate countries in Europé.
How hard can it be to dismantle an entity that is now working? How hard is it for a people with common interests, culture, language and future to organise and make a decision to end poverty, to build a life that their children and children´s children would be willing to embrace. How hard is the pursuit of happiness in the various regions/nations within the fraud called Nigeria?