Intellectualism is not wholly a function of formal education.
Intellectual Poverty In Nigeria
By Adeola Aderounmu
On June 9, 2007 I defined mass poverty on my blog. In my own opinion, that was the first definition of mass poverty anywhere. I wrote the definition for mass poverty by combining the words “mass” and “poverty”. A few years later, I read that Nigeria was the poverty capital of the world. I think that official report coming from a global organization was almost a decade behind. Today, I want to use the stupidities of some Nigerian footballers to explain intellectual poverty.
Have you seen the pictures/images of some famous Nigerian sportsmen with the tyrant of Kogi, one sycophant called Yahaya Bello? Yahaya Bello wants to be president of failed country called Nigeria. Nigeria is devastated by terrorism. In a very loose manner the useless government of Nigeria branded terrorists as bandits, unknown gunmen and all sorts of fancy names for reasons best known to them. In several other articles, twitter posts and Instagram miniblogs, I have motivated why the useless government of Nigeria is the chief sponsor of terrorism in failed and devastated Nigeria.
I fear that even as Nigeria comes to an end, for it will-sooner or later, there will be serious problems in the emerging nations because the people who brought Nigeria down will be fairly distributed among the nations.
About 2.5 months ago, the big head Yahaya Bello arrested 2 young men Anene Victor and Emmanuel Larry. Their offence? They were putting up anti-Buhari posters in Kogi state. It has been 68 days of unlawful detention, under the orders and watch of tyrannic Yahaya Bello.
Now, when a governor or his lobby team approach you for a courtesy image boosting visit, you should now only show interest in the amount of money you are about to make. It is imperative that you also look at the human rights records of the governor. You should look at the workers in the state- are they getting paid? You should also look the pensioners. How is their living condition after retirement? Then you look at the infrastructure and so on. It was in Kogi we saw a bridge collapsed after it was allegedly constructed for millions of tax-payer monies. We have also seen a school located in open space, under a tree! In Kogi State!
Everything is important because as a sportsman or woman, especially one that is based abroad, you know the kind of rights and privileges you enjoy at your base. You have also achieved your successes without the input of the governor materially or economically.
It is at these points highlighted above that the likes of John Mikel Obi, Kanu Nwankow, Kelechi Iheanacho and one fighter called Usman have shown extreme intellectual deficiencies. These guys are suffering from chronic intellectual poverty. They are good at their sports, but they have malfunctioning cerebral functions.
You may understand how Nigeria became a terrorist country and why things have not worked in Nigeria since 1960. The things that have exceled in failed Nigeria are organized crimes in government and private institutions. Institutionalized corruption has triumphed in failed Nigeria and the climax was the acts of terrorism made spectacular by PDP and APC.
Intellectualism is not wholly a function of formal education. There are a lot of people out there who are intelligent, smart enough to discern good from bad. There are people who use their common sense to achieve intellectualism. The likes of Mikel Obi, Kanu Nwankwo, Usman and Iheanacho are super daft. Even that Usman who blasted “Buhari” in a popular viral video when Buhari massacred young people at Lagos Lekki toll gate came to Nigeria to show his super daftness. He is worse on the scale as he continues to stupidly gallivant from one governor to the other.
In the future, Nigeria will be disintegrated for sure. When people like Mikel Obi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Usman are given positions in their respective new nations, you can imagine the stagnation that will characterize their respective roles or allocated functions.
I fear that even as Nigeria comes to an end, for it will-sooner or later, there will be serious problems in the emerging nations because the people who brought Nigeria down will be fairly distributed among the nations. The people who today write a N1 m contract as N100 million will be everywhere. The people who cannot think about the future, the good of all and the prosperity of the unborn generations will be in all the nations. There will be am ugly strife between the good people and the useless, selfish people like these sportsmen who only think of their own well-beings.
Nigeria is today, even as she was several decades ago, at a crossroad. The difference today is the determination and the decisiveness of the freedom fighters. It does not matter how long it takes, the freedom fighters will win, and Nigeria will eventually disintegrate. It will happen in due time.
My hope for the nations that will emerge from the terrorist-stricken Nigeria is that no matter the differences of the citizens, no matter who fought for freedom and who stood aside and watched, that they would allow fair reasoning to prevail. My hope for them is to think more about the future, the unborn generations, and the kind of world they would want to leave behind.
Not many people understand the essence of life. It is to live and let’s live. It is to pursue happiness on a fair plane. It is to transfer wisdom and knowledge of what you are good at, so that in the end, you leave the world a better place than you met it.
With all the focus on the wrong values. With all the focus on money and the lack of appreciation of the transiency of life (no matter how good or bad), humanity lost the focus.
I wish I could tell you more but let’s save the inspiration for other notes.
May you find happiness and may your life spread joy to others.