As History Beckons Again: Nigeria’s Knee And Jerk Demon-crazy
By Adeola Aderounmu
This British-established country is perpetually drowning in some unpretentiously visible overdose of regional (mostly ethnic-driven) type of democracy. It is pseudo in nature and volatile in mix. But now, it may go to rest on all of her false foundations for the next 4 or 8 years. Depending on foreseeable and unforeseeable circumstances in the days and months ahead, there will be the usual turbulences most of which will be absorbed by the plasticity and elasticity of the resilient human population and landmass.
Who could have thought that an incompetent Buhari (fake or real) would steer the affairs of a failed British experiment for 8 years? But someone did. How can a person who is very daft steer the affairs of a country such as Nigeria (with all its faults) for such a long time? You have to actually stop whatever you are doing and think for a moment: how? I may have written here before that that Buhari that represented Nigeria would not even qualify for a domestic work in a home. But he ruled a country. You should be very worried by the type and composition of the people in that country.
When the 2023 (s)election results were announced, the polarised nature of Nigeria was thrown open again. All the agitations that were previosuly channelled to the freedom of the Yoruba Country and the Igbo Nation were predominantly diverted to the support for APC or Labout Party. It is clear that several billions of Naira went into the hands of so-called agitators. The 2023 elections became the money spinner of many of the people we thought were genuine agitators. There were opportunists, just like the rest of us. The cry for freedom was transformed to the smile to the bank.
On several fronts, on many platforms, there are uncountable cycles of idiocies within and outside Nigeria, about Nigeria. There is a new cycle of idiocy for the elites holding the country hostage every 4 years. There is a cycle of idiocy for the masses performing the usual follow-follow mentality just as the late music icon Fela sang a few decades ago. There is a cycle of idiocy for the wannabe freedom fighters cashing out every 4 or 8 years following the same wavelength as the political cycle.
There is a cycle of idiotic, perhaps civil-less citizenry where both the intelligent and the foolish follow the stream of collective amnesia. It is here, in this cycle, that the highest level of wisdom can be thrashed by the lowest level of stupidity. It is here that your sanity is directly proportional to the number of hours you avoid the social media space and web put together. In that social media space, you need a buoyancy to resist madness.
In whatever Nigeria that emerges before or after May the 29th, May The Force Be With You All.