Nigeria: Our Nation or their Property?

(By Onome Oride)

There’s a record of illogical placement of value on material things over lives, unabated interest in the comfort and security of the self-styled ‘Animals That Are More Equal Than Others ‘in the Nigerian Farm; a situation that is barbaric and provocative. It is share depravity on the part of our visionless leaders who shut their eyes to the plights of the impoverished masses. I am convinced not a quarter of the corrupt practices and infrastructural decay prevalent in our nation obtained in the then Russian society the pseudo George Orwell depicted in his allegorical and dystopian novel ‘Animal Farm’. Yet resolution for revolution was non-optional.

CHARACTERISED by quite a number of death cases, the massive turn-out recently for the Immigration Service recruitment test nationwide became the latest installment of the degree of joblessness and poverty that ravage the land. Such influx is no misnomer as it is the case with several aptitude test centres. Had they any premonition of any lurking danger perhaps such unwarranted death would have been averted. Certainly, the mandatory N1,000 deposit the heartless creatures behind the game instituted as a parameter for selection may have prompted many to attend the test. Several others decked in frustration may also have honoured the call based on ‘try your luck’ tendency; in either case, the question is asked if the various positions advertised are truly vacant and still available considering the ‘slot system’ that permeates employment system in Nigeria.

   Rather pathetic: Those unfortunate applicants had to sacrifice their lives for job opportunities that have been awarded families and friends of the cabals with seeming monopoly of power even before advert placement, what a state! May you be blessed our dear fallen heroes.

  Ruminating on the state of our nation, on the disheartening socio-political upheavals that bedevil it like Orwell’s Animal Farm, soon compels one to ask if Nigeria is truly our nation or some persons’ private property. For clarity of purpose, this question transcends mere rhetorics; it is more than a billion dollar question. It is the evident of decadence and unprecedented moral degradation that hold sway in a nation with repetitive claims to continental greatness. The self acclaimed Africa giant must awake from her low-ebb effort to convince her citizens of the authenticity of her claims to continental greatness.

   True greatness is not embedded in one’s oratory prowess or massive landscape. Nigeria cannot claim greatness in the African region when biting questions are craving for answers and issues of exigencies abound unattended.

  I dare again to ask: Is the geographical entity with the nomenclature Nigeria truly the nation of all Nigerians or the personal property of some few greedy political juggernauts?

  Nigeria sits on a massive expanse of endowed land consisting of assorted minerals with transformational potentials; thanks to Divinity, affording us such coveted opportunity. Gratefully, human resources abound complementing the freely given mineral resources at our disposal. However, the rich swim deeper in riches in contrast to the poor wallowing helplessly in poverty. The dichotomy with the thick wall of partition between the rich and the poor has grown thicker that the falcon cannot hear the falconer. Consequently, things are fast falling apart and the coveted centre of solace can no longer hold; what a state!

  There’s a record of illogical placement of value on material things over lives, unabated interest in the comfort and security of the self-styled ‘Animals That Are More Equal Than Others ‘in the Nigerian Farm; a situation that is barbaric and provocative. It is share depravity on the part of our visionless leaders who shut their eyes to the plights of the impoverished masses. I am convinced not a quarter of the corrupt practices and infrastructural decay prevalent in our nation obtained in the then Russian society the pseudo George Orwell depicted in his allegorical and dystopian novel ‘Animal Farm’. Yet resolution for revolution was non-optional.

   The gross abuse and crass profligacy of both leaders and lawmakers cum law-breakers like Napoleon and his pigs has reached high heavens. Nigerians may be too forbearing, tolerant and perhaps too timid to contemplate a bloody revolution of a sort. Whether restrained by timidity or the constant intimidation and resistance that greet them from the sycophantic heavily armed agents and guards of the ‘custodian of power’ we would embark on an intellectual revolution until the day is gone.

  Directly or subtly, all animals in the Nigeria Farm have never been equal despite the democratic system of government in vogue. Severally but verbally the sermon of egalitarianism is harped. Nonetheless, we scarcely embrace the euphoria of liberty and lots that frolick the egalitarian society.

   What truly is the essence and relevance of the confab in motion if not a systematic orchestration aimed at self-aggrandisement? Had previous confabs transformed or imparted us in a way that this confab has become a do or die affair?     Why expend so much on frivolities and self -serving projects? What is the importance and relevance of embarking on the twin projects of NASS complex expansion and the construction of new mansions for the principal officers of our legislative arm with N40.2 billion  and N1.5 billion respectively? Is this a right thing to behold in a rich and fruitful land with yet so many people poor?

  Spurred perhaps by the chains of vain and unfulfilled promises, with perspiration and scorching sun to combat, innocent faithful Nigerians queue endlessly en mass over and again, probably with empty stomach, to cast their votes and contribute their quota to national development. For all the pains, dehydration and perseverance, they get in reciprocity are bad roads, epileptic power supply, parlous health facilities, unemployment, abandoned projects, untimely death in their search for jobs among other disheartening menace. Beyond inhumanity and insensitivity, this’ is an outright attestation that all animals are not and may never be equal in the Nigeria Farm save divine intervention. Or else, is there any moral justification for the presidency unperturbed attitude that saw the gates of our ivory towers shut for months? How can it be told Nigerians lack access to potable water yet her government lavishes money in great dimension on itself and gullible subordinates?

   The answers may be right but I refuse to believe the bank of justice has gone bankrupt. I and the impoverished masses wish to know if Nigeria is still our nation or the private property of the few depraved animals who are more equal, who parade the corridors of power. When all is said and done, please do well to transit with you to the realm beyond all the looted monies of national interest meant for people oriented projects but diverted to your personal accounts.

• Oride wrote from Lagos.

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