It is fourteen days to Valentine’s Day, that time of the year when love is celebrated.
It is fourteen days to the presidential elections in Nigeria, that time in our polity when hate is elevated.
Politics, with its ‘greedy algorithm’ is here to ‘divide and conquer’.
We stand at the threshold of history, we stand united in disunity.
Everyone is on the side of their candidate of choice.
But who is on the side of Nigeria?
Here is what I read in the news. The supporters of Mr A will resort to violence if Mr B wins.
The supporters of Mr B will resort to violent resolutions if Mr A wins.
If that turns out to be the case, it means that Nigeria loses no matter who wins .
It is a win-lose situation,friends. Or is it lose-lose?
Temperatures run high, and the barometer of violence, as reported tells of a country in dire need of an intensive care unit.
But no, Nigeria comes last, we will see to her needs much later. Democracy, government of the politicians by
the politicians and for the politicians, threatens to sink her in. The country is in pain, our politicians are going insane.
The labours of our heroes past will be in vain?
I am no prophet of doom, as many may assume. In fact, truth be told: I am not a prophet.
And I write this for no profit. But I am a Nigerian. I believe in her greatness.
I believe that a country so blessed and raised by God should not be so dazed and abased by dogs.
I believe, and strongly so, that the current situation of the country makes a mockery of her potential difference.
I also believe that politicians, mostly to be thanked for our present woes, are at best Pirandellian actors. And so I esteem love for country above love for government or politicians. As Edward Abbey opines:’ A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.’I do not lay claim to being a patriot yet, a term I would rather reserve for the likes of Soyinka, Achebe, Gani Fawehinmi and other
such noble men and women who have made substantial personal sacrifices, who have always
taken side with the people against tracherous governments, who stood up at one time or the other
for what was right, even when they were standing alone.
I do not speak for any politician. I do not know them well enough to speak for them.
I speak for Nigeria, the country that will outlive our candidates of choice.
I speak with hope, hoping against hope asI peer into the futurescope, that despite the present challenges that now
bedevil this giant that is Nigeria, that her greatness
will not delay any longer.To paraphase the first lines of Soyinka’s
Death in the Dawn:’Nigeria, You must set forth at dawn.’