When I heard about a Channel Four documentary detailing the lives of the Nigerian rich and famous my heart sunk. Again we (Nigerians) were being recognised for nothing of value. I suppose it was better than being known for evil deeds. However, when millions are dying, and poverty is catching up with so many, is licentiousness not considered wicked? The show merely served as a catalyst for me to voice my opinions on the current state of affairs, in the hopes that you will share your ideas too.
All I see is a nation under duress like a newborn left in the wilderness by his mother, with no hope of feeding, shelter or comfort. Who rescues such an infant? Who comes to his aid? The wild animals that abound in the wilderness who enjoy the infants suffering, ergo more colonisation. Or God intervenes and sends a farmer who has a wife willing to adopt a strange baby. The later option is a miracle, and though Nigerians are religious, we are far from spiritual. I do not smell this miracle coming. We need to depend on more than miracles.
Our religious leaders have failed us. They have forgotten to lead us and teach us. They never encouraged us; they told us to pray, but they didn’t say how. They told us to fast, but the didn’t tell us why. They told us to give but what did we receive? They preached from pulpits but did not instruct us in the principles of integrity and the reward it brings. Nigeria has become a nation where equity is a myth, and opportunity is a fallacy. I have read my Bible, and God’s prophets stood against corrupt governments. They spoke out against them; they chastised them; they rebuked them; they did not break bread with them.Nigeria has become a nation where equity is a myth, and opportunity is a fallacy. Click To Tweet
This programme propagates the agenda of those who want to see Nigeria remain oppressed. After David Cameron had referred to Nigeria one of the most corrupt nations in the world here, the last thing we needed was a documentary confirming that fact. Attesting to it publicly as we said, yes ‘Corrupt we are’. When many living below the poverty line, what do Nigerians celebrate? Journalist Cyril Abaku said ‘Corruption in Nigeria is both biological and genealogical’; do you agree?Corruption in Nigeria is both biological and genealogical-Cyril Abaku Click To Tweet
This documentary brought tears to my eyes, watch it here. It reminded me of why a Nigerian man I respect in his 60’s said to me; ‘we need the colonialists back’. I could not tell him that his wish was in fact the worse of two evils. Nigerian need to learn the love of the neighbour, and love for country. But how do we learn that with hungry stomachs? I recalled the song below by Lagbaja earlier in the week and was heart broken. Contrite as it was, it was a statement of honesty. Perhaps those documented have parents who made money the right way; perhaps they didn’t, it does not change the harsh realities on the ground. Nigerians need a change of focus. A new pace setter. If we keep celebrating blindly the way we do, only more gloom awaits.
Video source Youtube, Credit – Lagbaja
What do you think? Is the current situation only the dark before the dawn? Is there light at the end of the tunnel? Are we even in a tunnel? Is there a way out of our current predicament?
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