In his blog titled “Who Did This to Us”, Israel Davidson raised pertinent issues that elicit introspection; he also asked thought-provoking questions that demand answers. He offers that irrespective of abundant human and natural resources and exemplary achievements of Nigerian professionals abroad, Nigeria remains backwards in all indices of human progress. Therefore, he asks: (1) have we proven Pieter Botha wrong? (2) are our leaders making decisions in national interest? (3) are the led demanding probity and accountability from authority figures?
The American linguist, Noam Chomsky (The Father of Modern Linguistics), once said that “a lost nation is one in which hungry and jobless people blindly support those responsible for their poverty, agony and misery”. Sadly, Chomsky’s conceptualization and characterization of “a lost nation” played out in bold relief during the 2023 Election in Nigeria where and when otherwise knowledgeable, educated and economically stable and comfortable professionals and other people yielded to malfeasance for pecuniary benefits.
Nigerian professors are now known to rig elections for corrupt and inept leaders just as they sell marks for money and sex, yet they expel students for the comparatively less evil of examination malpractice. The taunting phrase “Go to Court”, which has taken the center stage of social banters in Nigeria, has tainted the nation’s justice delivery system. Now that some contestants are in court over the results and other matters, Nigeria’s judiciary should objectively and judiciously take a painstaking look at the merits and demerits of the submissions towards redeeming its badly battered image. The courts in Kenya earned the respect of well-meaning Africans and the world when they overturned suspect election results in 2017; three years thereafter, their counterparts in Malawi did same in 2020.
Arguably, the black race is the only race that is usually ready and willing to sacrifice meritocracy, national development and progress to favor protection of tribal and religious prejudices irrespective of the recycling consequences over time. It is said that most Nigerians don’t hate bad leaders: they just want the bad leader to come from their family, religion or their tribe.
Nigerians must learn to identify, develop and embrace a new breed of competent, credible and compassionate patriotic leaders who desire to emancipate the people from mental slavery. Such leaders must have character and should be able to help the people develop confidence in their innate abilities, their cultures, food, dress codes and the way they talk and to assert their sovereignty by taking full control of their natural resources and national borders. Government should restore the dignity of the Nigerian person who’s been a prisoner of poverty and neglect as a result of corruption and unpatriotic and incompetent leadership.
Jason Osai can be reached via email@example.com
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