The comment below was written four years ago. I am sharing it on this site because the contents are still very relevant to the reality of life in Nigeria today. Happy Reading.
Dear Dr Femi Aribisala,
I share a lot of the sentiments expressed in this essay but I hope these few comments will strengthen your brilliant position, if taken into consideration in the final analysis.
You wrote, “We don’t know why the freest and fairest election ever held in the country on June 12, 1993 was annulled by a Northern cabal.”
We know why and you’ve covered it in this essay as well as in other essays you wrote in the past. It is because we have failed to build a country of a people with common values, ethics, goals, aspirations, and visions. It is not that we didn’t try but there were calculated and clandestine sabotage from outside the country and from within some sections of the country. The saboteurs from within are those who were gifted the political power since independence and who have always seen Nigeria as the estate of their great grandfathers.
At the moment a host of Nigerians are naively talking and working tirelessly to install proper democratic governance by hoping to use the power of “PVC” to dislodge the Estate owners. Unfortunately, the estate owners are laughing their heads off because they are convinced that they have the power of a fictional larger population to manipulate and swing any election to a desired end they choose to follow.
This conundrum of pursuing contradictory goals in the polity, which was planted in Nigeria since 1914 as a political strategy of divide and rule, can never build a united country geared towards the same destination of peace, progress, and prosperity
You wrote, “Nigeria died at the onset of the civil war and since then Nigerians have become a dying breed.”
Not quite, Nigeria merely went into a state of coma in 1966 after the first coup de tat and the civil war that followed. But Nigeria actually died in 1993 with the brazen annulment of the “freest and fairest election” by the Caliphate and their underdogs. The annulment killed trust, a crucial ingredient necessary for amicable political engagements among people of different cultural orientations.
This singular and momentous act of despotism is the incontrovertible evidence that the hegemony of Nigeria has never been in the hands of those openly gallivanting about as political or military leaders.
Finally in your conclusion, you wrote, “What needs to be done? We have to start all over again. We have to re-engineer Nigeria. We have to reinvent Nigeria. We have to go back to the national drawing board and create a brand-new Nigeria.”
Every awakened so-called Nigerian will disagree with this solution. Though, it is a reasonable proposition in a normal clime where there is respect and adherence to the principles of Human Rights of the citizens to freedom, equality and justice.
However, this solution is definitely impracticable in Nigeria judging by the reality of historical facts in front of us. Moreover, this solution is rather too late in the day to have any meaningful impact on the dying people or the dead country.
We need to accept the truth that the set up of Nigeria as at now is of a slave colony which is worse than what we experienced under the British Colony. The only “free” ones among us are the Aristocrats of the Fulani Caliphate – the presumed Estate Managers of Nigeria. They are supposedly free in the sense that they are the entrenched and trusted vassals of the International Bankers – the real owners of Nigeria.
Hence, any so-called Nigerian that has no awareness about the hidden political and economic intrigues in/of Nigeria and is offering imaginary half-boiled solutions to solve the complex, but still a calculated man-made socio-political problems, is definitely living in cloud cuckoo land.
If Nigerians are humble enough to acknowledge their slave status in the scheme of world affairs and global hegemony, I will rather suggest we should begin to think about starting afresh a new independence struggle, just like our forefathers did in the 1940s.
But in the case of our generation, first and foremost we need to work really hard to free our minds and our souls from the age-long misinformation about ourselves and the poisonous bogus indoctrination on the true meaning of life. It is after we have secured the mental and spiritual freedom that we can truly start the political and economic struggle to free our lands, our nations and our human dignity from the global oppressors that revived, remodelled slavery and colonisation and who have been sponsoring and protecting the Fulani Caliphate – our local coloniser – since 1914.
In The Spirit of Truth
SAM ABBD ISRAEL