Nigeria: We Are All Complicit

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There are a lot of things I do not understand about Nigeria. It seems as though a non formal government is always there administrating every administration. I am saying that those at the top level of government have a way of always supporting each other irrespective or maybe i am saying that a Dangote is very much likely to be listened to instead of a one million lekki protesters. Even though our politicians claim to be on different sides of political divides, they do not mind converging for marriages between Saudana’s daughter and probably the Dino’s or Tinubu’s. Do not get me wrong. Marriage is a beautiful thing and so it must be treated with all the honor it deserves.  Tell me, weren’t you surprised when Mr. Femi Fani Kayode began to pay courtesy visit to almost every political gladiators he has in the past called wolf?

Like Desktalker would always say; “the things wey our eye dey see, e be things”. These very things have grown to become the parameters with which those from outside our world view us with. Sadly, the Nigerian problem is not restricted to leadership. It cuts across every strata of the society. Few days back, I stumbled on a post on the internet. In that post, the writer was on a transit in a public bus. One of the passengers who was done consuming his biscuit threw away the wrap out of the vehicle’s window. While the writer tried to rebuke him for littering the road, other passengers rose up against him arguing that; If no one throws away dirty wrap, many persons will remain unemployed. But on the flip side, such dirt could lead to the blockage of drainage and lessen the beauty of the environment.

In Onitsha, Anambra state and Natako area of Lokoja, Kogi state, for instance, it is not uncommon to find adults who openly display their private organs to the public all in the name of trying to urinate. Every effort by the government to put a permanent stop to this careless behavior has yielded no meaningful result. While this may look very trivial to be considered an issue, it however provides an insight into the salient nature of Nigerians. I mean, how do you lead a bunch of folks who are driven by what they can get out of government instead of what they can do for the government? Since this is the attitude, it therefore not surpring to find a predominant feature of poor maintenance culture amongst the people.

These and many more are some of the many fault lines that has continued to throw us into a very dark path. A nation can only be as good as those in it. While it true that our leaders have succeeded in putting us into regrets, I strongly believe that evil thrives because some persons give it a room in their heart. From the policeman on the streets who seeks for a bribe and to the governor who prefers his own family above merit, it is therefore right to say that for all have sinned and only our repentance can help us retrace our steps.

– Olayinka Kayode Kingsley

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