We have always believed that the past cannot be altered but the present and future can be corrected and changed. This I find disturbing and contrary to the state of Nigeria.
We make emphasis on quagmires happening today and think solutions are within sight to fixing it. Once again I find it very difficult to believe because the unprecedented decay we see in our society today resulted from the scourge planted in a fertile ground of failed identity crisis, which may never avail a favorable opportunity for the positive change a nation needs to improve and grow.
I made these assumptions after bumping into a page of the book, “In Biafra Africa Died” , written by Emefiena Ezeani.
On the state of Nigeria before January 15, 1966, Coup and why they struck.
Extracts from major Emmanuel Ifeajuna’s (1966) Indictment.
The scene had become so corrupt and confused that while an official could be sacked if it is not rumored that he talked to a girlfriend of a minister or official, he could lose thousands of pounds without a query being issued him to answer.
So we kept asking ourselves; where lay our salvation? How could a structure be so diseased? Corruption and inefficiency were not only visible everywhere; they were accepted as a way of life.
Politics had become the best paying profession… Then there were ‘good time’ women, the camp followers. An incompetent secretary could get appointed on a fabulous pay with quarters as a matter of priority because she knew some ministers or Alhaji. They went around openly offering themselves for trade for the highest bidder, for any job…
When corruption was criticised more corruption appeared. When it was said that salaries were too high for a particular group like the legislators who met only 64 days in a year, their salaries would be raised. When people cried that there were too many ministers, they would appoint some more. On 14 January, the eve of the coup, more ministers were appointed…. They used the army to terrorize the population.
They prostituted the military institution, which should be sacred to our people. And they expected that we should go on slaughtering our own people for a few criminals to stay in power forever.
By 1945 our people would say. “I am a Nigerian; I come from Kano”. But by 1960 they would say, “I am a Northerner, I come from Kano”.
This revelation took me down memory lane that we are far from redemption and reformation if, to date, jobs are given to incompetent people based on favoritism.
Even when the world has given women the rights to protect other vulnerable women and fight for those being abused sexually, a few if not more are still offering themselves to the highest bidder to occupy workplaces for competent workers that would have revamped the systems and set a benchmark for a progressive change.
These are indicators of a nation not ready to change.
Politics has become the most lucrative business. It’s no longer service to the people, that is the reason most African countries are doomed today.
We acquire massive personal wealth in elected and appointed offices and lose the awareness of the passage of time.
If there is faith, it’s in God. And if there is hope, it’s also in God alone.
Nigeria, as a country has drifted wide from realities challenging her for decades with no signs of faith and hope, except the illusions, is fought out by a mental revolution.