Being Nigerian beyond reasonable doubt and denigration
Bullies are seen in different phases and areas of life, cyberbullies, emotional bullies, physical bullies and all other forms of bullying. One thing is common with bullies, they focus on their victims’ weaknesses with continuous assault. They often do not stop unless the victims defend themselves by attacking the bully, ignoring the bully and/or overcoming the weakness. Attacking bullies provokes their anger, resulting in worse attacks on victims, while ignoring them and overcoming the weakness silences them. By silently working to overcome one’s weakness, bully-victims demonstrate their moral superiority beyond reasonable doubt and denigration.
The recent outburst of the president of the United States, in which he referred to African states as shithole countries, has rightly received global condemnation and racial accusations against the president. As the holder of an office with a high level of ethical comportment, it is highly unethical to degrade other countries. However, looking at the current state of Nigeria with the recent occurrences ranging from the insecurity in the country, the continual boko haram conundrum to the unemployment rate, it may not be totally out of place to agree with Donald Trump.
Nigerian campaigns come with great promises of change in areas of security, employment and an end to corruption. This desired change seem perpetually delayed, and often with admonitions on citizens’ lack of patience. It is said that a politician cannot avoid making promises he or she cannot fulfill, and Nigerian politicians have never failed to live up to that dictum.
The killings by the Fulani herdsmen continue to ravage the country, with the Benue killings becoming the latest. To read or hear that the loss of lives was due to the loss of cows is both disheartening and infuriating. The government has clearly created a world where the cows hold more value than human live. The way the government has treated the problem of the herdsmen clearly show their level of seriousness; the army was suspiciously large enough to accommodate sending troops and air force south-eastwards to fight people airing their feelings about existing marginalization and their willingness to breakout of Nigeria, all completely without violence. The herdsmen, on the other hand, appear to grow in confidence as they migrate and kill wherever they touch, and it was only after the killings in Benue that the Presidency seemed to take interest, even after they had previously inflicted destructions in other parts of the country.
The fight against corruption seemed like a livewire at its inception, ready to pounce on defaulting office holders and bring them to justice. Presently, the fight appears like a camouflage, hiding in open secret, the existing corruption in the administration. The removal of subsidy which resulted in the increase of fuel price was accepted reluctantly and expected to make an effect on an ailing sector, but the current scarcity of fuel and with the price rate currently at an all-time high clearly depicts the contrary. The unemployment rate of the country currently stands at its peak, yet, the politicians readily announce supposed achievements in national speeches. Achievements that are best seen on paper, and are quite far from the lives of the people.
Nigerian government have always failed in its basic duties of protection of lives and properties, as well as several promises of change. Though it may be abhorring to hear one refer to one’s country as a shithole country, it should be clear to everyone that we are in deep shit. If we want to see a change, we must accept that things are not as they should be and that there is a problem. And begin working towards reorganizing our society for progress.
In order to see the Nigeria we seek, Nigerians need to take the mantle in their own hands, and begin to see ourselves as the instruments of change. This is a type of change that we live in our families, offices, schools and shops, even when others do not appreciate it. Blaming government without making efforts is futile, for we must contribute to the change, if we want a change. We will not see a change if those in public offices continue to ask for bribes, we will not see change if we continue to make our streets dirty, we will not see change if we continue to see the Nigerian state as ‘their thing’ and not ‘our thing’. Nigeria is known to be very religious but still don’t get better, the reason is simple; heaven helps those who help themselves.
To avoid being affected by bullying comments, we must look beyond the unproductive status quo we have at the moment. We must begin to discuss a new social contract and political structure that springs from the consent of the people. Our different traditional, family and religious institutions must begin to awake our original African values of sincerity, collaboration and productivity. When we develop a political structure from our original moral values, they become adaptable and proper for the administration of a better Nigeria. Then can we live beyond reasonable doubt and denigration of international bullies, who console themselves by focusing on other people’s faults.