“Truth is we need a change; the political solution is a political change from the old order”.
Only a prey in a spider’s web can fully appreciate that soothing feeling of total freedom, freedom in this case would mean a release from captivity.
Nothing can be more devastating than to see a once happy and harmonious nation, at least as told by our fathers becoming a shadow of itself and a ready prey in the hands of evil forces whose stronghold has eaten deep into the fabric of our common national good and peaceful coexistence.
It beats my imagination and I lack the depth to fathom how we have lost our nationhood because of the evil consciousness and inclinations of some people. Though statistics may not and can never be readily available to determine the exact population of evil doers in this country, we all know that the business of evil thrives well now more than ever in our dear country; and this powerful cabal of evil forces has turned a once respected nation into something similar to a banal banana republic.
Nigeria has turned into a huge joke among the comity of nations, how did we get to this point where evil is an existential reality in this nation? The kind of evil in this country can be likened to a festering sore that has defied all solutions known to mankind. Evil doers scheme day and night in their pursuit to shatter and ruin completely our collective dream of becoming one of the strongest economies in the world by 2020.
Must we allow them? Should we sit down and expect a “deus ex machina” to salvage our country. The good ones must unite, speak and rise to defeat the evil ones. It almost seems that the dexterity and the zeal at which the evil ones perpetrate their wicked act is not being met with a proportionate zeal from good hearted people to resist or to nip it in the bud.
It’s a fact that cannot be gainsaid or misconstrued that this nation as now been entangled in a complicated web of evil; and if care is not taken, things may continue like this for a long time till the doomsday finally arrives.
The negative indicators are there to show viz. sophisticated kidnappings in the East, Boko Haram insurgency in the North, vandalism in the South, armed robbery in the west and a host of other evil and heinous crimes against the state.
Youthful energies are now being deplored to carry out criminal activities. Our security agencies are almost overstretched and overwhelmed and please don’t think of the Nigeria police, they are not even in the picture at all. I will need an empty book, the size of a dictionary to write about the evil in that institution alone but that is not enough to say we don’t have good hearted police officers, they are just few, very few.
Another sector that provokes my attention is the aviation sector. How best can we explain that because of the pecuniary gains of some aviation officials, standards are being compromised? Profit making has become the sole objective of airline operators, safety and standards relegated to the background thereby causing avoidable air accidents. This is a simple case of civil evil if there’s a word like that, if not it’s a crime against humanity. But let me console myself with the words of Dele Giwa, the late investigative journalist, he said” an evil done by man to man must be redressed, if not now then certainly later, if not by man himself then by God, for the victory of evil over good is temporary”.
Unconfirmed reports had it that one of the defaulting airline operators even bagged an award few months after one of its aircraft suffered a crash that killed all persons on board. An award of disservice, if you may ask me. Note, this unfortunate incident happened last year.
One can go on and on but the question is how far do we further slide before we say enough is enough?
Or is it until Nigeria becomes the Western African complement of Somalia, no thanks to Boko Haram?
The way and manner evil doers go about their business as though they have a form of “carte blanche” makes my heart bleed.
In a democracy or perhaps any other form of government, the major and the most important ultimate duty is the security of lives and property of the entire citizens.
Now, any government that fails in doing this has eroded in the most corrosive manner, the culture, beliefs and faiths reposed in that democracy or any other for that matter.
That said, there is a way out of this abdication of duty. It’s my sincere opinion that a political solution remains a desirable and veritable solution to remedy this.
The term “political solution” is a really broad terminology and I may still need to seek help from political scientists cum analysts to have a thorough grasp of what it fully entails. But do I really have such time, when my country is really caking up in the heat of evil.
So let me try to domesticate the term and suggest how best it fits into being our much desired solution. Line of best fit as statisticians may call it.
Truth is we need a change; the political solution is a political change from the old order.
We need a working government that is accountable to all Nigerians.
Barely two years to this time, Nigeria will go to the polls, I think it will do us some good if we have one common desire and agenda of political change at the back of our minds.
We want a change! We must elect new set of leaders that will not only uphold but also discharge expressly that major constitutional duty of security of lives and properties.
Is that too much to ask for? Leaders that will treat the life of an average Nigerian as a sacred being to be secured and guarded jealously, leaders that will respect the sanctity of human lives, these are the kind of leaders we desire.
Finally, we want to see an “Obama” in our next president.
It’s my sincere belief, that once we have these kinds of leaders at the helm of affairs, evil will reduce drastically to a barest minimum and gradually we’ll come out of this damned web of evil forces. Yes, we shall overcome!
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