IN RETROSPECT

In retrospect now that the dust over the abduction of Dapchi school girls and the fury generated by the clashes between the fulani herdsmen and the settler communities is settling down, will it also bring the end of “esprit de corps” ?

The hegemonic cordiality that hither to existed among the military junta before their incursion in to politics and governance.

Is the bubble heading for a burst?
Is Nigeria going to be better for it?

Will it break the dominant control of the Nigerian polity by the military Generals who have over years controlled, dominated, and cornered our common wealth and stunted our development as a nation?

The battle line is now drawn between the Generals, with each of them commanding stupendous wealth and awesome power. Some of them feel they are even lager than the State.

Since the beginning of this year we have notice the cracks developing in the wall.

General Obasanjo, started by advising the ruling retired military General Buhari, not to contest the 2019 election for according to him he has failed the nation.

This was followed by a similar call from General Babangida calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to step down in 2019 to allow for a generational leadership shift.

Then came the advice from General Gowon, who said that successive governments also fought corruption, but it did stop them from developing the national infrastructure. The recent out burst by General TY Danjuma to the Fulani Herdsmen – Farmer conflict threating to consume the entire country was attacked with vigour by the government apologist and their friends.

The call by the General for the citizens to rise and defend themselves is worrying, especially when it is coming from some one well respected in the society and is also not given frivolity.

More so for a general who was once the Minister of defence to indicate that he has lost confidence in the army and security agencies is not only worrying, regrettable but alarming. No right thinking person would not find his statements disturbing.

In the political space also the Senate President was reported to have said if the Cabals in the State House do not stop pressuring him, he would make life very difficult for the administration.

The uncompromising attitude of the Buhari support base, and their ability to fight with ferocity any opinion expressed on the way we are governed that does not go down well with them, is astonishing, as if we are not in democracy.

Bill Gates one of our major development partner also advised the government that its economic policies is not working because the federal government’s investments in young people, especially in areas of health and education were not good enough.

He warned that “While it may be easier to be polite it’s more important to face facts so that you can make progress,”.

The worrying aspect about all these are, this is a country where nothing seems to be working.

The lingering in security as a result of Boko Haram insurgency.

The fulani herdsmen-farmer clashes.

The rising, spate of kidnappings that has refused to abate.

The widening gap between the rich and poor that keeps expanding.

The near total collapse of the country’s infrastructure is so scaring, when you contemplate how the situation can be salvaged.

The total break down in our health infrastructure, has reached a point that citizens have lost confidence in our medical institutions. Today no country in the civilised western world accepts any medical reports generated from government hospitals in Nigeria.
The educational sector also suffer similar pitiful situation with collapsing infrastructures and archaic teaching tools and materials.

It is no wonder therefore you can not find any Nigerian University among the 100 ranked top universities of the world.

The rationing of power supply in Abuja and in most part of the country gives little hope in growing the small and medium scale industries that are vital in and moving the economy forward.

The strangulating prices charged by the electricity companies in most cases for power not supplied adds to the Nigerians despondency.

Are we witnessing the “failed state paradigm” that we have refused to accept?
Thank God the Dapchi girls are back with their parents, with the N5000 stipend given to them by the government.

Now that the political talks are over those claiming credit for the return of the girls have gone back to their offices mission accomplished.

This pitiful situation is left for Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam the governor of Yobe State to contend with.
Remember similar attacks happened at Buni Yadi and Government Science Secondary Potiskum where so many lives of innocent students were lost.

One of the head aches the Governor of Yobe State had to deal with, is how to convince the parents of the nearly 1000 students of the school that remained closed to return them to school.

I also sympathise with the Governor of Borno State for the pains he and the parents of Chibok school girls are going through as some significant number of the Chibok girls remain captives with the Boko Haram insurgents.

My prayers for their safe return to their parents is unending, at least until they are back home and reunited with their families safely.

Do we as parents need to form vigilante groups to safe guard the schools we send our children and ward to study in the light of failure of the government to avert such kidnappings?

Is the call by General TY Danjuma germane even though his prepositions were not accepted in good faith by many because of the manner and time he made the statements.

My take on all these are, have we lost our sense modesty, compassion and patience. The level of our in tolerance to counter views is gradually dragging to woods.

No opinion no matter how honest they are, were not manipulated to express our divide.

When shall we start holding our leaders accountable for their actions and in actions?

When shall we as people stop looking at issues from the prism of religious bigotry, sectionalism and primordial tendencies such tribalism.

We have wasted so much time and resources on these settled issues.

The location where one come from in the Nigerian contraption, tribe and religion we belong to are facts we cannot changed. We need to use our diversity to move the country forward not bring it down.

An ordinary advice by our elder state men and our major development partners should not be politicised. One of the hallmark of democracy is its ability to contain divergent views and opinions.

The difference between dictatorship and representative democracy is the freedom to hold opinion, associate and speak out.

Any society that does not accept concrete criticism on the way it is doing things that society will not progress.

Can we step back and ask our selves, is it any wonder that every conversation we have in the country is reduced to religion, tribe and from what part of the country you come from.

Our judgements and expressions on issues are always determined by these idiosyncrasies.

Who is teaching us these hates?

While we wallow in our stupidity and hold on to these divisive tendencies politicians will always cash on our disunity and continue exploiting us for their benefits.

To turn the fortunes of this country we must be prepared to accept Nigeria first before any other considerations

We must also strive make our leaders accountable, they are our servants we elected them to the positions they found themselves because we thought they have something to offer for the good of all.
Mega and Phantom list of corrupt Nigerians dished out to the mass media, unsettled by courts of law will do us no good.

Threats to deal with any dissenting voice by cajoling them to keep quite or withhold the renewal of operating licenses to companies that their owners commented on government policies can not be a solution to developmental problems.

Any government that cannot solve our problems of in security, shelter. food, education, health and transportation is not worthy of our franchise.

We must act with dignity and tolerance in order to move this country forward.

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