I think it would be safe to say that the last few years of our nation’s history have given magnanimous credibility to the late Fela Anikulapokuti’s definition of democracy as the demonstration of craze. But if we could all take a moment to be honest, would anyone expect less from a government of the people, for the people and by the people? Especially if the people in question are……
Wait for it!
…… “the Nigerian people”.
I sincerely don’t think so.
However if you wish to doubt, which I by all means encourage, please join me on any Monday morning for a jolly good adventure along the highways in our beloved country.
Observe with me, the grim determination on the faces of the drivers stuck in traffic, savagely pounding their horns; and should the need arise, shouting harsh words at each other. Notice the impatient gesturing of the commuters, the shuffling feet of the pedestrians, the shoving and hissing, the muttering of profanities when easy passage seems denied.
Let us feel the longing in the hopeful glances of the hawkers displaying their goods, ready to give chase at any sign that a commuter might be a potential customer. And last, but by no means least, let us not forget the predatory glances of our dear law enforcement agents. All of them have one thing in common – they strive to get ahead by any means necessary.
Now, equate this scene to our politics, and then tell me what you see? Is our government not worthy of us? Recreating our little Monday morning drama on a much larger scale, yet remaining true to the same creed: “get ahead by any means necessary”.
This is how it looks from my perspective: Our Democracy is a mirror reflecting back who we are, and what we are. So the next time any one of us feels the urge to heap insults on our dear President J (I know I will), or our esteemed well-rounded first lady, please take a step back and ask yourself just how many fingers are pointing back at you?
And when you arrive at your answer, remember the words of a wise but misunderstood woman – “There is God oO!”