- …Alas! It took Arewa Youths misdemeanour to realize it!
Why Pavlov and his theory should remain so revelant in Nigeria beats the breath out of me. The theory says if you put a dog in a cage and don’t put food there, first the hungry dog barks at the cager. If nothing happens, it tears at the cage; and if nothing still happens, then it tears at itself!
Sadly enough that’s the stage the poor masses have reached. We have tried fighting the cager and found them impregnably united. We have tried taking charge or control of our environment and found ourselves incapacitated by recession, lack of portable water or power supply.
The rich don’t fight. They always agree . Even when they disagree, like when the driver of the brand new Nissan Amarda rams it into the booth of another brand new Landcruiser Prado, their disagreement terminates under six minutes; once the bosses exchange complimentary cards and insurance information. Wait, till the danfo rams it into the rear trafficator light of a rickety taxi. Is it for the curses, the hullabaloo or the traffic gridlock the duo would cause, blowing empty, hot air into the neighbourhood?
My mother’s people, the aggrieved Biafrans have asked their people to stay indoors on the occasion of ‘Biafra @ 50!’ Gleefully they came back to tell us that Igbos in 75 countries complied. Nobody bothered to ask if those who stayed indoors included the poor, hungry widows who fed, only after their wards came back from hawking?
Nobody ask of those who stayed indoors because of the intimidation of the few, but violent groups?
Then, suddenly from nowhere, quaked and small assembly of youths who jolted everybody with a reasonable canon: Let the Igbos go! If Mbadiwe is iwe; Azikiwe is also iwe!
What they did was bad. But, it sure jolted everybody to unbargained for new level truistic rationality!
Gradually, Nigerians have finally realized for the first time the hidden truth: WE ARE BETTER TOGETHER!
My father prided himself a Yoruba. But he lived all his life in Igbo land. When the Nigerian civil war came, he compellingly relocated to Yoruba land. But, tried as much as he did, he simply could not fit in. His soul was in Onitsha. His body was in Oyo State. Five days after the war ended, he was back in Onitsha again, asking after those he could not see; hugging those he saw and shedding true tears for friends who lost their lives. But then, his ebullient spirit was back!
Was my father truly a Yoruba or Igbo man? May his soul rest in peace! Now, how many of my father’s kin would you replicate in the present circumstance?!!
There is no genuine consolation in sending 100 luxury buses and 200 trailers to the North to bring out the Igbos. When even the Julius Berger catapillers cannot bring out their houses and hotels!
I think the Pavlov is absolutely correct. Just as I strongly believe that poor are presently, too ignorant.
But would they have been so poor, if they were not so ignorant?!
Let no one be deceived: Nigerians have stayed so much together that it might not be so simple and easy to start talking of separation now! Better to-gether is the true reality. More so, when one group’s weakness, is the other’s strength. Ironically, it took the Arewa Youths’ misdemeanour to realize it!
Talk of advantages in disadvantages? Let me leave you with a quickie I found on the Facebook, while the lumpen and crass ignorantly poor continue to type ‘Amen’ and ‘share’ on WhatsApp and Fb because they still expect a cheap miracle, nobody is ready to work!
It is an incisive from Maritime Professionals:
“The Ibos want Biafra
The North wants Ibo’s exit
The Yorubas want Ibo’s exit
The Ibos are saying “we have investments in your areas and cannot leave them”
And the fight is being cooked.
“Amongst all these, the President is in London
Governors are sharing bailout funds
Workers salaries are not paid
Government officials have their children schooling abroad
Ministers and senators are looting
The poor Hausa man is riding Okada
The poor Ibo man is riding Okada
The poor Yoruba man is riding Okada
The poor Hausa man sleeps under the bridge as Alamajiri
The poor Yoruba man sleeps under the bridge as Alaye
The poor Ibo man sleeps under the bridge as agbero
It is pertinent to note that the poor from all ethnic groups in Nigeria have everything in common and so is the rich.
Do not allow the agitation of an Ibo man who lives in UK or USA for Biafra cause the killing of the Ibo man in Adamawa. The rich hate us that much.
Do not allow the Alhaji whose children are living abroad to persuade you to go and start killing on the street of Kaduna.
The problem in the country is not the agitation of any ethnic group but the unity of the elite and the disunity of the masses.
How many times have you taken your agitation to question your local government Chairmen?
Why have you not asked your Governors through agitation how they spent bailout fund?
Why have you not agitated against that government official whose mansions you go to beg for help?
Sad to note;
All the Governors love themselves
All the past Presidents love themselves
All the senators love themselves
All the top government officials love themselves
All the looters love themselves
Why can’t you and I love ourselves?
Why can’t we combine efforts and fight them?
Why do we fight ourselves?
Why do we allow them the freedom we don’t have?
Remember; a good Nigeria is better than a good Arewa, Oduduwa or Biafra”.
We are indeed Better To-gether!
May the President live Forever!