It’s now a little bit more than 30 years ago when as a student at the Lagos State University (LASU), I participated in a national essay competition organized by the Forum for the Advancement of Nigeria (FAN), Philadelphia USA. The theme of the essay was Nigeria of My Dream. I won a certificate and this was published in the University’s bulletin, and that was the same year that I graduated from the University.
Imagine what my dream was for Nigeria as a student and a young graduate full of hope 30 years ago. To my greatest surprise today after such a long time of expectations, I can still dream the same dream because rather than see my dream come true, all that I hoped for has remained elusive. Rather than seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, the tunnel itself has swallowed up completely the likelihood of anything good as far as Nigeria is concerned. Rather than dream or hope for anything as far as Nigeria is concerned, all that one can do is to pray for a change. It may interest you to know that the change desired at this point is in the way things are done. which is a contradiction of what I had ever dreamt or hoped for. What I am saying is that the leaders since the time I first dreamt for better things have been recycling themselves and doing things the same way.
What needs to be changed now is the attitude of Nigerians. It is often said that it is insanity to keep doing things the same way and expecting a different result. For those of us who have been following our works, especially the articles we have been writing and posting on our websites, you will discover that after the emergence of the Presidential flagbearers of the two major political parties in Nigeria, namely Alhaji Abubakar Atiku of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Asiwagu Ahmed Bola Tinubu of the All Progressive Congress (APC), I went into a coma, not being able to think straight, then I realized and was able to appreciate better the mental state of Nigerians and the reason why things are the way they are, even though at the detriment of Nigerians.
There is no aspirant especially between the two personalities mentioned that can move Nigeria forward an inch. If I must be sincere, even though sincerity has no place as far as the Nigerian project is concerned, Nigeria is under a siege and only the hand of God can turn things around. I have in the course of contributing my own quota and in my own little way to the advancement of Nigeria realized that Nigerians have been impoverished to the extent that a cup of rice or 5000 naira is enough to buy them over.
The just-concluded Presidential primaries of the two political parties of the PDP and the APC revealed the rottenness and moral decadence of our politicians. The delegates were brought over, and in such a situation, how credible should one consider the process to be and what kind of candidates should one expect to see emerge? The most unfortunate thing about what is going on in Nigeria is the lack of effective channels of information dissemination, and that has cut them off from reality.
If Nigerians are privy to even one-third of what those living abroad know about Nigeria, there would have been a revolution in the country. The two major weapons of war against the Nigerian people are poverty and lack of access to credible information. Hardly can an average Nigerian youth go online for a minimum of one hour in a day. Data is very expensive and this is deliberate. The politicians in Nigeria are not different from the bandits that are kidnapping Nigerians for ransom. The only slight semblance of difference between the bandits and the politicians is that the bandits use guns and other explosives to cause mayhem while the politicians use their vantage positions to subjugate and divert the taxpayers money into their pockets.
I can no longer cry for Nigeria. My strength is failing me and the only way out is to turn to God for help. I have come to my wit’s end, and all I can do is to pray. There is a lot of deceit in governance, too numerous to mention. Suffice it to say here at this point that the Fulanese are the problems of not only Nigeria but also of the world in general.
We hear from time to time the evil being perpetrated by the ISIS, the ISWAP, the Boko Haram. All of these are made up of the Fulanese. The Fulanese are the terrorists that the world will have to face and confront head on if peace is to be achieved in the world. The fear that I have is that if nothing is done by the international community, Nigeria may become the base from where attacks are launched, not only against the West African state, but against the whole world.
The role that the Fulanese are playing in the world today is worse than all that Osama bin Laden did against America in the 9/11 attack. If the political transition that is ongoing in Nigeria, especially with the Presidential flagbearers of the PDP and APC, is allowed to sail through, the international community will have a big problem to contend with in the future.
This is the time to act. Nigerians are hopeful but helpless, and their helplessness is their ignorance. If Nigerians can be sensitized and are exposed to what the politicians are doing, I believe strongly that they will rise up to the occasion and take their destiny in their own hands.
A good option to the intractable problem of Nigeria is what the politicians are trying to suppress and that is the desire of the two major ethnic groups in Nigeria, the Yorubas and the Igbos, and that is nothing other than self-determination. The pharaoh that did not want the Israelites to be freed drowned in the Red Sea with his armies. The same, I see coming upon Nigeria. The evildoers who parade themselves as leaders, if they fail to change their minds in the port, they will definitely sink in the sea. Do you know that pharaoh himself never believed that the Israelites could be freed? Recall also that after he had let them go, something (God) prompted him and he pursued after them until he met his Waterloo by drowning in the Red Sea. May this be the portion of our slave masters in Nigeria, and may God hasten His word to perform it.
To the Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osibajo, congratulations on your contest for the Presidential primaries. The lesson to learn is that the way the Vice-President was deceived by making him to believe that he had the backing of his boss, President Muhammadu Buhari, as a way of compensating for his loyalty, the same way is how Bola Ahmed Tinibu will be deceived. The Fulanese are not just prepared to relinquish power to any other parts of the country. All the loyalty of the Vice-President for his boss has now amounted to foolishness and insensitivity, and this should teach the Yorubas a lesson.
I do not want this madness to continue in my home country Nigeria, and to this end, I release the arrows of death in the direction of the oppressors of the people of Nigeria. May this prayer not go unanswered.
The way things are is as if there are no Christians in the land. I am not surprised. Most of the great ministers in Nigeria have been distracted and are looking elsewhere. This is food for thought, and only the wise can hear and increase in learning. Whether Nigerians are fools or wise, the result will show in a couple of days, weeks, or months.
Thank you, and God bless!
Samuel ‘Tunji Adeyanju