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A BEASTLY PEOPLE, A MINDLESS NATION.

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Recently, I saw on Kanmi Fakunle, my friend’s personal message a rather disturbing message and in other to ease my curiosity, I chose to inquire why he had it up. I was lucky enough that unlike the proverbial ‘cat,’ my curiosity revealed the chronic state of lawlessness in our nation, which apparently was bewildering to Kanmi. The message read thus, ‘how you all stay happy in this country baffles me - with all these injustice, senseless crimes, and sufferings.’

Upon probing Kanmi’s reasons, he said ‘am just baffled how it is hardly possible to have 24 hours of joy in Nigeria. It is either fellow drivers being crazy or bad news here and there. How can a fellow be happy when some “humans” decide to molest women on the grounds that they stole pepper?’ There and then, I knew he was just as traumatised about the ‘ejigbo’ incident where women had been molested, tortured, and sodomised by some unidentified marketers.

I mean this is a country with set rules, law and order, a country with an appointed custodian of the law and set institutions for enforcement but seemingly a mockery. A country with chiefs and a king with so much dereliction, frightening disregard of the law and its agents. Indeed, our country is far more like a jungle where only the strongest survives and the weak preyed upon. A vigilante like nation.

He went further saying ‘we all experience this bro, I guess we are all just used to it hence, we do not think it is abnormal. You go out daily and see hawkers, beggars; you hear of injustice, jungle justice, silly crimes, petty thievery, and all sorts. How can one stay happy in all of that for 24 hours?’ as I was pondering on some profound words of his, he compared this anarchic reign to a more law-abiding society he had just returned from his two years study. ‘When I was in Buckingham, I could boast of several days of pure heartfelt joy and happiness without witnessing or hearing terrible things. It was not just a serene environment, but clean and organised. I could not find hawkers and hungry looking beggars on the roads we plied. No news of people taking laws into their hands or police harassing criminals not to talk of random people.’ He could not help but ask me ‘are we animals here?’

Although I could not adequately answer Kanmi that night as I was lost in the hopelessness of this one time great nation. Today, I find the strength like a hungry lion with a prey dangling in his face to answer some of our problems. Indeed, I have come to find out that there is something fundamentally wrong with us a collective people. We have lost hope and faith in the institutions and instruments of justice. Our country has deprived us like the children of Somalia our grand rights. It is because of the failing of our incompetent rulers that we as a people have become unruly. We are a frustrated lot with little or no standards - be it moral or otherwise. We have descended into a state of lawlessness.

Many of the civilised worlds have leaders who rule by example, leaders who have the interest of the nation utmost in their hearts, rulers who are indeed servants of the people upholding and defending their collective ideologies. We on the other hand, have rulers who we serve, and who are there to boost their pause. Leaders who though acknowledge the law and sometimes formulate it but manipulate the law, ensure they are more supreme than the law. We are in a country where the law is just an interpretation of the desires of a selected few. You see many of the advanced countries have laws that bind them and submit to its provisions but here; we bind the law and twist it to our advantage.

The truth is all humans are animals. Only the laws that exist curtail our excesses and prevent us from exhibiting those barbaric tendencies. It follows therefore, that where there are no forms of enforcement of the law, and where the real culprits slip the hammers of the law; anarchy, and rebellion reigns greatest. That is why we cannot obey simple traffic laws as a people because no one will punish us. As a people, we will rather adopt the Moses system of an eye for an eye; hence, ‘ti adiye ba fo mi logun nu, ma fo leyin.’ If you steal from me, since I know if the police arrest you, chances of detaining you are slim, I will rather kill you from preventing you to steal anymore. That is where we have found ourselves.

Nigerians ordinarily are an aggressive people stemming from remote frustrations. How can we be normal when there is no power supply for weeks yet our minister for information announces ‘all Nigerians are enjoying premium power supply,’ when there is no security and we sleep with one eyes closed? When we witness, police ‘accidentally’ discharge bullet through their guns because they have not been given the usual 50 naira ‘egunje,’ or when we watch people like us set other human ablaze like dumps or raze down buildings laboured to build over a senseless riot, when youths are endlessly left jobless and idle? Even when we communicate on phone, we shout at the top of our voices like a newly set loose lunatic.

We are a fickle people waiting only to be pushed to react over the silliest issue. Look at how we treat each other without any iota of mutual respect and appreciation. We are an unhappy people going about with bombs in our soul like ‘Boko Haram’ only waiting to flip the switch.

However, the good news is that there is hope if only we can change as Kanmi advocated. Change in our mentality, reasoning, attitude to life and how we treat each other. The truth is that it starts with us. For example, it only took one example of governor Fashola for the people to realise PDP had been dishing out ‘shit.’ Now his party is winning hearts; not that I root for them, as I know they are about same lots eventually, just in different cloaks. I Just used this as an example that one person in a corner can effect changes if they so desire.
ADEKANYE ADEYINKA OLAJIDE.