The Nigerian citizenship has got to be one among per chance the most frustrating things God has ever created.
Being a Nigerian stands common sense on its head, in particular being the happiest folk within the field. That’s what Fela called suffering and smiling. We are a resilient bunch, searching tremendous within the midst of troubles. We are a straight forward going lot.
When the Nigerian say used to be bequeathed by the British colonialists, a single Naira used to be equal to two British pounds sterling. That used to be pretty over 60 years ago. At this time, as an more than a number of of fascinating ahead, over 500 fashions of that same Naira is equal to 1 British pound. It’s very perfect how this came about in a nation which is the 6th oil producing nation within the entire sector. I keep up a correspondence of coarse oil, now not palm or groundnuts oil.
In January of 2018, Nigeria formally took the baton from India because the nation with the very most suitable choice of uncomfortable folk on earth. In accordance with a present World Monetary institution report, extra than 6million folk possibility coming into into abject poverty with the present uncontrollable upward push within the costs of foodstuff and varied vital products.
AS at the time of penning this, the authorities has made up its mind to additional broaden the label of electricity to homes. This implies that by December of 2021, voters, already impoverished, would pay extra for electricity. This occurs in a nation that is grossly incapable of distributing a straight 2 hours electricity for domestic consumption, let alone for commercial screech.
Public utility for the moderate Nigerian is a luxurious. Right here is the jam. The authorities which flares away its gasoline is complaining regarding the global prices of LPG, and thus giving a staunch clarification for the broaden within the label of cooking gasoline. One of per chance the most baffling things about us is that for over sixty years of exporting coarse oil, we have now not been in a position to install a working refinery to pass our oil manufacturing to a level where we would quit complaining.
Maybe one among the very best contradictions of mankind is witnessed right here where absolute wealth cohabit with abject poverty, with a diminishing middle class. Right here’s why I yell Nigeria is at warfare with itself. The leaders per chance search themselves because the Lords of the folk.
In a present release, the condescending angle of the authorities in direction of the folk used to be made bare by the discharge of the damning revelation regarding the controversial #EndSARS panel report chaired by a reputed retired issue in Lagos.
Old to then, the authorities gaslighted every person, both domestic and global, at the side of the CNN that what we thought we observed wasn’t the staunch thing. I will now not bring myself to imagine the level of callousness that could perhaps end result killing your have youths in cool blood and yet denying it!
While the authorities treats Boko Haram/bandits with kid gloves, I deployed the plump weight of its equally oppressive protection power to cracking down on a band of protesting youths. Pythons has been dancing within the South East for God knows how lengthy, while within the North, it has been operation lafiyadole, a dwelling sentence which crudely means obligatory peace.
Maybe, it mustn’t have long gone this tainted if we didn’t have sycophants who issue napoleon is progressively accurate. In my interactions with a supporter of the authorities, he looks to confuse patriotism with fanatic toughen for the chief. This all over again is another clarification for our warped role up.
While our professors are wont to blaming Europe and The United States for our woes, on the streets we have understood that there are two camps in our nation. The oppressed and the oppressors. There is no plight for the onlooker. The authorities desires to replace its attitudes in direction of the folk. Tiny marvel every person desires to change into a flesh presser. At the same time as you are in energy, that you would be able to perhaps per chance have joined the oppressors. The folk change into beggars, dispensable and worthless for your eyes.
Until we replace, the gap widens. Rapidly both the oppressed and the oppressor would plunge into the valley that could perhaps in the end be created. While we pray on no fable to rep there, our angle would trudge up the answers to our prayers.
God bless Nigeria.
Usman Okai Austin
Writes From Abuja.