No! This is not a pro-Biafran publication, it was not sent by some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) or those from the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) this is a piece for Nigeria by a true Nigerian.
The state of affairs in Nigeria, calls for serious deliberations, so much tends to be going wrong.
Nigerians have for too long been known to bear under the worst of conditions, however, the present situation in the country is one that tends to be breaking their backs and shattering their resolve.
There are many issues besetting the nation, so many that Nigerians can only but contemplate running from this place they call home. A proper analysis of some events in recent times, would give one a clearer picture of why we need to be more concerned, lest this nation goes up in smoke.
Legislation of shame
I have said and will continue to reiterate that the current this 8th National Assembly records the worst legislation Nigeria has seen in all its years. It is not out of place to say the we are being led by the worst legislators in our own history.
To make case for the current legislative arm, one finds out that there is no valid point, there tends to be nothing that one can say is the good that has come out from the Nigeria’s hallowed chambers.
The legislators showed their incompetence and have continue day-by-day to give Nigerians reasons to fear.
Where shall one begin to speak of the ills in this very important arm of government? Shall we begin from the many allegations against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki or shall we start from the forgery case leveled against him (Saraki) and his deputy Ike Ekweremadu.
It is troubling to see the leaders of the upper chamber appear every other day in court to stand trial for things which should not be heard of them, and though they remain free without any convictions yet, still, it wont be wrong to say that this drama has caused so much harm to legislation in Nigeria at this time in our history.
How will the House be able to pass laws that will affect Nigerians positively when those who lead are in and out of court for allegedly breaking the rules, flouting laws and operating not in accordance with the rule of law.
Still in the Upper Chamber, the show of shame between Senator Dino Melaye and Senator Remi Tinubu, is reason enough to panic, in that the saga only spells it clear that we are led by people with the lowest of moral values.
Sanata Remi Tinubu and Sanatar Dino Melaye
The kind of words and details of acts which was seen upon that sacred floor of the Senate, makes one fear that Nigerians might have placed their fate in the hands of those who will thrash them.
In the same vein, the Lower chamber is not left out of this show of shame, as the news of three representatives who went soliciting for sex in the USA, calls for sober reflection. Though we have not heard the last of that case, still to even have such allegation labelled against those who represent Nigeria at the highest level, is sickening.
Still in the House of Representatives
, the case for and against those who padded and did not pad the national budget, shows that we might in the end be fantastically corrupt, it might mean that we are led by plunderers, ravaging the country right there from their exalted positions.
There has been rumours and speculations that the Senate is seeking to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari, and though this seem to have been played down with many hinting at the limits of its possibility, still it is an issue that calls for concern.
Senate president Bukola Saraki at CCT, there are speculations that a move for Saraki’s unsaeting is in the works.
With a legislative arm that Nigerians cannot vouch for, one cannot but note that there is no smoke without a fire. It must be noted that the mantra of impeachment has for quite sometime lingered by the doors of the National Assembly, with many calling for the unseating of the Senate leadership; it is this chaos that stirs unease in the hearts of Nigerians. This is because, the Nigerian Senate remains unstable and continue to tussle for power, and the servant leaders in those sacred courts continue to do the masses no good.
The Senate is not in anyway helping the cause of President Buhari, some critics claim, there tends to be a silent rift between the presidency and the legislature. One fears that the more the diverse parties cannot come to agree for the common good of the people, then Nigerians will be in for another era of promises which will never see the light of day.
Reports of violence borne of religion are making headlines again, with death and destruction of property recorded in certain parts of the country. We have toed this line before and we surely know that ifthere is an issue that ticks people off to war
the most, then religion it is.
RCCG pastor’s wife murdered while preaching in Abuja
Christians, especially those in the northeastern region
and Muslims in the southeastern region stand the greater risk in the wake of violence borne of religious rifts, a subject matter which could be said to have played a major role in the bloody civil war which Nigeria experienced between 1967 and 1970.
Experts have said that some clerics within the northern region are to blame for the killings carried out by their followers, this is because they preach and teach those who follow them to see others who are not of their faith as infidels
. With these deadly ideologies behind their their minds, religious fanatics much about on the edge, waiting for the slightest form of provocation and they strike in the name of God.
Wave of terror, storm of militancy and the dying economy
The Nigerian government deserves some praise for the war against the dreaded Boko Haram sect within the troubled northeastern region of the country. According to the Nigerian army, the jihadists have been ousted and all that is left is but a fragment for which the gallant soldiers must remain focused to erase without a trace.
However, Nigeria seem to have a system in which when one situation is about being fixed, something else springs up to take its place.
The advent of marauders in the guise of herdsmen, has given the nation cause not to close one eye while she sleeps. The re-emergence of vandalism and militant activities in the South-south and Southeast regions is yet another cause for which the people are troubled.
Nigeria’s dwindling economic growth has been closely linked to the troubling affairs within the Niger Delta, even the militants have promised to cripple the nation.
File: Pipeline bombing in the Niger Delta
The Nigerian government has said it is in talks with leaders of the region and lords of the militant groups, however, some very powerful groups within the region are of the opinion that the government cannot get the desired result with the way they are handling the affairs. This assertion has led groups like the Niger Delta Avengers to keep at blowing up pipelines and destroying facilities belonging to oil firms within the south-south and southeast.
These are trying times, not only for people within the Niger Delta but Nigerians as a whole as the masses most especially will have to face harsh market prices and crazier living conditions till a truce is brokered.
A truce seem far from the issue, now that the military has launched a new operation to counter the militancy within the region. For many, this move is a ‘no good’ as it will only stir more hostilities and in the end lead to no positive outcome.
Run! To where?
Nowhere is the answer, there is certainly nowhere that can serve as our home. Shall we run to America where the news of hate induced violence is rampant, shall we run to Europe which itself is threatened by terrorism?
Scene from Orlando shooting
We cannot abandon this ship to founder, it is our collective duty to see that the nation set on the right part again, though that position is a very hard one.
Nigerians have become wiser, and we have become more outspoken, those in power understand that Nigerians will not fail to unseat them if they do not perform.
The present administration has alot to do in restoring faith to the Nigerian people who they have promised change, for if the promise is not fulfilled, then the people will change their attitude and ideologies.
As regards those in the Nigerian legislative arm of government, I will say that a total over hauling is necessary and as regards their move for an immunity that covers their ills and absolves them of all wrong doings for a life time, I say it must not stand.
Nigerians have been looked at as a people that are ready to bear with whatever comes their way, however, when the dog is pushed to the wall, there are other actions that follow other than just barking. The masses must not be pushed too far so that the implosion which is feared does not come to pass.
Urgently, the APC-led government must chart a course for bringing Nigeria out of its financial mess. Job creation is of the essence, that is the only way by which the teeming Nigerian youths can be rest assured that fleeing this land which they for too long have called home, is not the best. It surely looks greener on the other side, however, what becomes of our fatherland if we all flee?
As regards the violence stirred by religion, and the agitations for a divided Nigeria; we broker a truce, and that can only be done by showing respect for all sides of the divide.
The government must fashion out a process by which the aggrieved are pacified, compensate where it is necessary, we can come to perfect agreement if truly we are for the good of the people and not for our personal gains. For it seem that so much that has been done in guise of seeking justice for a relegated set of people, has been done for the benefit of only a few.
According to the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), there is more to be done to restore peace and come to agreement with the militants in the Niger Delta Region; though I believe that not all the demands of the militants can be met or should be met, still I believe that if they could be stilled during the last dispensation, then they can still be calmed in this era, approach is all that matters.
Terrorist attacks recorded in France
In conclusion, we all Nigerians must begin to look for different ways to make the best of what we have which to many now is “nothing”. Necessity they say is the mother of invention, and we must look deep within us to find that which can profit not just ourselves, but the world around us.
Most importantly, for this nation be as great as we want it to be, we must think Nigeria first, not our tribes nor our religion. While we cannot shove our cultures, traditions and religions aside, we must exercise our rights in such a way that it does not infringe on the rights of others.
Our society in the end, is a reflection of who we are as a people, there is no doubt that this nation can be great again, to take its rightful place in the affairs of the world.