Nigeria: The Flaccid Trigger [Part 2]

“Have an aim in life – then don’t forget to pull the trigger”

“You get more done with a kind word and a gun than with a kind word alone” – Al Capone

Please read Part 1 here.

I remember back in 2007, when the highly informed Tunde Solate told me “there’s this new guy in the US. Watch out for him. He’s headed for the white house”. I looked him straight in the eye and told him point blank “Tunde, I’m proud to be black – but it’s not called the WHITE HOUSE for nothing!”. We had known Osama; even O’mama (some call her Hillary) – but Obama? Dude! At least, get a “votable” name! Now I know better. If there were any candid proof that the racism monster is overrated, that would be it.

One of those who popularized the Fellow Nee-jay-rians “ringtone” is currently running for president. The self-acclaimed “genius” walks a free man; despite not having declared our gulf-war national windfall. Who’s to blame him? The M.O.N (miscreant of the nation) awards that decorate his colossal mansion are enough to construct a sky-scraper with. He might not win but he will certainly the votes of some “fellow Nigerians“. “Why” eludes me completely!
Indeed, saying our leaders serve us right is more than just a pun. I don’t remember ever voting – I was either too young or too busy; but most times, just too bloody scared to raise a voice for good in the colosseum of evil. Everyone wants to save his life. “I don’t have to be a hero!”, “Where are the Saro-Wiwas of yesterday? My family needs me alive!”, “I’m due for promotion next year, so the price-hike won’t affect me much”. Evil, by default, prevails in inaction. All we hear is “what tribe is he from?” or “who is his father?When the Nigerian team of 1996 stunned Argentina to claim gold, it mattered nothing that Amokachi was an Igbo boy born in Kaduna, or that JJ Okocha was from Enugu, or Kanu from Owerri. There was such incredible synergy amongst them that even the “gods of soccer” were left in shock. The whole country rallied for a common cause – united by a purpose stronger than inter-tribal repulsion. Motivation against tribalism is not hard to find; Goodluck (the man from the “powerless minority”) is now the acting president. There is truly none so blind as he who would not see!

We have, however, fallen in love with our monsters – like people infected with the Stockholm Syndrome. As soon as one dies, if another is not imposed upon us, we raise one for ourselves. Colonialism -> Racism -> Tribalism -> Religion-ism. The last on that queue is a new “us-made” addition to the “-isms” lineage; another weak excuse for not realizing our enormous potential. It has gotten increasingly popular to use religion as an excuse for crisis. There will always be an excuse for not fulfilling potential.

There are two major schools of thought about the shape of the African continent. Some think it’s the profile of a human head. Others think it’s a gun pointing downwards. Totally ignoring the probability of “chance”, a few things come to mind about the position (geographical) of Nigeria in Africa. Going by the first idea that Africa is shaped like a human being’s side-view, Nigeria would be placed at the all-important base of the brain; its link with the spinal cord. That would be the Cerebellum. Biology tells us that this structure coordinates movement, posture and balance {notice some significance here?}. By the second idea, Nigeria would be the trigger of the gun called Africa; the powerhouse, if you will; the one that gives relevance to the other parts. Little wonder our lands are filled with treasure and potential. Yet, for some strange reason, we fall short of these expectations.

The streets have now become a gutter for dreams; a sorry spectacle – an endless slope of inferiority. The office-messenger looks pitifully upon the Danfo-driver. The Danfo-driver looks down on the gala-seller. The gala-seller looks down on the water seller – who in turn looks down on the sweaty bare-backed porter. But, they all look despicable to the ever-hurrying bank executive who is nothing but a pawn to the politician. No one seems to notice that shoes are a luxury on the streets. Yet, we all go to bed with great ideas of a better tomorrow on our minds. Those images form a blissful memory of the future; stirring up a firm belief that things could be better! “Tomorrow is another day”. We sigh, we snore – and wake to resume the sinister cycle of pity. Tomorrow will never be different until we change today’s mentality. Little wonder I’m not the most eager to celebrate the first of October. In fact, if my sister wasn’t born on that day, I’d probably forget all about it.

The present situation seems all messy. Still, henceforth, I choose to look forward with stubborn optimism to a greater tomorrow; to a Naira-Pound equality and supremacy. I look forward to a time when fellow countrymen in diaspora would be queuing up to comeback home.

We have looked and hoped before. It is about time we added some gritty action to that boring recurrent duet.

Il buon tiempo verra! – The good times will come.


PS – I learnt of Olaitan Olanipekun Oladapo A.K.A Dagrin’s passing mid-way through writing this. Hope you don’t mind that I’ll drop a line for him. He was a truly rare naija talent. “Jor O!”. Here’s praying fortitude for his family, producer and fans! RIP DaGrin!

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13 Responses to Nigeria: The Flaccid Trigger [Part 2]

  1. Anonymous says:

    never has my thoughts for my dear country nigeria being concisely n with some strings of humor put together… issues are now clear and i must tell you plans are in progress

  2. ... says:

    ahw! Thanx! I wish u left ur name! Here's wishing u nothing but the best as u implement those plans

  3. Opeawo says:

    Great covering of the state of Nigeria, we need to rise this time and make things work different.Imisi, thumbs up.

  4. Really,am seeing the preacher in Mr Brine.Wish we culd all see Nigeria the rite way…and act rite.Its the future dat stops me frm cryin 4 Nigeria…believe me all dis must change.As for the 'genius'!there's still enuf apples to serve him.

  5. ... says:

    @OpeAwo Thanx Ope. I hope we'll all make that crucial decision soon@Undaunted Preacher? Me? Okay oh! There is nothing beyond God. On the other issue, leave the guy oh! Someone has been watering that apple tree (enough said). God bless Naija!!!

  6. Ayo Bankole says:

    I must confess without any form of sycophancy that THIS is Brilliant!!! I never knew Imisi is such a prolific writer, despite having known him for a while now!!! I'm very happy to have a brother in the Pen-world!!!

  7. ... says:

    @Ayo Thanx! "Brother"? I'm greatly flattered. You're my daddy in d pen-world!

  8. It's a good thing you also share the analysis of our day to day challenges.I must very well mention that you have given it a different dimension, a different perspective.A blend of humour and critical submissions. What I consider missing is that you didn't hammer on the fact that we are just complascent.Nigerians can only complain for a while and then get used to things are they were.Our tolerance level and acceptance window is so wide and quite insensitive. We know its wrong and so mention it but would sure not follow thru to get it corrected.Maybe, if the gritty action you have suggested would come with a pinch of resilience, we can then start talking of a new order.Without that, what comes first on the mind of the average Nigerian picture you have painted is SURVIVAL, even me sef!Good writeup!

  9. ... says:

    @Hemhem You just dropped the "KOKO". We really need to tone down on our tolerance for crap! I know we'll get there someday. I just pray we're not all grey by then. Thanx Hemhem

  10. Oluwole says:

    nice piece bro! u r rili on point

  11. darol2020 says:

    ….wow! naija our homeland! as u said 'It is about time we added some gritty action to that boring recurrent duo.' dts d key….we'v all bin talkin bt takin no action… d question is why cant we take a united stand lyk d 'Nigerian team of 1996' nd achieve our full potential…..'kia nd abeg mke we hurry o! cos i wnt to be alive wen we start enjoying the rewards!'

  12. Imisi says:

    @darol2020: me too oh! Not when all my peers are old (I will remain young sha!). lol

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