A number of vested interests have unleashed a deluge of venomous vituperative on the cyberspace within the last few days in reaction to the description of Nigeria as a “nation in chaos” by Professor Wole Soyinka in his recent interview on Cable Network News (CNN). The learned professor had over the years, consistently warned that Nigeria was becoming or heading towards being a failed state.
Ambakederemo, was quoted in the dailies as saying that “Professor Soyinka has debased the intellectual respect he had garnered in the past. We have a duty to remind Soyinka that his conclusions are not just biased, they are devious and laced with mischief to pull down the government. They are equally erroneous and miscalculated to lay the foundation for civil unrest in the country.”
Despite this outburst and denial of the Nigeria’s true chaotic status, Ambakederemo never tendered a single logical point in refutation of the professor’s argument or to support his own position, having been contented just with deploying mere vulgar abuses and uncouth utterances.
These qualities of a real, thriving functional nation seem to vividly conveyed by the preamble to the American Declaration of Independence, 1776, which states inter alia thus, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments is instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
“That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”
To start with, on the issue of security, no Nigerian alive can honestly claim to feel safe. Insecurity has always abounded though,, but what we have been witnessing in recent times, specifically from the past three or four years, is gradually a dawning reality that the matter has gone out of hands. At no other times has the collapse of security in Nigeria been this total.
Each time security-breached tragedy is unleashed on the nation, what we often hear from the official quarters are the now familial rhetoric such as “the perpetrators of this dastardly act would be brought to book”; or “no stone will be left unturned to unmask the criminals.”
Yet nothing would happen and before you know it, another series of violence would occur and the officialdom would keep repeating those annoying clichés of turning stones and bringing unknown people to book!
So if Nigeria is not a failed state, it is certainly a failing one and we must be patriotic enough to admit this as a precursor to finding solution. Mere wishful thinking would not spirit away the problem.
“So if Nigeria is not a failed state, it is certainly a failing one and we must be patriotic enough to admit this as a precursor to finding solution”
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