IDEDE OseyandeEvery generation has its own problems. Whether inherited from the past or created by the present, the onus lies on them to get it fixed!”
“See, this entity called Nigeria, was the worst mistake of the 19th century!”
“It shall not be well with Lord Luggard for bringing up the idea of amalgamating the North with the South”
“C’mon! is it not obvious even to the politically naive, that we were, are, and will always be incompatible?”
“The whiteman keeps telling us that we are underdeveloped because of the greedy mindset of our leaders. Come to think of it; is the whole idea of amalgamation not borne out of their own greed?”
“Guy, it seems you are not getting my point. This country cannot work. Simple!”
Above are the repeated rhetorics, problems identified, and blame trade that has been on for years; and I am sure that it will continue for a long time. However, to leave the group that I like to describe as *”Prophet of Doom”*, let us try and look at it from a different perspective. Permit me to share a story with you.
There lived a man that had so many wives. The record of his wives is not certain, as documentation was poor at the time. Also, the cultural factor (whereby anyone that has a child for a man is counted as his wife) played another role in making it difficult to ascertain the number of wives this man had. Howbeit, on the conservative side, it was above a hundred and fifty women that gave birth for him. One would have thought that the man was rich and industrious. That would have have explained the act of his polygamy. Well, the opposite was the case. The women got attracted to him due to his physic- TDH the secret code for many women😍.
As the family grew larger, he started to manipulate his wives and their children. He bragged about anyone that did something exceptional, even though he contributed nothing to the process, aside being the biological father. The wives fell for his trap, and they were all fighting for his accolades. They all wanted to be seen as the true representative of their father. They competed against one another and wished one another failure, just to prove a point that they were better. After seeing his children, to the fourth generation, the man died. The choice of a successor became a tough battle. They had learnt to mistrust each other, and at such, trusting a single person as their leader became impossible.
The elderly children from the various wives, those that had been able to grow influence over their half brothers, came together, and selected some persons to run the leadership of the family. *”There is no way we can trust one person to be the head like our father”*, they said. However, these selected leaders had barely ruled for half a decade, when hell broke loose. The family was plunged into serious war. Alignments between those that felt their mothers were more close and could be trusted, formed a group, while the others formed another group. Though the outright war was called off after some time, it still continued surreptitiously.
The story above depicts Nigeria. Britain, our father, chose to marry different wives, and brought us (the children), under the same roof. While we cannot change our father’s decision, we can however, leave it as history while working with our half-brothers on the way forward. Some might want to argue that the choice of family before birth cannot be determined, but after birth, one can choose who to call family. They are entitled to their opinions. But the crux of the matter is that we all must work out pragmatic ways to reclaim our stance as a race. The growing idea of Africa around the world is not what we want to give to the next generation. The equality of humans is not a battle of brawn but of brain.
We have no control over the past, but we can secure the future by the effective use of our today. Whatever progressive struggle you are standing for, be it;
Biafra Exit, Restructuring, Not too Young to Run or Advocacy for Good Governance, the intent must be altruistic. It must be for the emancipation of Africa, and the entire black race. Any other motivation will be a repeated cycle of selfishness and greed that led us here…….
We must learn to appreciate our various strengths and weaknesses, while forming a lasting synergistic, and mutualistic brotherhood.
Posterity is staring us in the face.