In the Court of Posterity 5 – IDEDE Oseyande

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IDEDE Oseyande
IDEDE Oseyande

In the Court of Posterity 5 – IDEDE Oseyande

“Every action of yours is an antecedent for those coming behind; they will likely see it as a reference point and repeat such action”.

On my way back from work last week, I saw an unusual number of students riding on motorcycles and running around with torn uniforms. I was confused and baffled at the sight. Then I recalled that WASSCE had just come to an end. So, I asked my colleague a rhetorical question; “do they still tear uniforms after writing WASSCE?”

A week before that, I had read an online article by a campus journalist of the Federal University of Technology, Akure. In the article, he questioned the rationale behind the presentation of “Meritorious Awards”. He gave various firsthand information on how the so-called awards are being given to the highest bidder. I could relate with the article very well, as someone that has continuously criticized the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) for reducing students’ activism to presentation of awards for pecuniary gains. But what made me sad was the comments that trailed the article.

“Every action of yours is an antecedent for those coming behind; they will likely see it as a reference point and repeat such action”.

I kept reading statements like, “it is bad, but that’s how it has been”, “Na dem start am?” “Guy dem dey do wetin dem meet”, “we know it is not good, but dat is how dey do it”.

Again, I followed the controversy that trailed the postponement of the elections of the leadership of the house, Students’ Representative Council (SRC) of FUTA. The reason for the postponement as given by the secretary of the electoral committee, was time; as it was getting dark, and the honourable members of the house were not on ground. The reactions from former members of the council made me have a reflection on the problems of negative antecedents. Some questioned the constitutional powers of the secretary to the electoral committee, as to postponing the elections, and such views made sense to me, as it borders on the infringement of the “independence” of the house, in choosing their leaders. However, I became worried when they began to say nothing was wrong in carrying out the elections at night; insisting that the election has always held at night.

One begin to wonder, how long we should continue to sustain negative antecedents in the name of “that’s how we have been doing it”?

This is why we should all be conscious of the future, (especially as leaders), before taking action. You must bear in mind that every action you take today, will be a reference point for repetition by those that will come behind you in the future.

This is the reason corruption, thuggery, and various malpractices have taken over the country today. The younger generation keep making reference to the illicit actions of their predecessors; and their successors in turn reference them, and the cycle continues!

Today we reference Chuba Okadigbo for taking home the maze of the Senate, tomorrow we will reference Omo- Agege as a role model in storming Senate.

This is why we should all be conscious of the future, (especially as leaders), before taking action. You must bear in mind that every action you take today, will be a reference point for repetition by those that will come behind you in the future.

Today we have a Senator that is in political war with the IGP. Tomorrow, we will have worse scenarios. While we laugh, and make jest of happenings in our social and political space, the case will be different when posterity come knocking.

No one can escape the court room of Posterity!

IDEDE Oseyande

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