The State


Since most of us went through the robotic Nigerian educational system, I expect everyone to understand when I talk about the different states of matter. If you’ve forgotten, let me remind you. Matter has three main states viz (I remember how they explain those things back then); SOLID, LIQUID and GAS. Ok, now I don’t think I need to explain further because we all know what those are. I expect us to know that Solid is a good example of ‘United we Stand’ while Liquid is quite loose which allows flow unless when contained. Gas is another matter entirely. It is chaos ‘personified’. It can also be contained, but that has to be under pressure with the consequence of probable combustibility.

We have had quite an eventful first two months of the year. I’m not sure so much has happened in the first month of any year in a long while. Maybe the 2002 bomb blast in Lagos and probably some other events that have affected some people more than others but never generally as a nation. Roll in January 2012 and we’ve already had a mighty jump in fuel pump price, an unprecedented shutdown of the nation’s economy for five solid days, a rally and nationwide protest like no other, a certainly predictable ‘stab-in-the-back’ by labour, and an ambush of protesters by the government all garnished by the attacks of the dreaded Boko Haram. Wow! It’s really been a crazy month and for those of us born in it, it seems to have some sorta special effect. February faired a little better but with its preceding month having so much action, it was condemned to carry on the spirit. As it so happens, more BH action and FG’s seeming reactions along with the major sideshow called the Subsidy Probe with a cameo appearance by ND militants shaped February. The show actually got interesting with the disappearance and re-arrest of a major suspect, the change of guard at the helm of security affairs and the subsequent dismissal of one of the main acts. We also had the death sentence pronouncement on a suspected killer of ‘international’ acclaim and his sidekick with the resultant public (and BH) reaction AND we were reminded again how loose our constitution is after five state governors were given a chance to extend the years of ‘plausible’ service to their various states with the result that no two ‘learned colleagues’ could fully interprete the judgments straightforward.

Through all these, a lot have come into the open and it remains to be seen where exactly we are going as a nation, or even if there is a nation in the first place. The positive I’ve taken out of these events is that now we know there is an avenue for us to step out of our ‘complaints room’ and actually let our grievances be known to the rest of the world. The role the social media played at that period was also phenomenal. It is a very powerful weapon indeed! Lots of negatives came out of all the show, though. It is now looking more and more like without some form of organized private violent attacks on these politicians, there’d never be a lasting solution to our problems. That looks more like a starting point of cleansing our political system and I tell you, it is a very unattractive but increasingly inevitable option. What with all forms of discussions (probe panels and conferences) heading nowhere in resolving our issues. And we keep hearing that dialogue is the way forward. We all know what happened when we allowed our labour leaders to dialogue with the FG. Now tell me, what options do we have left, or right as the case may be?

Well, taking all these into the context of the states of matter earlier discussed, I’m fixing the state of our nation at ‘Liquid’. Yes, we sure as hell aren’t ‘Solid’! Never have been! It is becoming more apparent that we seemed to have formed a nation on a false foundation. It’s the reason why there will always be a call for SNC anytime major issues develop. We are in a ‘liquid’ state and it is fast moving away from something like water, towards the more volatile types such as methylated spirit. For one thing, a ‘solid’ nation is what we all hope to build and we definitely should be working towards that, but as things stand, we are quickly moving to a gaseous state and that is the point where anarchy reigns supreme. It may not look like too much of a possibility right now but who would have thought, just five years back, that a Nigerian would ever want to blow himself up for any particular cause. Or even that blowing bombs will become as commonplace as throwing bangers and knockouts. I tell you, Nigeria is fast becoming a ‘gas’ and if we don’t try to rein in the current trend, we will definitely find ourselves as particles in that state faster than we know.

Now that we are still in the ‘liquid’ state, I think it’s best we just try to contain the flow and ensure a calm. Outside influences only create disturbances which are most times unnecessary. The problem is, if our leaders and the political class continue in their present impunity, BH will be the least of Nigeria’s problems and a gaseous nation will be like the only solution. Things have to be done right and someone, or probably a group of people, will have to take it upon themselves to ensure these senseless high-class thieves and thugs come to their senses fast before they no longer have a country to pillage anymore. We might need to freeze a lot of things (assets, accounts, authorities, etc) to start the process towards solidifying the nation. We just have to take some drastic measures to ensure the nation gets to a ‘solid’ state where our unity in our diversity will be our strength.

As for us particles in whatever state the nation is, we can make a conscious effort towards ensuring we make something solid out of our present volatile state by putting our hands, and heads, together and ‘re-occupying’ at every opportunity we can get to set things right starting from the ward and council levels. We own this country. We make this country. Without us the nation won’t even have a state to be in, therefore, we can’t afford to fold our hands and let a misguided few lead us into a state we don’t want. This is a battlecry to call us to fight now when the battle is easier and voluntary. We can’t relapse now. We know what we had during that five days. Now we know we can do more! We can actually get them to listen and do things exactly how we want them done. Let’s face up to our responsibilities and decide our own fate. I suggest forming enlightenment groups in communities and creating monthly action plans which must be followed through. Let’s start our own Affirmative Action! We can do this! Let’s Go Nigerians!!!

Getting Ready!!! I’m Out!!!


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