Ours is a nation breeding cabals
That poison us with their sambals
Dividing the nation with religion
But they will see a fearless legion
For we are the People
For some time now, voices have been rising from different quarters of our nation. Insurgencies and factional groups have been multiplying year after year. And systematically, our leaders have always devised a means of suppressing the people. This last point I have to agree is a credit to their Machiavellian tactic. Besides, if all the efforts being mobilized to stop all the nascent organized oppositions in this country have been directed to organizing our nation or to stop well-armed groups, we would have been one of the best nations in the world.
You do not need to be a specialist to understand the seriousness of our dilemma as a nation. A simple look at its history reveals how decayed our society is. In less than a decade after our independence, we knew a serious civil war that nearly obliterated the efforts of our founding fathers. Its outcome left the nation divided more tha ever with nobody accepting to have made a mistake in a war that nearly destroyed the entire nation. No effort to dialogue has ever been carried out and neither forgiveness nor reconciliation ever considered. And now and then we all gather together to discuss and share a fraternity that died during the war.
It is obvious, nonetheless: the people cannot be subdued forever. They cannot be silenced indefinitely. Study history! Look at different nations and continents. People always rise! They come in different forms. They could be peaceful, agitated, relatively violent or even deadly like the Boko-Haram insurgent. But even though their methods might differ, they are all, in the beginning, looking for one beautiful thing. They all want to be considered human; to have a better life and a just society.
Unfortunately, there is always a sequel to every agitation. In many cases, when it tarries, they forgot what they were fighting for and after a moment they could be hijacked by foreign elements who do not understand the true social realities of the nation. Boko-Haram should have taught us a lot about the importance of heeding to the cries of the masses. The cries of the people are like wide fire, we only know when it starts but we always ignore when it is going to end and to which extent it can go.
In addition to that, this text is not only addressed to the politicians. It also applies to our religious leaders: the parish priests, the pastors, the imam, and name it.