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June 16, 2006

Waiting for the Messiah

by Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu (Dundalk, Republic of Ireland) --- Looking back at the era of slavery and the continuing predicament of the Negro African, I have come to understand why it was possible for the Negro, of all the races to be enslaved en masse.

Slavery remains the most humiliating and inhuman act in all history. But the argument the European slave merchants advanced to justify slavery remains relevant even today.

The slave merchants had argued that the Negro was subhuman, and was incapable of organising a normal society, or even co-exist peacefully with their African neighbours. To-date it is not uncommon to hear white racists insisting that Africans are inferior and cannot co-exist peacefully.

Truth is African nations have continued to validate an argument that sought to justify slavery and eventually colonialism more than three hundred years ago. The enslavery of Negro Africans on a large scale was possible in part because Africans then as now were greedy, and readily became middlemen that sustained the trade by kidnapping and supplying the Europeans with African slaves. The level of greed that made it possible for Africans to sell their kinsfolk to strange unknown foreigners is still prevalent.

In drawing parallels with the situation that led to slavery, I have often contemplated the Nigerian quagmire. Nigeria as the most populous Black nation easily mirrors the rest of the Black race.
If she succeeds the black race succeeds, if she fails the black race fails. However Nigeria has unfortunately remained a nation which just doesn’t seem to get it right. We seem to be pathologically bent on failure.

The image of the typical African today is that of a “sick, starving, warring, begging, genocidal, lesser homo sapiens” as is commonly seen on the screens of televisions. There is a total absence of dignity, even as Africans are regarded as the least in the ladder of the human race.

The greater tragedy, is that those African so called leaders are so shameless and so unconscionable, that they actually thrive on the misery of their subjects. (notice the same behaviour pattern with the erstwhile African slave traders).

As Nigeria come 2007 enters what can be called the final phase in the making or unmaking of a “stillborn nation”. We must ask ourselves; What kind of a nation do we want? Do we need to stay together, or do we need to part ways peacefully? Where did we get it wrong? Should we remain in the past, or should we move on? How can we use our own situation to change the negative perception of the African?
These are all questions we need to ponder in our onerous search for an egalitarian, and mega-prosperous nation.

Nigerians have been waiting for a messiah. Someone who will enthrone, justice, equality and fairplay. A leader who will wage a decisive and honest battle against the cancer of corruption.
A totally detribalised pan-Nigerian leader who will without fear or favour do justice to all and sundry, regardless of ethnic affiliation or religious leaning.

A humanist and realist who will convene a “Sovereign national conference”, end all the contradictions of present day Nigeria, restructure the nation along natural ethnic lines, devolve considerable power to the federating ethnic regions, give us a constitution truly enacted by the people, and usher in a “mega and melting pot Nigeria” where every tribe,culture,and religion is celebrated.

Many countries have had their Messiah’s, notably Ghana, in the person of flight lt. Jerry Rawlings who executed all the erstwhile corrupt leaders and enthroned a new order in Ghana.
P.W.De Klerk, who against all odds dismantled Apartheid and ushered in Black majority rule in South-Africa.

The greatest obstacle to Nigeria’s renaissance, is the continuing influence of the military and political class who have held Nigeria hostage since 1970. This tiny self serving “oil block” cabal constitutes the greatest obstacle to a progressive Nigeria.

As we continue to wait and hope for a Nigerian messiah, the Ghanaian example as exemplified by Flight lt. Jerry Rawlings surgical action against corrupt leaders, might be what Nigeria really needs. Time will tell.

Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu
Dundalk, Republic of Ireland

Posted by Administrator at June 16, 2006 10:43 AM


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