Of merchants of vanity and peddlers of snake oil.

Dear Citizen,

About a year ago, I was in the company of certain commissioners in the Government House of one of the states in Nigeria. For four hours, their SUVs (packed outside) the meeting venue were left running with the ACs on. Someone would probably be wondering what the big deal is? (I thought so myself) until a few months later when I had an epiphany which came in form of a shocking reality. I had left my car at the Painter’s workshop and had to resort to alternatives to get by. By the second day, I could no longer bear the discomfort of the public transport. There was a time when the so called BRTs and Lag buses made sense. I can’t say the same for today. I had to embrace the next best alternative (Cabs) which of course came at a cost. This experience was serendipitous to say the least. I had discovered a harsh truth about the human mind. We forget too soon and too easily our own sufferings and the sufferings of others. In my own case, I had taken for granted how fortunate it is having a car. How many Nigerians can afford to own one?

We are in that season when sweet-talking and power-seeking individuals called politicians will go the extra mile to get our votes. They all come with all manner of manifesto and promise to serve. Some of them even put on the show. They take pictures with people of low estate (they seek to fool these gullible beings). They don’t stop at that. These people befriend those in the corridors of power and wealth. They court who has what they need. They do this to have their way. You’ll never have to search for the meaning of prostitution with these selfish juggernauts. Beware of these billboard-posing entities. Beware of their snake oil.  Most of them  are merchants of vanity and lies.

The level of political ignorance in the Nigerian polity is shocking to say the least. A lot of us have no idea of what is really happening. Majority of us are nothing but puppets. If there was a meter to measure our cluelessness, we would break the scale altogether. Most of us are victims of learned helplessness. You see, the harsh truth about 2015 and beyond is that not much will change fundamentally unless we make a choice to collectively; joint and severally do the right thing. If anything at all, the fear of God should mean something to us occupants of the low, middle and high estates. As a leader, be aware of your own frailties and blind spots. To be in touch with reality, you must be deliberate about eliminating anything and everything that may constitute noise (including excessive comfort). This is the way to escape the doomed counsel of sycophants and liars that surround you. As a follower, do all within the confines of your choice to also do the right thing. Be faithful in the little things as little as maintaining a regime of hygiene and cleanliness. It is irresponsible for us to blame everything on the Government (institutional) because at the end of the day, we are truly the Government. At the end of the day, what I am really putting forward as an encouragement to you and myself is that we should become alive to the deeper realities of our truth as a people. We are a country with so much potentials being plundered by miscreants, the inept and the selfish. I dare you to look in the mirror and look outside the window. Tomorrow is no longer a distant prospect. The generations ahead deserve better.

God bless you. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Femi Oni

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