Nigeria and her lack of humanistic leaders
Sir: I have to express appreciation to Profs Eric Botey Anum and Yaw Sarkodi Agyemang, Department of Religion and Human Values, University of Cape Coast, Ghana, who wrote a joint letter to the Lambert Academic Publishing, commending it for publishing African Ancestral Heritage in Christian Interpretations (MoreBooks, Amazon.com, etc).
At the same time, we have to lament a situation where Nigeria is bedeviled by bloody rulers: the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua who abused his presidential powers to attack the Boko Haram Islamic sect-community of men, women, and children that did not attack anybody until attacked; the former Acting President Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan who abused his opportunity to truncate rotational presidency and become the President against the interest of the northwest, thereby compounding the Boko Haram crisis; the current President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (GMB) who added protection of the Fulani herdsmen terrorists to the ravaging war against Boko Haram; Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his cohorts who focus demolition of people’s houses and shops rather than positive development of the southwest economy and infrastructure; Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, a pioneer house and shop demolisher; Yahya Bello who is a corrupt bloody rogue, et al.
Rauf Aregbesola was equally typical of financial recklessness. He demolished a well-established Fakunle Comprehensive High School and rebuilt it elsewhere for the owners with untold but imaginably huge sums of money. He paid whopping N78 million to another set of people for demolishing their church-building, etc. Such reckless expenditures liquidated Osun, Oyo, Ogun and other states to the point of owing workers several months of unpaid salaries and emoluments, coupled with crippling debts.
The Saraki-Emirate Dynasty, Kwara State, is not less heartless and wicked, squandering money on Football Academy; Aviation School; Maigida Soludero Transport Scheme; Geri Alimi underpass and overpass; etc frivolities at the expense of workers’ salaries and emoluments and neglect of fundamental infrastructure of water supply and rural development. Kwara radio workers are now on strike; used and dumped. Unfortunately, Saraki-Emirate Dynasty will be replaced by another set of wicked people who were elected in the 2019 elections; people who campaigned for the reelection of GMB to perpetuate carnage and economic destruction of Nigeria. Muslim and Christian imperialists have been organising hypocritical prayers for them to cage them for Christianity and Islam, rather than for God and Kwara people. Some of them have been turbaned and knighted to corner them for Christianity and Islam.
The turbaned GMB doubles himself as the Petroleum Minister and is recovering looted funds without accountability for anything to anybody. GMB, together with Alhaji Ahmed Tinubu, Adams Oshiomhole, Festus Keyamo, et al are unperturbed about widespread bloodshed, skyrocketing debts, hyper inflation and mass abject poverty. No, Christianity and Islam cannot save Nigeria because they are imperialistic, materialistic and exploitative religions. Christianity and Islam are not about God and neighbours, but human domestication and exploitation in the name of God. My sin is that I escaped from being domesticated. And as God lives, I shall never repent of refusal of docility and morbid dogmatism. I told Nigerians consistently since November 2011 that peaceful resolution and not warplanes and sophisticated weapons would end insurgency. Boko Haram is leaner but living, and Fulani herdsmen terrorists together with other armed bandits are on rampage under the trigger-happy GMB. If Nigeria can overcome Christian and Islamic imperialisms, all forms of Boko Haram (embezzlement of public funds and social injustices) would reduce drastically and GMB and all other people perpetuating carnage and economic destruction would have minimal hiding places. Don’t you concur?
Prof. Oyeniran Abioje, PhD, University of Ilorin.