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I regret being a Nigerian!

28 August 2013, 11:40 Abdu Abdullahi

This emotional declaration generates sober reflections at the back of my mind considering the troubles bedeviling Nigeria.             

The regret came out of the heart of a coup plotter who ventured to terminate General Ibrahim Babangida's government. I still recall his 'regret' declaration as he was on the verge of being executed. Sadly, the soldier did not elaborate on his last utterance. He passed away leaving behind the emotionally provoking statement.That notwithstanding, he knew why he said what he said.                  

Albeit he denied us sharing his exclusively psychological agony, nevertheless one can analyze the wording sounding like the volcanic eruption. Truly, the quotation is relevant now than when the deceased made his stand exposed about his own country where he was supposed to have died in peace and in a decent manner.         

The possible interpretation of his regret could be viewed from the following propositions. Perhaps, he resolved
that the best sacrifice he could offer the nation was to kill IBB's government. Psychologically, he might be holding the strongest conviction that his regime was the worst experience to have manifested in Nigeria.      

Probably, he was a revolutionary spirited soldier akin to Murtala, Sankara, Rawlings, Castrol,etc. and contested that he loved Nigeria more than IBB did and in his military capacity of moving the country forward, his rosy dream crashed as he inevitably contacted a tragic demise culminating from the same force he saw as a reactionary. If that had been the case, his regret was valid.                                   

Relating this regret to the prevailing events in Nigeria not only calls for sober reflections but also seems to vindicate the architect of the regret pronouncement. Since the evolution of the declaration, I have keenly been assessing happenings in Nigeria and linking them to the lamentation of the late soldier. Many examples are evident to recapitulate what the coup plotter declared.

Thousands of Nigerians innocently and gruesomely murdered due to ethno-religious crises, bomb blasts, gunshots can never escape from our memory. They met their catastrophic end while engaging in lawful dealings. They were not killers or looters. They did not breach the peace of the nation and were thinking of how to better their life and the society at large. Despite all the patriotic qualities they exhibited, they perished in the deadly circumstance. For them, it would not have been amazing if they had uttered similar words if they knew their end to be disastrous.                        

The sad story of Rashidi Yekini's death will never die. I went through several write ups on his last days. They were loaded with great disappointments on the lack of care about his ailment prior to his death.When he was at his soccer peak,he entertained Nigerians and even the whole world. He carried Nigeria's name above his.But as his appointed moment drew nearer, Yekini found himself in a very difficult world rejected by the very society he caused to smile. Surely, Yekini died in a manner like 'I regret being a Nigerian'.              

Despite his powerful intellect of pushing up the society,Dr. Bala Mohammad was barbarically burnt to death in the ill-motivated July 10 1981 Kano rampage. Unknown to him ,the same people that he raised up for their cause would be the same to murder him like a wild animal. Would he not have regretted being a Nigerian before his death?

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