My engineer cousin had called my brother as he had similarly
called me sometime after Buhari won the election. He had also told my brother
why he was very interested in moving back home.
“We can generate electricity from trash,” my cousin had
explained to my brother. “We can design cheap H20 generators…” he had said.
My brother, who like me is highly industrious – we all were
the JET (Junior Engineers and Technicians) pioneers and representatives of our
secondary schools back in the day – eagerly relayed the conversation to me.
“What do you feel?” he asked, enthusiastically. “Don’t you see the prospects
with the opportunity a new and fair government avails?”
I pricked his bubble. “Our people will not buy. They
will not use.”
I went further to explain:
Nigerians are locked in stagnation laced with unrelenting
and unending, baseless hope. It is no accident we have been serially branded
the most hopeful, “e go better,” people on the planet. Nigerians will sit in
darkness for years, patiently waiting for the power, “light” to come, rather
than purchasing a simple rechargeable fan-lamp, talk less an inverter(+/-
solar) system. They will wait for government water, rather than dig a
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I went on to cite several other examples including how my
Kanuri friends from Borno, who I now regard as my brothers, resigned to me when
I swore at them for being cowards-for not bearing arms and defending themselves
against Boko Haram but rather watching as one-by-one their loved ones were
killed by the cowards. “Yes we are cowards, worse than chickens,” one had
It’s the same reason they put thumb down for Jonathan. They
know he stole tens of billions of dollars that would have changed their lives
forever, but they are stuck in a state of pestilential consumptive obduration.
They have gotten so comfortable believing that so it was, so it is and so it
shall continue to be, that they are afraid of change, they even resist it.
“Ordinary pencil Nigeria cannot make,” is more than a mantra, it is a
prescription; a policy.
Do not make it. Do not fix it. Do not change it. This is
Nigeria. Simply say, “e go better,” and move on. Who do you think you are?
Leave it for the government to do. Don’t challenge it!
My brother felt quite disappointed. With a deep sigh, he
retired to bed. It is true.
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