The superlative hunger for responsible leadership is to say the least Nigeria’s most important prayer point. But I find it hard from wondering, asking myself the one question we ignore the most; Yes! We need change, agreed, we need some measure of direction in leadership, a responsible government, but do we really deserve it? On a scale of justice, do we stand a chance based on our past and present?
Is it not often said that, “in the land of the blind, the one eyed man is the king?” Or is it that just because we are a magical nation, world tested principles will reverse themselves? In all honesty, have we not turned blind eyes to all and everything so much that we have become perceptively blind?
‘Tithes and offerings’ have blinded the clergy from dishing out the truth according to cause and effect, ‘brown envelope’ have blinded the media from brandishing swords that pierce the conscience, ‘contracts’ have blinded technocrats from professional fidelity, ‘title and praise songs’ have blinded the elders from admonishing the miscreant youths, ‘grants’ have blinded civil liberties from public watch, ‘promotions’ have blinded the civil servant from detribalized service , ‘freedom and fashion’ have blinded the wife from companionship, ‘freedom’ has blinded the husband from accountability, ‘tokenism’ has blinded the masses from mass mobilization, ‘pleasure’ has blinded the young minds from hard work, ‘sycophancy’ has blinded our leaders from development, ‘modernization and digitalism’ has blinded us from humanity, ‘fear’ has blinded you from love, ‘ignorance’ has blinded us from truth, ‘the future’ has blinded us from the past, ‘the world’ has blinded us from God. Blindness is everywhere.
Because we are naïve, gullible, short memoried and highly hypocritical, this blindness eats away our very best with little or no awareness.
Yet when we harvest our docility we scream injustice! No sir…No ma, in the final analysis leaderlessness is a form of justice, to our many irresponsibility.
Our politicians are not only blind but somehow they have been able to gain a perspective in their blindness. This perspective is their sight, their one eye, which is why they lead us, the very blind.
Has it never occurred to you the irony of a few so called ‘foolish people’ ruling a so called ‘mass’?
And the pain of it all is that we passively excuse it away.
My apologies, I wrote this blindly.
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