The plane crash involving the corpse of the erstwhile governor of Ondo State afforded a lot of Nigerians another opportunity to pour our anger on our leaders. Most people in Ondo state took sides; supporters of Mimiko and Agagu hurled insults at one another and their principals. Sadly, “we the people” never thought about our own contributions to the decay Nigeria is today. In supporting and commenting on a friend’s post on Facebook I would write what I titled, “My Random Thoughts on Leadership and Followers in Nigeria”.
I have always wondered: How many employees amongst “we the people” can say we perform our duties without asking for bribes? How many business people can boldly proclaim we don’t induce people for unjust favors? How many graduates can lay claim to never bribing a lecturer or plagiarism? How many of us have never sought to influence our relatives in government to take their own share of the national cake? Amongst “we the people” are those who certify projects that never existed as completed. We certify aircrafts that were grounded for months under the guise of maintenance as being worthy to fly. We forget that our relatives may one day be in it. We justify our actions by saying “my Ogas at the top are taking their own share too”. We tame our raging conscience by claiming the spoils of evil doings as unmerited favor. We take our blemished offerings to our places of worship to have them blessed by spiritual leaders who cleanse them with prayers. When caught out, we feigned repentance to a just God whose judgment surely awaits us when we least know of. Then we celebrate our spiritual and mental nakedness again with thanksgiving in the place of worship.
Our leaders hear our protests of hunger for development; but also scent our greed. Yes our collective greed! They toss us scraps to quiet us. The one who gets the scraps; to his rat hole he scurries, comes out to howl for more. When he gets enough to be a leader; he tosses pieces at us. We push him up the ladder, expectant that he will remember us in his thievery kingdom. Hurray! A new leader is born. Let us never forget “amongst us the leaders were born; for we molded them”.
Truth to us is an amorphous building; the façade we see depends on the side of the street we stand on. An act by your brother is a crime; same act by my brother calls for celebration. We the upcoming generation deceive and delude ourselves as heroes of the future on social media. In the darkness of our hearts lie our plans for our nation. I wish Facebook can auto update the thoughts of our hearts towards Nigeria. That twitter can tweet what entices us to positions of leadership while we lay asleep.
We the people stand united not only by our calls for justice but also our greed. Deception is the ointment with which we beautify our faces. In the day we deplore the poverty and chastise the robbers of today. At night, in the depth of our soul, we hope tomorrow for our chance to despoil our nation. We the people are as guilty as our leaders.
If our nation must improve and succeed, we the people must work on our thought processes and our collective orientation. We must remember that no nation is made up of leaders alone. It takes the collective effort of us all to build a thriving society.
Good morning my fellow Nigerians.