THERE are three types of people. Some live in the past, some in the present others in the future. Those who live in the past understand an event long after it has disappeared. They are losers because the train always leaves them behind. People who live in the present understand present events as they are unfolding and may tell where they may lead. They are gainers. People who live in the future exists in a Fool’s Paradise excepting from today what only tomorrow can bring. They are destroyers.
Thinking and living in the past causes backwardness because it makes the thinker and actor a caveman in an advanced world of, say, housing estate, skyscrapers and rockets. Equally dangerous is the person who expects from TODAY what only tomorrow can bring. Such a person poisons the present. There is no doubt that homogeneous African peoples were fragmented or cannibalized into different nation-states by Europeans at the Vienna Congress of 1884, and that recomposition of these fragments into composite political territories is a desirable goal when the time is ripe for it. After all, the two Germanists reunited and became more formidable as one. But is the time ripe for a new African political tempest, and is this the most urgent of Africa’s needs? A present tense person is a balancer and upbuilding of society because he experiences today and weaves it into tomorrow.
Imagine a hotel waiter told by a reputable seer that he was a former King of England. Would he not spend too much time digging into past glory? Would he adequately “gather” himself in the present experiences bombarding him with new lessons of existence he must learn this present time? Unfortunately, many of us dwell in the past while the present is unfolding the future. We understand the past in the future only after it is gone. When many of us began to see more strange and un-Nigerian faces in our villages Nationwide about fifteen years ago, we didn’t understand that the land was being taken. We are only just realizing that now. Despite our worries and futile, if not belittled agitations, hasn’t the presidency told us nothing would come out of the clamour for true federalism? Even now, may we not as a people who live in the past, not seeing the land under siege as a blessing of WAR FEAR IN NATURE? We are blessed when we are under siege. We are roused against the threat of extinction. We survive if we confront the challenger in the right direction. JESUS came to not lead the Jews in a physical war against the Romans but to make every Jew inwardly a changed person, not indolent in spirit but inwardly alive and active.
I almost lost my balance in 1979 when Head of State General Olusegun Obasanjo, as he then was, bravely told Nigerians the best candidate may not win an election and, then, literally gave the Presidential election to Alhaji Shehu Shagari. Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the “better” candidate, with testimonials of public service achievements in the Western Region of Nigeria, was the contender against Shagari whose only credential was probably that he was from Northern Nigeria. For about six months after the election, I could not sleep well and lost appetite. Besides, my nerves slowed down and I constantly experienced low-grade fever that was neither a sign of fever nor of any health trouble. It was only after I accepted the reality that Shehu Shagari was President for reasons of what Nigerians must experience before they could get up on their feet that these symptoms began to clear and I regained my balance.
It was in this light that I attended to the complaints of BUKKY OSHIN last week. Practically, everything is going well for BUKKY. But she has been feeling like someone under the weather, without knowing why. I knew what could be happening to her and warned her she could sleep into depression. Nigeria’s atmosphere, weather and climate were becoming terribly oppressive to people who did not know how to LIVE IN THE PRESENT. We were in the heart of the NIGERIA-TWITTER bombshells which threw many people into swoons and wondering why we always tended to be groping in the dark of yesteryears instead of being swinging already in the future. BUKKY OSHIN admitted everyday news Nationwide killings, kidnapping, food insecurity, the looming danger of anarchy and, now, the TWITTER crackdown after the cryptocurrency crackdown where some of the Nigerian questions are tormenting her mind and impacting her health. The time in which we live must appear troublesome for those of us who are daydreamers who desire “paradise on earth” when “the beautiful ones are not yet born”. Sometimes, I, too feel and behave like those incorrigible optimists who, prematurely, wish to squeeze water out of stone. I do not TWIT. But on such occasions, I let out some steam on FACEBOOK….and, then, move on. Moving on means living consciously in the torments of today and seeing these torments and thunderclaps as no more than pains of a birthing process. As Christians or Moslems, we pray every day for that day, in which the Creator’s Almighty WILL will pervade paradisal earth. But will the FUTURE be born when all virtues that are “dead”, flickering or slumbering in all of us, have yet to be “woken up” and roused to full vigour to burn out misfitting habits and tendencies, and surrender their ash to building blocks of a cleaner and more sublime future? If we cry that the Foreign Fulani’s want to take our land, of what use have we placed the land to the glory of the Almighty Creator who owns it and lent it to us for our use? Have some Nigerian tribes also not tried to take over the land of other Nigerian tribes which they call “NO MAN’s LAND”? I believe the following posts which I made on FACEBOOK response to the NIGERIA-TWITTER question gave back to me some sense of balance.
NIGERIA and TWITTER (2)
NIGERIA is not letting go in her unnecessary quarrel with TWITTER. This isn’t surprising, because, in a dispute, the wrong party is not the mature party and, so, is unable to say “I AM SORRY”, even when all the cards are showing red. So, all we keep hearing is “TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY OF NIGERIA”. We worship in the church and mosques. In the mosques, we say we “release” hands and legs to Him, the Almighty Creator and Ruler of All the worlds. In the church, we pray: THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. But do we respect this WILL? Do we even know It? Did the Almighty Creator choose a landmass in Africa and name it NIGERIA? Anyone who wishes to discover the WILL OF THE CREATOR about Nigeria should observe His WILL in Nature as expressed in THE LAW OF ATTRACTION OF HOMOGENEOUS SPECIES. By this LAW, only things of the same nature are brought together for peace, harmony and beauty. In the forests, do lions, hyenas and elephants live together? What of monkeys, buffalos, tigers or Eagles, bats and pigeons? Each tribe of animals lives alone.
What of the sea? Do whales, sharks and crayfish live together? What about Salmon, Titus and Halibut? Each species of fish congregates in its own little corner of the world. Even on land, even landforms vary from one region to another. Thus, the type of banana we eat in Nigeria is not likely to be the type of banana eaten in Guyana. Everything is adapted to the species, and the human body fashioned out of the soil of a particular region is better maintained by the foodstuff of that region.
Away from all these, I would like to return to the heart of an article I wrote in THE GUARDIAN newspaper about 25 years ago which I gave the title LET’S RETURN TO THE ANTS AND BE WISE. In this article, I reffed to the congregation of the human body as a perfect example of how mankind should constitute itself into nations or states without all the rancour evident in today’s world by the attempt of one tribe of a man trying to conquer, dominate, exploit and enslave the others. Any attempt to do any of these things is opposed to the WILL of the Almighty Creator and shows the offending tribe as immature, crude and evil.
The human body is formed in the WILL of the Creator when the male cell fertilizes the female cell. Both cells evolve into one cell, the ZYGOTE. This single-cell begins to divide until a sufficient number is made to form a human body. In the adult human body, there are about 100 trillion cells. Each cell is independent of the other but peacefully co-exists with the whole. Homogeneous cells form homogeneous tissue and organs, while homogeneous organs form homogeneous systems. Thus, the cells of the skin are different from those of the bones, those of the bones are different from those of the eyes or of the brain. The reproductive system is different from the nervous system or the excretory system. Each cell serves the whole and is served by it. Each system gets from the whole what it cannot on its own make for itself and gives to the other systems what they cannot on their own produce for themselves.
In the first part of this series, I said different tribes of mankind are led to different regions of the earth where, in the WISDOM of the Almighty Creature, is most conducive for their material and spiritual development and flowering. Ahead of their being guided there, the forces of Nature, obeying the WILL of the Almighty Creator, had prepared for these peoples what they would need for their sustenance. Is there anyone who sends a child to the boarding house without giving him/her pocket money and other provision? Would it be right in the boarding house for the bullies to force other students to surrender their provision? Would we not protect our children if they are bullied?
We can observe this in the human body and make it the basis of governance in a multi-tribe or multi-ethnic nation-state such as Nigeria. The usual system, for example, cannot provide for its nutrition. The digestive system helps out. The circulatory system brings digested food and removes waste products. The excretory system, too, relies on the respiratory system for oxygen and the digestive system for other nutrients. The body must move about. That’s the duty of the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. Although the individual cell can protect itself against infections and damaging free radicals, the system does come to its aid. Beyond the system, there is an immune system that defends the entire body. This aspect is instructive for the unnecessary debate on whether the constituents States of Nigeria shouldn’t have their own police forces as the various regions did in the First Republic. The human body which none of us created, but was created in the WILL of our Maker, has given us the unequivocal answer. If we are not selfish and dangerous monopolists of power who need it to intimidate and submerge other people so that, like armed robbers, we can suck the life out of them, we would not oppose the right of even the individual citizens to express and protect themselves. Coupled with the ideas the microscopic ant employ to govern its own nation, gathering food in dry weather so it would not be washed away in the wet months, that article was titled LET’S RETURN TO THE ANT AND BE WISE.
This call is relevant today in the NIGERIA TWITTER QUARREL. Nigeria talks agitatedly about the sacrosanct of territorial integrity as if the present geographic configuration called Nigeria issued directly from the hands of the Almighty Creator and it must be defended with the blood of every citizen. In any case, who or where are those humans who can fight His battle? I am not saying Lord Lugard’s geographic expression called Nigeria cannot stand the test of time. If it will, it can only do so within the WILL of the Almighty Creator that only things that are homogeneous be together, as I have explained with animal colonies and the human body. If that analogy doesn’t sink well, what about ENDOMETRIOSIS? It is a painful and abnormal bleeding disease of women when ENDOMETRIAL CELLS from the uterus detach from the inner lining, ENDOMETRIUM, of this reproductive organ and lodge among cells of other organs which are not homogeneous with them. Today’s Nigeria is a conglomeration of about 252 ethnically differentiated peoples, some more mature than the others, and experience Life and existence from different perspectives. Even their languages are testimonials of their differences. For sounds and times which the spoken word expresses and which also give form to the spoken come from spiritual levels or heights, each tribe has attained between the earth and the spiritual home of man. Those who have risen no more than a quarter of the journey cannot see or aspire to the existence of those who have gone half a step higher wish to live. Thus, if they all MUST live in one country, each must be permitted a great deal of self-determination. I do not at 70 do the music of DAVIDO and WIZKID but I cannot stop my grandchild from “flowing” with them. In like manner, I cannot force my no-sugar, no white flour life on anyone who is yet to appreciate radiant health. The constitution of strange bedfellows in the Nigerian state must, therefore, not be a grid-lock constitution in which there is a Federal Government waving the sword of Damocles over everyone, and one ethnic group or a combination of them trying to force everyone down or up to its level. A homogeneous Nigerian state would therefore be a MIRAGE for as long as it is not possible for all ethnic groups in the contraption to think, see, feel and speak alike. If the All-Wise Almighty Creator wanted uniformity, there would be only one tribe of human beings who speak one language and follow one religion. There would be only food crops for man and animals. But in His Wisdom, He permitted diversity. In His Infinite Goodness and Mercy, the All-Wise Almighty Creator and Ruler over all the worlds has permitted that every one of us is born among people we are homogeneous with. I am not Igbo or Fulani for this reason. I was born among a people I am most likely to enjoy the best impetus for spiritual growth, which is why I am on earth. The Fulani or the Igbo is among the people who can best make him or her most rapidly and in peace and happiness enjoy this support as well.
So, in resolving the NIGERIA TWITTER quarrel, there is no need to “carry shoulders” as we say. There is a need to say “I AM SORRY” if there is an absolute need to do so. Sometimes, when I am off my intuitive guard, I intellectually make some wrong assumptions. Once I discover I am in the wrong, I do not embark on “make good behaviour” that is try to make up in other ways. I get myself to say those three words…..”I AM SORRY”. Taxation of TWITTER account is vendentta…..ADIE DA MI LI OGUN NU, MO FOo LI EYIN(I broke the eggs of the hen which spilt my medicine)! A Twitter tax victory for president Buhari may be face-saving for his government but will be yet another Buhari era burden for Nigerians. For Twitter will transfer the burden and data costs will rise.
President Muhammadu Buhari personalizes National issues. When he was interviewed for DEMOCRACY DAY 2021, about TWITTER and NIGERIA, President Buhari said he would keep to himself what he would do. This upsets millions of Nigerians whose lives have been disturbed by President Buhari’s proclamation on TWITTER. He and his aides have coloured his personal interest as National interest as if to say L’etat c’est moi(I am the State). He would display this attitude in his explanation of why Nigeria is spending money to construct rail lines to the NIGER REPUBLIC. He says African boundaries are artificial boundaries and that some of his cousins are in the NIGER REPUBLIC. In respect of cattle rampaging farmlands, President Buhari said he has asked the Attorney General and Minister of Justice to divert cattle from open grazing to grazing routes established in 1960. But front line lawyers are saying this is extra Judicial. In other words, President Buhari is returning the country to 1960 in 2021, pulling everyone back when we should have moved far, far away from 1960. In other words, Nigeria may remain an OLD SCHOOL, CAVE AGE country until President Buhari vacates power.