Nigeria At A Boiling Point | By Tukur Loba Ridwan






From the killings and violence in some states to the most recent fire accident in Lagos, all these unfortunate events are simply either direct or remote consequences of an erring state by a failing institution which the government prides in becoming, depending on which point. Yet, we are being urged anyhow to resort to just prayers even when so-called religious leaders have become silent to what they have little or nothing to do about but to buy us with sermons and motivations to attract tithes for their own economic gain. Now, we are tempted to see them too as part of the curses of this system instead of blessings; they arouse our suspicion also.

They make us question the potency of prayers, especially without action. They talk prosperity and manifestation only apparent in their own lives as compared to those who follow them religiously. They make us question the existence of the supreme being. Our hopes for a miracle or divine intervention have erased our consciousness towards pragmatic approaches to pressurizing the government to summon more responsibility and responsiveness to the appalling state of the country, and we equally follow suit. The patient God is watching, as usual.

Sadly enough, we still have those among us who still wish to preserve the status quo for their future gains by the time they get in the same system courtesy of their corrupt predecessors. PVC or not, the system is a failing one, and it only gets worse every period, every tenure, every generation. Now we're not sure if the next set of people in the decision making process would not betray us in their representation of our aspirations.
Funny enough, the pop culture has only been our distraction. There's probably a limitation on its intervention in these issues of national concern despite the strength, influence and economic relevance our celebrities also have in our social environment. The last time we felt their virtual support was in 2012 at the time of the fuel subsidy removal by former president Jonathan. We can only fantasize with their luxuries to suppress our frustration. And it keeps going on and on just like that.

For we writers, this is the strength we seemingly have left for now - to write; to critique; to criticize; to lament; to idealize. I hope our voices are duly given the needed response. It will get to a time when no one would be left out. No matter the perspective from which we view these ugly realities surrounding us. No matter our ideologies. No matter the prevalent trends of schools of thoughts (atheism, feminism, homosexuality etc) except if we travel out, probably, like any other citizen who feels like a prisoner struggling to escape.

This is not about a particular month (June) anymore. This is not about a particular person anymore. This is about a system; the institution; the government; the people whose consent is sought at the end of the day. This is why we are democratic. This is why we are accused of being the architects of our own predicaments. This is why we are being challenged to take actions. Whatever the thought is, this country has been failed already, undoubtedly. It has reached a boiling point already. The next is explosion throughout its entirety, then the world (around us) might just end like that like an apocalypse without a rapture.

But this can and should be prevented by the government who is supposed to put the right measures in places where seriously necessary: the inherent problems of the country are becoming inexhaustibly massive, conclusively. But when the government will do what they are supposed to do still remains a question of when the rapture is coming.

When things have gone this wrong, prayer becomes our only sign of helplessness, irresponsiveness and generally, inaction.

- Tukur Ridwan.

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