Who Will Suffer If Nigeria Becomes a Failed State?
by Chief Malcolm Emokiniovo Omirhobo.
If Nigeria becomes a failed state, the blame rests squarely on the Nigerian elites, intellectuals, academicians and professionals who kept quiet in the face of bad governance.
Today, you think because you are a lawyer, a judge, a doctor, a professor, an engineer, an architect, a journalist, a surveyor, a pilot, an accountant, a lecturer, a pharmacist, a businessman, an actor, a realtor, an economist, a banker, a manager etc., it is okay for you to keep silent in the face of tyranny?
Today everything is going on well for you and your family. You can afford three square meals, and you have a fat bank account(s); your children attend the best private schools, you live in your own house and have a good investment in real estate, you have invested hugely in the capital and financial markets; you can afford vacations abroad, your children are gainfully employed, you have connections, you drive a big car and have three or more extra cars, etc., it is okay for you to sit on the fence, shut up your mouth and watch while the politicians violate the rule of law?
Let me tell you one naked truth today. If you allow Nigeria to fail because of your self-centered, selfish, docile and gullible nature, you will suffer more than the poor, the downtrodden and the rich politicians. Your portion in a failed Nigeria will be inter alia:
You will lose your fat bank accounts and investments in the real, capital and financial markets. Have you ever imagined going to a bank and it is shut down, nobody to attend to you? Have you ever imagined trying your bank app and ATM and they are not working?
You will be unable to travel out of Nigeria because Benin Republic, Cameron, Chad, Niger and other neighboring countries will close their borders. There will be no international flights for you to escape even if you have valid visas, while the rich politicians whom you aided and abated with their families would have escaped through their already mapped out escape routes. Tell me, what use is an international passport with multiple visas without an operational airport? You will remain in Nigeria with the poor and downtrodden whom you despise and failed to defend.
You will be governed by the rule of man and not the rule of law which you refused to defend. By the rule of man, judges will bow to warlords and address them as “My Lord”. Warlords will rule you and your lives will be short, brutish and nasty. In this state, your wives and daughters, no matter how sophisticated or highly placed they may be, shall be raped front and back before your very own eyes by street urchins, criminals and miscreants while you are made to referee the match. You and your sons will thank your stars that you are not sodomized and you will be grateful to God if you live to tell your pathetic story. All your personal worldly possessions, which you tressure and acquire at the expense of standing up against bad governance, will be taken from you by criminals. There will be no police to report to or court to prosecute the offenders.
You will suffer the consequences of poor or the unavailability of essential public amenities. No water, electricity supply, social media, internet, D STV, good road, medical services, transport system etc. You will suffer scarcity of food and essential commodities like pharmaceutical products, toiletries, beverages, provisions, etc. Just imagine your life without Shoprite, Market Square, Penny mart, etc.
You will be divested of all your human and fundamental rights, which will be at the whims and caprices of men and not the rule of law, which you failed to defend and uphold.
In all these, the poor and downtrodden will be far better than you because they are already down and need no fear, no fall.
To avoid the above, you must open your mouths, speak against bad governance, educate the youths and the masses of their rights and ask for a people’s constitution. Arise Nigerian intellectuals. Arise, Nigerian academicians, Arise Nigerian elites and professionals to avoid the calamity and catastrophe that awaits you for your complacency, connivance and conspiracy with the political class and their cohorts in making Nigeria a shit hole and hellish. If you doubt me, you may want to find out from your species in Somalia, D. R. Congo, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, Haiti, Afghanistan, Central African Republic, and many more existing failed states or those in the making.
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