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Again it has come to pass that a century of geographical existence, including a progressive topsy-turvy fifty-five years of notable nationhood, hasn’t taught Nigerians to choose from among its best credible citizens to govern and manage its potentials.

Even when Nigerians unite, they still manage to select the option that divides them.

(Read the following excerpts from Romance of the Regions)

“That (cramp and constraint) very uncomfortable taxi ride isn’t ever taken willingly in Nigeria, but is has to be taken. The typical Nigerian would rather drive alone in his own personal car and boast of his status. The unchanging terrain of many faiths and allegiances dissipate the oversized ego bottled up inside the separate people and their diverse adversarial advances. It is a feeling they never actually renounce, even when it clearly consumes their vast intellectual capabilities. The renunciation of their quest to always usurp the next person, doesn’t remotely appeal to them.

“A majority of Nigerians would appear unduly worried for their lack of true unity, yet their very intimate thoughts remain lethal, without any of them really changing. Their relationship with each other doesn’t notably alter from the rudiments of its onset. They still hold the same aspirations dear to their own hearts, and that commonly entails still holding a low opinion of one another. Though they like to make themselves and other neutral onlookers think they don’t. But over all they were, are and will always be competing. This is obvious and evident in the overall failure of order in their joint existence, for there is never real cooperation in an atmosphere of competition. They are each forcing their ideals on each other with stealth and failing to conceal their subtle dislike for each other.

“They like to believe they would succeed in making non-existent the similar threat of dominance of their fellow competitors in the overlay lurking and demeaning their nationhood. They refuse to take the hindermost notice that bitterness is tastefully harsh as it comes across with a whiff of wicked aroma. It is impracticable for them to dispassionately observe fully that their competitive dislike for each other hinders their advances progressively, in complete irony to the unity they loudly profess. They hoarded up their misgivings and kept it compressed for that final inevitable huge unrestrained outpour of their noxious emotions.

“When momentarily the incongruity of their culpable situation hits their stupidly elusive hope forcefully, they still incredibly fail to firstly recognize and then secondly acknowledge, that they have completely lost their objectivity. Instead each renewed incident arouses more anger and fiercely the foolhardy experience only increasingly dissociates one social despot from the other. It makes them ever more abhorrent to the eccentricity they have come to be easily identified with, the resonant antisocial syndrome they have come to be contended with.”

This weekend’s Nigerian Presidential Election is a selection, being made from among two mainly subjectively perceived lesser evils, as deduced by a diversely oriented population, seeking sectional and fractional interests and not the nation’s. Period!





  1. Hey Yas, we have the same problems here in the US. Corruption and Political Correctness is destoying our country as well and, as in the case there in Nigeria, it is our own fault. We keep voting these people back into office and things only get worse as each election comes and goes. As our founding fathers said many times, when the government starts taking God out of our daily lives it only leads to trouble. I sympathize with the problems there in yor country because the same thing is happening here. It seems that the more corrupt the government becomes the more placid the people become. I don’t see much change coming in my life time (I am getting near the end of my years) but I have children and grandchildren that I am very concerned about. We must all pray that God will give us the time, strength and wisdom to effect the changes we all need in our respective countries. It it only with His help that this will happen.

    1. Thank you for this response Jerry.
      I wish most of my country men will read your comment. Corruption is a global problem & can only be resisted by those with the utmost personal discipline.

      I wonder, if a nation such as the US, with such advanced democratic functions, where rule of law is considerably effective, is struggling with corruption after more than two centuries of nationhood, I wonder how others will fare. It is frightening to contemplate what awaits a nation such as ours.

      I am still optimistic.

      1. Does it not seem strange,Yasniger (by the way how do you prefer to be addressed?) that you see the same problems that are prevelant in your country are also reflected in another? It has been my experience that political power corrupts those we elect to represent us so much that they forget that they are our servants and try to make us subservient to the political heirarchy.
        Over the last forty years we have become a nation governed by political correctness according to what the liberal left decides is best. We are slowly losing our freedoms here as it seems you are as well. Our politicians from the top down are only interested power and the wealth that can be gained by exploiting those who put them in office.
        Feel free to message me any time.

      2. ‘Yas’ will do just fine. Please don’t feel uncomfortable with the ‘NIGER’, it is not the degrading vulgar name it sounds like ….. It is pronounced as ‘Naija’ and is the name of the longest river in West Africa. Nigeria is named after the River Niger.

        It doesn’t feel strange in slightest that the same problems are prevalent in both our countries, developing & developed. It is actually common all over the world. What is clearly reflected the world over is the oppression of the political elite, the ruling elite. Indeed political power corrupts the elected people & they tend to represent their personal interests first & foremost, then that of their families & their cronies next, before that of the people that elect them in, at the very end. They conveniently forget they’re servants and not masters as soon as they are empowered to be political lords by ordinary folks. I worry that it is a human trait. Common people will always be subservient to the political hierarchy, it is the reality of life we have always struggled to correct, experimenting with different methods. It looks like we will continue to do so for always. I am not being pessimistic but stating the fact of the matter. It is a continuous reality that has to be fought always as long as nations select to be govern by ‘political correctness’, whether it is democratic or not, conservative or liberal alike, none truly is best. Once anyone selects to rely on another person to handle their affairs, they have actually given away elements of their freedom and that is what it entails to, really.

        “Politicians from the top down are only interested in power and the wealth that can be gained by exploiting those who put them in office.”…. I couldn’t have said it any better myself.

        Lets hook up on twitter or facebook (Yas Niger) and we could exchange messages more privately & easily.

      3. I’m rather busy for a couple of weeks. I have not disappeared. We’ll look into the Facebook/Twitter messaging then. I believe that Facebook is corrupt if not totally evil and it is generally believed that it is being monitored by different organizations within our government. Not sure about Twitter.

      4. You got that bit right, I also believe almost everything on the internet is monitored by government agencies, especially blogs. I don’t let that stop me.

        I look forward to chatting with you on twitter or facebook then. Best wishes

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