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Yar’Adua’s return and matters arising

By Muhammad Ajah
WITH  the return of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Ardua back to Nigeria on Wednesday, March 24, 2010, after a 90 day absence for medical attention in Saudi Arabia, the course of polity in the country has begun to change.

First and foremost, we must give praise to the Almighty for bringing our President back to our fatherland, for guiding his deputy throughout the long absence, for keeping Nigerians stronger, more united and more politically enlightened, and for all the blessings Nigeria as a nation and Nigerians as a people have continued to enjoy amidst envy, jealousy and conspiracies.

Although there are controversies over the return, some still claim that the scenario was created to cut the wings of the Acting President and others opining that it was a ploy to frustrate those already scheming for 2011, there could be little truth that the whole country is taken for granted by the very few ardent kitchen cabinet members who feel the President’s seat must be vacant whatsoever may be the consequences and that he can preside over our affairs in absentia.

If there can be a patriot who will fearlessly tell us the truth, I think no one apart from those who are bent to keep Nigerians groping in the dark, can claim to have seen the President. Many have called on him to address the people in a nationwide broadcast.

Others are of the opinion that he should have been seen at least by members of his kitchen cabinet like the ministers and special advisers. Some others have maintained criticism on how unwholesome the situation can be that the Acting President cannot see him a complete week after the alleged return.

However, the return, whether true or not, has brought joy and elation to some Nigerians as well as worries and discomfort to others.

Those who have been keenly following the political spin-off in the last three months would easily grab the implications of the return which although unexpected and unannounced but good for the country would correct many things that would have gone wrong.  Without doubt, there is going to be an intensity in the politicking and politricking.

There is a byword that out of sight is not out of mind. It is a well known fact that in politics, there is no best friend and no worst enemy. This is because there is hardly a Nigerian politician who ventures into the murky political waters to lose.

Politicians can do anything to please the man on seat. They can employ whatever trick and display the highest level of sycophancy, deceit and baiting to keep their job for themselves but definitely not for the people. That is why it is make-believe that no Nigerian outside there is fit enough for the jobs than the people in the recycle-web.

The absence of the President has exposed some of the sycophants as well as revealed the loyalists to Nigerians and lackeys to the President. It has exposed the prostitution in our politics. And we know it very well that the political prostitutes have been the most dangerous to our development.

Every man has a heart that tells him or her what is good and what is bad. Those who have been on the path of truth and justice, putting Nigeria and Nigerians first even while pursuing the best of their heart desires, know it.

Those whose sole desire is to fill their  pockets and accounts, and inflict sufferings and pains on the Nigerian people, know it.

One thing that is so funny is that most of our politicians seem to be ardent believers. The front rows and seats are reserved for them in the mosques and churches. But one continues to wonder what their belief in the day of account is like.

Even while digressing a little, it is fair to remind our elites that the race for life is a continuous one. That is why one must resist the temptation of believing that without a person, life can come to a halt. Life itself is full of ups and downs.

It is not what you have that is yours. It is the one you can use for yourself, your family and humanity that is yours. This is because no one knows when death will knock at his or her door. And once it happens, all the millions and mansions remain behind for those who will shed the crocodile tears.

Moreover,  it is believed that each man must give account of the trust both God and human beings reposed in him or her.

Leadership is trust and anyone who betrays the people’s trust on him or her cannot claim righteousness. This takes us to the fact that many people loot the people’s wealth and pitifully stand before the Almighty, seeking His forgiveness and still doing the same times without number. They loot the people’s money and think that by giving a chunk of it to charity and even sponsoring religious activities, that they have soothed God and man.

Those who have kept Nigeria in its present condition should have a rethink and feel the breath of God in them. Nigeria has continued to suffer because we allow these same people to recycle themselves each time there is the so-called general elections.

Some of those who accuse Nigerians of being cowards may be right but what do they expect from a people who, though angry and hungry, are systematically set apart not to agree and act. The weapons that are used during elections are not owned by these hungry and gullible people.

The religions that are used to curb these deluded and despondent people are not theirs because even the religious leaders cannot stand firmly for them in these hard times. Have they not seen how truth overpowered falsity in the Holy Scriptures?

The problem of Nigeria is not only in the leadership. It is in our individual perception of things. It is in our inability to truly believe in our unity in diversity. It is in the ability of the leadership, especially the political elite to allow criminality, hatred and inhumanity to permeate the polity.

The system has proved to be far away from our hallowed traditional values and fraternity. We so much believe in borrowing, importing and depending on others. It is high time we believed in ourselves and do things on our own.

Mr. Ajah, an author,  writes from Abuja.


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