Wednesday, 23 August 2017 20:52

The consequenes of Nigerians cowardice

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Every behavior the individual indulges in has consequences for him and for society. Nigerians and Africans are living in abject fear. They want to live at all costs. They are afraid of harm and death. To avoid harm and death they are willing to tolerate slavery and abuse by other people.

They tolerated slavery from Arabs and from Europeans in the Americas. Historically, their lives were nothing but tolerating other people's enslavement of them.

Now they seem to be ruling themselves. They have continued with that fear based lives. They are afraid and want to live at all costs.

Their supposed political leaders are aware that they are fearful cowards who would not fight back and thus decided to steal from them. Nigerian leaders are nothing but criminals in government. They actually seek political offices to go steal the people's moneys. The police, judges and civil servants are all thieves. Nigeria is thieves land.

The people tolerate this macabre situation where those who are supposed to be in political power transform their positions to avenues from where they steal. Just about all the money that accrues to the different levels of governments in Nigeria is stolen by those in government. The masses tolerate this absurd situation.

The politicians, like other Nigerians, are cowards; they are afraid of death; they know that other people are like them, cowards who are afraid of harm and death. Thus, the politicians brazenly steal from the people aware that the people are too chicken to do anything about it.

If the people complain the politicians stick their thugs and or corrupt police and military to them and get them killed. To avoid been killed the people tolerate the incredible abuse they are living under.

The people realizing that they are cowards who are afraid of harm and death know that if they point a gun at any Nigerian that he would give to them whatever they ask for, for they do not want to fight and if necessary die fighting for justice.

Thus, the army of unemployed Nigerians has become high way robbers and kidnappers. They literally exist to steal from each other.

They stop cars and take things like smart phones, watches and wallets from the passengers; the passengers meekly give to the brigands whatever they ask for because they are afraid of fighting them lest they are harmed or killed.

What we have here is a people who have chosen to live in fear of their leaders and those leaders do nothing for them and the people steal from each other. Both the leaders and the led are cowards; they are criminals prying on each other.

What should a person say upon beholding this sorry situation? The person must acknowledge that Nigerians and Africans receive the consequences of being cowards.

If Africans did not fear death and decided to fight for social justice they would rise up and chase out their thieving leaders and embark on actually governing themselves right, doing what serves each other's good.

Since the so-called Nigerian politicians are cowards if the people rise up, arm themselves and come after them, like cowards, they would run away for their dear lives. Cowards do not stand their grounds and fight to death, they run away.

As it is, Africans behave like sub human beings; each African is seeking to survive but does not care for others survival. Their supposed leaders instead of working to improve them reap them off.

Nigerian public schools are not maintained and have literally collapsed. Instead of working to improve their schools for all Nigerians those Nigerians who can afford it send their children to private schools. The private schools reap them off by charging them outrageous fees; their graduates, like the graduates of public schools, are virtual illiterates.

What is going on in Nigeria serves Nigerians right.  If Nigerians were not cowards they could stop living in fear and seize the bull by the harms; they could improve their society today, not tomorrow. But to do so means fighting for justice and in such fights some will die. But no Nigerian wants to die so they tolerate the insult they live in.

Nigerians dreadful situation is exactly what they deserve; a people have the government they have.

In my opinion, the rest of the world should close their borders to Africans and let Africans stay in Africa and struggle to overcome the fear that holds them down and work to have clean governments in Africa. The rest of the world should not take the consequences of Africans fearfulness.

I say this because for quite some time now my relatives in Africa bug me for financial help. It is give me money and or buy this or that for them. It is one way giving; I give but am not given anything in return. They tell me that nothing works in their country; they tell me of how high way robbers take their smart phones and stuff and ask me to buy others for them.

This song and dance has been going on for quite some time now.  Finally, I realized that they are giving me the consequences of their fearfulness. They want me to take the consequences of their cowardly life styles. They refuse to fight to improve their society and instead expect me to help them out.

Since they are college educated why not overcome the fear that makes them tolerate the ugly situation they live in and work to bring about a clean government in the country, I asked them?

They told me that if you demand good governance the criminals that rule the land would kill you. This is true but does that then mean that they should tolerate the criminals' rule in perpetuity and have relatives outside the country always come to their rescue with this or that need fulfilment?

I decided that enough is enough. Let them rise up and work to improve their polity and take the consequences of that needed struggle. If they are killed so be it. You cannot make omelets without breaking eggs.

There is no need living like rats just because you are afraid of death. Improve your world or take the consequences of the fear that deters you from struggling to improve your world.

Henceforth, please do not ask me to take the consequences of your fearful life style. Where I am is racism and I struggle with that racism daily; I do not give in to racism and play the victim and leave it at that. We are given bad hands for us to struggle to improve them.

Many Nigerians come to the white man's racist land and do what they do in Nigeria, live with that racism. They wait for some persons to fight for the crumbs of bread that the white man gives to black folks; they seek those crumbs of bread.

They ought to fight the white man for social justice or don't bother coming to his world to live as the dogs the white man wants them to live as. There are no beds of roses anywhere in the world; we must make our beds wherever we are.


Fear is an intrinsic part of human beings; it has useful aspects, for it alerts people to danger and forces them to take measures to survive. Functional as fear is, however, it is also dysfunctional.

The individual's mind can be so permeated by fear that all his thinking and behaviors are affected by fear. Fear rules some individuals' lives and circumscribes all they do.

In the case of Africans fear makes them kowtows to abusive governments and in the past to slavery. They have to strive to overcome some of their fear.

It does not mean that they would become totally fearless; I doubt that one can live in body without some fear. One can reduce fear and resolve not to allow fear to dispose one to tolerate odious situations; one can accept fighting and if necessary dying for what one considers right.


I recommend that all Nigerians, Africans and all human beings above the age of eighteen should be required to possess guns and to use those guns to shoot and kill any criminal that tries to rob them. Criminals are fearful cowards; if they feel that they can rob you and get away with it they will do so but if they know that you have the means to kill them and will not hesitate in doing so they will leave you alone. Therefore, each person ought to have a gun for self-protection. This is the wisdom of the second amendment to the United States Constitution.


Each individual has to ask his self this question: what exactly am I living for? Am I living for the sake of being alive, even if it means being like a mere animal?

If all you want to do is live like a mere animal perhaps you have a right to do so. As for me, I would rather live on the condition of doing what I like doing. The social environment must be sufficiently clean to allow me to pursue the actualization of my potential.

I would rather die than live just for the sake of living.   Given this philosophy, I am willing and ready to die fighting for social justice. If you prefer to be alive in an unjust world I do not care for you. I do not care whether you lived or died. As far as I am concerned it is either a person lives for something useful for society or he is of no relevance to me. I do not care whether you lived or died if you are not fighting for justice. I have no respect for slaves who tolerate odious situations just so they stay alive.

Fight your slave master and if in doing so you died you lived a hero's existence.


Political realism means the rule over the weak by the powerful; it also means the weak banding together to wrestle power from the powerful and ruling them. Nature did not ordain for anyone to rule other persons.

Politics is the struggle to determine who rules whom and who decides the allocation of public goods in a particular human polity. So, get involved and struggle to bring about equitable distribution of the goods that your society offers to its people.

Do not leave it to some people to take the lion share of your society's public goods. And if out of fear you leave it to some to take what belongs to all people you are a coward and deserve not getting anything.

If you are poor you deserve poverty! You can always decide that poverty is not good for you and fight to get a fair share of nature's bounties.

Don't come crying to me for help, ever. I am done reinforcing Africans fear caused shiftlessness.

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

August 23, 2017

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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

He can be reached at: (907) 310-8176