Part 1: Where Are The Righteous Nigerians To Rule Over Their Oppression?
The purpose of this essay is to amplify a sermon this writer heard a Pastor preach at one of the locations of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). To amplify is to intensify, increase, augment, enlarge, or extend meaning or the effect of something. The good pastor took his sermon from Isaiah 14: 5, which reads: "The righteous shall rule over their oppressors."
That topic of oppression is both pertinent and germane or relevant to the problems we are facing in our fatherland. In the absence of the righteous Nigerians, oppression has the capability to annihilate or destroy individuals and extinguish the democratic process.
A Nigerian woman enlisted the help of her brothers to kill her husband who was a professor at one of the colleges of technology in Nigeria. In order to hide the crime, they threw the husband's body into Katsina Ala River. The professor's crime was adultery with women other than his wedded wife. The woman explained her grisly crime on the basis of jealousy.
Her husband commuted to college each day but would be home on weekends to stay with his wife and children. She said that the husband had a habit of committing adultery with several women. It appeared that this man, like many sexy Nigerians, could not keep his trousers zipped up; the zippers were often open for quick actions. Therefore, killing the husband was the last straw that broke the proverbial Carmel's back and resulted to her husband's murder. It is obvious that this woman was under stressful oppression.
That there is a heavy oppression in Nigeria is irrefutable. The effect of the oppression is dire, overwhelming, and severe. Fulani cattle herders enter into gardens in Anambra, Benue and Plateau States. The Fulanis allow their cows to eat up hard earned crops and vegetables belonging to Nigerians' farmers. Nigerians are hungry and stealing from one another. Gangs of unemployed emaciated Igbo teenage boys in rags are terrorizing villages as a result of severe unexplained oppression.
When the police arrested these marauders, many of these kids admit they have killed some people while committing robberies and raping as many as ten or more girls and women. Why do men deal with oppression by zipping their trousers open and raping women? If you don't see these as oppression, then your heart is made of stones and the milk of humane feelings and compassion does not flow in your breasts. The milk is dried up, leaving behind a residue of I-don't care meanness or unkindness.
Whichever way you see it, the fact remains that our Nigerian family members are being oppressed in more ways than you care to know. Nigerians are complaining vehemently. When Nigerians complain, three things are likely to happen. First, nobody is listening. Their leaders are too busy robbing the treasury to listen. Secondly, If someone is listening, the listener either may not be interested in the problem or unable to offer a solution. Thirdly, the message is not even being understood due to other issues clamoring for attention (such as embezzlement money or rapping women with the zippers wide open). Suffice it to say this: there is a great oppression in the land.
What is oppression in the Nigerian context? Oppression is any painful act that puts the oppressed person at a risk or disadvantage. The effect of oppression can manifest in different forms. It dominates the oppressed person's thought processes and actions. A 17-yer old Nigerian lad was paid 50,000 Naira (143 dollars) to lure his neighbor's 6-year-old son to a vacant school where the older boy killed the 6-year child. The 17-year old had just harvested the heart and pancreas of his victim when the police descended to arrest him red-handed in the very act.
Oppression led the poor criminal to believe stories he had been told that charms done with human blood and body parts would extricate or free him from the bondage of poverty and nobody-ness. He dreamed of riding agbagba (long and slick) Mercedes and living in nnukwu (large) mansions. He believed that the witchdoctor's concoctions would enable him to attract millions of Naira so he would own several homes and employ a number of servants who would be serving him (their Oga) barefoot.
Oppression serves several purposes one of which is to put fear in the heart of the oppressed and render the victim apprehensive. Apprehension is a form of fear, and apprehension is the expectation that something unpleasant is bound to happen unless a certain action is immediately taken. A Nigerian senator siphons billions of Nigeria's dollars to banks in Switzerland or Saudi Arabia because he fears that a change of government would confiscate his ill-gotten wealth or imprison him for life or kill him as the lessons he learns from the case of Abiola. A thief runs when on one is pursuing.
Have you ever wondered why many Nigerian secondary and college girls to take to prostitution as a way to avert starvation (hunger) or to have the clothes and jewelry they see on richer counterparts? Be assured, if you have not reckoned that yet, that gang activities in Nigeria, Satan worship and kidnappings for ransom are the works of the most nefarious (baddest) forms of oppression.
Oppression can subdue a man or woman to such an extent as to reduce the individual to feel like nothing. If you feel like nothing, then you are nobody. Feeling like nobody leads a politician to rob the Nigerian treasury and siphon billions of dollars overseas and billions of Naira to private accounts. Stealing millions of public funds makes a thief to overcome nobody-ness and acquire a powerful somebody.
A man or woman (a lawmaker for that matter) with the spirit of "nobody-ness" doesn't stop to consider the effects of what his powerless nobody does to millions of his/her country men and women: Nigerians live in darkness without electricity for days; Nigerian roads are non-drivable because of potholes and highwaymen; Nigerian college graduates remain unemployed years after graduation; Nigerian children often go to bed with unfed stomachs that growl with hunger all night; and Nigerian health is being marred by malaria and dysentery which cut many lives short.
The World Health Organization estimates that Nigerian life expectancy is 43 years while people in other developed countries live to be 82 years or more. It might interest those who have continued to oppress Nigerians that they are denying nourishing minerals in the life –giving-and-life-saving clean drinking water to a population of 170 million plus inhabitants.
Where are the righteous Nigerians to deliver us from those who oppress us? Delivering Nigerians out of the clutches of the enemies' oppression is a duty each Nigerian ought to take seriously and perform painstakingly. What affects one Nigerian affects us all. We cannot keep silent when Fulani herders are destroying people's farmlands and killing villagers. Don't we know that destroying farmlands creates hunger and increases the importation of foodstuffs which in turn saps our foreign exchange?
We must make our president and leaders hear our voices of condemnation. We must talk to our public servants who serve at out pleasure. We must use our telephones to call attention to instances of oppression. We must write letters in support of good laws and deed and letters to condemn evil legislation. Absolute power resides in We The People. We are the voters. It is We Democracy is for, isn't it? We must condemn evil actions and legislation that support the killings of protestors or the marginalization of a Nigerian tribe.
We must take to the World Wide Web (internet highways) to reach a wider circle to make known our stand against oppression. We shall endeavor to vote troublesome lawmakers out of office by the use of out ballots in peaceful elections. We cannot keep silent and allow our nation to be vandalized by oppressors. If we keep silent and Nigeria is destroyed, we are just as guilty as the bad persons (Looters, Boko Haran, kidnappers and others) who are actively bent on demolishing our democracy. We say No to the forces of oppression.
Nothing in this essay should be misconstrued to mean the writer is advocating a change of Nigerian government through the use of force, violence or intimidation. This writer does not belong to any political party and is not interested in holding any office.