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Nigeria, Their Nigeria, by Pius Adesanmi

NEWISSUES, Abuja

I was away from the airwaves for much of the weekend.

If you miss an hour in the life of Nigeria, you miss ten lifetimes. I am playing catch up.

Looks like our friends in Ekiti are in the news again for what we already know about Ekitigate.

Looks like a man went on national television in broad daylight today to confess to one of the most serious crimes you could commit against a country in a democratic order.

Some Nigerians – the remaining few who are still shockable – are outraged and ashamed. They are ashamed of being in a country where it is possible to confess to a crime on national TV in broad daylight and waltz away from the studio a hero. I’m reading them, all the gnashing of teeth. They believe that the police ought to have been at the gates of the station, ready to swoop on the man after his confession.

I am sorry, folks, but that only happens in the 21st century. 17th-century societies do not function that way.

The tragedy of Nigeria is that there are ‘around’ 180 million of you and I doubt if we can find 100,000 of you who feel like those who are wincing in pain and gnashing their teeth; I don’t believe that we can find 100,000 of you who can be outraged by the fact that this man committed the said crime and the fact that he got to walk after a TV confession without first trying to determine the man’s religion, ethnicity, and political party.

Those of you who are outraged by this – who see it as a transcendental violation of everything you know about decency and civilization, beyond the primordialism of religion, ethnicity, and party affiliation – are a miserable minority.

Your tears will continue until you figure out a way to grow your ranks and rescue Nigeria from those who will wake up in the morning to find every excuse in the world to justify, excuse, rationalize, explain away, account for, etc, this latest outrage.

They are the ones who created a society of crime without punishment but we are collectively suffering the consequence of the monstrosity they created.

In a recent essay, I reminded you that two Nigerian citizens once dragged themselves to Aso Rock Villa to confess a crime to a sitting President. That President’s name is Olusegun Obasanjo. The criminals who went to him also have names: Chris Uba and Chris Ngige. They confessed an electoral heist to a sitting President and he announced to the nation that he chastized them and warned them not to do so again o.

Two criminals went to confess to a crime in broad daylight in Aso Rock and walked and are still Ogas at the top today in your society of crime without punishment – one is even now a Minister in Baba’s government – and you are surprised that it is possible to confess to the same crime in a TV station and leave the station with a swagger?

When you create a society of crime without punishment, the consequence is your loss of accreditation as a valid member of human civilization.

I don’t think we have heard the end of this story.

I expect to wake up to news tomorrow that Mr. T.K. Aluko, the self-confessed criminal, left the TV station in a convoy of jeeps with police escort.

This, after all, is Nigeria, their Nigeria.

 

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