As a child growing up in Nigeria, I can remember the question;  to name the 12 states that made up Nigeria, the groundnut pyramids, the cash crops, the seasons in Nigeria, the main languages etc etc. We were a steadily growing country and even with the civil war years behind us, the future looked rosy and kind. The Naira; our National currency was stronger than the American Dollar and exchanged on the street of London as an acceptable means of exchange (almost at par with the British Pound; frankly, we were kings and Queens, and nothing could go wrong. 

Then, on a Friday February 13, 1976. Some errant and probably sponsored soldiers,  killed General Muritala MOHAMMED the then military head of state and all hell was let loose on my beloved country and we have not been the same ever since. 

After several meaningless, countless economic programs and policies, several buffoonish, clownish and pretentious leaders (both Civilian and Military, a once promising and Glorious nation has been turned into a killing field.

Mindless bloodletting amongst ethnic and feuding kith and kin will leave you wondering what exactly binds these people together and why they bother to remain a united nation. 
As a growing young man, filled with hope and promise, I always attended the Argungu Fishing Festival or Argungu Dance Festival.  (An annual four-day festival in the state of Kebbi, in the north-western part of Northern Nigeria. The region is made up of fertile river areas, with much irrigation and orchards.)Wikipedia. 

However, those days are long gone. I will dare not visit such places again. These areas are now killing fields of the dreaded Boko Haram marauders. There are different reasons or stories about how these rag tag army of Islamic fundamentalists came about but the reality is that they are on ground, gaining ground and things are no longer at ease. 
By my own definition, Nigeria has long deviated from a promising dream and inspiration to the black race to just a geographical entity and land mass bounded by seas, fertile lands, inhabited by enterprising and bright hopeful people but sadly blighted and fated to bad leaders and condemned to an invariably foretold internal implosion and ultimate disintegration. 
Truly, I wish I could tell you good heart warming tales about how good  prosperous and forward looking  Nigeria is, make promises to bring you good tidings but I can’t. At least 90% of Nigerians cannot Access a Home Of their own, cannot Access good medical care, cannot eat three meals a day, cannot afford basic education for their children, cannot Access clean Tap water for their everyday life.

Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan (1651)· Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan (1651) … According to Hobbes, the lives of individuals in the state of nature were “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short”, a state in which self-interest and the absence of rights and contracts prevented the “social”, or society.

 If we decide to accept the above definition by Thomas Hobbes, then we must say that Life in Nigeria is hellish and now without any semblance of what a decent society should be. 

It is difficult to Fathom how any Government can unravel the knotty issue of Federalism as enshrined in the Constitution of Nigeria. The Nigerian political leadership, as currently structured is nothing but a closed group of elitist, overtly and covertly religious  and greedy set of people who control the power of state, use it to the best of their abilities to fund their own select groups interest and when they use up their allotted term , and now pass it on to another set of elites under another name and so the beat goes on. 
You may ask me; so what happens and where do we go from here?? I ask myself this question everyday when I see the mindless killings, rape, destruction, conspiratorial outright genocide all over the nation and the deafening silence from the elites and the elected leaders of the same people who are being killed. 

It’s a sad time to be a Nigerian. There is no place of pride what so ever. The National day parade is no longer colorful and meaningful. There is no promise of a better tomorrow; only rhetorics, lies, tongue in the cheek speeches by spiritual and temporal leaders and you will think they actually believe the balderdash they are peddling as the truth. 

I find it very disheartening that a nation that has good and well run private enterprises like UBA PLC, ACCESS Bank Plc, ENYO Retail Limited, JUMiA, GOKADA, etc etc should at least be able to collectively select a leader that can articulate a vision, a future and give hope to the expectations of the people of Nigeria. 

At some point in time, the people themselves must rise up. The people, irrespective of tribe, irrespective of religion, irrespective of leaning or affiliation must rise up and challenge the usual thrash of dividing the people Along ethnic and religious lines so that the same people can continue to ride the people to death. 

The day will come soon enough. The day will come when the barren will jump for joy for not having brought forth child into the world. There will be a consuming fire before a lull. We are ripe for it. 

Come fire, come and light us up. We need you. We need your consuming and burning fire. Then after the fire, our purity will be exposed and we will look forward to a new dawn. 

Let the fire come!!!!

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