“We have got the leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain… Nigeria and Afghanistan, possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world”, UK Prime Minister David Cameron was caught on tape telling the Queen ahead of the anti-corruption summit organized by the UK Government, this week, which was attended by Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari. This diplomatic gaffe rubbed many Nigerians on the wrong side, but most of the responses, coloured by overtly emotional love of country and a certain defensiveness is downright hypocritical.
My name is common man and I live in Nigeria. I don’t think I have common sense. If I did, I wouldn’t be in this mess I am in right now. I was once blessed with the divine spirit of goodluck but like a biblical fool, I traded it for mirage. Now I am chasing the wind.
“There is this saying that united we stand, divided we fall. In Nigeria today we claim to be united, yet it is obvious we have disintegrated. We have been divided along ethnicity, tribe and religion. Christians versus muslims, Igbos versus Yorubas, Fulanis versus Nigerians. There was indeed a country. I strongly believe divided, we stand a better chance of surviving. The country is boiling and no one cares until the pot explodes.” This morning I am empty. As empty as uncorked green bottles prostrate on the floor of a bush bar. My mind is a cauldron and as it bubbles I stare into space like Okonkwo after he had returned from killing Ikemefula. I love the late Professor Chinua Achebe. I adored him. God bless his departed soul. He was indeed a man of the people much unlike our present leaders in Nigeria. (Click here to pay for your copy of Good to Go and save your copy)