The ‘Religiousification’ of Our Politics
There is an attempt by some people to ‘religiousify’ our political terrain. Such people, tired of keeping their doctrines and ideologies within their religious houses, are trying to bring the ‘let the weak say I am strong’ ideology into our politics and indeed into our everyday life.
They want us to look at Nigeria going through one of its darkest hours economically and say: “Things are ok.” They want us to listen to the vast majority of our people groaning under an heavy weight of directionlessness and say: “Nigeria has not had it better than this.” They want us to watch tears roll down the faces of our people and still say: “Nigerians have never been happier than they are now.”
We will reject every attempt to substitute genuine feelings of Nigerians with delusions of those who are disconnected from the pains and tears of the ordinary people. We will not proclaim strength when we are weak. We will not declare plenty when there is lack. We will not say we see a giant standing tall when it is in fact a dwarf crawling in the dust.
Those “let the weak say I am strong” doctrines can work in religious places and go unchallenged but when they are introduced into the political terrain, we must see them for what they are: dubious attempts to justify an inability to deliver while encouraging the people to tell barefaced lies everyday to themselves about their situation while the people who are supposed to fix the situation look on, clueless, directionless, powerless to lift a finger to do the job they were hired to do.
If they want us to say Nigeria is strong, let them make Nigeria strong. If they want us to say there’s plenty, let then eradicate lack. If they want us to talk of a Nigeria of happy people, let them work towards removing those things that cause our people to cry.