Wednesday, July 16, 2014


"The further a society drifts away from the truth the more it will hate those who speak it."-George Orwell

I chose since I was 18 to be true to myself in all things particularly in matters relating to man and power. I had a few years before encountered Lord Acton's famous quote on power ditto 'power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely'. And in my experiment with the truth I have found nothing truer than the fact that like Niccolo Machiavelli put it in his Book THE PRINCE '...the Prince must be weary of praise singers for they have the ability to blind him to the truth and cause him avoidable hate.' These words are perhaps the most salient reminder of the transience of power viz a viz human nuances.

As lives are mowed down in thousands Mr. President's men see only the politics of it. As the Innocents of Chibok are yet missing 86days after they were abducted from a School on the 15th of April some acolytes of Mr. President remain with a conspiracy theorem long debunked by a Fact Finding Committee set up by the same President. And as business in Maiduguri, Jos and Abuja shrinks on account of tiny patronage concomitant to the Boko Haram insurgency Jonathanians see nothing BUT 2015 and how Mr. President must return in 2015 willy-nilly.

Countrymen and women we appear insignificant in a power equation that means everything to the politrickcal class. Yes, for all they care Nigeria can burn to ashes, for all they care Boko Haram can kill all of us BUT the ambition of one man nudged on by his jesters, acolytes, kinsmen and protégés must prevail.

This dance of macabre is nebulous and worrisome when viewed from the prism of a highly impoverished people who have elected ethnic/religious biases over and above their own well-being. Sad.

May God save Nigeria.

Prof. Chris Nwaokobia Jnr.

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