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Sunday, June 16, 2019
The typical Nigerian Elite, and their “I beta pass my neighbour” mentality.
"The truth is, we each of us have an inborn conviction that the whole world, with everybody and everything in it, was created as a sort of necessary appendage to ourselves. Our fellow men and women were made to admire us and to minister to our various requirements". Jerome K Jerome (1859-1927)
"Now this is the Law of the Jungle—as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die". Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
Going by the massive deterioration of every fabric of our Nigerian society, one might wonder if there are truly any elites left in our warped society. The truth is that many parade themselves as elites, in the political, social and religious establishment of our dear country, but in reality, are they?
In the history of the world, the elites are the ones who are visionaries and thinkers, while the middle class are the ones who manage and carry out the vision of the thinking elites for the society.
From my own subjective perspective, our elites are suffering from what I term the "I beta pass my neighbour" mentality. In a "face you, face me" rented rooms complex, the neighbour that has the small generator that can only power the lights in a room, power the black and white small TV, feels he is better than his neighbours who can't afford such mundane luxury.
So when you see our elites drive around in expensive SUVs and state of the art cars, on untarred roads, drive on the expressway and streets filled with pot holes and uncollected smelling trash; and visit their friends and relations who live in neighbourhood and villages, that the elites in the developed world will not house their domestic animals in and still feel COOL and unperturbed; just know that they are suffering from the "I beta pass my neighbour" mentality. Again, in reality, are they better than the rest of us hapless and helpless Nigerians?
If the basic amenities and infrastructure are provided for in this country, the elites would benefit more than the rest of the society, but because of their warped mentality, it never occurs to them to ensure that this is done. The Yoruba proverbs that says that the comfort of the tree ensure the comfort of
the birds that perch on the tree, says it all.
"What a terrible era in which idiots govern the blind"- Shakespeare.
Can you imagine if there is compulsory and free primary and secopndary school education; if there is free health services for children and adults of 70 years and above; if there is even guaranteed 12 hours electricity and even medium developed infrastructure.
Then many Nigerians won't go prostrating and begging the elites for crumbs to pay their children's school fees or to take their children and elders to the hospitals for treatment.
Then the elites won't feel so arrogant and uncaring, but would in turn enjoy their, albeit stolen wealth with some degree of peace of mind.
This is what investing in Human Resources means, and as reiterated by Mr. Bill Gates on his recent visit to Nigeria. Meanwhile, those who benefited from the free education policy of the western region then, are the ones saying that free education is not feasible and possible in our present stage of development.
So the next time they come canvassing for your votes, the next time your Pastor tells you to give generously so that he can buy a private jet, the next time they tell you to wait for your turn, tell them to first ensure that the basic amenities and infrastructure are provided for.
Personally, I am bothered by our lack of amenities and infrastructure, but are you? Or do you think that this country cannot do better than it is now?
Whatever your position is on these matters, it is worth giving it a thought throughout this week and beyond.
THE IGBO RANT
BIBLICAL TRADITIONS OF NDI IGBO BEFORE THE MISSIONARIES CAME TO AFRICA* IGBO 101.
THE IGBO TRIBE AND ITS FEAR OF EXTINCTION
The Igbo: We die for causes, not for personalities
Written by Emeka Maduewesi
~on fb. 28th September, 2016.
The Igbo will never die for anyone. We will not even riot for anyone. But the Igbo will die for any cause they believe in because the Igbo have a true sense of justice and a determination to obtain it.
The Igbo will not riot because one of their own lost an election. Operation Wetie was the Western response to a massively rigged 1965 election. The Yoruba doused fellow Yorubas in petrol and burnt them alife. Properties were burnt with occupants. The Igbo will never do this.
In 1983, the Yoruba went on a rampage again over the massive rigging by NPN. Lifes were lost and properties destroyed. The riots were over personalities.
Contrast that with Anambra State where Chief Emeka Ojukwu was rigged out by his own NPN, who also rigged out Chief Jim Nwobodo. The Igbo did not protest because the goat's head is still in the goat's bag.
In the North, ba muso was the battle cry when Sultan Dasuki was imposed on the Sokoto Caliphate. The riot and protest lasted for days and crippled economic activities.
The Igbo will riot over issues and causes. The Aba Women Riot was over Tax. The Enugu coal mine riot was about conditions of service. The Ekumeku Uprising was over British colonialization.
Those of "Ekumeku" ancestry - Umu Eze Chima and Umu Nri - were at the forefront of the struggles for Nigerian independence, with people like Dr. A A Nwafor Orizu and Chief Osita Agwuna serving prison terms. Any struggles the parents could not conclude is continued by the children by other means.
The Biafran war was a response to the genocide. The war in fact was brought upon us. The battlefield was Eastern Region. The war ended in 1970 but the issues and causes were not resolved. That is where we are today.
The Igbo will also jointly rise to fight evil in their midst. They did it in Onitsha in the 1980's, Owerri in the 90's, and with Bakkassi in the 2000.
The Igbo will not die for any man. But the Igbo will stand by any man who symbolizes their cause and their pursuit of justice. Even if the man dies, the struggle continues, and like the Ekumeku warriors, the children will pick up the baton from their parents.
This is the Igbo I know, the Igbo I am, and the Igbo we are. This is my story. Feel free to tell yours.
RT. HON. DR. NNAMDI AZIKIWE TO DR. CHUBA OKADIGBO (1981)
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