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By 'Deji Kuye (TFW)
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We have but one great problem in Nigeria. I am tempted to agree with China Achebe that the trouble with Nigeria is leadership virus. And that is no temptation. It is actually the critical case! I believed that the problem is disunity. But as absolute as that seems a fact it is only a blast, not the bomb.


The problem did not stem from the West's coming or their colonialism. On the one hand, a form of colonialism had existed before the White came. Oyo empire ruled over Dahomey and others. The Fulani conquered lands. Zaria and Queen Amina conquered lands too. And natives sold natives as slaves. So, exploitation and brutality did not sneak into Africa. It had started with the first brother of the human kind. On the other hand, colonialism brought civilization with its "good and bad" better than primitive wandering and sacrifices but not better than primitive simplicity, Modesty and innocence that existed in that pastoral world of ours (perhaps, arguable). It was the West's identification of the problem and the dealing with it that initiated or yielded to and fast tracked the process of decolonization.



The problem is one and universal. It is a blindness. We that love God do not see what HE loves or we see it as a shadow of nothing, not as a substance.
The one problem with Nigeria and with the world is collective and individual forgetting or collective and individual intentional-denying of our humanity. That is the bomb. Acting on or with that forgetfulness or denial is the blast. The terrors, trauma and tragedies prevalent are the fag end of explosion.

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