By Odi Ikpeazu
‘Who says I am not under the special protection of God?’
-. Adolf Hitler, March 1933
I keep hearing the mantra ‘Nigeria is a failed state! Nigeria is a failed state…!’ being chanted by the very people who caused her to fail.
Tell you what. What is a State if not the people who populate it? What is a person but the soul that resides within? A state is too amorphous to fail. A body without the soul is only the walking dead. It is the people who inhabit a state who could either succeed or fail as the case may be. A mere body can neither succeed nor fail but the soul.
In that case, for the information of all those pompous and presumptuous people who accuse the Nigerian state of failure, it is rather they, the Nigerian people, who are failed. And chief among these failed people are the infamous tribal triumvirate, namely the toxic Igbo, the cantankerous Yoruba and the arrogant Hausa-Fulani, who appear hell bent on the destruction of the country.
With single-minded narcicism and bloated ego, they are determined not only to emasculate the other 298 tribes but take them along with them as they hurtle recklessly over the cliff of conflict into the chasm of catastrophe.
And as for the sociopathic demagogues who lead the schizophrenic sheep that bleat stupidly after them, I laugh in derision as they toy around with the idea of having separate new nations. This is because their ostensibly patriotic quest for separate nationalities is driven only by avarice, greed and the desire to corner the Commonwealth for the benefit of themselves, their cliques and cronies. He, who does not clearly see that, obviously does not have eyes.
Like the unconscionable desperados that they are, these delusional demagogues employ every devious device they can muster, especially lies, deceit, disinformation, misinformation, misrepresentation, exaggeration and violence. And it appears to work for them to a large extent because they are cynically aware that to carry masses and mobs along, you only need to tell them the most stupid things.
Even a demagogue as grotesque as Hitler posed as a moral crusader battling the forces of iniquity and corruption! Léon Mugesera, that beastly tribal demagogue of Rwanda, claimed he was fighting a just cause and convinced the Hutus that the Tutsis were actually ‘rats and cockroaches’. The Hutus, following their demented leader like zombies, treated the Tutsis literally as such and thus began the carnage, which cost that country a million lives in the end. Thankfully, he is spending the rest of his sorry life in a Rwandan prison for incitement to genocide.
So, clearly, the most glaring thing about most demagogues is that they have serious mental health issues, notably delusions of grandeur and sociopathy.
Know ye all men that any part of Nigeria that eventually manages to secede will have the exact same character as Nigeria. In this, these so called new nations will bear the character of single-cell organisms such as the amoeba, which reproduce by binary fission. The offspring new nations will inherit the genes of the parent nation. The baby will be the exact genetic copy of the parent. And so much time and motion, lives and limbs would have been lost, while no progress would have been made ultimately.
Meanwhile, let’s all fool ourselves some more.
Mr Odi Ikpeazu, an Onitsha-based Attorney is also a football proprietor- Onitsha Redoubtable FC