Of Nigerian intellectuals and thieving, bumbling politicians: Who will bell those cats?

“Those interested in the dustbin of Nigeria’s history will one day find APC inside the rubble, among the putrefaction, just beside PDP, and bring out her carcass for examination.

Such students of the dustbin of history will likely conclude that APC’s signature contribution to the Nigerian tragedy is not in the empirical failure to deliver on measurable electoral promises in virtually all areas of national life but in the deadening of the Nigerian mind.

A nation’s mind is lost when the capacity for ironic sentience dies. And no group of Nigerians, at any moment in our chequered national history, has contributed more to the assassination of irony than the Confederacy of parochial interests in the leadership of APC.”

- Pius Adesanmi, in his July 25, 2017 essay, APC: The Obstinate Journey To Shame Via London

Good piece from Pius. I would offer a friendly amendment to the above thusly:

“Those interested in the dustbin of Nigeria’s history will one day find Nigerian intellectuals inside the rubble, among the putrefaction, just beside the APC and PDP, and bring out her carcass for examination.

Such students of the dustbin of history will likely conclude that Nigerian intellectuals’ signature contribution to the Nigerian tragedy is not in the empirical failure to to ensure that Nigeria’s leaders deliver on measurable electoral promises in virtually all areas of national life but in the deadening of the Nigerian mind.

A nation’s mind is lost when the capacity for ironic sentience dies. And no group of Nigerians, at any moment in our chequered national history, has contributed more to the assassination of irony than the Confederacy of parochial interests in the actions of Nigerian intellectuals.”

There you have it. Nigerian intellectuals, to regain their lost credibility and integrity must (a) reflect on their role in the ongoing mess in Nigeria and be remorseful and (b) structurally divorce themselves from the conflict of parochial interest that they have immersed themselves in and do the hard work of holding our leaders accountable. Right now, all they do is talk, talk, talk from compromised mouths. Selective outrage will not build a nation. What the APC has done is abominable, yes, but they did not do it alone. Right now, with the cynical appointment of Nasir El-Rufai to superintend the issue of restructuring, the APC has taken disrespect of the Nigerian people to a new low. It is a disgrace — what our intellectuals have done. We all need to get back to a foundation built on truth and honesty. The truth will always be waiting for us at home. We have come full cycle. Will we continue talking or will we stop talking and bell the cat? Talk is cheap.

Now read the rest of Pius Adesanmi’s essay on the shame that is the APC’s incursion into Nigeria’s political space.

http://saharareporters.com/2017/07/25/apc-obstinate-journey-shame-london-pius-adesanmi

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