Lol. People acting surprised at Evans the kidnapper. The Naija ambassador in Ghana was said to have attended one of his social PR events.
When people go to church to give testimonies we know aren’t true, we all clap and encourage them. More importantly we accord respectability to them.
When the monarchs, now one a dime, issue out dubious titles to men and women of questionable means, we look the other way and say ‘the irumole must not be questioned’.
When civil servants become owners of stupendous wealth building massive properties their salaries can ill afford even in a thousand years, we hold them up as beacons of excellence.
We see military men building mansions and investing in lands, fuelling speculation for which ordinary people pay, we eulogise them.
We see pastors living lavishly, we lie to ourselves that ‘it’s the lord’s doing’. We see Imams and babalawos as part of the wealthy elite, we chorus ‘Allahu Akbar’ to their sordid affairs as if we can scam Olodumare.
We see politicians who were poor pre-election, becoming billionaires after, and we tell the kids growing up to sing ‘bata re a dun kokoka to ba k’ awe re (education will make you somebody) as if they are dunces. These kids see the likes of never-do-wells like Tompolo, OluOmo, Boyloaf, Ayiri etc, as those who education did not stop from being ultimately successful for not bothering with it. They see violence and gangsterism as a better alternative to getting the good life.
We see degree holders with excellent results suffer and plum positions go to less academically qualified privileged bastards. We think those pushed out will not survive via the alternative way.
Nigeria is a society living in denial. Running away from its own shadow.
Evans the kidnapper is a mirror metaphor to us. We need yo have a long look at the unpleasant images we see and be shocked to do something about it.
No society develops by excluding its best resources (people) from its plans and think everything will work out fine.
There are a million Evans waiting in the wings. If nothing is done. Already 5 million Almajiris roam the country plains. May be many more millions of disenfranchised youths from the Agberos in the west to MEND boys in the south south.
If a Dino could have a fair collection of exotic cars to fill a mini museum without any example or trace of honest work or enterprise, dodgy academic qualifications and useless record as a member of the national assembly, why do you think a kid would contemplate going to school?
I’d personally recommend the electric chair for Evans ASAP. But I know others are already taking his place as I type on my phone.
The society needs a triple bypass heart surgery to survive. But the patient is still holed hope in a fast food joint with an acute care of greed.
Why are we incapable of self reflection?