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On The Matter Of Honour

Only a society like ours will entertain such ignoble display of shame. One is branded a thief and still had the audacity to grace the town square with a dance carrying the supposedly stolen goat! Abacha is a Abacha, synonymous with tyranny, terror, oppression, fear, repression and all that depicts evil.

Yes Nigeria’s history cannot be complete without a mention regarding him, same goes for Germany but we are yet to hear of a honour being bestowed on Hitler! Abacha’s family and their apologists can only have expression in a society like ours that forgets so easily and quickly, a society that is devoid of will to say enough is enough! A society that places undue value and respect on materiality, ill gotten and ill amassed wealth, a society that asks no such questions as ‘how’, ‘why’ and ‘when’.

All I hear is forgive and move on. How easy we forget that to forgive is divine and to be forgiven, you must ask ….. the family and their entire cohort must first go hush hush, somber and then ask Nigerians to forgive them, then and maybe then the Supreme Being may have mercy on them!

Respect is earned, honour is deserved. To earn you must work for it, to deserve you must be worthy in the eyes of the majority. Me thinks Nigerians agree to disagree on this Honorary award given to the one who looted and raped the economy in such a manner, suppressed and oppressed the citizenry in manner yet unparalleled.

Yes, this is my opinion, you may have yours!

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Posted by on March 7, 2014 in Personal, Uncategorized

 

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As We Honour Sir Fredrick Lugard . . .

As we honour Sir Fredrick Lugard, who effected the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates of the British Crown to form a new colonial territory and his consort, Dame Flora Louise Shaw, who named the territory ‘Nigeria’. Millions, if not billions already budgeted will be spent on this ceremony. Speeches to eulogize him, extol his qualities as a leader, some will go as far as calling him the Father of Nigeria.

While we are at it, let us be reminded that we are far from changing, his thoughts of us as Africans of this race-type (Nigerians) stated below still bear resounding semblance to what and who we are today, we have not made progress!

Read for yourself:

In character and temperament, the typical African of this race-type is a happy, thriftless, excitable person

Naturally courageous, and naturally courteous and polite, full of personal vanity, with little sense of veracity, fond of music and loving weapons as an oriental loves jewelry

He suffers little from the apprehension for the future, or grief for the past. His mind is far nearer to the animal world than that of the European or Asiatic, and exhibits something of the animals’ placidity and want of desire to rise beyond the State he has reached

Through the ages, though some tribes appear to believe in a deity, the religious sense seldom rises above pantheistic animalism and seems more often to take the form of a vague dread of the supernatural

Conspicuously deficient in the management and control alike of men or business

Loves the display of power, but fails to realize its responsibility

Willingness to work hard with a less incentive than most races

Has the courage of the fighting animal, an instinct rather than a moral virtue

Lacks apprehension and ability to visualize the future

In brief, the virtues and defects of this race-type are those of attractive children, whose confidence when it is won is given un-grudgingly as to an older and wiser superior and without envy.

Tunde Fagbenle wrote an article in the Village Square in November 23, 2009, titled, “What Lord Lugard Thought About Nigerians”.

Phewww! “What a country, Lugard, methinks you’re right after all”, another quote from the article which appropriately captures our ignoramus display of gratitude to one who spoke so lowly of us.

Lord Frederick John Dealtry Lugard (22 January 1858 – 11 April 1945) was High Commissioner of the Protectorate of Northern Nigeria till 1906 and Governor-General of Nigeria from 1914-1919,

So I ask, what are we posthumously honouring him for?

For telling us what we already know about ourselves, tantamount to Mungo Park’s purported discovery of river Niger. I am guessing his thought was that the natives didn’t know of its existence and weren’t making use of it before him.

Or for the divide and rule he created to keep us perpetually at each others throat, a situation that continually threatens peace and stability of the “geographical contraption” called Nigeria.

If for these two reasons alone, then he was right and still right when he wrote; character wise we are a happy, thriftless, excitable race. I am placing more emphasis on the extravagance display of ignorance.

As always, Nigeria we hail thee!

References:
“Queen Elizabeth, Lugard, Zik, 97 others bag Nigeria’s Centenary awards” – http://www.sunnewsonline.com
“What Lord Lugard Thought About Nigerians” – http://www.nigeriavillagesquare.com

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2014 in Personal, Uncategorized

 

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