Nigeria’s greatest failure by far has been it’s refusal to step up to the plate as the leading nation of Africa. Billed at independence as the champion or giant of African life Nigeria as described by PF Wilmot has travelled in reverse gear to present itself as an object lesson in state failure. With enemies real and imagined from without and within the West African giant has staggered from one crisis to the other in its decades of existence as a liberated nation.
Pummelled by its Frankisteins, assaulted by homegrown werewolves, continuously bitten by vampires and hunted by colonial ghouls we had developed a false sense of invincibility to assume that Nigeria was somehow indestructible until religious global terrorism came a-knocking. Darkness is gradually descending and the sophistication of the new threat is such that our presumptuous style of political leadership has not yet figured out the potential of this deadly threat. Nigeria has refused to concatenate the relevant issues and material that could provide a accurate diagnosis of the threat. The peculiarity of the Nigerian situation stems from the fusion of global Islamist resurgence with an ancient strain of intolerance to produce a lethally hybrid of religious hate. Like the proverbial ostrich the Nigerian state has gone into a denial mode while it’s life is being drained. The spark of hope in the gloomy picture comes from the fact that Nigeria is better positioned now than it ever was to tackle it’s multiple problems. No other African nation has ever made the kind of mistakes and erroneous judgment calls that we have. Even if we start at a point were we don’t know what to do we evidently know what should not be done. The blood spill of the Nigerian face of global Islamist terrorism has taught the average citizen a precious lesson. Now we know that we must learn to live together as friends or perish together as fools.