By, Israel A. Ebije
There is a piece circulating on the cyberspace titled; “President Muhammadu Buhari the Strongest man in Africa”. The author of the drivel alleged albeit tacitly how President Muhammadu Buhari has been poisoned with a category ‘A poison’. The writer said Buhari may have been given a full dose of the poison but was too strong to be felled like former Head of state, Gen. Abacha, and MKO Abiola, acclaimed winner of the June 12 1993 election.
The curious part of the poisonous piece of junk was inference to the likes of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida and Abdulsalam Abubakar as sickly even in seeming good health. The writer was tacitly alleging that some powerful Nigerians have attempted to kill the president. In the depraved words of the writer: “Which other ways does one measure a strength of a man who is in his mid seventies but still survives a deadliest class of poison? The poison you gave him has become a vitamin to him and he is living in vitality and vigor while you the poisoners blood is rising above survival limit”.
The content of the piece may be the opinion of a deprave person, but the way and manner it was peddled on social media indicates how very gullible, vile and beastly some Nigerians are. It also shows how some people seek to stir up ethno-religious genocide. Some Nigerians are indeed not happy we live in peace. They seek to destroy our corporate existence. I watched as social media platforms of people supposed to be well educated and informed share the unauthoured, puerile, mischievous piece of junk with impunity. The educated have indeed joined the bandwagon of hooting fools to become idiots in the rave to wrangle our corporate entity from its path to peaceful and prosperous nationhood.
The presidency while doing a good job to mend the falling health of the president must be weary of those using his health issue to provoke civil unrest. Already all the mischievous divides are at the top of their antics selling the worst of their best compilations around the president’s health to further the fragmentation taking a turn for the worst among Nigerians. The weekly lugubrious announcements of PMB death got a boost when an apparently deranged British ex-lawmaker announced the death of the ailing president. Now the narrative of a Buhari been poisoned is already planted in the heart of simple minded Nigerians, waiting for the right time for harvest of genocide.
The other side of the divide with secessionist agenda has people trying to rewrite the history of Nigeria. They have crafted their own history, believing how gullible some Nigerians are and how shallow most youths are on knowledge of their country to recreate our story. They have managed to produce a different meaning to suit their own agenda. The piece titled “the real Reason Nigerian Schools Dropped History” presently going viral reflected on how Uthman Danfodio conquered the North (tacit reference to Fulani herders), how Northern lawmakers wanted to secede from Nigeria (indicating session agenda started from the north), and how Gen Yakubu Gowon was selected to mastermind genocide against Igbos.
Most Nigerians in their forties did not witness the Nigerian civil war, therefore ordinary knowledge of history has failed to register requisite knowledge and caution in the minds of mischief makers. Some Nigerians may have planned economic benefit from civil unrest, others are just on board on the mischief trip simply because someone has commissioned them to. The trend is indeed gaining speed as secessionists have taken over the cyberspace with tacit publications aimed at causing tremendous hurt on our corporate existence.
It is instructive for media content consumers to avoid becoming accomplices to the demonic intentions of some cyber based evil merchants thriving on mass ignorance, endless hate, cleavage based fragmentation to inflict vicious circle of violence with unfathomable damage on lives and properties. We must seek that which separates us, we must identify those trained, equipped and paid to kill Nigeria on social media. We must understand that many youths in Nigeria are only equipped with the rewrite of history, issues and not the real deal on our narrative.
We must say no to marginalization by government at the center. It is time to move the nation out of the woods. Sadly, the change government has failed to unite the country. When the music changes, ordinarily dancers are expected to change their dance steps. Perceived and manifest injustices in appointments, selective war on corruption, itinerancy of terrorism across the country by herders among sundry others must stop. The issue of quota system, resource control, restructuring, defining our federalism must be addressed to achieve balance.
We must all say to ourselves “I have seen the light, now we can see and no longer need the blind, mischievous to lead us. That I am now aware today was yesterdays tomorrow and today will be tomorrow’s yesterday. Yes, the past is gone and the bright light at the end of the tunnel brings greater hope where peace collective progress, mutual respect for all Nigerians regardless of ethnicity and religious consideration is our collective inheritance.” God save Nigeria.
Ebije lives in Abuja. Can be reached on; [email protected] or @ebijeisrael