Nigeria is sick – Rev. Adesanu

May our readers meet you?

My name is Abiodun Olaribigbe Adesanu. I was born on 24th December, 1963 into the Obantoko Ruling House of Itoko. Itoko is in the middle of Abeokuta, Ogun state in Nigeria.

What’s your nationality?

I’m a Nigerian by birth.

We understand you travel abroad often, can you compare the situation abroad to the situation in Nigeria?

Nigeria is a peculiar nation. The giant of Africa but still work in progress. I’m proudly a Nigerian but we have what I call a resilient spirit. I have lived and worked in Ghana. I’ve also attended conferences in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Baltimore and Florida in the United States of America.

Why do you think Nigeria’s case is different?

The term different is subjective. It depends on which angle a person is viewing it from. Most of the so-called developed nations have Nigerians on academic tourism as eggheads.

So, please don’t follow them to stigmatize Nigeria. We might not have gotten it right in terms of leadership and political algorithm. But surely, as the Psalmist penned, ‘When the Lord turned the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream’.

Can you recall one of Fela Kuti’s songs, ‘Long time ago, African man no dey carry shit o!’

The Europeans who colonized us introduced bribery and corruption into our cultural fabric. 

Before the advent of the Europeans, we had structures built on morality and communal trust. We operated political systems that were functional. We had a robust system of governance and advocacy before they came with their deception. They stole out artefacts, desecrated the soul of our communal integration. They defaced our security architecture.

Even when they claimed to have granted us independence, they still sponsored coup d’etats because of their economic interests thereby decimating the growth and development of mother Africa while making sure the economic barometer and political normal curve were skewed in their favor via what I refer to as Shylock loan facilities.

As a reverend, don’t you think Nigeria’s case is beyond human solution?

Never. Ezekiel 21:27 reads, ‘I will overturn, overturn, overturn,  it, and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is, and I will give it to him.’

What are you doing to help the Nigerian situation?

In my own window space, I admonish the youth. They are the vanguards of the nation. They should put in their best and wear their thinking caps. Crime and criminalities shouldn’t be their narrations. They should think out of the box. A typical Nigerian has a DNA of, ‘Don’t give up easily’ in him.

They should look at the bigger picture. They should also sharpen and re-sharpen their God-given latent dispositions for them to be proactive and discover themselves.

In the words of Plato, ‘The man who can think is great, blessed is he. Twice blessed and greater is he who can express his thoughts for the formulation of power. But supremely blessed is he who can master himself for he will master others and their affairs.’

The late Chief Obafemi Awolowo once posited that when he was asked, why it seemed he had a gargantuan knowledge and solutions to the myriads of challenges Nigeria was facing. He replied thus, ‘While others like me were busying themselves with men of shady characters and women of easy virtues, I, like a few others, in the late of nights thinking about solutions. There’s no gainsaying that we shall be miles apart in the morning.’

And may I with all humility submit that prayers are paramount variables. Nigeria is sick, we should be praying for her.

A popular axiom says
If you continue to do a thing or solve a problem the way and you keep on using same pedagogical approach year in year out with out required results
You need to change method.

The major challenge of Nigeria is Leadership.
If you have clueless leaders, quasi~insensitive leadership who just mounted the podium without clear cut plans and purpose, in the words of Late Chinua Achebe “Things shall fall apart”. The falconers cannot hold the falcons. Banditry, kidnappings, rape and many other social vices shall dominate the democratic landscape.
Nigeria who betwitched you.

Lord Dennings, a celebrated British Mathematician cum Jurist said
“You cannot put something on nothing and expect it to stand”.

People are shouting marginalization, restructuring, let us tear apart, let us go war again.

It takes wisdom, divine assistance in intelligent supplications to solving this catelogue of challenges, we should not exacerbate them with non challancy as a result of ineptitude. Don’t put square pegs in round holes.

Good governance is about utilizing to the maximum available human and material resources. No to nepotism and favouritism. Nigeria shall work. I believe

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