The paradox of a nation at war with itself
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The paradox of a nation at war with itself

WAR IS PEACE.

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY.

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.

 

Do these words sound familiar? You might remember them from George Orwell’s 1984. A dystopian novel set in Great Britain and the above words were the motto of the English Socialist party. How does this apply to our own society today?

Today, in our nation, we are at war. The ignominy that beclouds us lends credence to our war like state. And as a people, we are so torn from each other that we mostly react on sentiments and emotions instead of facts. We want our egos massaged at the detriment of our nationhood and thus we have conveniently evolved ourselves into a state of doublethink.

How else can you describe basing judgments on religion and ethnicity and acting out based on these? We are able to justify two wrongs and yet not feel guilty for our betrayal of our own conscience. The garri thief is served justice swift and cold as a deterrent by people I have termed the justice keepers. When they are confronted by corrupt government officials, justice is switched off and they howl for crumbs whilst praise singing these officials.

The norm now is to hail a despot and then honor his victim. To term someone incorruptible, and still receive loots entering billions pilfered by the incorruptible fellow. To hail mediocrity and blame the past for our present situation. What is more astonishing is knowing someone who was a dictator and believing he is now a reformed democrat. Perhaps we should have given Idi Amin the benefit of doubt and proclaimed him a true hero of democracy.

“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

This explains why allies of yesterday are today’s enemies and are being persecuted. The Ota farmer, the senator from Kwara just to name a few were used to ride to power and are now persona non Grata. Cue the witch hunt and the public outcry against today’s enemies. Tomorrow, they might become our allies again, but who cares as today they are public enemy no 1.

And right before our very eyes, our freedom has become slavery. We have been subjected and conditioned to believe fantasies spawned by sycophants’ intent on securing power a second time. Our freedom is now dependent on the crumbs from our slave masters; themselves victims of a system designed to perpetuate them in power.

For those who are truly free, they are hounded by the enslaved, who seek not to be set free but instead to drag the free back into slavery. It is a battle daily fought out on Social Media, on News Stations and in every nook and cranny of the country. You are engaged and should you have a contrary view, you are labelled the opposition and reported to the thought police; your crime being free will. I should know as I have been branded the opposition various times for holding a contrary view.

 

“We have now sunken to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious

 is the first duty of intelligent men”

The charade occurring is an attempt to rewrite history, to change a narrative so true. Everyday, the narrative is being woven to distort history, and that is why certain intelligent men like @segalink and @AbdulMahmud01 on twitter have taken it upon themselves to see that history remains intact and the role of each character is clearly defined.

It is a shame though that the ignorant are content to wallow in their ignorance and thus it remains their strongest attribute. Not knowing gives them all the ammunition needed to fight their battle against perceived naysayers who hold contrary views or who speak the truth.

Yet we are citizens of the same nation, we are brothers and sisters. We are husbands and wives, sons and daughters. Yet we are under siege by ourselves. Never has our differences been more highlighted. Never have we attacked each other for our beliefs and opinion than this period. We will only get as much chance as possible to make things right, not for ourselves, but for the future generations.

We are made wise not by the recollection of our past but by the

responsibility for our future- George Bernard Shaw

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