. Prof. Chris Nwaokobia Jnr.
Truth is the ideal that awakens a people and a society to the realities of nationhood, it is without doubt the decimal that subjugates the multiples of tribe, of race, of faith and of zone to the broader denominator which is the ‘we’ and the ‘us’ variable, truth gives vent to the unalterable ‘rainbow’ phenomenon that unites. Truth lampoons the banal prejudices that devious court-jesters locate as the reason to sustain the mediocre.
Truth nudges our universe away from the littleness that stems from our differences to the greatness that comes from our variegation. Truth removes our debate from the banal to the sublime. Truth locates blame at the doorstep of the blameworthy it does not extricate the guilty and does not pamper the villain. The truth is no respecter of persons.
Little wonder a decade and two hundred years after Uthman Dan Fodio argued that “conscience is an open wound only truth can heal it” those words remain true. Truth is that prick that mocks Ekaete’s preference of a non-performing brother to a brother from another tribe. Truth lampoons Remi’s unfounded critique of a Sister from another tribe. And truth repudiates Musa’s claim to ‘right of first refusal’ to the Nigerian power demo-graph. The truth calls out to the best man irrespective of creed or clan to govern. The truth seeks and sees the best in all men.
We cannot fold our hands and assume that zoning and power sharing from a regional, sectional, ethnic and or a religious praxis can right the wrongs and create equity, to conjecture such is akin to the proverbial ‘Wait for Godot’. What our nation needs is the truth, a truth that MUST make the clamour for a broad-based rework of our national contract our nation’s summum-bonum.
The moment of truth is a global esoterically precise phenomenon, do not overlook the urgency of this reality in the present anomie that defines everything ranging from our politics to our business, and stretching to the banality of faith and the corruption of our values. Politicians are stealing and looting with impunity, Business Executives and CEOs are cutting corners and bending all the rules, the Clergy are building properties without adherence to structural designs and some are aiding and abetting crime and corruption with the use of their Private Jets, alas as unyielding as truth is, it pulls through in various forms certain that like Carlyle once noted, “truth on the scaffolds, falsehood on the throne, that truth sways the future”.
It is the truth that the normative called zoning of power and power-sharing which the Peoples Democratic Party adopted in 1999, a praxis to which many Political Parties and Politicians in Nigeria presently subscribe has only polarised us the more and deepened our ethnic differences more than any time in our history. It is the truth that like the quota system normative has failed to unite us as a people, power sharing and zoning shall fail. And it is the truth that only a proactive engagement of leadership along the line of anti-corruption, service-delivery, justice, equity, fairness and in the articulation of programs and programmatic that must lead to the banishment of poverty, illiteracy and impunity can this nation soar.
Today ethnic jingoism and sectional avarice threatens our peace, and regional loyalty subsumes national allegiance. Rather than walk the path of truth we have elected the path to Golgotha, we have allowed egocentric politicians to think for us, we have chosen to listen to court-jesters and lapdogs of power and we believe the tommyrot, invectives, diatribes and the deceit that the trade. We are torn apart by debates that dwell on the banal, sadly policies, manifestoes and programs are dwarfed by allegiance to region and religion.
Countrymen and women the truth is that we can compel leadership to responsible and responsive action only when we refuse the divisive hokum that those in power trade, we must refuse to discuss the tribe, State or region of who must rule, and discuss the program, the policy, the passion, the patriotism and the poise of those who MUST govern, such is the TRUTH.
We must say to the demagogues of tribe that the end of their debauchery is NOW. We must say to the pedagogues of religion that the truth is that we are all the Children of one God. We must say to ethnic jingoists your treachery cannot stop the sweltering Harmattan of change. And we must say to the lapdogs of power that the triumph of falsehood is short and the victory of deceit pyrrhic, for the truth is and will always remain the victor.
TO BE CONTINUED.
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