While the PDP house of clay keeps crumbling, there is a need for change mantras to hijack the APC from the hands of the invading vultures.
These are extremely interesting times in Nigeria. We live in an age of impossible contradictions. But it is impossible to live without contradictions. Contradictions define human existence and history. We may yet be grateful for contradictions. Contradictions have a way of throwing up interesting and perplexing figures particularly in societies at the threshold of a major social and historical reconfiguration. Contradictions and complexities must abound in a society on the verge of a major collision of altars. In all, contradictions have a way of making a historic bonfire of ideological pretensions and vanities. You cannot step into the same river twice and all that is solid melts into thin air.
As the All Progressives Congress keeps welcoming comrades from the barricade, there is something that sullies the attire of the party. At hand, we have an alternative party that is wholly soaked in its own rain of contradictions. Of note is the fact that anti-social deviants are on the prowl in even the most sacred sanctuaries of governance. Outside the hallowed precincts, violent robbing, kidnapping, fire bombing, economic heists, political assassinations in the name of religious mayhems have escalated beyond the comprehension of the reigning modern Nigerian hegemony. We now have them gunning to hold sway in APC.
While the APC keeps mouthing the message of change, nothing has changed in the anatomical structure of its political nervous system. A national consensus is emerging that we cannot continue like this. Something will have to give-in for this whirlpool of irrationality. The statist, centralizing resolution of the current Nigerian crisis could have come about in only two forms; either through a world-historic coup which would completely eliminate the current ruling class, or through some epochal social and political upheaval with an avenging political saviour at the vanguard. The military option has been rendered historical passé by emerging local and global trends. The second option looks like what is possible based on the current configuration of the nation. With its contradictions, I doubt if the APC can provide the vanguard platform.
At the moment, the Nigerian state is no better than an armed robbers’ congregation. The scale and magnitude of looting suggests not just a total breakdown of the nation’s ethical grid, but a collapse of the mental order which underpins all rational societies. There is a new form of elite dementia in town. We have a situation where political dramas are played out in a moving theatre of absurdity. The recent fall out of the seven PDP governors shows that at the expense of conscience, self interest has a way of manifesting itself in human form. We saw this during the recent PDP convention.
The crisis of Nigeria is also a crisis of the intellectual class leading to a progressive debility of the thinking and critical faculty. For without the intellect, there can be no illumination. And without the flash of intellectual inspiration, there is no way to think the way of the tunnel of abysmal hopelessness.
As the emergent progressives set about consolidating their grip of the momentum, they must give us new and hitherto unknown name as their Presidential hopeful and let history be their guide. The new name must avoid ancient banana peels and new landmines. He must disavow a tendency to gloat and a naïve and premature triumphalism. It is not the cold he must fear, but the darkness. The hegemonies of the APC will need all the wisdom they can muster. A former progressive is often more dangerous than a constant conservative. In a startling piece of political prophecy, the authors of The Gods that Failed reached a grim conclusion. The final battle according to them will not be between communists and reactionaries but between communists and ex-communists. In APC, the final battle will be between progressives and former progressives.
There must be the manic glint of fanatics in the eyes of the new name. Embedded in him is an all consuming raw anger which is implacable in his thirst for democratic vengeance. He must have a wild and merciless ruthlessness in his resolve which does not recognize the template and rubric of defeat. The unknown name should be ready to lead rampaging horde of people radicalized by hunger, brutish want and millennial misery. Like an awakening mammoth, the stirring has been slow, but it has been there for the discerning to glimpse.
APC should know that we don’t need a messiah like Buhari. A known name like Buhari can only appeal to a traumatized mob. A mob can never be a democratic crowd. Such crowd will not root for a political saviour but its anointed messiah. They will only vote as the lightning rod for their high wattage voltage of political inquisition. This is what you get when a self pampered political elite decides to commit suicide as a result of greed and sole-proprietorship kind of vision. It is messianization of politics.
We don’t need a messiah. We need a politician of ascetic and puritanical disposition – a sure bet for mystical ennoblement. A messiah is not a politician. A messiah is not a political leader but the leader of a sect. Nigeria is not a sectarian proposition. This is why liberal democracy is the principal by-product of the modern Nigerian. In all, the unknown name must have a towering strength on the social phenomenon to avoid being crippled by the same limitations as a potentially transformative leader. In the final analysis, a revolution needs politicians, more so in a multi-ethnic conglomeration like Nigeria where the need to connect with the rage of the inarticulate masses in all their elemental potent has become more vital than ever.
It is me, @Obajeun
Jonah Ayodele Obajeun works as a professional with a multinational. He blogs @www.obajeun.com. catch him on twitter via @Obajeun.
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