Pain is a distressing feeling often caused by intense or damaging stimuli. How much pain can a human take? A Human body can bear only up to 45 Del (units) of pain. Yet at time of giving birth, a mother feels up to 57 Del (units) of pain. This is similar to 20 bones getting fractured at the same time.
But in Nigeria, we have seen more severe pains; earlier this year. I am sure that a few of us can still recall the drama of I am in severe pains by former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose.
Are we as a people in severe pain that we spent the better part of national discourse time to look at whether Mr. Atiku was searched, or the searching was routine or the presidency ordered the search. We love the whole drama but lack serious critical thinking and so the real issues are left hanging weeks, months and years after because we still make the same mistakes.
We have, in pain, been subjected to national discourse on WAEC certificate and then we have also engaged in conversation regarding another’s visa status. We are a strange people and our reactions to pains range from funny to bizarre.
Do you feel severe pain for this beloved nation of ours, I do not need to spend time and space looking at the chronicles of the University College, now University of Ibadan, but I would be lost in time trying to figure out how that great ivory tower spent valuable time dramatizing the guise of wearing Hijab or not for secondary school students when kids in Japan and all of over parts of Europe are solving problems. The same way that the Law School graduation was reduced to whether we should wear atilogwu or sango uniforms and we leave the real issues of governance. Any sane person will be pained at the kind of matters that pain us.
In 2018 again, ASUU is an issue, one that remains painful, all the promissory notes, poor funding, low investment on infrastructure, remains problems that are succinctly not captured in all the policy lies, sorry I meant document of both frontrunners for the office of the President of Nigeria.
The Next Level whether pirated or plagiarised and making Nigeria work again, does not explain in details, with timelines and responsibility schedules, how the Ibadan-Lagos expressway would be finally done and dusted or how and when there will be an 8 lane Ajaokuta-Lokoja-Abuja road.
Does anything really pain us, in this part of the world, we start a topic with little or no knowledge, everyone jumps on the bandwagon and when we pause and ask everyone has an opinion.
Hence the agony of foreknowledge combined with the impotence to do anything about it. So the pain that we know our problems but seem condemned to an existence of being incapable of solving them seems our curse as well.
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