Opinion: ‘Is the black man still evolving?’

The black race has produced giants who have
transformed the world in all spheres of life. Dr.
Martin Luther King Jnr, Frederick Douglass,
Shaka – the Zulu King whose tactics in warfare
is still being studied in military academies
worldwide, Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe,
Muhammed Ali, Pele, Nelson Mandela, Kwame
Nkrumah etc. But why the beggarly antics of
the black man leading to insults by Donald
Trump and others? Have Africans forgotten so
soon about the ancient great empires in Africa?
So great that Ham one of the sons of Noah who
survived the devastating flood which the
almighty creator used to wipe out the then
world represented the black race in Egypt.

Remember how Jacob and his family went to
settle in Egypt the land of Ham (Psalm 105-23)?
Despite the earlier, we have failed to
consciously move into civilisation. In Nigeria
either we maim people to win elections, sit
tight on governmental positions or cashier
government monies for senseless cavortings.
We promote campaigns for “separate
sovereignty” even when administrators in the
supposedly “sovereign” do nothing to further
the growth of the “needed sovereign.” I look at
South Sudan and all I can do is shake my head.
Nothing good comes from northern Mali.

Eritrea with forced conscription into the armed
forces with no time line and defaulters are
killed. Central Africa Republic with their
militia. Blacks in South Africa fared better
under apartheid than even under the ANC
government. Somalia for close to three
decades has been overrun by gangsters.
Uganda and the disappearance of government
critics. Let’s not waste energy on Zimbabwe.

We kowtow to white people and make them
under cut others at queues in public places.
You are lucky if you aren’t whipped by police
men if you stand in their way when they
protect their white masters in our own
country. Presidential directives such as the re-
deployment of some staff members of the
Police force from the homes of private
individuals where they serve as caddies for the
reason that it would free these men to protect
our lives, properties and streets are not
obeyed and there seems to be no enforcing
agency anywhere to monitor compliance.

You needed to see the garrison of troops
(soldiers) that was stationed outside the arena
where a birthday was held today. They came
not for the celebrant but for two senators who
were there to rejoice with the Septuagenarian.
It was no different from a war zone. I know so
because I was invited to the occasion. Now you
know why Boko Haram can’t be defeated. Not
with soldiers overwhelmed in guarding private
citizens. Many years ago, some militias were
empowered in Nigeria, and these went about
and decapitated people in some parts of
Nigeria, for flimsy excuses and many justified
the barbaric acts as: part of providing security.

Heinrich Himmler would have appreciated
their liberties.
The love for philistinism is so strong in this
country that fortune hunters go in search of
human heads. Some communities are known
for this infamy. Many a community are also
man-eating communities. It is not uncommon
to hear someone say unabashedly in a joking
manner:”we dei chop people for our
village.” My friend comes from a community
where discrimination is so high and where they
treat some people as sub-human. We both
frown at a practice that promotes the tall tale
that ‘A’ is parenthetically better than ‘B’ only
by the accident of birth that no one has a
choice of?
The Nigerian is politically inert, apolitical,
reason political players confine them to living
in hovels and groveling in the dark.No wonder
a Daniel François Malan can say hand-on-heart
that, “the black man isn’t psychologically fit to
drive a car because he can’t make one.” How
far is this from the truth? The PAN assembly
plant in Kaduna, I hear, passes for a museum.
ANAMCO seemed to have happened in fantasy
island as well as the Volkswagen plant we read
about in the 1980s through to the 1990s. No
wonder a Michael Burleigh could write an
article in the Daily Mail Online, August 9, 2013,
titled, “Nigeria, a country so corrupt it would
be better to burn our aid money.” Little
wonder, Lord Lugard said that the “African is
like a child who needs direction from adults.”

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