Quotes from piece by Femi Aribisala-
In our determination to ensure that Nigeria is a failure, Nigerians have been remarkably successful.Nigeria is a fictional country without a past worth remembering.
The history of our country is a tale told by an idiot. It is full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Therefore, Nigerian history is not even taught in our schools.
They talk federal character but practice ethnic character.
They swear oaths to keep us safe and secure; but they see and hear no evil when Fulani herdsmen invade our farms and butcher us to death.
Success is denominated only at the level of the individual or of the tribe.
When I endorsed the candidature of Kingsley Moghalu for president of Nigeria, some quietly informed me that the next president of Nigeria has been zoned to the North.
The next president must be from the North. Or he must be from the West. But certainly not from the East; because in Nigeria, people from the East are deemed by ethnic jingoists to have political leprosy.
In the United States, the rich are invariably the successful. In Nigeria, the rich are often those who redeem their failures by stealing public funds. In Britain, the rich man is likely to be industrious. In Nigeria, the rich man is likely to be a thief in the politician’s agbada or in military uniform.
Do Nigerians want Nigeria to succeed? Don’t bet on it. Nigerians work very hard to ensure the failure of Nigeria. It is in this very determination to ensure that Nigeria is a failure, that Nigerians have been remarkably successful.