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Yesterday was quite a full day for me, it was a day in which many things simply came to a head. I had deliberately refused to comment on a number of issues for a while, hoping that in the period of my silence things will bounce back to normalsy. The more the days pass however, it’s becoming clearer and clearer that we are approaching a failed state. Optimism is good, if it is bound at the bottom by reality, at the top by faith and at the sides by work. Baseless optimism is a cancer, it’s false hope and mere lies.

Rather than confront our issues and do what we need to do to save our nation from a head on collision course with failure, we tell ourselves it’s all going to be well, God will do it, we make God out to be our slave. In the face of unconstitutional behaviour, in the face of  televised dishonesty, of forgeries at the highest levels, of being labelled as terrorists, of no power at home and a vacuum in the seat of power, the elite in Nigeria have not heard the drums of war. We pacify ourselves with phrases that show that even if we lose all, we still have something. We are voiceless in our own country, slaves where we should have been princes, our young sons and daughters flee from our shores preferring to be slaves abroad than at home, and our elders have nostalgic memories of when they were slaves to colonial masters. This house is falling, and those who exercise the power of faith limit it to their words and are slow to back it up with action.  My brothers and sisters, if we continue to fold our hands we will soon have them cuffed. History is replete with trends we can learn from, the distance between our current state and people seeking refuge in other nations as refugee is not as far as we have been deluded to think. The time to have a stand and stand for it is now!

What philosophy exactly engages the mind of our elite that makes them sit still? I have tried to comprehend it but perhaps I’m not as bright as the average one of us. I have analysed it from different angles, wishing that even I could have that complacent philosophy that will make me sit still and have the opinion that my voice does not count, but the reasons constantly elude me. I need someone to help me here, give me a reason to not feel moved or touched by the realities that bedevil my nation. Does it make sense to you that rather than face our issues we celebrate how great we could have been? Or what potentials we have? While by arithmetic or geometric progression our nation is heading down, we constantly behave like we are not touched. The elite is comfortable in the possibility of being an island of prosperity in a quick sand of poverty. Mark my words however, danger looms, what’s on ground is beyond being political, non partisan or partisan. If you are not relevant to the future of this nation… relocate now, before you lose it all! There is a time for peace and there is a time for war. We are in those times, when we must turn our agricultural instruments into weapons of war (Joel 3:9-12). It’s time to use that skill that you use to feed to fight.

They say questions are the answers, well, today I have loads of them. Are we safe? These people who have the leadership of this country as their puppets, are they sane? Are they value driven? Are we in the hands of equitable and fair people? America ranks us as a terrorist nation, is that all of us? Is it some of us? We have moved from being a threat to ourselves, to becoming a threat to the world, are we aware? Does it make sense that almost 50yrs after we started extracting oil, we are still queuing for fuel and having scarcity? Are we sane as a nation, when our leaders spend over $200million per annum on treatment overseas? Are we normal when these overseas hospitals are managed by Nigerian doctors, nurses and cleaners, with only the equipments being foreign? Are we fair when we put an El-Rufai on excile and allow a James Ibori to walk free? Are elites existing in a nation that banishes a man that refused gifts from all who intended to woo him, and free right of way to one who would be arrested if allowed to travel? Can you and I make our president the CEO of a company we have investments in? Is he desirable as a staff in your company? Or is it not our business? Am I asking too many questions, don’t I have the right to ask? I hear we now all have a locus standi, true? Are we relevant to the world as one country? Or is it in the best interest of the world that we are split into unsustainable units? Are the people of a country normal whose president is unseen and inaudible for already more than 10% of a year?

The elders say that when the elders are at home, the head of a new born will take shape, are there no elders in our land? When will the elites  – the educated middle class in Nigeria get angry and enlist in this silently developing war? Do we have to wait until we are denied visa to every country because we are terrorists? Who needs to die for Nigerians to get angry enough to act? Does pharoah need to lose the firstborn of all his subjects and himself before the people are let go? In the revolution that looms, who will be spared, and why will they be spared? Are our brothers  in diaspora free of all these? Do they need to lend their voice? Or are they untouched by the appelation of terrorists? Are they not also getting full body massages at international airports?

Follow me for a little while more on this illogical reasoning, pardon me, the sun and powerlessness do have their effects.  How many Mutallabs do we need to change Nigeria? Do they all need to be trained in yemen or does the south south have concentration camps that can convert decent men into living explosives? I heard this morning that the US has revoked the VISA’s of a few high ranking government officials, former governors e.t.c. Can they please add the current Governors, Lawmakers, ministers and members of the executive council, past and present? Can they please add our Pastors and Imams as well? Wait for the big one, can they send our people back home? Won’t it help if we all lock ourselves in this country and sort it all out? Can they help us send all the ones in America, in Europe and even Asia? Can the world please send our people home and give us a 10yr break so we can resolve our issues? I’m not saying anything oh, I’m just asking questions :), abi? Am I being too harsh on our brothers overseas? Is it not because our America’s Ambassadors son raped someone in the US and was sent parking that Obama doesn’t have anyone to relate with on what actions Nigeria has taken on the terrorism case? Is it also not because Yaradua’s phone number has been barred for not being in touch for more than 30 days that he couldn’t be reached? Are we not a country of comedians and jokers?

I think the axe is already at the root of every tree, and the future will tell. This country will be better, by fire! I see a New Nigeria, a country that will flourish again and become the most desireable country to live in in the world. A Nigeria that is so good today looks like a cruel joke! Between now and then however, there are sacrifices to be made.  What sacrifice are you williing to make today?

Please join us in Abuja on Tuesday (Jan 12)  as we match together to make our voice heard. We need leadership, and we will not manage our current circumstances. Details will be coming up shortly.

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44 comments

  1. Hmnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!In short, i am short of words……

  2. Decision time..!!!

  3. Ariwo Ibosi ooo! Now is the time to react actively to this decay in this system wey we don dey manage for like forever… He don reach that time wey we must carry hoes and dig out the cancer worms wey dey chop this country to destruction. We are resilient, we endure, but now we are right there at the breaking point and yielding to the pressure coming from within. I am done thinking….now is the time to react.. i might not be out there in Abuja to stand against this decay but wherever i am… my actions will speak revolution
    Godbless Nigerian awooooo!

  4. Spot on! I have never heard you in this manner, very provoking indeed!
    I have told myself and some of those around about what dangers the current situation holds for us as a country. I am ashamed of our NASS members and i am sure when the inevitable happens, their heads would roll first because they allowed it.

  5. Hmmmmmmmmmm………., I feel you very, very strongly Deolu. Infact this post has ignited some dimension of anger in me, I think i need to refocus some things myself too, Nigeria must be delivered.

  6. Chairman you have said our mind, we must join our hands together to make 9ja better, jan 12th all roads lead to abuja they must hear our voices by fire by force

  7. Interesting! Oga Deolu, I admire your write up and salute the inspiration that births this piece. Can I add to some of the questions? If I should do so, will dishonesty ever become detachable from us? Do we have a press in Nigeria? What are our leaders afraid of? Who are we all afraid of? What will it cost us to follow the path of Iran? Is the name Nigeria (born out of sexual ecstasy) a curse or a blessing? Will division help us? Please, where is our president? Aba! the questions are too much. I read through the Nigerian on-line daily newspapers everyday and nobody talks abut the president, no body wants to mention anything about his whereabouts and the hope of his health or the state of the presidency. The story of Mutallab or whatever, is mentioned here in the US daily with each day carrying insight to recent and past activities of Nigeria. I just heard of Almajiri In Kano, Kwiffaly or whatever in Yobe etc. They want to justify the fact that Nigeria is indeed a threat to the world. Unless there is something more spiritual and threatening than I can think, I believe the press can help us get some answers. Thank you so much and I hope a lot of people shows up in this meeting you are convening.

  8. True talk OH!!!!!!!!!!!!, it is said that when you push a person to the wall he reacts, in our case, the wall is very elastic and it seems to never reach its elastic limit OH!!!!!!!!

  9. More questions than answers, every dailies should carry this. I hear your voice behind those words. Lets form voltron defender of Nigeria.

  10. chairman i give you kudos, as clock ticks i see nigeria is going down significantly in the world. is it a crime to be a black man ?.

  11. The spirit is one. My pastor, paul adefarasin has been saying the same thing since the beginning of the year. God help us all and give us direction to leave a great country for generations to come.

  12. A great start for a New Year oga Deolu. What better way than a challenging and provoking write-up is there to charge up the many Nigerians who have been pushed to the wall like a goat. Is this meeting in conjunction with what was on the news this morning about pastor bakere and some other Nigerians (under the Save Nigeria group) holding a rally next week in Abuja? I suspect so. The truth is we all have been asking these set of questions at different times but there doesn't just seem to be any answer anywhere. I bet the answer lie within us all. It's time, it's indeed time. Thank you for giving yourself to this cause for change.

  13. hmmm… if we continue to fold our hands we will soon have them cuffed.
    Our resilience is far past being an asset, it has become a national embrassment.

    The constitution and the people that have refused to bent or talk will soon explode.
    they’ve taken our light, water, money and resources… the only thing remaining is our dignity.
    Would we fight for it?

  14. Your "Clarion Call" message is not only inspiring, it is provoking. All is not well with Nigeria if we must confess. Please publish this "Clarion Call" message in the newspapers so that many Nigerians can catch the vibes. I see revolution.

  15. Now it is time our voice must be heard, I once said it that Nigerians have gone to sleep in the name of democrazy. Abacha regime wasnt has bad as this when all went to the street protesting against oppression in the land. The demostration of craziness by leaders must be stop now if this investment called nigeria will not fail. 48days of a nation without a leader, we kept on prayin when the solution is in our hand. The same VP that knows God was working in our favour by making the provision for the sworning of the CJ in the constitution by his predecessor should know that the same God had made this same provision in the constitution for him to be sworn as the acting president while the president is no where to be find. let nigeria stop pray for the solution that is already in our hands. I want to see the Adeboye, Oyedepo, Okonwkwo, Onayeikans, etc on tuesday let them know the investment called Nigeria must not fail

  16. This is weird, Our hearts are crying and the voice of the people needs to be heard. Indeed, i see a New NIgeria but we need to individually contribute our quota to see it happen. “To every problem you can name after Nigeria today, there are numerous solutions to them, where do you belong? A critic or a problem solver” CM, God will replenish your strength for your compassion, interest, actions, and impact. I believe!

  17. We need the likes of Pastor Sunday Adelaja on tuesday in Abuja, if Nigeria will not fail

  18. On Tuesday, We’ll be walking behind Wole Soyinka, Pastor Sarah of FWC, Dr. Tunde Bakare (Pastor), Femi Falana, Afenifere Group, Arewa youth Forum, Ndigbo groups e.t.c. We cannot fail.

  19. My heart prick as i painstakingly read between the line listening careful to the heartbeat of every concerned Nigeria expressed in this piece. Its just the time to act, yes the ripe time. The God of creation will back up this endeavor more than the days of Martin Luther Jr. 'Cos we will all live to see it fruit-THE NEW NIGERIA

  20. Tears in my eyes as I read this…for my dear country. Nigeria will not fail

  21. Sometimes, i get tired of praying for Nigeria because i know the solution is in our hands..lets call a spade a spade and not an agricultural instrument, everything that is wrong has gone wrong in Nigeria ..a President that has been absent for over 40 days, a voice less vice president, senators and house of rep members that have sold their conscience to the highest bidder, and closed their eyes to the truth..(i hope they can look their children in the face one day and tell them, they mortgaged their future for a mess of porridge). it took a Rosa Park to sit down in America for others to join in the fight against racism….if a 23 year old boy can risk his life for a cause he ignorantly believed in, then its time for us to do same..by fire by force, Nigeria will not fail..I sincerely wish Mutallab had taken his war to those in Nigeria that need to go for Nigeria to become what its suppose to be..i can count 300 of them and put them in a plane for him to pull his stunt and then he will truly be a Hero..instead of the terrorist label he has given us all…

  22. The handwritting is on the wall..'MENE MENE TEKEL UPHARSIN', Daniel 5 – 25- 28. God protect all those going and may Psalm 105 – 12-15 speak for you all. My prophet, thanks for your thought provoking post, the technique to eat hot yam is different from the one to eat cold yam..this is hot and i am marching behind you on this..God bless you and God bless Nigeria.

  23. I feel like answering all those questions, but they’re too many. The truth is that when we got indepndence, it was on paper on not in our minds. Our so-called elders are either confused, afraid, or selfish. They have lived their lives, and it’s left for us to design ours. With due respect to our Northern brothers, the elders upthere are holding us to ransom for their selfish reasons. Time would not permit, I would have shown you that 70% of the nation’s problem comes from there. Roads, Indiscipline,and many more. I subscribe to the idea of total repartration of Nigerians, so that we can solve it all. It is now and not later. We all have our little ways of adding our voice.

  24. Should half this questions be answered by those concerned, then the 10years break will experience a Nigeria. i see a new Nigeria but we all must pay the sacrifice. the least being our prayers.

  25. I love this section "How many Mutallabs do we need to change Nigeria? Do they all need to be trained in yemen or does the south south have concentration camps that can convert decent men into living explosives? I heard this morning that the US has revoked the VISA’s of a few high ranking government officials, former governors e.t.c. Can they please add the current Governors, Lawmakers, ministers and members of the executive council, past and present? Can they please add our Pastors and Imams as well? Wait for the big one, can they send our people back home? Won’t it help if we all lock ourselves in this country and sort it all out? Can they help us send all the ones in America, in Europe and even Asia? Can the world please send our people home and give us a 10yr break so we can resolve our issues? I’m not saying anything oh, I’m just asking questions  , abi? Am I being too harsh on our brothers overseas? Is it not because our America’s Ambassadors son raped someone in the US and was sent parking that Obama doesn’t have anyone to relate with on what actions Nigeria has taken on the terrorism case? Is it also not because Yaradua’s phone number has been barred for not being in touch for more than 30 days that he couldn’t be reached? Are we not a country of comedians and jokers?'

  26. "the axe is already at the root of every tree…" YES!!!

  27. PDP has ruin this country. after 11years of ruling this country they have nothing to show instead they compounded the problem, ranging from the world l abeling us terrorist , no energy, no feul, no education, people are hungry inshort this country is in shambles. any nigeria dat vote for PDP in the next election is a bastard nigerian.

  28. if nigeria fails it is the fault of our leaders and elders . we the youth should rise up and fight 4 dis our beloved country. count mi in on jan 12th i wil be there cos i stay in abj. pls post the venue where we are 2 meet. deolu come up with more of this and we will support u.

  29. Hasn’t Nigeria failed already? We are just seeing the repercussion of a failed Nation. Not only have “We have moved from being a threat to ourselves, to becoming a threat to the world”, we are only terrorist within ourselves.I had wanted to write a post titled “Nigerians are terrorist” This was meant to expose how we have become threats to ourselves. I just had to keep quiet and let the worst happen. I guess if we all see the worst, we will learn to crave for the best with our blood.If the Pharoahs can’t listen now, they will surely listen when their first born are taken away by death.
    I have conclude that my Nation Nigeria will shine like the brightness of the stars and that anyone that will not let this be will be washed away by the revolution that has already started.
    I hope we see more Mutallabs that will show us how rotten Nigeria has become. It pains my heart when i look at the network news and see how some Nigerians talk about the issue of USA-Mutallab-Nigeria. Most, if not all are just talking based on what they will miss from US and not on wha they know about Nigerians
    I guess i should stop before i turn this comment box into another post.

  30. I’m speechless…

  31. Deolu… spot on… i post from the UK… and this is whatt we have woken up to this morning….

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaa

  32. You have said it all Deolu. May God bless u all as u match our country forward

  33. If the only truth about the current state of affairs in our so called dead giant of Africe should be told, it is becoming very unbecoming of nigerians , especially those who reside in 9ja, to remain in denial that the country is great and improving when educated people cannot be promised a job on merit. With the banks it has to be projected prostitution at every level in order to get a customer. In politics, it is do or die because of the opportunity to create something out of nothing and steal all the required funds for the project. We are a joke world wide. The malo who stole all the money via First bank during his tenure cannot even bribe FBI to save his son. It shows that even all his money right now is of no use and Mr Presido is nowhere to be found. He reminds me of the prince of Baal. no comment…..

  34. Optimism that is not rooted in reality is a complete madness, God helps us. We are very religious but not spiritual like someone says.we cover ourselves with the power of religion that is not potent. No wonder Karl max says it is the opium of the people. It is time to act on our beliefs and demand right leadership

  35. i add my questions… are we, the concerned acting? are we taking the right action? are we acting fast enough? the state of this nation is extremely frightening.. i am constantly scared of the potential madness in every Nigerian. i keep thinking these people are mad. we all need help and must start today by first looking into the mirror and asking, ” WHAT ROLE ARE YOU PLAYING FOR THE GOOD OR BAD OF THIS NATION”

  36. tell them am to get a visa to U.S.A for a tourism course for 2wks now it all gone.we need a change and it starts from me……….. u,u,and u.we can only change our nation our self cos even obama can come and make things work.it is us that can change it

  37. Deolu I can see your heart is bleeding and it is the same with me here. I believe this is a time for us to stop gallivanting around the world and sit tight. I support any country that wishes to repatriate Nigerians. I once read a story of Obafemi Awolowo while he was vying for the nigerian presidency, He proposed to shut all borders for a period of time so as to build our own resources. if only we can look inward as a nation and develop our natural human resources, things will be better. It’s a pity that all our elders have been murdered. Our dear UCH in Ibadan is lying fallow with no equipments or outdated ones yet the staffs are getting paid and our president is flying about for adequate health care.
    Common mushroom that can be cultured here in nigeria for commercial purposes is been imported. Almost 50yrs of Crude oil no functional refinery. the adage charity begins at hme does not apply to nigeria. It’s not that nigerians are silent, they are only being muffled

  38. Deolu,I cannot but agree with you on the need to back our words with action in this country. “Words without action are the assasins of dreams”.Our collective dream of a prosperous Nigeria where everything works cannot be achieved by sitting down and just praying.We need some ‘Aluta’ to fix this country. I thank God for you that you were part of history on the January 12 2010.That day was an historic day and mark my words. That day would be remebered in the annals of history as a day when Men and women who were not the” conventional rented” crowd came out enmasse and protested against injustice and total disregard for the collective intelligence of us as a nation. The presence of our own Wole soyinka there who by any standard is a symbol of affluence and influence speaks volume about the relevance of the protetst. Soyinka is over 75 years and you cannot accuse such a man of participating in the protest because of popularity .One thing the elite ,especially the political elite has always capitalised on in this country is our patience and faith in God .They know that an average Nigerian will continue to go about his duties as long as he can do so regardless of what is happening in the country.He will continue to buy fuel whenever there is hike in the price of of fuel and would rather park his car @ home when he can no longer afford it rather than take to the street to protest the mismanagement of our “excess resources”.How long shall will continue to adopt this posture as a nation is a question we need to provide answer to?How long Nigerians…Deolu’s piece is a call to action.The time to act is now.

  39. My Chairman,

    We talk too much. I need practical solutions to basic problems we experience in Nigera. First and foremost, let me call the attention to the fact that despite that we have in our ivory towers a good number of electrical engineering professors, so my question remains how come none of them for the donkey years they have been in these citadels, can not proffer practical solutions to our power problems? Can they not proffer solutions using the available resources at hand? I presume these egg heads are in these towers of higher learning to proffer solutions to challenges by using theories or practical means to do so.

    Thus, before Nigeria fails, my question is this – Have you done enough within your own sphere of influence – YOURSELF – or you are still waiting for others to do so. God Bless Nigeria – we need to take this nation by force before it is too late.

  40. Deolu, i have followed a number of ur posts for a while. But believe me,this is simply one of your best. But which of these nations can take up dt challenge? remember, Nigerians are @ d top there. Bt if only it cld happen,it would have been a realistic step into solution this nation deserves. We wil al b touched &choked wit d problem,rich or poor. &Solution wil fast &effectiv

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