— The wind of change has blown, now the anus of the cock is revealed.
This heading above however, reminds me of a reckoning paragraph from an ancient speech of a former British Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, to the parliament of South Africa on 3rd febuary 1960 precisely in capetown. He said and I quote:
“The wind of change is blowing through this continent. (Africa), wether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact.”
What a wonderful speech it was. And, indeed, it is enough to serve as a message to Nigerians in her present state. A yoruba adage says, the truth can take up to twenty years before it reveals itself.
In Nigeria today, the wind of change (I don’t mean APC neither do I mean Buhari) is blowing very hard. So many anuses have been exposed. Hidden truths have seen the hunter’s search light. We are now beginning to see truth from different perspectives. We now know the looters, the looted and the conspiracy theories surrounding it. Thanks to the wind of change. Now, what exactly is the wind of change?
The wind of change is the sudden growth in the spirit of ‘national consciousness’. The amazing level of participation that we witnessed in the widely accepted ‘2015 elections in Nigeria is the wind of Change. A momentum that ‘changed’ the face of many events and status in the country. Some untouchable got touched, undisputed got disputed, un-jailable got jailed. Infact, undockable got docked afterwards. From gubernatorials to senatorials to presidential, this sudden growth in the national consciousness flogged some weak hands out of office and installed the desired.
Before the elections, it was obvious how the ship of the Nigerian nation was heading for an unavoidable cataract. How we embarked on a cataclysmic sojourning. Amazing enough, our then leaders kept telling us that we were growing and ‘moving forward’. But we couldn’t still see were we going. Like the popular King Sunny Ade’s track, we don’t know what direction our driver was driving either forward or backward.
Unsung events of corrupt cases and allegations were swept under the carpet. Money laundering on the high. Insecurity and the weak steps geared to tackle them. Yet all they could show for it was a paper statement of progress that Nigeria is the fastest growing economy in the continent when the Nigerians are being battered by the rain of poverty and joblessness. Even the umbrella could shield us no more.
Well, I had always believed aunt Ngozi when she said though. But I had thought to myself then that if truly we were ‘growing’, then it meant some goats were busy eating our laboured yams. Then Nigeria was left to be like a less fueled engine. This smelting activities made Nigerians wake up. Nigerians began to voice out their inner pains to the extent that they over abused the right to free expression. Series of unguarded statements and insults were directed to public office holders not excluding the C-in-C. Infact, he took the larger share. This is what I tagged the the ‘awkward moment before the wind of change’.
The great wind of change, moreover, came knocking as it was again time to display our democratic strength and vigor. To vote and elect the who that we feel is deserving to lead us to the promise land. And, infact, I most say, I have never seen Nigerians so committed to elections like that of 2015. It happens regularly before this, that Nigerians are always lukewarmed towards election exercises. Because, judging by the permutations, incumbency and ‘power’, we can already guess whom our new leader is. But obviously, 2015 was a difference.
Alas! The wind of change brought with it a mantra. We saw Nigerians well devoted to their struggles. Series of political decamping and sagacity were seen from every end of the divide. One would have believed that, according to the prophecy, Nigeria was ready to divide. Political parties threatening and displaying their strengths, stampedes at rallies, religious sentiments invoked. But to be candid, have never seen Nigerians this dedicated.
Surprisingly, elections were followed up until declarations. I remembered seeing a market woman in a market sitting close to her shade with her big casio calculator, a free sheet of paper and a radio set. She was busy solving and calculating election results along with the returning electoral officers that she forgot she was suppose to be busy attending to customers. I had to tap her to recover because I needed to buy from her. I also remember one of my lecturers back then who cancelled a scheduled test just to sit comfortably in his office watching live the election announcements. Infact, my fear back then was that if Jega had mistakenly inflated the results by just one vote, Nigerians will immediately start to call for his immediate impeachment. Atleast, the Orubebe incidence was an apotheosis. Collectively, this is what I call the wind of change.
The elections, however, were done and announced. And Nigerians were excited and happy as if it was the first time they had duely exercised their franchise. They had voted for their man and flushed out the incumbent. It was a indeed a remarkable celebration both home and abroad.
Therefore, now that we have the wind of change, we have a General turned president (Muhammadu Buhari). Haven contested four times before achieving this feet. He is seen as a man of vision, vigour, and passion. He is now seen as the ‘change’ te\he wind has brought. Thus, Nigerians had expected he will ‘hit the ground running’.
Against all odds, upon inauguration, the General had slowed down a bit before steadily moving. This had earned him a new title of ‘Baba go slow’. However, he had claimed he had inherited a poor and bad policy. And so needs time to fix it. As the wind of change would have it, this has generated mixed reactions from the public. But good or bad, the administration has been busy weakening the wind of change.
Though, I will commend its efforts for the blowing whistles. I will commend them for its anti corruption wars. I will commend them for the probes even in a period when Nigeria is facing a scrabbled economy. But on the other side, I will also condemn them in their struggle to weakening the blazing wind of change. I will condemn them in their attempt to keep Nigerians shut and mute. Let us talk and speak our mind. Remember, democracy is the right to shout, ‘listen to us’.
Like I said earlier, this administration has been relatively remarkable in its struggle. So far so good, we now know the goats disturbing our yams. As far as am concerned, it is a good cause. Dasuki will still tell us more, Diezani will still confess. Infact, Obj will still point fingers. But the real question is – for how long will these continue? When are we going to look forward?
Some will align with this longtime view of mine that if this administration will do nothing except for fighting corruption throughout the tenure, as long as he does it democratically, they got my thumps up already. I mean it will be necessary to clean up a stained bucket thoroughly before a fresh water is fetched. It will even send a cautioning signal to prospective thefts.
But good for us though, I just hope the 2016 appropriation bill which have been widely adjudged to be a good budget will bail us out of the economy. A budget of about 2.2 trillion dollars borrowing to be made? Lets pray this dwindling oil price will come to our rescue. The administration’s success over insurgency and terrorism also calls for a kudos. We hope to have the long last laugh.
In conclusion, as against some people’s claim that a particular political party or individual is the change Nigeria crave, the wind of change is the wake in the national consciousness towards the governance of the country. The sudden rise in the spirit of the electorate to make their choice and stand by it. This change brought with it dedication and commitment and I don’t think any government should be allowed to kill this spirit. It is our right to talk. Every government should give chance to the wailing wailers. After all, there is no good governance without a strong opposition. Let’s keep the wind of change blowing; it is our only tool now.
Ola-lawal Muzzamil Oladayo is a freelance (creative) writer who believes in the power of the ink. He uses his works not only to correct wrongs in society but also to inspire creativity and productivity in humanity. He is a graduate of Linguistics from the University of Ilorin.