Of Blood and War…

Of Blood and War…

Reading Chimamanda Adichie’s ‘HALF OF A YELLOW SUN’ (which has been a brilliant book so far), has made me realize one thing: Nigeria, as a country, has not left the days of the Civil War. Physically, we might be in 2011. However, PSYCHOLOGICALLY, we have never left those hot, hard days of pain and strife, of maiming and killing….those days of blood and war. I was not born during that time (thankfully) and I am grateful to God that my family survived the times. However, since January 15, 1970, a war has always waged within us. This war is almost akin to  mixing oil with water. Physically, we claim to have gone past that period.

But for us, the war is not over…

What we are seeing now is nothing but the effects of events set in motion decades ago, when Nigeria was brought together: a powder keg with a very long fuse.

And now, time is running short…

Politics. The bane of us all. The Regionalization within is made even more apparent in this game of cat and mouse. They are the cats, and we, as well as our resources, are their mice. They watch us from their lofty places of power, snickering behind the banners of their political affiliations, trying to decide who gets the biggest piece of the pie next.

And the Night-time descends when…

The political climate in Nigeria is now like an Irish bog, sucking everything in. Ever since May 29, 1999, events have happened, slowly, incrementally, always increasing in scope and size with each next occurence. Life is no longer what it used to be 10 years ago. Even 5 years ago. And everything seems to be going to hell in a handbasket. And guess who the delivery boys are?

…all our Demons come out to play…

It started in the North. Just like almost everything else, no offence to my Northern friends. First it was Buhari’s case, and his supporters clamoring for him to be instituted as President, despite overwhelming evidence of electoral malpractices by his Party. This is based on the evidence given by the slain corpers, The Fallen Nigerian Heroes, before they were wiped off the face of the earth. Under-aged voters. Cajoling. Threats….and then, the killings began. Families have been torn apart. Lives have been irrevocably altered. Futures have been snuffed out. Life, as we know it, has changed. Now everyone looks at their brother tribes with suspicion….

And now, it is spreading down South…and so the old Proverb proves itself to be true once more: When one finger is stained with Oil, the others will be stained as well.

Buhari, I have a question for you.

Did you contest in the South, South-West and the East? To the best of my knowledge, I can’t remember ever hearing news of you going down to those parts of the country. And you want them to vote for you? When their last memory of you is drenched in Blood? And now, sailing on the blood of the innocents, you intend to disrupt the country, directly or indirectly.

To understand the Future….

For my fellow Youths who are clamoring for blood, who are baying for war, I say to you: look around you and see who is screaming for that with you. Do you see any of your parents, uncles, aunts, grandparents, or anybody older than 40 years screaming alongside you? Sometimes I wonder…If only you all will just stop for one moment; just stop and take a look.

….you need to look into the past…

2011 has been a very eventful year, worldwide. Wars, tornadoes. Tsunamis, both Natural and Political. And the effects of the Political Tsunamis are the ones being felt the most. Egypt. Tunisia. Yemen. Ivory Coast. Libya.

And don’t forget 1967-1970…

What do all these places have in common?

Check their locations and proximity to each other.

For those of you too brash to call for War or something of that nature, I tell you, in the heat of the moment, when the adrenaline is rushing and the blood is pumping, you will not realize what has been set in motion. Not until after the dust has settled…

When Elephants fight…

What we are experiencing is nothing but the machinations of a group of people. Forget about party affiliations. They are all the same, except for a few of them trying to do some good for their people. Both those who have Public faces and the Faceless push our buttons at will, and like Zombie-bots, we do their bidding under the guise of tribal issues and Political angst. And in the end…

…the Grass suffers…

It is we, the Nigerian masses, who will suffer, even more than we are suffering now. Do you think we are suffering now? You haven’t seen anything yet. You don’t know what it is like to be displaced. It is easy to see everything from afar, click our fingers, shake our heads in disgust and raise our fists and voices. But in the heat of the battle, when you do not know where your 3-year old brother or 6-year old sister is missing, and you can’t see well enough to look for your parents because of the smoke and ash; when you hold your loved ones in your arms as your tears wash the blood and ash from their faces, then you will know the meaning of war.

In relative peace…

We need to come together, those of us who see past the facade of the world. We are really perishing for lack of knowledge, just as the Bible said. To take whatever we are told without question is to play the fool. We need to make our thoughts known, not with blood and sweat, but with persistence and ONE LOUD VOICE.

…let us reason.

Let us come together to put of the light that is eating the fuse, lest the powder keg blow up. Let us douse the fires of pain with the collective waters of our will.

And let us let them know that the Nigerian Spirit will not break!!! WE ARE ONE!



22 thoughts on “Of Blood and War…” by Raymond (@raymond)

  1. Nice stuff. Shows that despite ur lofty kingston perch,u are still interestd and cncernd bout the happenings here.
    Wouldnt say i agree with some of your conclusions, but i would leave my politics and world view outta things. Gudjob

    1. Thanks @Stan the Man…

  2. @raymond,your write up was quite touching.we are one no matter what.9ja will stand again!

    1. Thank U Uche…

  3. Nice musing and creatively written too. Well done Raymond.

    1. ThankU, @Igwe…

  4. Nationalism? I think this is a good piece to support that, although how long will firm beliefs and rigid views stand. Good one Raymond.

    1. Well, everything is open for debate @Casey. Thanks.

  5. Commente on this piece when you posted it on Facebook, still think it’s a brilliant piece…Well done

    1. Thanks Mercy.
      Meanwhile, @Admin, what’s happening with the site? All of my commetns since this morning are not giving me any points oh! I hope all is well, eh @Admin?

  6. @raymond, this was really cool! And hot too sha cos the passion burning was so hot I felt it radiating from my laptop screen! Lol!

    Kudos to u man. Like @stan, I may not agrre with all u said but I agree with the call for non-violence. Violence and war is NEVER wisdom. Killing people should be left to God. Mahatma Gandhi in India showed us that people can destroy the oppressors without killing anyone, even though this route usually involves innocent blood being lost. But God will judge sha..in the end.
    Nice one Raymond. nice one.

    1. Thanks bro…

  7. @raymond, you have said it all…i see the consciousness and the maturity in the piece…very objective i must say for someone who is not even on the shores of Nigeria at the moment.. well done

    1. My Oga, @Xikay, whether I am home or not, Nigeria is my home, and I will come home to it one day. So whatever happens there affects me too…
      Thanks for Ur thoughts…

      1. very commendable…you’re even more objective than some people here at home

        1. Thanks Boss…

  8. I wish your piece could actually develop a voice and scream out to the world. As far as I’m concerned, all these are the result of the negligence of mothers. No man fell from heaven. I think women should return their eyes back to the cradle. They are still the only ones that can shape the lives of the future generations. That power can never be taken away from them.

    1. I hear U….Thanks…

  9. Strong opinions…Nigeria na my country, I must to do better for am…united we stand…against the odds…Nigeria we hail thee. Thanks for sharing

    1. Thanks @doubleespresso. 2 cups of coffee for U.

  10. Nice one. Interesting to find that there are several sides to you.

    Well done.

    1. Thank U, @Seun. I just had to speak out…

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