By Adeola Aderounmu.
I am finding it difficult to comprehend the nature of things to come in Kenya. My fears are that things could get out of hand, out of control. In that worst scenario, thousands or millions of people could be killed.
I am also forced to deviate to Nigeria at a point like this. If Nigeria had been the good model of Africa as everyone expected, it would have been very easy to mediate in Kenya at a time like this. One could have been quick to say, didn’t you see how Nigeria is…bla blab bla. Unfortunately, Nigeria as the sleeping giant of Africa is headed by an illegal government since May 2007. Imagine the ridicule if Yar Adua goes to Kenya to mediate in the crisis. Or imagine Nigeria’s Maurice Iwu going to Kenya to lecture the electoral commission! What a shame!
Kenya’s Kibaki definitely has a strong point to hold on to in leading the people of Kenya even if it is against the popular wish. It’s like this: Illegality works in Nigeria (and perhaps many other countries in Africa), why should it not work in Kenya?
The problem though is still the relative differences in the levels of resiliency and the tolerance of evil. It seems that Kenyans are ready to lay down their lives for the enthronement of sanity, accountability and proper governance. In the end, if the people win, it will be the turning point that would shape the future of Kenya forever.
It is unfortunate that hundreds of people have died and that the madness prevails. It appears to be a part of the sacrifice needed to build a formidable country devoid of injustice. However with the level of global advancement and awareness, the sacrifice involving the loss of human lives is quite unnecessary.
Greed and corruption are the backbones to this type of a senseless scenario. It is very disheartening to see the waste of human lives and valuable time, two key parameters that can never be regained once they are lost.
I look forward to Kenyans being able to resolve the issues at stake. Power, resource control, tribal conflicts, or whatever the rest of the injustice/egocentrism are all about. Africans deserve more than what the pitiable leadership have provided to date and the search for true statesmanship and genuine leadership irrefutably remain parts of the essential ingredient needed to take Africa out of the doldrums!