Just 2 weeks ago, (actually 3 weeks) l wrote: death either abroad or at home appears to be the only leveler between the corrupt and the saints, the rich and the poor. Life will remain a passage and only fools don’t see the vanity of primitive accumulations.
Life, Still A Passage
By Adeola Aderounmu
I have made references to my essay ”A Passage Called Life” on several occasions. The essay was first published in the Nigerian Village Square on November 7, 2007.
At that time Ms. Bunmi Etteh was already brushed aside as the speaker in the Nigerian House of Representatives. One Aminu Safana had also suddenly kicked the bucket.
In that 2007 episode l wrote about the recommendations of the Japanese.
I don’t remember where l got it from but the Japanese gave only 3 recommendations for a fulfilling life. These recommendations are 1. Have children 2. Write a book and 3 . Plant a tree.
I wish l knew where l got this from but it does not matter now. I can make my own inferences.
I remember also an ex-colleague of mine who told me that he was no longer afraid to die. When I asked him what he meant, he said now he has a child and all his fears are gone.
The meaning of the expression is deep and l leave it to my readers,the fathers and mothers out there to interprete.
For my ex-colleague, his thoughts may be in line with what the Japanese inferred.
Can everybody write a book? It depends on how you look at it. I think what will be relevant here it to tell our stories. Ideology and traditions have been sustained even in the absence of books. We can tell our stories and the custodians of history can write them for us.
Since we want our stories to be beneficial to mankind or humanity, we want it to contain good deeds.
It will be hard to read the minds of the Japanese but l do hope they realise the imperfection of mankind.
Not all of us will have children especially now that biological rules have been rewritten. We will not all plant trees because we depend on some institutions in the society to do so on our behalf.
Our stories will be our books if we write them. If we don’t, still we should not fail to share them with those we love and trust.
Then, just 2 weeks ago, l wrote an essay (108 Modern Hospitals Now) and in the conclusion l stated that death either abroad or at home appears to be the only leveler between the corrupt and the saints, the rich and the poor.
Life will remain a passage and only fools don’t see the vanity of primitive accumulations.
In the recent essay l threw a challenge to the government of Nigeria and the politicians as the custodians of our commonwealth. It was my response to the death of Diepreye Alamieyeseigha and all the Nigerian politicians who want to go abroad to die.
Why not build hospitals for yourselves and the citizens of Nigeria?
Nigerian criminal politicians and in fact all greedy and selfish people need to be told (because they do not appear to know) that life is transient and nothing last forever.
Was it Akon who sang and mentioned that tomorrow is not guaranteed?
Whilst the poor people and the masses are still clamouring for the dividends of democracy 16 years on, some fools are already scheming for the 2019 elections.
This means that they are already looting and stealing monies in small and big amounts from different corners of the country and piling them up to execute the 2019 elections.
At the same time, they-the politicians continue to earn undeserved wages, award themselves contracts and buy houses from Dubai to the US, from Britain to the Carribean.
The tradition of the Nigerian politicians since the exit of the colonial thugs remain to suppress the people and continue to impoverish them. To an extremely large and unbelievable extent they have succeeded.
Hence no matter how we have preached about the need and importance of good governance, the priority remains their selfish gains and how to make their families and friends wealthy.
It was not a good omen when people jubilated in the streets in those days when dictators or crook politicians died.
Nowadays the jubilation is on the social media. Invariably the majority of Nigerians wish that many of the politicians could drop dead one after the other.
So far, many have dropped dead actually. There is no pity here because like l mentioned in 108 Hospitals Now, we have all lost some of our loved ones due to the recklessness of governance and disorderliness in the society.
Nigeria is on rampage daily.
But our political problems are not solved by death at home and abroad because the spread of wickedness and insensitivity are still irredeemable in the souls of the conquerors of Nigeria.
Today the conquerors are the men and women parading themselves in APC and PDP folds.
I have come to the conclusion that the APC and the PDP are birds of the same feather in different nests.
Fot them there are no lessons to be learnt about the transiency of life. No lessons are learnt from history.
Nigerian politicians do not give a damn. As long as there is yam, they are glad to remain the goats until they drop dead, whichever way.
So once again, as Nigerians continue with their daily struggles looking for food and water to put on the table, one hopes that sense will prevail and that gradually Nigeria will move towards finding a lasting solution to the problems plaguing country.
Not least is the political solution that is even now more urgent.
If a man participated in an election in the morning and dropped dead in the afternoon, then it is not just tomorrow that is not guaranteed but also the rest of today
Life will remain a passage. We are all here, only for a while.
Nobody leaves this planet alive. Live and lets live..!