Of recent, I became quite intrigued with the V for Vendetta movie. It was a brilliant performance by both Hugo Weaving and Natalie Portman, with Hugo Weaving delivering what can only be described as one of the most fascinating monologues in 21st century film history. I’ve seen the movie on numerous occasions so much so that I began to see the lurking similarities between the fictional London in the movie and the present Nigerian society. Champion amongst them happens to be our choice of a leader and the state of our economy.
In the movie, the Chancellor, Adam Sutler, played by John Hurt, is described as a fierce and single-minded leader who attained power through crusades appealing to the sensitivities of the people. His disregard for the norm of the political process proved him to be a radical and endeared him to the masses who so desperately craved a change. The frenzy he created among the people was virulent and spread like wildfire. His words left them inebriated. He and his cronies then secretly engineered a calamitous disease which killed many citizens and left the country in disarray. Their coming up with the ‘cure’ was the catalyst needed to completely tilt the support of the citizens to his side, unwittingly robbed of their volition. The consequences of their (the citizens) actions only became glaring to them when it was too late for them to speak up and they held their tongues and groan in silence, scared and unable to speak up to the government for fear of being made an example of.
While I’m in no certain words making any unfounded and baseless accusations at the present government, accusing them of orchestrating the unpleasant situations which led to the current choice of government, it seems awfully convenient and very similar to the fictional London of V for Vendetta. In our desperation, we turned to a leader we never fully understood; a man who seemed truly desperate for power and offered up sweet words and promises in order to get on the throne. In our need to forget the previous calamitous years and the hegemony of the PDP over other political parties when it comes to ruling the nation, we set our sights elsewhere to a known unknown. Be it the venality of power or just sheer bad luck, it seems that the current government is toeing the similar path of the previous governments and is, in fact, making lesser noticeable efforts to better the state of the nation. Things seem to be getting worse by the day and it seems we were deceived by the intoxicating nature of the word Change. They came, baiting us with votive speeches, and we bit and swallowed hook, line and sinker. They probably thought they had the solutions to the problems of the nation, forgetting that the fact that a child has shown lots of promise with LEGO bricks doesn’t mean he’s fit to build a skyscraper. The nation during the previous government was in a state of mess. Stories of lootings and all other vices graced the front pages of our tabloids but I would gladly go back to those days than stay in this present one which took the mess of the previous government and trampled on it some more. Most of the decisions made leave you to marvel whether we are playing dice with our future. We have a president who barely seems to be capable enough to keep up with the numerous changes going around the economy and a seemingly active-as-a-sloth vice president. The other tiers of government are in disarray and the citizens look on helpless, hoping for some positives from the government.
Like the movie, we have to seize the change we need by the scruff of the neck. Now, I’m not advocating violence and destruction of property. I’m only saying that we should look for positives and seek to better ourselves. There’s no situation so devastating that it makes the future bleak. I also believe that with time things will get better. We, however, have to start now to set those plans in motion rather than wait for the government. If we plan to wait on this government for positive change, they will just dabaru (sic) our future. We need to start and maybe, they will toe the line. Whatever the case, we have to leave a better future for the generations to come so they end up cursing our guts. Vive la Nigeria!