By Gani Kayode Balogun Jr
For a while, I have stopped reacting to anything being said or written by members of the Northern political/military /feudal complex, either as an original thought or in reaction to what was said by others, relating to the current unpalatable condition of the Nigerian State.
In the first place, I was guided by three Yoruba truisms.
First one is the gem that says you cannot raise a child in a cattle settlement(Zango) and be surprised that he is behaving like a cow.
The second is that the man who offers to clothe you, look first at the garment he is wearing. The third one being that if degrading the washerman is universally allowed, this does not include a bedwetter.
All these three gems come into play when I read reactions of members of the Northern elite to the Asaba Communique by the seventeen Governors of the South, comprising the West, the East and the South of the country.
Now, these reactions were neither earth shaking nor novel. I am sure any political reporter could write those reactions from his imagination, and simply wait for the names to attribute each reaction to.
You know the usual suspects, a Senator who would definitely kill us to death, a perennial presidential aspirant who goes deaf and dumb on a terrorist overseeing our data collection but waxes lyrical about the inappropriateness of Southern Solidarity, the one kobo a dozen federal character professors who spend more time holding political offices than teaching and researching, and a basket full of entitled nut job political jobbers parading as defenders of a failed system.
The sequence of events are not new also. Anyone familiar with the Theory of Marketing and Communications would be familiar with the five, now eight stages of trauma, as well as the famous lodestone known as cognitive dissonance.
A section of the Nigerian parasitic elite sold us a panacea that will be the magic elixir to solve all our problems , especially our brain cancer otherwise called corruption, Our Blood Pressure ailment known as insecurity, and our diabetic condition known as abject poverty and our low energy sickness called inadequate infrastructure and low production.
We were supposed to take the drug called Buharichlone in two doses of four years, with the hope that the first dose would eliminate the corruption cancer and the insecurity BP, while slowly building our immunity to poverty caused by low productivity and dilapidated infrastructure.
The second dose was supposed to stabilize the immune system, enhance our well being by providing infrastructural energy to enhance our productive prowess.
What we bought however was a drug whose side effects included chronic kidney failure known as nepotism/regionalism, and causes dementia known as incompetence and will likely lead to death if the dosage was not adjusted to remove these side effects.
Now the cancer of corruption has spread through the the fabric of the country, the High Pressure of Insecurity has affected all the vital organs, while the infrastructural balm is applied mostly to body parts where it will yield little or no results.
Hence the feeling of Cognitive Dissonance by buyers from the South, who now insist on a review of the drug and its effect on the people of that part of the body.
But the irony is that the northern part of the body, which is being ravaged at thrice the rate of the South, and in critical need of relief, are insisting on following the laid down procedure for review, even if all its body parts rot away, as long as this will allow it to continue exploiting the Southern part
This is what I refer to as Malicious disobedience or the more common malicious compliance.
You see, the North knows it has the number, both at the National and required state assemblies (2/3rd majority in both Houses and 24 state assemblies) to shoot down any attempt at constitutional reform, and are therefore willing to mouth such innanities as going through constitutional provisions, but the South knows that the best way is to fast track the reform through a national dialogue , and then take that resolution to the national assembly for validation.
But what the Northern elite seem to forget, or pretend not to remember, is that the process has already begun. First with Amotekun, then the ESN , then with non state actors expanding the conversation, and now we are at the level where the three southern geo political zones, 45%of the country, have now taken a stand, and there is no going back.
If they refuse to make peaceful change impossible, then they have created the environment that will make violent change inevitable.
As we say in Ibadan, what they are looking for in the white yam, they will found in the red one.
I sincerely hope it will not come to that.