Re: What a coun­try

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One of the most re­it­er­ated clas­si­cal Marx­ist mantras is “the philoso­phers have only in­ter­preted the world, in var­i­ous ways; the point is to change it”. The ar­ti­cle out rightly cap­tured the mes­sage that Marx was try­ing to pass across in his short dic­tum. The prob­lem with our polity has been iden­ti­fied by all and sundry, in­clud­ing the writer of this ar­ti­cle, Mr Ti­mawus Mathias, but it is ev­i­dent that less work­able so­lu­tion has been prof­fered.

It seems to me that Nige­rian colum­nists only en­joy play­ing with words with an eye to the gallery. We need a par­a­digm shift; we need to de­scend from the world of thoughts to ac­tual world. We need a work­able so­lu­tion! Mathias has in­deed ex­pressed his an­guish with­out of­fer­ing a way for­ward. He is only ex­as­per­ated as he said “I am frus­trated and de­pressed and have prayed faith­fully and pa­tiently”. Thus, he posed many ques­tions with­out of­fer­ing a sin­gle an­swer and a work­able so­lu­tion.

How­ever, I ad­vise the au­thor of this ar­ti­cle to read Jib­rin Ibrahim’s Mon­day col­umn pub­lished in Daily Trust of April 21, 2014, ti­tled: “Enough is Enough: Let’s Work To­gether to Stop Them Killing Our Chil­dren”, in which he prof­fered a work­able so­lu­tion to the in­sur­gency is­sue and the way for­ward. Alas! Mathias’ ar­ti­cle is more of that of an an­guished nov­el­ist Chinua Achebe’s “There Was a Coun­try”, the most ex­cel­lent fic­tional por­trayer of the Nige­rian Civil War out­lined in a first class Queen’s English. Nev­er­the­less, I must ac­knowl­edge that this is a de­sired ef­fort by Mr Mathias to ex­press his feel­ings about our polity; how­ever, he missed the point. Yes! I mean he missed the point. Muham­mad Ibn Muhsin al-An­sari<ib­n­muhsi­nalansari@ ya­hoo. com

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