I always hated the song ‘Nigeria Jagajaga’.
From the very first time I heard it, it irked me. Is it that some deep place within me is so patriotic that it cannot stand negative labelling of this country?
I, just like anyone else in this country is aware of all the faults of our nation. Nigeria has always been imperfect. We talk about this all the time. I don’t think there has ever been a time in our history where we all sat down and agreed that our nation was where it was supposed to be. This is because perfect is just a word and not a state of being. Nothing is perfect. Everything is flawed. The world abhors perfection.
But it is like griping about your family to other family members. We talk about the family member that is an issue. We bemoan the situation and do not spare harsh words. But to sit down in a place with outsiders and to begin to examine our family members doesn’t sit well.
So yes, I hated the Jagajaga song. I am allergic to lamentations. Or even fatalistic pronunciations. And, of course, the Nigeria then had its wahala but I never connected with the song. I know that Fela did songs like this that condemned how the country was being run and strangely; those songs don’t really irk me. So I have to ask myself why Jagajaga did.
Maybe it has to do with my Pentecostal faith. Somewhere along the line, I switched from orthodox faith to join the Pentecostal family. And one thing I had firmly ingrained in me was watching my words. We are told that words have life and what we say has the power to affect our situation.
So, we did a lot of positive speak. How the heck will I call my country ‘jagajaga’? It would be like proclaiming mayhem on my life.
But a lot has happened since the first Jagajaga song. The song came out in 2006. If we thought that Nigeria was Jagajaga 15 years ago; then we did not know the meaning of Jagajaga.
I still will not be singing the song. But I cannot lie. With what is going on in Nigeria today, it is hard to keep up positive speak.
Festus Keyamo thought he was dealing Eedris a silencing blow when he published private conversations between them. Eedris, who obviously was not in a good place, was lobbying to get some money or a gig through Keyamo. He spoke of an ailing mother and accommodation bills. Festus Keyamo proudly boasted of how he had ghosted Eedris.
He thought it would make Nigerians double down on Eedris’ hypocrisy. Why would Eedris campaign hard to get something from Buhari’s administration claiming to be invested in it body and soul only to turn around criticizing Buhari vehemently?
We were supposed to refuse to listen to Eedris after Keyamo revealed what he did.
But to let you know that things are in a dire state, the response to Keyamo’s reveal is something I found very curious.
The focus was not on whether or not Eedris was flaky.
Nigerians all over the various social media platforms were saying;
“Is the song a lie?”
Some other people said;
“He has changed his mind just like Pantami.”
One thing was clear. People have completely lost faith in this administration enough that no ‘outing’ of a supposed turn-coat can distract them. If I were part of the administration, I would be worried.
I think those in power feel heady with their power and they also feel untouchable. But 2023 is not that far off.
No screenshots can deflect from the Nigerian situation. We are still trying to recover from how a whole presidency will justify maintaining a proven extremist in its cabinet with goading remarks of how he had renounced incendiary statements and thereby had been forgiven.
Keyamo can laugh and mock Eedris all he wants. But nothing changes the fact that Keyamo is one of the people that wake up daily to put make-up on a corpse to convince people that it isn’t a dead body.
To clarify what I mean, Keyamo and co push this administration as a good thing that is happening to Nigerians. However, no sweet words they say about Buhari and APC can hide the stench of a failing country.
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So, while I am not a fan of calling my country Jagajaga; is there really a Nigerian who doesn’t feel this way today?
When news broke of three students that had been killed from a set of students that were kidnapped from Greenfield University, my blood curdled.
I asked myself pertinent questions.
Is this country worth living in?
Am I doing a disservice to my children by insisting on living here?
Should my husband and I seriously consider leaving?
Kids in school have constantly been a target. But my country is such that terrorists are declared as repentant and ceremonies done to celebrate this.
We all know there will be no justice.
There doesn’t feel to be a commitment to justice.
We are in a country where anything can happen and nothing will be done about it.
Eedris calls it Jagajaga reloaded.
I hate that I cannot even say he is wrong.
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