At this time we should mourn with the families that have lost their loved ones… It is a very sad time, a time for thought…
Gunmen massacred students and locals indiscriminately, at the Federal Polytechnic of Mubi, Adamawa, with a death toll of 46.
4 UNIPORT (University of Port Harcourt) students were killed, the key issue is that individuals took the law into their own hands, and murdered 3 students of the university and an associate. Law and order must be restored, and we await a restoration of justice in the community of Aluu, Port Harcourt.
I feel like I’m in a Hobbesian place … Nigeria resembles the state of nature where there is a ‘war of all against all’. Thomas Hobbes describes that this ‘state of nature’ comes into being when individuals are seeking their own self serving interests independently within a state. This is reminiscent of Nigeria today, slowly declining into anarchy. Where people can wake up, create their laws and act callously.
The basic state relies on a ‘social contract’ which prevents our self serving interests from reaching a state of anarchy, because we sacrifice these caranal interests for a collective sustainable good. In my previous post, I spoke about seeking ‘OUR STORY’ a future for Nigeria which reifies the collective. The atrocities which have occurred in the last two weeks once again underscore the NEED for the story.
We have a huge problem, our ‘Leviathan’ (Hobbe’s imagery of a political state, which mimics a huge human body) appears to have a severed head and the body is left directionless in the ‘state of nature’. Nigerians are hoping for their leader to speak out and provide the cohesive strength from the top, we can no longer SOLELY rely on our leaders for cohesion, and a sense of identity. Rebuilding civil society is a challenge for communities; maybe we have to rethink a bottom up approach. While they sort themselves out at the top, at the bottom we need to teach the ‘future’ about respect and love for the property and lives of others. Do state governments have a larger role to play in the future of the federation, should their roles be redefined?
David Mark commented that we should use these as an opportunity to make actionable the capital punishment statue in our constitution, I do not agree with this approach, because there is a problem, the punishment will not solve the problem of social degradation. It is not a conversation about crime and punishment, how do we encourage every citizen to believe in the state that will secure its collective future?
How do we prevent our decline into a state of nature where there is a ‘war of all against all’? We need to rebuild a state we are all proud to be part of… we need to think about it, talk about it, write about it, ACT on what we have thought, spoken and written about, and HOPE we have a visionary who will ensure all we have thought spoken and written about will be bought into. We have to start from the bottom up…
Sometimes you can only think, because the act seems gargantuan- but thought without action is labour lost (Confucius), but action without thought is perilous