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Tuesday, 2 April 2019

WHY NIGERIA, HER LEADERS, AND THE CITIZENS ARE IRREPARABLE

WHY NIGERIA, HER LEADERS, AND THE CITIZENS ARE IRREPARABLE

In 1976, a professor of economic history at the University of California, Berkeley published an essay outlining the fundamental laws of a force he perceived as humanity’s greatest existential threat: Stupidity.

Stupid people, according to Carlo M. Cipolla, share several identifying traits: they are abundant, they are irrational, and they cause problems for others without apparent benefit to themselves, thereby lowering society’s total well-being. There are no defenses against stupidity, argued the Italian-born professor, who died in 2000. The only way a society can avoid being crushed by the burden of it's idiots is if the non-stupid work even harder to offset the losses of their stupid brethren. This man apparently has explained the problem of this country called Nigeria. The amount of stupid people that exist in Nigeria is beyond measure and that has eventually made the illegitimate country more illegitimate and beyond repairs.

Carlo M. Cipolla still argued that “stupid people are dangerous and damaging because reasonable people find it difficult to imagine and understand unreasonable behavior". An intelligent person may understand the logic of a bandit. The bandit’s actions follow a pattern of rationality: nasty rationality, if you like, but still rationality. The bandit wants a plus on his account. Since he is not intelligent enough to devise ways of obtaining the plus as well as providing you with a plus, he will produce his plus by causing a minus to appear on your account. All this is bad, but it is rational and if you are rational you can predict it. You can foresee a bandit’s actions, his nasty maneuvers and ugly aspirations and often can build up your defenses. This is what Mazi Nnamdi Kanu saw in them and started speaking against it, that made them to hate him and are by all means imaginable, plotting to assassinate him.

“Such change in the composition of the non-stupid population inevitably strengthens the destructive power of a (stupid) fraction and makes decline a certainty,” Cipolla concludes. “And the country goes to Hell". There is no gainsaying the fact that Nigeria today is hell, near moribund; it is a society groomed in a comatose. It so became due to political roguery called election, which facilitates the emergence of political rogues, no wonder Rev. Fr. Ode called it Madness, in his book. “This is an election called Madness”. It became comatose through financial profligacy buoyed up by unbridled greed, it became comatose as a result of religious hypocrisy that spawn moral degeneracy in all the echelons of society, it became comatose as a result of how the citizenry are been killed on daily basis and nobody raises an eyebrow, even to ask questions. The people they voted to speak for them are mute, the journalists are blind, deaf and dumb.The judiciary is compromised, the religious leaders are wayward; confirming a society held in bondage of slavery and misery.

Declining society like Nigeria has the same percentage of stupid people as successful ones. But they also have high percentage of helpless people and “an alarming proliferation of bandits with overtones of stupidity.”

With a stupid person at the helm of of affairs, all the becomes prevalent. A stupid creature will harass you for no reason, for no advantage, without any plan or scheme and at the most improbable times and places. You have no rational way of telling if and when and how and why the stupid creature attacks. When confronted with a stupid individual you are completely at his mercy. A stupid person is more dangerous than a bandit, kills without looking back. We can do nothing about the stupid. The difference between societies that collapse under the weight of their stupid citizens and those who transcend them is the makeup of the non-stupid. Those progressing in spite of their stupidity, possess high proportion of people acting intelligently, those who counterbalance the stupid, lose by bringing about gains for themselves and their fellows.

A stupid person, is one who causes problems for others without any clear benefit to himself. From the above analogue of Carlo M. Cipolla, most Nigerian politicians are grappling with stupidity, rendering to the country myriads of hellish dividends without any of them looking for ways for redemption.

Written by Obulose Chidiebere

Edited by Emilia Domendu
For Family Writers Press

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