Obadiah Mailafia: The grip of fear, By Toyin Falola
Obadiah Mailafia, because of your sudden and unforeseen demise, the memories you left behind are a scent of courage and hope.
Obadiah MailafiaBut then you have left a wound in our hearts, those of us who have enjoyed the fecundity of your wisdom from a close distance. You have gone suddenly away from our midst, making us feel sharp and robust pains that leave untold emotional wreck in our minds. It was not easy for you to die, apparently, but trust me when I say that your pain was temporary and your agony was very brief compared to what we, whom you left behind, would feel…
I spent over 20 years of my working life abroad as a university teacher, banker and international civil servant with an unblemished record. I have no criminal record — not even a parking ticket. Sadly, it is in my own fatherland that I’m being subjected to criminal investigation and such extreme political persecution. Please, pray for me. I have reasons to believe that my life is in danger and that some powerful political forces want to silence me forever for speaking the truth. For speaking on behalf of the Holy Martyrs — of thousands of innocent children, women, elderly and youths that have been killed in our beloved country.
– Dr Obadiah Mailafia, 2021.Today, I have not come to bid farewell to a compatriot whose resolution to strengthen the political system of his homeland through revolutionising the minds of the people, continues to flog the political merchandisers in their weakest point. Instead, I have come to combine my lamentations with the grief of others who have accepted the deceased as the shining light in the darkness of leadership quagmire, which is the description that fits Nigeria. Justifiably so, I have reasons to lament because the agitations of a critical voice represented by Mr Obadiah Mailafia are a reminder that the country called Nigeria might have increased in age, but it remains a dwarf in the practices of federalism and democracy. Any country that cannot protect its minority members is a failure. headtopics.com
Apart from the insinuation that the sudden death of the deceased cannot be excused from the see-no-evil political elite of the country, as implicitly contained in his declaration quoted above, that sudden exit from the face of the earth is an affirmation that dysfunctional systems are not usually ineffective, as the general impression against them has indicated. However, these systems are effective in frustrating and then losing their best brains to different causes — death, migrations, desertion, among other things. Nigerian systems are not especially positively effective, not because they lack the requisite ability and materials to do so, but because they are paralysed by leaders who lack the needed goodwill to drive the people forward.
For all it is worth, Mailafia’s death was avoidable; however, its (un)avoidability is proportional to the intentions of leaders who control the country’s power. The power controllers of dysfunctional systems are usually impugning on the autonomous right of institutions, so that they could get results that align with their myopic visions. Such is the danger of having hind-sighted dummies in the theatre of power of a country, more so, of one that is supposed to be the most populous Black nation on earth. But when these self-serving individuals in the corridors of power pursue their selfish agenda in their bids to shut every critical voice, Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic comment makes it apparent that what they are doing is called the activation of a defence mechanism. The relationship between the systematic silencing of a vibrant voice and a dysfunctional system is that instead of facing the bulk of responsibilities staring the country’s leaders in the face, they scare geniuses away from the corridors of representation and force them into accepting silence as the preferred mode of political participation. Leaders who are faced with the deficit of ideas pay more prominent attention to voices that raise contradictory opinions because their ignorance is usually drowned in the ocean of truth, which these voices speak all the time.
Please make no mistake, I have not alleged that the death of Mailafia came from any particular interest group, as far as Nigeria is concerned, but it is difficult to absolve the government of such indictment when it has successfully registered into the minds of individuals who are supposed to discharge their statutory duties without intimidation, that the government is particularly interested in how it handles its clients, be it from the bank to its customers, police to the citizens, court to the people, and even hospitals to their patients. This conclusion is inevitable given the agonising declaration of Obadiah Mailafia on a dying bed in one of the country’s most respected medical services arenas.
For the honourable man, the deceased, to have declared that, “I have reasons to believe that my life is in danger and that some powerful political forces want to silence me forever for speaking the truth” suggests that institutions cannot function effectively in a political geography in which the government is averse to opposition and perspectives that put them on their toes. Ironically, in a truthfully democratic setting, no government would function effectively without having a persistent voice calling it to order and charging it to undertake its statutory responsibilities. headtopics.com
Beyond the deep sore dug in the throat of your loved ones, Mailafia, because of your sudden and unforeseen demise, the memories you left behind are a scent of courage and hope because you showed that a geometric rise of people is possible, regardless of their economic and political backgrounds. Your life was a lesson that one can be generally successful without having to take the wrong routes. You rose from grass and definitely to grace.Read more: Premium Times »
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