JUNE 12: A DISTRACTION AND TEMPEST IN A TEASPOON.
“A man who cherishes great ideas, but has performed only small acts.”
Johann Schiller, 1759-1787.
That was how German philosopher described the leader of his country in one of his essays. It might also describe Nigeria’s current leadership. For three years, the government had ignored the annual publication of people granted National Honours. To be honest, the exercise had become a bloody joke with the names of absolute miscreants appearing on it. One expected government to announce whether it was scrapping it altogether.
Then out of the blues names were announced of three people granted the two top honours posthumously. As expected, it has generated a lot of hot dispute instead of loud yawns because Nigeria is still a nation of 198 millions “mostly fools.” (Thomas Carlyle, 1795-1881). Idle NASS members joined the national tomfoolery. Nobody asked the obvious question: “What will Abiola and Fawehinmi do with these awards?”