The human reaction to a situation might be so sudden and imposing that we respond to the immediate, the visible, and the surface of the issues.
It took me real training to wait and let a fallen person just lay down.
Even as he or she lays down, trained responders carefully and slowly check the legs, arms, head and waist to confirm and identify any damages.
No one person is allowed to lift up a fallen person but at least two people. If there is a broken limb, the fallen person is kept comfortably on the floor till the Paramedics arrive.
This does not look like the spontaneous care and reaction to help someone in a rural setting. The rush to help might cause damages and hurts that might be more impacting and endangering.
But to an untrained mind, the slow and calm response are signs of insensitivity, they signal absence of empathy and wickedness. So, many of us are quick to respond, quick to act and quick to react.
One of such situations is the case study of Nigeria.
Nigeria was invaded by the Arabs , Fulani, from the Middle East who were Semi-Nomadic people. They came into the Northern part of Nigeria. The British came into Nigeria from the South.
Each brought the culture of his people. Western Education and Christianity from the British while the Arabs brought Arabic Education and Islam.
The British and the Arabs knew each other very well. Nigeria was not their first point of meeting.
At the time Nigerian leaders were negotiating independence the visible and apparent were the Hausa, Ibo, and Yoruba. But the unseen were the Fulani who were on the ground. Fulani had previous relationship with British and the British had deals with them. But Nigerian did not know the silent deal and negotiation, they were not apparent but they were deep and real.
Today, Nigeria is facing the result of the other colonial master it never acknowledged. They were not obvious like the British but they were not obscure as they methodically subdued the Northern Nigeria as to Arabic Education, Religion, Presence and Politics. The Fulani had relationship with the powerful Nubia Empire which included Egypt, and others.
The Fulani blended much more with the Hausas in the Norther Nigeria in skin, this made it easy for in-depth encroachment and easy manipulation.
Today, Nigeria is governed as a Nigerian nation and a Fulani nation. That is the fact on the ground. Nigeria dwelt greatly on the apparent and that enabled the real to mature like an old wine.
What can Nigeria do? The stakes are enormous and many Nigerians are still in denial.
Rev Idowu Adewakun.
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