Days back, I asked myself a question thus: “what are the basic Needs of Man in this life”?
With a view to answering the poser above, I ‘consulted’ some sources including but not limited to some ‘Holy Books’, the internet, to mention but a few.
My ‘expedition’ led me to some discoveries which I consider worthy of sharing with my Friends.
Basic Needs of Man ***(personal opinion of the writer, please note):
(vi) Security; and
I then asked myself some other questions thus:
(i) “the advanced nations of this world, what makes them tick”?
(ii) “how many of those 1st and 2nd World nations have failed in the above regard”?
(iii) “how many African countries, save for South Africa and maybe Libya (under Ghadaffi) and a few others have been able to guarantee any of the afore-listed ‘Needs of Man’ effectively?
My guess is as good as yours.
That brings me to a fundamental issue. In my country today, when a politician wants to demonstrate his ‘magnanimity’ before, during and after elections, what does he/she do? He/she splashes/doles out material gifts to the electorate and naturally, they praise him/her to high heavens! Behold the ‘Messiah who taketh away our poverty and brings us succour’! Wait a minute! When a politician fails, refuses and or neglects to ‘show some love’ to the electorate, then, we shout ‘crucify him’! He/she is stingy! When an aspirant fails to ‘show some love’ to the electorate, and woe betides his soul, if he does not have a godfather, he is indeed a joker!
Let us take a trip to saner climes. I follow world politics like a sinking star on the tiny television set in my little space, social, electronic and print media and I am still searching for items of news similar to the ones that make the rounds in my clime. I undertake not to bore you, my reader, with details of the ignoble demonstration of ‘love’/’magnanimity’ in my country. ‘Res ipsa loquitor’ meaning ‘the facts speak for themselves’.
What is wrong with the approach mentioned above? Everything! What citizens are entitled to, as of right is ‘Social Welfare’ from a responsible and responsive Government and NOT (please note) handouts in form of food, kerosene, chicken feed (as handed down) from politicians.
‘Oh ye’ Politicians, We the People of the Federal Republic of Nigeria do not require your ‘handouts’. Go to the various Arms of Government and pass Bills that would ensure the availability of readily and easily accessible ‘Social Welfare’ for all, including but not limited to the following:
(vi) Security; and
We are tired of eating the crumbs that fall from your dingy tables in a manner reminiscent of ‘Lazarus and the Rich Man’. Are we asking for too much?
Olakunle Tayo Fapohunda lives and practises Law in Lagos, Nigeria