Oppression as a Test: A metaphor for the Nigerian Youth

Those who have come to know and trust death embrace it with love. This is the very foundation of freedom. Oppressors, love no one, not their wives, not their children, not their friends. How can such a person love death? Behind the empty shell of the oppressor he fears all the tests of his worth that matter” – Grimot Nane

Oppression is a test or testing event. There are strange men who habitually oppress others and they commonly do so by the actual practice or simulations of “bone testing”. Bone testing works because it is the violent use of bones by those who claim to be “strong” [bullies?] and can in varying degrees damage the bones, muscles, tissues, and nerves of others, thus securing their submission. Bone testing not only causes ache and hurt, it can. maim and kill too. Why would the oppressed and opressable not fear it? This is oppression by fear. All resistance is broken The next level of oppression is effected by “word testing”. The words of mouth is perhaps the most effectively used human instrument of domination known especially where the hypocrisy of peace and doing good exists. This is the domain of intimidation, scaremongering, perplexity and verbal dehumanisation on one hand and deception, persuasion, feel-good-factors and the sale of hope on the other. This is oppression by mindcontrol. All dissent or oppositions is crushed. Bone and word testing as used to oppress are very physical and psychological, respectively, derived from a wide array ponerological incentives. Continue reading

Fraternities are Viruses in Nigeria: Part 9

The existence, approaches and attitudes of the UCGF in everyday matters as well and unusual ones is bifurcated in many senses. Probably the worst form of bifurcation most visible in the conduct of the leadership of UCGFs are their attitudes towards freedom of speech especially criticisms or critiques. In keeping with their “advertised” ideals, tenets and intentions, the leadership of UCGFs find it very easy and expedient to make audacious press releases that brazenly critique or question the failures, incompetence and crimes of the government of the day but are equally extremely punitive and vindictive towards their own members who are brave or naïve enough to point out theirs. What is the place of ‘freedom of speech’ in the traditions and culture of UCGFs? Continue reading

Wikileaks: The Lesson So Far

“Financial asphyxiation” is going to be a buzz word that will be popular with politicians (silently) and activists (openly) in future… I guess. Why? I will briefly and emphatically state that the core message and implication of the wikileaks saga so far is: if you act against the interests of the owners of global and national political economies, legally or otherwise, your efforts will be annihilated through the mechanical ostracism of financial institutions. This is the story and anything else is neither secondary nor tertiary but at best quaternary. Continue reading

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