Clearly, the time to act is now
By Richard Mammah
It was the poet, Niyi Osundare who penned these unforgettable lines (and I hope I get them right here): ‘If you say you have two hundred yams/when you have a hundred yams/After you have eaten a hundred yams/you will eat a hundred lies/
The state of the Nigerian nation today is to say the least most troubling. According to media accounts, the Speaker of the House of Representatives has described it as a virtual ‘State of Emergency.’ With troops presently deployed to 28 of the nation’s 36 states to help put out one smouldering fire or the other, the Speaker’s summation cannot be faulted. Nigeria needs all the help it can get now to pull back from the brink that it is furiously hurling itself into and this is not being alarmist.