If I were a Pastor and I am to pray or make prophetic declarations to my congregation, my declarations will be simple and I think popular: May anything or anybody that will stand on our way to progress be eliminated, not by fire, but by the will giving to us by God. And for Nigeria my dear country, even though I am not a Pastor, it is my sincere wish that God will continue to intervene in the affairs of this great nation of ours. We need God more in the affairs of this nation, this 2016, more than at any other time in the past. God should put it in the hearts of more Nigerians to begin to ask the right questions of those we have given the mandate or who managed to steal our mandate to be in charge of our affairs in this country. 2016 has to be different, if Nigeria must retain any hope of surviving as a nation. So many things have happened in this nation, we have been terrible If I were a Pastor and I am to pray or make prophetic declarations to my congregation, my declarations will be simple and I think popular: May anything or anybody that will stand on our way to progress be eliminated, not by fire, but by the will given to us by God. And for Nigeria my dear country, even though I am not a Pastor, it is my sincere wish that God will continue to intervene in the affairs of this great nation of ours. We need God more in the affairs of this nation, this 2016, more than at any other time in the past. God should put it in the hearts of more Nigerians to begin to ask the right questions of those we have given the mandate or who managed to steal our mandate to be in charge of our affairs in this country. 2016 has to be different, if Nigeria must retain any hope of surviving as a nation. So many things have happened in this nation, we have been terribly abused and taken for granted. God’s blessings upon us have been turned to a curse against us, not by God, nor by the Devil, but by those in charge of our affairs. These realities and prayers are part of the primary motivations for my acceptance to host this column and debuting on the first day of the year is such a wonderful way to start the year on a patriotic note.
Maintaining a weekly column is not a child’s play. But it is one of the challenges I have decided to take up for the new year, 2016. Yes, I have been writing an average of two newspaper articles every week for the past six years, hence, this shouldn’t have been a problem to me, but it is, because, I will have to keep to time. I have received such offers in the past, but turned them down because of my concern about time. But, this time around, this challenge has to be taken, and efforts will be made not to allow my other writing endeavors to suffer.
2016, promises to be a very busy one for me; two radio dramas to maintain, a movie premiere in February, a 120 scene movie to shoot in March, and other writing and private businesses I have lined up, but just minutes before I got a message from Ellis Ezenekwe inviting me to host this exclusive column, I had asked God to give me a new challenge for 2016, I didn’t know it was going to be about hosting an exclusive column. But, when he made the offer, I refused to negotiate anything, I just said alright, I will do it.
Bile is bitterness, but not just anyhow bitterness, it is a curative bitterness. I wanted to tag this column TRUTH BILES or the BILE OF TRUTH, but it didn’t sound so well to me, hence, I went for Bile Lines, which will also convey the same message of truth, not minding whose ox is gored. My contract with the readers of this column is inked in truth and nothing but the truth. The search and propagation of truth, no matter how bilious will define our engagement.
Bile is an essential chemical component of the human, absence of which causes serious health troubles for the person. The absence of the bile in any human body makes digestion of fatty foods impossible, thereby exposing the individual to a health condition called steatorrhea, an embarrassing health condition that leads to fecal leakage and incontinence.
Every nation needs the bile to be able to emulsify the fats in its system, and if every other nation needs a few biles, Nigeria needs it in volumes, because we have got a lot of fats to burn, and if we fail to burn them, the national steatorrhea will kill all of us. From the fatty resources our nation has at her disposal to the fatty parasites eating off these resources, Bile Lines will try to give to each one according to its works.
In our educational system, where those who are charged with the responsibility of molding a great future for the country are the same people destroying our future on the altar of academic corruption; sex for grades, cash for grades, guns for grades and all the treachery going on in that supposed hallowed Ivory towers. From miracle examination centers to real extra-mural centers, who are really working hard to make equip our children and youths with the necessary knowledge to better their future and that of our country, we shall give them the Bile line.
In various institutions of government, where, though there are men and women working their ass off to make Nigeria great again, but whose wonderful efforts are being subsumed by the traitorous activities of some bad eggs within the system. There are also some very wonderful people within the system who are on the verge of being defeated by the evil ones, who are about abandoning their noble orientations about national service to join the traitors in destroying our institution, we shall give them the Bile Line.
The absence of truth in the society can be likened to the absence of bile in the human body. As bitter as it is, it helps in the correction of societal ills and puts leaders on their toes as they will be constantly reminded of their responsibilities to the people and chided when they deliberately derelict on their duties to the country. The worst disservice to any society is the reluctance or total refusal to speak truth to power and make some revelations that may be deemed by a section of society as unpalatable, but which at the end serves the interest of truth, equity and general good of the people.
Truth is always bitter, but not necessarily antagonistic. There will be times in this column when we will have to celebrate people who have done well in the service of mankind, from whichever angle. It is not just going to be politics all the time, we shall talk religion, politics, education, business and everything under the heavens, but what cannot be compromised on, is the truth. In the search and propagation of truth, there shall be no friends nor foes, there shall be no sacred cows, nor hated goats or sacrificial lambs. Justice and fair hearing is guaranteed here.
The major reason why things have continued to go from bad to worst in this country is because majority of our people have not become angry enough over the disheartening mal-governance being meted out to them. We need to get really angry at the wrong things, and Bile Line will use anger as a weapon to cause change in the system. For every wrong done to us as a people, there are always a mob of sycophants compelling not to complain. It is the height of callousness beating a child and asking him not to cry. Nigerian leaders and their image makers are very good at that, they skin us alive and ask us to smile to our graves.
There are lots of reasons to be angry with the Nigerian system and its stirrers, and man other silent reasons to be proud of Nigeria. I am proud to be a Nigerian, but I am not proud by half with the kind of leadership we have had for a long time. Bile Line will provide a good avenue to vent this anger through my pen. This is welcoming you into the world of positive anger for the good of society.
Pictures must not always represent the physical, the best pictures are those that portray the mind of the individual. The mask, with a green white green lantern and Nigeria’s coat of arms tell a lot, not all about my mindset as a writer. While it will be my pleasure if my readers are entertained, it will however please me more if my writings make my readers better and more responsible citizens, which will in turn help in making Nigeria a better place, and the beautiful country we are all praying for.
Nigeria is my muse, so whatever happens or fails to happen here inspires my Friday offerings on this column. We are going to stick together, we are going to try our best to make your Friday worthwhile and Nigerianized. Welcome, and please do keep a date with me.
MAY NIGERIA PREVAIL!