November 1, 2016

Esans Are Like The Jews Surrounded By Arabs

Esan Cultural troupe from Ubiaja, Image: BenBlack

By WPP Jr

In a nation of 170 million people, Esan folks are only 700 hundred thousand. Is like a single rose growing amongst millions of roses. In the midst of millions of voices there is a tiny Esan voice. How will this voice be heard without been overshadow and silent by majority of millions of voices of other tribes which Esans folks peacefully co-exist with.  

Whether 700 hundred population is accurate or not, what can’t be disputed by Esan intellectuals is the mere fact that, Esan’s are and will continue to remain a minority in Nigeria – the largest black nation on earth. We can’t change that but we can change the destiny of our people by creating a New National Esan Agenda, to push for collective development of infrastructures in Esanland. If we want to solve Esan’s problems, we must not only deal with the symptoms of our problems but we must root out the cause of our problems. In Esanland/Nigeria, we lack coherent organize structure, as such our potentials is hinder. Without structure there can’t be sustainable development.

In raising national political leaders Esanland partially succeed but in turning national position to Esanland advantage, Esan political elites failed woefully. Political and party affiliation override their local interest. Today, Esanland is fragile, disintegrated by selfish and divisive party affiliations that has no benefits to Esan folks. Most of the old colleges in Esanland like Uromi Technical College, Pilgrims Baptist Grammar School, and Saint John Bosco etc. are in dilapidated state, in total disrepair. Ewohimi Palm Company destroyed and burn down. Agbor Uromi road, a federal high way has collapse – dilapidated. This applied to all the major roads and infrastructure in entire Esanland and Nigeria. With community almost caught off from each other.

The pathetic state of Uromi Agbor Road - Image: ewohimi.com

The pathetic state of Uromi Agbor Road - Image: ewohimi.com

The pathetic state of Uromi Agbor Road - Image: ewohimi.com
The legacy of those who took over the mantle of leadership in Esanland/Nigeria after independence is nothing to write home about. They never strengthening true nationalism or promote Esan unity and focus on infrastructural development. Instead they destroyed what they inherit, turn us against us by sowing division for the benefits of their political parties.

Promoting marginalization of fellow Esan’s at the expense of their selfish political ambition that satisfy only the party they represent and their cronies.

Pilgrims Baptist Grammar School. photo: ewohimi.com

Pilgrims Baptist Grammar School. photo: ewohimi.com

We Are Where We Are Today Because Of Yesterday.
Unfortunately, we are own worst enemy. To rise to a better chapter tomorrow- Esanland/Nigeria with better organized structures and infrastructural developments, Esanland need reorganization TODAY. Genuine Esan patriot must rise up and rescue Esanland and our folks from political babowa’s – prostitute, who short change Esan folks for their personal and selfish gains.

How much money can you spend in your lifetime? You may have houses in every country of the world, but God has made it impossible to sleep in more than one house at a time. The thieves can adorn their wardrobes with every kind of fashion, but if you wear more than one dress at a time, people will believe you've gone bonkers. You can have a hundred of the most expensive cars in your yard, but you can drive or ride in only one at a time. Stock up the most delicious foods in your freezer and employ the best chefs from every region in the world, you cannot eat more than your stomach can contain. Then later in life, when your sun starts to set, you get scared at the thought of leaving all these behind. You realize that you have indeed been foolish and extremely poor, very poor, very, very poor!” “The contented man is never poor; the discontented man, never rich.” American proverb

“A godly life brings huge profits to people who are content with what they have.” 1 Timothy 6:6-11
The destroyed formal Ewohimi Palm Company  photo: ewohimi.com
Esanland is fractured battered by long years of non-purposeful leadership, with a legacy of disorganization and unorganized region, without a united national lobby group, who will speak with one voice for the collective development of Esanland and its people. Without organization there is no structure. Without structures we cannot have meaningful development. Whereas a minority tribe, like Esan people, who are like Jews surrounded by the Arabs ought to have a united national body, vision that work for the progress of entire Esanland. Not sectional narrow minded ideology that cast limits on destinies. Rather, collective approach that improves the lives of our people and our land.

Narrow minded leadership breed and promotes divisions, superstitions, mediocrity, hate, fear, prisoners of conscience, incompetency, inadequacy, poverty of the mind and body, which holds the masses bound to the mercy of their oppressors. When masses basic civil rights are denied by their oppressors it gives them more power to continue to perpetuate their oppression. Unfortunately, is only in Nigeria the oppressed celebrate their oppressor's. Reject your oppressors today my brothers and sisters and set yourself free from the shackles of thief’s and looters who feed fat on our common wealth.He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetuate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.

When oppressed people willingly accept their oppressor they only serve to give the oppressor a convenient justification for his acts. Often the oppressor goes along unaware of the evil involved in his oppression so long as the oppressed accept it. So in order to be true to one’s conscience and true to God, a righteous man has no alternative but refuse to cooperate with an evil system:” Martin Luther King Jr

I do not speak to bring no man down but the mistakes of others is for our learning. It’s left to us now to learn and remedy the mistakes of those before us who never lead by example. Today generation must begin from the scratch to rebuild Esanland/Nigeria that’s better organized. You cannot build destiny on sand and deceit. “Truth create wealth and lies destroy it.” A man cannot walk with his two legs up and two hands down. He who cast a horse before a snail lack reason and understanding.

We must change our conversation and reengage ourselves and commit to collective progress of Esanland and Nigeria.

·       In Esanland, we need a New National Lobby Group, a viable non-political national body, with a clear vision and mandate, private sector driving to lobby for the collective development of entire Esanland. Devoid of narrow or sectional minds. But broadminded individuals whose primary objective is to work for the betterment and progress of entire Esanland and Nigeria.

·        In Esanland/Nigeria, we need a rebirth of our collective thoughts, ideas, a coming together of organized minds and hearts, to disengage disorganized and crooked minds. Redefine and colour our collective destinies with a new brush of integrity, create better organized structure in Esanland and Nigeria. “It takes us to help us. It takes two to make one strong and stable.” A two edge chord is not easily broken.

Presently, majority of those who publish themselves as Esanland leader on the national and to some extent on state level unfortunately are married to their political parties and their manifesto. Without the possibility of divorce of the old ideology. They are driving and imprisoned by sectional agenda, selfish personal interest than the collective desires of the majority of Esan folks. Although, this is not peculiar to Esanland but it's a national disease in Nigeria. With the majority of the masses stranded at the bottom of the ladder, disfranchised by decades of inefficient leadership, characterised by maladministration, looting, infrastructural deficit, with majority of the minds of our people ruin by disorganized chaos, need urgent rescue.

No mortal dances enthusiastic dance and expect a Kobo for a tip.  If a soup is not sweet is the chef that bears the blames. So, those who looted Nigerian blind are the cause of Nigeria shame and under development. It's a legacy that will continue to mock and shame them. We cannot can run away from our shadows and history will judge us by what we do. If the wrong step was taking yesterday we can't take a new step to the future today except we go back to where we miss our step yesterday, retake our step then we can get our next step right today. If you are not ready to remedy your recurrent mistakes you are not yet ready to move forward. You are the greatest obstacle to your miracle. Osanobua God has already given us everything we need to meet all our needs but mortal greed ruin good deeds.

It's going to take a new generation of leaders in this 21st century who are willing to lead by example and re-orientate the minds of our people from the present gra gra unorganized way of living – plant your yam tonight harvest it tomorrow mentality to more realistic philosophy, that will help them find balance in their quest for real yams, butter and honey, to a better organized Esanland and Nigeria, whose leaders motive is people oriented. That's my humble supplication for Esanland and Nigeria. Ise and Amen! Merciful God, deliver us from our self-imposed limitations.

The making of a nation doesn’t happen overnight but people with vision and plans know the way to their destiny that leads to the end of the road where the fruits falls. The night maybe long but a brand new day always follows a dark night. For our eyes see better at night than in the day. The true eyes of the body is the mind. If the mind is reason blind the whole body is in perpetual darkness. It’s better to be physically blind than be spiritually blind.

·         This is the time Genuine Esan sons and daughters must rise up and reclaim our lost Glory.

·         Infrastructural development will eradicates ignorant and superstitions among our people. Absence of development drives physical and mental poverty. When the mind is poor the whole body is enslaved. Mental handicap is worse than physical handicap.

The most honourable sons and daughters of Esanland, there's a sun shining at yonder land, follow that ray of light and make Esanland and Nigeria a better place for all. The making of a great nation is our collective responsibilities. “Nothing will happen in any nation, in our society which did not first happen in our minds. If wrong is rampant, if indiscipline is rife, if corruption is the order of the day, we have to search our individual minds for that is where it all starts.” Mr. Justice Oputa

When you grow up, get education, marry and have children, owe a house and cars, take a vacation, that's the ordinary life. Everybody achieve that. But when you achieve all these and reach out and invest in people - changing lives for good, that's the extra-ordinary life. History will not remember you for the kind of food you ate or the beautiful wife or handsome husband you marry or the beautiful children you have, or the mansion you built, No! Those are the extras toppings and reward for your labour in this world we came and leaving behind. But you will be remembered on how well you share opportunities and make life better for under privilege people, how much you care and love. If there is any good deed that I can do today, let me do it NOW! For I shall not pass this road but once. I shall not live this life but once.

"If we get together and help each other, things could start to change"

Help us drives development in Esanland, Edo State and Nigeria today! 
Thank you!

@WPPJr
Editor/Publisher
ESANLAND