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Nigeria: There are Professors and there are PROFESSORS!

By Chukwudimma Aaron-Okonkwo

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In my primary school days one morning during assembly, the school headmaster while addressing us, was heard saying:

“Those who will go to Enyimba Stadium for the celebration of independence, 1st October, are those in primary 4, 5 and 6. Those in primary 1, 2 and 3 are not permitted to go. They must stay at home doing bad and rude things to their parents.” Some of the teachers, in support of his bizarre statement, laughed.

“BAD, RUDE things” coming from the mouth of a man who was supposed to be a beacon of light for the little children under his supervision. And the women who were supposed to be good mothers eggs him on. As a little 12 years old pupil then, I was dumbfounded!

The author, Chukwudimma Aaron-Okonkwo


That was many years ago, yet in our society of today, we see many of such a man dressed in a higher institution gown and higher rank called Professors. Out of their mouths, corruption oozes. Out of their character, evil sprays. Where they ought to profess light and truth in a society that clamours for just and equitable representation, they rather go haywire with darkness and lies to destroy the very society they ought to build with good conduct and good faith.

They either write long epistles to call the upright youths who advocate for good leadership in a country that has the enormous natural resources to be a first world country, “headless mobs”, speak tongue-in-cheek to call the same youths “fascists” or go in bed with convicted drug barons to usurp the people’s mandate, then scream “go to court!”.

But there comes the assurance that we have PROFESSORS whose integrity is so tightly knitted that no amount of razor cutting corruption can sway them into partaking in deeds that could put the nation in jeopardy. We have them in Remi Sonaiyas, Stella Okunnas, and Nnennaya Otis. With such PROFESSORS on the good side of history, a New Nigeria is Possible.


Aaron writes for PO Express Media, POEM.

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