In the Plato’s allegory of the cave. The people living in the cave killed their brother for telling them about life in the outside. They have been living in that cave all through their miserable lives. This brother of theirs saw rays of light and managed to make it outside. He saw the beauty of life outside. And he thought about his brothers who are still stocked in that dark cave and decided to go back to the cave to tell them about his new discovery.
When he came back to the cave. He informed his brothers about this and they killed him. They accused him of misinformation and he paid with his life.
Socrates was a great philosopher. He took up the education of the young people. ‘Unexamined life is not worth living’ is one of the most popular Socratic dictum. He taught the youths about virtue and morality. The youths started rallying around him for more knowledge. Suddenly, politicians accused him of corrupting the minds of the youths. They tried him and found him guilty.
Socrates has been convicted of corrupting the youth of Athens and introducing strange gods, and has been sentenced to die by drinking poison hemlock.
Faced with the two choices, the jury selected death for Socrates. The philosopher was taken to the near-by jail where his sentence would be carried out. Athenian law prescribed death by drinking a cup of poison hemlock. Socrates became his own executioner. Socrates uses his death as a final lesson for his pupils rather than fleeing when the opportunity arises, and faces it calmly.
The above stories paint a vivid picture of our today’s situation in the contraption called Nigeria. The first portrayed how the people will, out of ignorance kill their own Savior. While the second gives insight to the treachery of the leaders who uses unjust law and military to destroy every uprising of the people.
When you bring the message of salvation, without first educating and opening the minds of the people, death might be your lot. That’s why the man in the Plato’s allegory of the cave faced death. There is nothing ignorance can’t do. During the invasion of Libya, many people ignorantly supported it and wished Gaddafi dead.
Out of ignorance many people rose against Mazi Nnamdi Kanu when he brought his message of salvation and liberation. The leaders wanted to use the unjust state law against him and subsequently murder him like Athenian leaders did to Socrates. But Nnamdi Kanu has firstly educated lots of youths through the Radio and they never betrayed him, even when he was in prison. That’s how he survived the massive attack on his house by the battalions of Nigeria soldiers. Youths that believed in his message of freedom took him out of trouble, and more than 28 men gave their life.
Nigeria governments (South East governors inclusive) have weaponized ignorance and poverty. That’s why many youths still supports them till today. A people that have denied them everything. Including shelter, good roads, working hospitals, water and light. Yet they still support them. Some are after appointment and to get it they need to support impunity. Others are basically doing it out of a toxic ignorance.
But batons are already changing hands. The people battered by the unholy actions of politicians and leaders have risen up. And the result is IPOB. What unites them is the wickedness of the politicians who sells oil and loots the money. Politicians who can’t provide good university education, but will send their own wards abroad. They will go abroad for medical treatment, while they can’t provide hospitals for their people.
Whoever that is telling you that democracy says you can’t confront a politician, stone or throw a rotten egg at him is a blatant liar. In fact that is the beauty of democracy. Hold politicians accountable. Stop praising them for doing their job. Constructing roads and paying salaries is not an achievement.