Edwin Eriata Oribhabor

Sometime ago, I wrote of a woman who openly expressed unhappiness over her husband’s ova kwayet (reticent) attitude. Specifically, she complained that the husband was usedto haus to wok, wok to haus and an extremely shy person. She added that only recently, she had to persuade him to join her in paying a very important visit to a family friend of theirs whose child just graduated from the University. But on this day in question, the husband hardly participated in a lively discussion that ensued concerning the ill health of our dear Late President Umaru Musa Yar Adua. When he eventually did, he expressed that he was unaware
of the fact that Goodluck Jonathan was the then acting Vice President of Nigeria to the chagrin and shame of the highly articulate and lively wife. Consequent upon this, she stated that na wie de “pain” pesin dem de put nie faya and therefore, opted to seek for advice from neighbours and friends on how to address her “problem” as it were. Against this background, she was advised to speak with her husband on a one on one basis and persuade him to begin to learn how to hang out with colleagues and friends as well as networking with people as a guarantee of regular update on developments generally etc. Importantly, she was urged to encourage her
husband to take time to watch the NTA news at nine o clock every day before going to bed. Once this all important approach paid off, she dubbed it her miracle of the century. What is a miracle?

The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (6th Edition) states that “an act or event that does not follow the laws of nature and is believed to be caused by God” is a miracle. Also, it says that; a lucky thing that happens that you did not expect or think was possible, is a miracle. Therefore, the woman who said her husband’s change of lifestyle from that of a recluse to an upwardly mobile and lively person is a miracle is absolutely correct. She had lost hope of having her husband be the one she had always prayed for. And laik jok, laik jok, tins jos chenj fo beta.

With the general fast pace of things associated with the computer age that we are in, there’s this upbeat tempo of wanting to accomplish things in a hurry. The “yahu yahu” boys and girls who indulge in various fraudulent activities with the internet expect nothing but miracles as they interact/transact with their “clients”. Like these boys and girls, their “clients” are also expecting their own miracles. The one who is expecting a contract award and goes about consulting prayer warriors and imams are after miracles; “pleasant” surprises. And of course the “successful” one would conclude by saying, normal"">na Baba God du am fo mi (the Almighty God made it possible).

The idea of making it shap shap (fastly) is doing more harm than good to our teeming youths and of course elders in Nigeria. Today, there seem to be a growing number of lazy people as against those who are ready to painstakingly go through the whole hug at achieving anything. While politicians are pursuing miracles from every nooks and crannies of Nigeria, the number of students being caught cheating at examination halls across the country are on the increase. This could be attested to by the high incidence of failure recorded against candidates that sat for the last O/L WASC/GCE examinations. Consequently, aside the popular concept that sees the church and crusade grounds as miracle centres, we have new miracle centres in secondary schools whose Principals collude with their students to cheat during examinations for unearned “good results”. At the end of the day, “olodos” and “blok heds” easily credit all subjects they entered for in any examination or contest. Such places are called mirakul sentas where the impossible occurs for a fee. The more you pay the more miracles you get.

Like a cankerworm, the activities of mirakul sentas keep dealing dirty blows to our body polity. From the Local Governments Councils up to the Federal level, mirakul sentas are everywhere and the unexpected happen at the whims and pleasure of the owners/captains of these centres and of course their cronies/patronisers. Unless these centers are wiped out, Nigeria will continue to be a country of great potentials without attaining true and genuine greatness.

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