Leke Alder Profile picture
20 Oct, 26 tweets, 14 min read
1. My dear son, today I want to address a fundamental issue. It’s so fundamental it’s affecting our approach to governance. You see, we have a choice. It’s either we run a country, or we run a nation. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
2. Running a country is about administrative chores – files, bureaucracies, meetings, parastatals, memos, departments, mindless directives... Running a nation on the other hand focuses attention on the people. There’s empathy. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
3. You can run a country and not a nation, and we seem to have a predilection for ablutions of governance to the detriment of concern for the people, whereas it ought to be about the people. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
4. If it’s about the people you won’t go through hoops trying to collect your passport at the passport office. If it’s about people, our universities won’t be in their current state. Our public universities are practically run down. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
5. Nigeria is no more a landmass than a corporation is a building. Subtract the people from the equation and there’s nothing left. Just stones and dust, even darkness. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
6. If we were focused on people, we won’t be at the impasse we’re in. The average young person doesn’t feel his country cares for him or her. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
7. Where’s this people problem coming from? Perhaps two sources. The first is the psychological posture of the average political office holder. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
8. He strangely sees himself as lord and master, not a servant of the people. It’s what informs the language of communication, the tone of communication. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
9. There’s so much talking at, talking down to, talking from a distance, talking from on high, even talking in the third person, like royalty, though legions of demons also talk in the third person, or even not talking at all. There’s so much condescension. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
10. When last did you have a discussion with your representative? Do you even know him, or her? And yet he’s supposed to be representing you. He doesn’t feel beholden to you because you don’t control his fate. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
11. The electoral system is gamed. He’s rather beholden to his party leadership. We don’t really run a representative democracy, we run a misrepresentative democracy. It’s why there’s a huge psychological gap between the government and the governed. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
12. The second source of this problem is the value we place on the Nigerian life. At the state level it doesn’t seem much. Perhaps because we’re so many. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
13. We have a fair idea of the value placed on lives in foreign countries. We have a fair idea of the value placed on a British life for example, or a Canadian life. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
14. It’s determined by the level of investment in social services – education, healthcare systems, etc. Look at how they negotiate with other countries when their citizens are involved. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
15. If we place value on lives there’ll be no “area boys.” Area boys are the children we left to fate. Their increasing number indicate our increasing negligence. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
16. The reason medical tourism is growing is because we have a paucity of investment in healthcare. India makes about $200m from Nigerian patients annually, may be higher. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
17. According to un.org 40,000 Nigerians visited India in 2015, half of them for medical reasons. We don’t have 2019 figures. But what about those who can’t afford to travel abroad for treatment – what’s the value of their lives? #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
18. We executed criminals by firing squad in the 1970s and 1980s, and gleefully published the gory imageries on the front pages of our newspapers. The Bar Beach was notable for such executions. Bar Beach is now Eko Atlantic. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
19. These were public spectacles. I theorize they bastardized the psyche of a generation. We lost appreciation for the value of life. The violent snuffing out of life became entertainment. We became Romans. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
20. We need to place the people at the center of our policy design. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
21. Our underinvestment in social services is becoming too expensive for us. Look at the cost of security alone, both at the retail and wholesale level. It’s how we ended up with the SARS problem. Our defenders became our abductors. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
22. You want more evidence of the poor value we place on lives? Look at our bad roads, the poor supply of electricity, absence of potable water, poor street lighting and poor road markings. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
23. Look at our poor emergency services, open drainages, the persistent menace of malaria, life endangering road blocks, lack of due process, overcrowded awaiting trial list, ignominy of zebra crossings, open abattoirs… The list goes on and on. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
24. Our philosophy of governance is literally killing us. It’s time to rethink our policy design. It ought to be about the people, not a country. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
25. When your generation gets into government, remember the people. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
26. Your Dad, LA. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS

• • •

Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh

Keep Current with Leke Alder

Leke Alder Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!


Twitter may remove this content at anytime! Save it as PDF for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video
  1. Follow @ThreadReaderApp to mention us!

  2. From a Twitter thread mention us with a keyword "unroll"
@threadreaderapp unroll

Practice here first or read more on our help page!

More from @LekeAlder

19 Oct
1. My dear son, when I was young, I used to hear the phrase “fejerun”. That was a Lagos slang. They came up with it same way your generation came up with #sorosokenodeydisguise. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
2. It’s the picture of a man manually powering a bike strenuously uphill. Unlike a motorized bike, it is said to run on human blood, hence “fejerun”. “Eje” is blood in Yoruba. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
3. To me that’s the picture of Nigeria. We’re powering uphill, and the reason Nigeria is a strenuous effort is because we like to turn logic on its head. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
Read 19 tweets
18 Oct
1. My dear son, let me tell you your main advantage over my generation. You’re digital natives, we’re Neanderthals. There’s a digital divide, a middle wall of partition separating my generation from yours, to use a Pauline-speak. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
2. To build the future of Nigeria you have to bring digital tools and digital thinking to the game. It’s how Elon Musk changed the game in the car industry. He replaced the dashboard in the car with a tablet, brought Silicon Valley thinking to car manufacturing. #NigeriaNotes
3. Technology creates culture. Our political culture needs radical change. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
Read 24 tweets
17 Oct
1. My dear son, I was very proud you took part in the demonstration yesterday - very proud you didn’t consult me, you and your sister. She’s at the barricades in Lagos. #NigeriaNotes #EndSARS
2. I was discussing with my law school set on our WhatsApp platform the other day and I told them our generation just witnessed a phenomenon – we just watched our kids take over from us. #NigeriaNotes #ENDSARS
3. My generation doesn’t exactly get it. There’s no visceral connection. That’s because we’re used to taking another road to fight these issues, and we’ve gone too far on that road to appreciate your approach. We’ve invested our lives. But we identify with you. #NigeriaNotes
Read 19 tweets
14 Oct
1.Perhaps the real issue in the #ENDSARS campaign is the capital word, IMPUNITY. It is the belief in the exemption from the rule of law, a thug's definition of the use of power. #EndPoliceBrutality #ReformPolice
2.Impunity permeates our society - from the brigandage in our political system, to the Okada rider who rides against the traffic knowing he can pay off the law cheaply, to the use of convoy as a weapon of brutalisation, etc. #EndPoliceBrutality #ReformPolice
3. It would seem that in Nigeria, power is not a means but an end. A power-defined society ultimately becomes a wicked society. #EndPoliceBrutality #ReformPolice
Read 8 tweets
11 Oct
1. When I was five or six years old – I can’t remember the exact age - I had a profound experience. I was transported to a place called Golgotha - the skull-shaped hill where Jesus was crucified. #Illuminare
2. I do not know whether it was in the body or out of the body, to use an expression of Paul. It was Good Friday. The sky had turned willowy gray, pliant, like a dough mix. And I found myself at the scene of the crucifixion. #Illuminare
3. I saw those Roman soldiers, saw the two thieves on either side of Jesus, saw Jesus hanging on that tree, suspended between heaven and earth. He was in a limbo. The earth had rejected him, heaven had forsaken him. And then I began to cry. #Illuminare
Read 44 tweets
4 Oct
1. Growing up in Lagos I heard the song of the beggars. It was a placatory sing song. Often in pairs, and sometimes in triplicates the beggars would pause in front of my grandfather’s house, begging for mercy. #Illuminare
2. The principal beggar, who was often blind led the song. His counterpart doubled as eyes and guide. He handled the one-word lyrical refrain, Babianla. Efun mi kobo, Babianla. Efunwa sisi, Babianla. Olorun ab’ashiri, Babianla. #Illuminare
3. The session would end with a prayer – Akoba, adaba, Olo’un maje ari. That roughly translates as, May we not be located by enterprising evil; and may we not accidentally bump into one. #Illuminare
Read 52 tweets

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just two indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3/month or $30/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!

Follow Us on Twitter!