TURN YOUR PAIN INTO A SWORD


By Akin Ojumu

Thank goodness, the African Cup of Nations is over and done with. Finally!

Congratulations to the Ivorian Elephants who came out on top after being one goal down going into the second half. Considering how the team wobbled through the group stages and barely made it to the knockout rounds, it is a well-deserved victory.

I sincerely commiserate with my fellow Nigerians who are feeling emotionally shattered by the loss. Regardless of my indifference and ambivalence about this AFCON, believe me when I say, I feel your pain. Everything was riding on this match for you; you invested a lot of emotional capital in this one game.

You feverishly prayed and anxiously hoped that Nigeria would prevail in the finals. Seeing the Super Eagles hoist the AFCON Cup as green and white confetti rains down would have been a rare moment of pure joy and unbridled celebration for Nigerians; something that hasn’t happened in the country since time immemorial.

A victory for Nigeria would have been like shining a ray of light through the fog of catastrophe forming a blanket of melancholy over the country since God knows when. A victory would have been nothing short of an elixir of blissfulness to lift the mood of Nigerians out of the doldrums of doom and gloom.

Alas! It is not to be. And that’s because it wasn’t really meant to be. Nigeria lost to Côte D’Ivoire. The hope of Nigerians was shattered, and their prayer received not the desired answer. But guess what? I see a silver lining in all of this. As devastating as this defeat may be, I believe there’s a good reason it turned out this way.

Nigerians have once again been presented with a once in a lifetime chance to take bold action regarding the direction of their nation. They do not want their broken hearts to go to waste; they should not let their hurt just fritter away. Nigerians must let their searing pain find a serious purpose. They must turn their agonizing pain into a fiery sword to demolish the cockroaches and rats feeding fat on the nation’s wealth.

For this moment to have real meaning, Nigerians must channel the fury of their wrath against the destroyers of their land. They must let the fire of their outrage burn the pillagers of their nation to crisp.

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