“1st October 1960
Nigeria got independence
Oh freedom X2
Oh, freedom, freedom everywhere.”
How many of you remember singing the above song in primary and secondary school?
As a child growing up, history fascinated me. Ancient stories caught my attention.
Sometimes, I give my imagination permission to travel, especially to the past.
How was the jubilation like in the month of October 1960? We were free to raise our flag, we were free to have our national anthem, we were free to do what we want. We were free…
So, we thought in our small and myopic mind but were we really free? Looking at our lives now, are we really free?
There is a story in the Bible quite similar to our experiences and it is the story of the Israelites.
They had been slaves for over 400 years. The Oppressor made WORK a PAINFUL EXPERIENCE.
And the message sent to the mind was simple and short, “IF YOU DON’T WANT PAIN, DO NOT WORK.” Over time, the mind placed a stamp on this bill.
THE GOAL OF SLAVERY IS TO MAKE THE SLAVE DO THE RIGHT THING IN GRUESOME PAIN WITHOUT KNOWING THE REASON FOR DOING IT.
And so, when they got the supposed freedom, they were happy they were leaving Egypt at last. Even though Egypt tried to get them back, they were gone, past the red sea into the wilderness but they soon realized they were not free, they were freed slaves without the oppressor and so like a magnetic pull, they tried to unite with their slave master. They wanted to submit to their slave master.
A 40 days journey became 40 years and yet, they, all who left Egypt, died in the wilderness except Joshua and Caleb.
When slavery becomes a thing of the mind, then physical or spiritual freedom is not enough.
True freedom is not free. True freedom comes with a price and pain, a pain of reprogramming the mindset from the corrupt code of the slave master.
If after 60 years of independence, there is no landmark progress, it simply shows that in reality, WE ARE STILL SLAVES, a truth that is bitter and uncomfortable.
Religious folks will argue this uncomfortable truth and see hope for the nation but if after six decades, the seed of hope has not yet germinated, then there is a need to have a RETHINK.
Are we really free as a nation?
As an individual, are you free?