From the blitz of comments netizens fire on the social media, to the defense always presented in favour of incumbents and the daily radio, dailies and TV controversies in respect to the status quo of Nigeria, it is apparent that the ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ has eaten deep into the polity.
“Stockholm syndrome is a condition that causes hostages to develop a psychological alliance with their captors as a survival strategy during captivity”. For instance, the wanton killings that have taken a sustained pattern and predictable response by authorities have been debated from a polarised offensive and defensive angle.
Public officials ineptitude has also been justified/critised with flimsy senseless points and one wonders how fickle and inconsistent the conscience of Nigerians can be due to sentiments. Corruption, ethno-religious frictions, negligence etc are other topics where the Stockholm Syndrome has reflected.
As 2019 long awaited polls draws close, it is not an exaggeration to say that the desires of a bulk of Nigerians apparently doesn’t mean well for the average Nigerian, this is because they share a common reasoning with their political captors (who they tirelessly campaign for) and see through the lenses of their political captors to the extent that they’ve relegated the esteemed position of ‘conscience’, ‘common sense’, ‘education’ and other forms of exposure.
The only cure for the ‘Stolkhom Syndrome in Nigeria’s Politics’ is political therapy. This solution is not only a herculean task but requires altruistic Nigerians of integrity whose past/present records are obvious, devoid of parochial tendencies and irritating sentiments, patriots, who believe in the equality of all Nigerians irrespective of tribe and religion, Nigerians who aren’t myopic but are set to position Nigeria for an international recognition. Such Nigerians should launch into a political therapy of liberation.
Nigeria’s interest must come first before political parties or aspirants, before regions, and MUST be accomodating to the rainbow like multi-ethnic and multi-religious nation it is.
Nigeria must not sink as a result of ‘Political Stolkhom Syndrome’.