Insanity is not just a word. To many Nigerians, insanity is a way of life, a culture, a sacred tradition that must be respected, protected and defended at all cost.
What is insanity? It is that moment when justice is overruled by sentiment. It is that moment when you have to support your brother, father, or friend against a stranger, not because this your brother is right, but because he is simply your brother and the other stranger therefore deserves to get injustice. Insanity is, when, we have to advocate and rationalize the irrationality and abnormality of our political parties simply because we are members of the party. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting to get a different result.
Insanity is when we lose our sense of rightness or wrongness, justice or injustice, fairness or unfairness. Insanity is when we mistake fanaticism for patriotism. It is when we mistake tribalism and favouritism for fairness and justice. Insanity is when you have to insult a total stranger on your Facebook wall simply because he doesn’t share the same opinion with you on a discussed issue. Insanity is when you cannot withstand the beauty of constructive criticism.
Indeed, ‘where reason is guided by sentiment, the truth becomes an illusion’. Insanity is that moment when the ‘enemy of your enemy becomes your friend’.
An insane mind does not have patience for fair hearing. It perceives justice as an abstract and imaginary entity that should be in its favour at all time.
Insanity is a mental illness. A country with insanity as its official culture is yet still in its state of nature. Therefore in a country of insanity, justice is in the interest of the strongest, might is right, hypocrisy is virtue, sycophancy is mistaken for loyalty, chastity is ridiculed, and merit is subjective.
Insanity is a mental illness. In a country of democracy, if the majority of the people suffer from this illness, you should expect to see insanity as its official doctrine. In such a country, you will find insanity everywhere, from its schools to its businesses, from its religious centers to its economy, from its judiciary to its legislature. In such a country, insanity becomes emblematized.
Insanity is a mental illness. Many Nigerians, if not all, are suffering from this illness.
Quote me anywhere, Nigeria is country of insanity.