Last January 15, 2018, was the 52nd anniversary of Nigeria’s first military coup, the coup that drastically changed the course of this country’s history, forever. It is therefore not by accident that we have chosen this particular period to launch The People’s Eye.
What indeed is life, on earth, if not an aggregation of stories of individuals, of peoples, of nations and of events and places? These stories make up epochs and the entire history of humanity, from the very beginnings. These chronicles, (warts and all) guide the present and shape the future. It is therefore ludicrous to attempt to tinker with history.
The importance of history cannot be overstated. We are who we are because we got off the starting blocks, knowing who we are, having been told so by our parents who, in their turn, were also told by their own parents. In handing down those legacies, from our forebears, we were not lied to. That is why we have become so true to our very beginnings and our origins and the traditions and norms, thereof.
Therefore, the greatest disservice anyone could do to humanity is to distort history. When history is tampered with, it creates a distabilising disconnect between the present and the past, which denies the new generation the invaluable information from the past, needed to accurately address the challenges of the present.
In the particular case of Nigeria, our country, quite a lot has naturally taken place in the lives of the people and the nation, with the events, very poorly documented, where records are even available, at all. For varying reasons – not excluding political and pecuniary considerations – those whose charge it had been, to capture, preserve and hand over this precious heritage of the people, to the next generations, have betrayed this sacred trust.
The gravest consequence of such loss is evidenced in the current drift and tailspin in which we find our potentially very great, highly gifted, but most unfortunately, mismanaged country. That Nigeria fought a civil war and half a century later, is still beating about the bush, having not harvested of the lessons of that war, is rather tragic and calls for great concern.
There is no other way to address this huge burden of negligence on the part of successive leadership than to pick up the gauntlet, to chronicle the stories of individuals and the nation as they unfolded and still unfold, from every and all perspectives, of any given event.
In our own unique way, we shall extract the facts from the various horses’ mouths, as it were; key actors and participants in events that shaped and shape our history and place them side-by-side, from all angles so that you, the reader, may draw your own conclusions, shorn of any form of interpretations.
This is why we have created The People’s Eye and named it, accordingly. The publication shall be your eye on political and historical events. It shall be your window to the actions and activities of the haymakers of yore and your tab on today’s movers and shakers, to enable you learn from their own narratives, how they guided, teleguided, or misguided the country and still try to impact our collective destiny, positively, or negatively, as the case may be. The People’s Eye shall be your periscope into the truth, in all of its nakedness.
Although we shall lean heavily on history and go into great detail, in some of our columns, we intend to be very visual-minded, generally, in serving you. We shall, thus, deploy all the techniques, skills and technologies available to us, (mindful of a diminishing reading culture) in making sure that you always have a pleasurable, educative, informative and entertaining publication to behold and digest.
Our cartoons, photographs and video clips, shall add even more humour and colour to data and information. As is usual of cartoons, our method shall be to break down serious issues to their most preposterous levels, while utilising their lampoons to amuse and entertain, as they equally set you thinking, all at once.
Whereas Nigeria shall be the epicenter of our operations, we shall go anywhere and everywhere, especially in Africa, to bring you the stories and histories of ordinary people and nations, our interests anchored on the mightiness of history and the sanctity of truth, to the edification of our peoples.
This is what we consider our most sacrosanct charge, bearing in mind that the most heroic of human struggles would amount to quite little, without the lessons and inspirations they convey to the rest of humanity and the next generations, a truism aptly captured by this profound saying of our proud and wise ancestors: “The story is more important than the warrior.”