Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Solving the Manyu Schism

The Manyu community like many African communities does not know peace. They are divided into subgroups and sub groups into sub groups. Most of the groups like student associations have problems. I mean even football teams too are divided. The problem of Manyu is not the Ako/Besong Team. There is no guarantee that if the Ako/Besong team left power today there would be peace. To be fair to the Manyu people, there is also no guarantee that the Agbor/Ebini Team would have brought the coveted and elusive peace. The problem is not the absentee ballots or the failed convention of 2009 because before this incident, there was already division. The problem is not even the 2001 failed convention because before then there were two camps even before going to the convention grounds. Each of these problems only helped to add inflammable into the burning fire. The problems could be summed up in these words: the decay of culture and traditions, the quick rise in arsonists-firefighters and the crab syndrome. These issues have flummoxed the Manyu people.

It was a given that the younger people respected the older people, and the older people served as elders. The reverse is now true as the older ones abandoned their posts to debase themselves to the level of those looking up to them. For example, when a Sesekou wrongfully passed an injunction against the death of another’s Sesekou’s father in total defiance of cultural norms, it brought a division that did not heal hitherto. Furthermore, the community lacks mentors and mentees. Now everyone wants to become a Sesekou and every Sesekou is equaled to the other Sesekou. Sesekous will soon outnumber bhoh mgbes in America and Europe. That quest to control turfs has brought serious skirmishes that extended to the general Manyu community.

The second problem we face is the rise in Arsonists-firefighters. This reminded me of a program I watched on TruTV about John Leonard Orr. He was a former arson investigator with the Glendale Fire Department in Southern California. He set the fire, and minutes later, he will pull up with a firefighter truck to extinguish it. He did that many times, until he was finally caught by the use of forensic science. We have people who act as Iago in our community; trying to make themselves the kingmakers or avenge failed vendettas. They make people knock their heads, and then they come back days later as reconcilers to propose peace deals and conferences.

The third major problem the Manyu people face is the Crab Syndrome. They are always trying to destroy each other. A clear example was when a manyu son; a non CPDM member wrote an email to castigate another Manyu son on a CPDM affair he was not even a member just to support his friend the ambassador. How do you expect the one sinned against to support with a clean heart those sinning against him? Each time we hear that a Manyu child is somewhere, we rush to destroy him. As you drag them down, they is much dragging going on at the base of the pyramid because the top of the pyramid is never crowded. Our world becomes very small, and we spend our time talking about who is sleeping with whose wife, and who is stealing from who. Or we talk about who never graduated from college, and who is a nurse with a stolen diploma. Thank God for people like us who come to equity with clean hands; I should have been finished by now!

Here are a few solutions. We must be civil and traditionally conscious that there must be respect between the young and the old, and the old must respect themselves. We must rebuke or redress wayward older people and same for the young people who misbehave in the community. I know this seems thorny especially because sometimes we find it difficult to rebuke our friends. We must be vigilant not to succumb to the whims and caprices of arsonists-firefighters. We must always remember what Donalbain in Macbeth says “There's daggers in men's smiles: the near in blood, the nearer bloody”. More so, we must love one another. I agree that we lack love; however, love does not exempt open rebuke my friends. Just because I am your friend does not mean I cannot disagree with your opinion or lifestyle. Except we do these things, we will perpetually diagnose the phony problems and expend energy on counterfeit solutions. No new constitution will do a thing, for we have a constitution, but we lack people willing to apply the letter with the spirit. Until we can soak our spirits in these three points, we will forever remain a divided people.

Until then, long live the Manyu people.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk.

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk).
Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk).

Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

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