It seems that for many Nigerians, Facebook is the new “I-pass-my-neighbour”. It has become the new show-off. It appears that many of us young Nigerians think that taking up a matter on Facebook either essentially resolves the matter or or proves that we have attained a certain level of “sophistication”.
I am on Facebook and on some other social networking platforms. I found myself on some of those platforms without knowing how I got there (true!). I eventually had to look for the “delete” or “deactivation” button. Blood of Jesus!
But since 2008, I have stayed on Facebook. At first, it had been like “wow!”, “what an experience!”. I calmed down soon after. At some point, I actually contemplated even deactivating my Facebook account. There are several reasons I have given myself for staying. One is that it provides a great platform for leisure. It also affords me a platform to follow some great minds and absorb their thoughts. And of course, it provides me with a glimpse into how a lot of my countrymen and women think.
One striking thing I’ve found about Nigerians on Facebook is the thinking amongst most that Facebook is the new Chief Law Enforcement Officer. You found someone breaking the law? Report it on Facebook. A police office harasses you or someone you know? Report it on Facebook! Armed robbers are operating in your neighbourhood? Not a problem at all. Report it on Facebook! You saw someone picking another’s pocket? You did well by taking a photo of it with your UK-used Blackberry phone and posting it on Facebook! Facebook will go after the yeye pick-pocket. Facebook will arrest all those armed robbers. Facebook will deal with all social vices. Maybe even replace them with a new set.
And here’s the icing. We have been told that social media was instrumental to the regime change in Tunisia and Egypt (the first one o). So, we have concluded that if there is any problem with our country – Boko Haram, missing $20.0b, plane crash, fuel scarcity, poor infrastructure, corruption in high (and low) places, you name it – all we need to do is to vent on Facebook (symbolic for social media) and the country will be changed. Just like Tunisia. Maybe not quite like Egypt. What we have refused to acknowledge is that those nationals didn’t just sit behind keyboards typing furiously away. They went out on the streets, demanded and got change.
But then what am I even doing here behind this keyboard?
While we vent on social media, the political class, many of who are not even on social media, loot the country blind.
Congrats on being on Facebook. Do shakara for your neighbour. No be God?