I bet you saw that heading and half expected me to talk about how we are going to protest and kick start a revolution either peaceful or violent that topples the current political class. We will do all this and have the country run by intelligent and politically awake youth who will take Nigeria to the promised land and we will live happily ever after. Right? Yeah sounds like something I would say or write 5 to 10 years ago. Naija has sucked most of the idealist out of me, Not that I don’t believe in the revolution, I think we are due one in this nation. Dear Tuface, smh. Enough said! I believe we all have a right to voice our grievances and put pressure on our political class to effect positive change. Now, would they listen? Doubt it! We are a nation that does not listen to gently and well articulated points or people that are way too gentle, we are the gra gra nation; a nation of Warri no dey carry last, of sharp lagos boys and bini boys, of mallams and Okoros who wont hesitate to cheat you in the market unless you “open eye” for them. This is Nigeria. Equal opportunity loudness, everyone is shouting yet very few actually make sense. Read the rest of this entry »
Its a new year folk, I like to wish those who have honored my little blog with their eyes a happy new year. I hope 2012 is great for you all.
For many Nigerians the year 2011 was not that good of a year, one might argue that Nigeria is currently in its darkest of times. The problems the country faces are gargantuan. In 2011, we voted in a president in what was described as a free and fair election. The level of unemployment in the country did not reduce. There was post election violence that claimed plenty of lives. The threat of the terrorist group boko haram grew as the year progressed. The conflict in Jos continued to rage on and off during the year. For the most part, there was no significant reduction in crime and armed robbery. Nigerians were still beset by poverty, bad roads, poor infrastructure and a government that seems not to care for its people. As the year came to a close, wages for government workers were either paid late or not paid at all. The year ended with Academic Staff of Universities embarking on a strike as well as the impending removal of fuel subsidy.
Of course, Nigerians being Nigerians we still thank God for the gift of life and seeing us into the new year. People have managed to pick the positive out of what might not have been the greatest of years but it is to be expected, happiest people on earth and whatnot.
We entered the new year with the removal of fuel subsidy, an increase in the price of fuel which people use for cars and generators in a country that is beset by inconsistent power supply (although during this holiday period, power has been pretty consistent but that is just holiday scam) and a poor transportation network meaning plenty people who can afford to, own and need cars to get around. The key thing is that an increase in the price of fuel has a domino effect on the economy, it will increase the price of transportation which will increase the price of food and will lead to more money being bled from the pockets of the average Nigerian without a commensurate increase in wages.
The most amazing thing about the fuel subsidy issue is that the government has done it despite the pleas of the Nigerian people. It has increased the price of fuel and seemingly dared the Nigerian people to do what they will. I wonder how we will respond. Of course, the government has the argument that the extra money from the removal of fuel subsidy will be used for development and help to prop up the economy. Sounds like an IMF line to me. We have a minister of economy that comes from the World Bank axis. The same dimwits that suggested the SAP (Structural Adjustment Program) of the late 80s which saw the purchasing power of the average Nigerian and their wealth considerably reduced. This is akin to the same kind of shock therapy economics Jeffrey Sachs is known for which failed in many countries. I smell conspiracy.
What will Nigerians do? My educated guess is this, we will bitch about it in the newspapers, TV stations, twitter and we will talk the hell out of it. We will analyze the issue and some of us will even be for the removal of fuel subsidy. We will debate, maybe even protest and walk the streets but in the end I predict that the fuel price wont go back to N65 a liter. Why? We have seen this time and again, the government will either listen to us or ignore us completely and a majority of people will continue to buy the fuel at the new price. If the government listens to the people, they will arrive at a compromise and reduce the price from N140 to maybe N80 or N100 and then the protests will die down. They will wait a year of two and increase the price to N 160. We will protest and argue and they will compromise with us and bring it down to N140. So you see, even if the price does not stay at N140 now, it will eventually get there.
This is not to say that we should not protest. If anything, I believe a complete shut down of the nations economy is in order until the government complies with the people’s wishes. I am talking NLC, civil servants, private workers and teachers and no we are not talking halfhearted protests. We are talking millions and millions of people matching to ASO rock, damning the consequences and blocking the entrance until they are heard and met by the president. In the past, many of the protests have been very civil and gentlemanly. That wont work in this nation. If anything even the uniform officers should join the people in protest. The government has dared the people and it my sincere belief that the people should respond in kind.
2012 has started, will this be the year when the Nigerian activist actually achieves something besides talking with both sides of his/her mouth? Will this be the year that we stop the menace of Boko Haram? (Boko Haram, a topic for later). Only time will tell.
Nigerian Leaders beware, this could happen to you:
So I woke up this morning to news that Gaddaffi has been found dead. Thus the story of the end of dictators repeats itself, from Alexander the Great, to Julius Caesar, to Napoleon, Hitler, Saddam Hussein and now Gaddaffi. Death is a hell of a thing, it is often the great equaliser. As someone who has never been to Libya and probably doesnt understand what went on, I can only speculate. However, Gaddaffi when alive and in power seemed larger than life. This man made some of the most controversial statements ever, He once called for Nigeria to be broken up. He was known as a sponsor of terrorism and iron fist leader. The man would come to a state visit to Nigeria and come with really beautiful looking female guards, set up his own tent and refuse to stay at our hotel in Abuja and wear killer aviators. He might have been a murderer and dictator but at some point the man was a revolutionary who toppled a puppet monarchy. Anyway enough of my babbles, I started this post because I wanted to share what I wrote about Gaddaffi for a class I took in 2008. You see once upon a time apart from being an Engineer, I had a enough courses to be a minor in Middle East and North African Politics and Culture. So here are some excerpts from that paper.
“What is leadership? Is leadership the subjugation of people to the will of an individual or is it the determination and execution of the will of the people by an entity or political body? In truth, Leadership is an ambiguous term. In my opinion, Leadership is a quality that an individual possesses which enables the said individual to influence the affairs of other people and coordinate these affairs to achieve a certain goal or goals. The process by which this individual comes into possession of the influence over other people and how the individual maintains this influence are some of the things that differentiate the different types of leadership.
According to Max Weber, there are three different types of leadership. There is the traditional, charismatic and modern bureaucratic. The traditional form of leadership is one in which the basis of the leadership might not necessarily be by merit but is based on historical forces and practice of succession that have been predetermined. The source of legitimacy of such a form of leadership varies from religious and mythological tradition to use symbolism held in esteem by subjects. The Charismatic form of leadership also could have a legitimacy built upon myth. In the case of this type of leadership, the myth is not built around tradition but around the personality of the leader. Charismatic leaders are intense leaders who possess an extraordinary personality that is often highlighted by the way they come to power. They tend to appear in times of crisis in which previous leadership has failed and are expected to propel the society to new and improved levels of development. The third type of leadership also bases its legitimacy on a promise of performance over a short time as well as legal authority that could be of the democratic or dictatorial nature. These are leaders that are concerned with improving society by proper management.”
“Muammar Qadhafi is an ideal choice for a Charismatic leader because of his complex personality and his ability to adapt his leadership. This has ensured his stay in power. Muammar Qadhafi was born in 1942 in the desert region of Sirta in Libya. It is important that I state that as far as charismatic leaders go, most of them come to power from obscurity or poverty and are sometimes products of poor upbringing. This factor helps to endear them to the masses initially by providing the masses with a sense of psychological connection on the level of their suffering and condition. Qadhafi was educated in Libya and eventually joined the military. Muammar Qadhafi was highly influenced by the workings of Nasser who was another charismatic leader. He took power in a coup in 1969 and rules Libya till this day.
The coup that led to the rise of Qadhafi to power is very important because as a charismatic leader, one of the characteristics is that they appear and take over from a previous leadership that has failed to deliver and challenge this previous leadership. In the case of Qadhafi, the previous leadership was a traditional leadership in the form of a monarchy. This monarchy was the Sanusi Monarchy. The failure of the Sanusi Monarchy to wield power and loyalty from all parts of the country as well as problems associated with the distribution of the then newly found oil wealth resulted in the resentment of the Libyan people and the success of the subsequent coup in 1969. The legitimacy of the Qadhafi regime at the time was the inefficiency and corruption of the monarchy. The coup was meant to usher in a form of socialism that emulated that of Nasser, but ended up as an authoritarian regime with Qadhafi at its head.
In providing himself with legitimacy and to ensure he had sole power, Qadhafi abolished the Libyan Arab Socialist Union that had formed after the coup. This body as well as the group of people he committed the coup with were people he was accountable to. Charismatic leaders have a personal vision for leadership and see interference with their plans be it through a process of accountability as inappropriate. This makes them similar to traditional leaders in that reforms are only implemented when it is in line with their personal vision. The same goes for Muammar Qadhafi who encouraged the people to take over the industries and form people’s congresses to make public policies. This enabled to topple the opposition and establish a system of People’s congresses with him in control. Charismatic leaders strive to achieve personal goals even if their goal is simply power.
Qadhafi addresses himself as the ‘leader of the revolution’. He wrote the ‘Green Book’ and claims that the country is run based on it. It was first written in 1975 and calls for a direct democracy in which the people rule themselves in a direct democracy with institutions such as political parties. The concept of direct democracy as espoused in the book can be seen as a form of legitimizing the banning of political parties and institutions that would have formed opposition to his rule. In looking at this, I see a picture of Qadhafi as a leader who manipulates the psyche of his people through such publications that give a sense of legitimacy to the leadership. This is in line with my earlier observation that Charismatic leaders have a psychological connection to the people even if it is one of manipulation. This manipulation is manifested in the method of rule. Qadhafi places his tribe members in positions of power. This is very similar to the traditional leadership model. He also uses the military as a form of coercion but does not provide the bureaucratic structure that would enable a military upheaval. Qadhafi has provided funding for several militant Islamic groups and this has in many ways as well as through brute oppression has ensured legitimacy and silenced Islamist opposition.
In terms of policies, Qadhafi has used the oil wealth of the nation to not only enrich himself but has also undertaken projects in infrastructure and provided a welfare state over the years that caters to the education of its populace and provides basic amenities. This is also a form of legitimacy and is provides some support from the people due to the performance of the regime on welfare. Qadhafi previously had adopted an anti western policy and was active in sponsoring terrorist activities as evidenced by the Lockerbie plane bombing. The regime has also come under fire for human rights abuses such as the public hangings of the 70s and 80s. Charismatic leadership eventually tries to survive and resorts to quelling opposition as can be seen with other charismatic leaders such as Hitler of Germany.
The effects of the policies of Muammar Qadhafi has on the one hand seen Libya rise as one of the more developed countries on the continent of Africa. He has managed to create a welfare state using the oil wealth and the average Libyan has higher living standards than their counterparts in the developing world. The politics of survival of Qadhafi has left many of the opposition dead and many escape the country. The sponsoring of terrorist activities initially won Qadhafi many friends in the Islamic extremist community. It also resulted in embargos, sanctions and attacks on Libya. In 1986, the US bombed Benghali and Tripoli, the two major cities and commercial hubs of the country. This coupled with the sanctions slowed the economic growth of Libya turning it into a pariah state shunned by the west and its allies. However, this does not mean that other countries did not do business with Libya. Recently, Muammar Qadhafi has reconciled with the west and paid the families of victims of the Lockerbie plane bombing. This has brought him and Libya back into the spotlight and the international community. It is my opinion that this was a move of survival by a charismatic leader who has shown over time his propensity to do whatever it takes to survive, Qadhafi only made up with the west when it became a possibility that he could be toppled from power just as another charismatic leader Saddam Hussein was toppled from power. In some ways the charismatic leadership of Qadhafi is similar to traditional leadership in that both are in the business of political survival either by coercion or by reform.”
Homeboy should have taken the reform route, That being said, this should a lesson and warning to all dictators especially in Africa and especially those masquerading as democrats in Nigeria. One day, the people will have enough and will come crying for your blood. And when you are no more, the streets will be full of dancing and wine shall pour.
Long Post I know but you made it to the end. In fiction the video below is how you end an oppressive regime.
Not poor not privileged
Dour and disadvantaged
A working class oppressed
Oppressed yet not distressed
Men I m hard-pressed
To find the right words to express
The feeling of distress
The masses are really stressed
Today, I want to report a murder to the police station of the Internets. The crime was a crime of passion. The crime started when the assailant married the victim about 51 years ago. The marriage like all marriages had so much promise in the beginning. There were some initial skirmishes but the marriage held its ground. Unfortunately over time, the marriage turned into a hostage situation. The assailant tortured the victim for years and has now killed the victim in Cold blood. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the assassination of the Nigerian Middle Class.
I know that some will argue that the country doesn’t have a middle class or that the middle class is a very small proportion of the population. I m not here to argue that. I do think we could argue that once upon a time somewhere between independence and today there was a middle class. Whether or not there is a middle class by international standards, there is a working class. A group of people who have jobs or own businesses and are able to feed themselves. These group of people are under threat. I m not going to be a prophet of doom and say more today than ever. I would rather say, it has been a geometric progression of torture targeted at the hard working people of this nation. Assaulted from all sides, whether its by sickness, rising prices of commodities, falling value of their currency, road accidents, corruption, crime, poor power supply, insecurity and all round lawlessness.
One might even argue that there is a serious conspiracy to to kill off the middle class. The middle and working class are the people who are literate, who have some form of education. They are the ones who are the backbone of bureaucracy both in the private and public spheres of business. These are the people who are struggling to make the best of the education system before them. They have school fees to pay, mothers and fathers in the village to take care of, extended families who keep bothering them for money because they live in the city. These are the people that are in traffic with you everyday in the city. These are people who if they collectively decide to rebel against the system can topple any government of the day. They are the educated people that lead the masses to revolution. The learned Lenin in a sea of poor disgruntled masses who guide the anger of the masses to start a revolution. This is why there might be conspiracy to keep these people down. Wreck the hope of a Nigerian dream, I say Nigerian dream because the dream of any country can only be viewed through the eyes of its middle class. The Nigerian dream seems to be to make the middle class impoverished and watch as they struggle amongst themselves and rush to the upper class and government big wigs for contracts and patronage thereby helping to keep these people in power.
I m not going to argue the pros/cons of removing fuel subsidy but as an avid conspiracy theorist especially on Nigerian matters I will say this, the money from subsidy will most likely go to fund the behemoth and colossus known as the PDP. A group of people that have shown themselves bereft of any human sympathy in formulating policies. People are dying from violence and you think of prostitution bill so that you Mr Big Senator with the big pot belly will continue to drive around the streets of Abuja and steal young men’s girlfriends brazenly in the daytime (not that this doesn’t already happen).
Granted, I hear removing subsidy makes some form of economic sense but is not there a way to cushion the effect on the people. If austerity is the way to go, I would like to see some leaders give up sizable chunks of their allowances and security votes to make this happen. This coupled with a currency that is going to hell makes it almost a certainty that the prices of commodities shall rise and of course I doubt that the salaries or earning power of the people will rise commensurately to the rise in price making the average Nigerian poorer for it. In the midst of this, the extra money from the removal of fuel subsidies will be secretly funneled to people’s account and of course we wont hear about it until years later. Have you ever wondered if when someone is caught with stolen money in Nigeria, EFCC doesn’t calculate the interest the money accrued in the account? Because if you stole a billion naira and over the years it accrued an interest of 100 million, the Nigerian people want the interest too.
If you think I m overreacting listen to my layman’s reasoning, lets look at agriculture. A lot of food is grown up north and transported to southern cities such as Lagos by road. Increase fuel prices and transport costs go up, People who distribute food stuff will be forced to increase food prices and in an unregulated market it might even rise to as high as 50 percent above what it was previously. The Nigerian economy runs on fuel, increase fuel prices and the cost of business will skyrocket because the businessmen and women must buy fuel for the generators. In fact eh, like Chris Rock once joked people will start sleeping with each other for fuel.
I m sure many people have talked the death out of this issue and I m late cos I started this but was so busy and couldn’t finish for the past 2 weeks. Seriously, the little middle class that Nigeria has is about to go up in smoke. Mr President and leaders, do something about this. This is not the fresh air you promised us. In fact, you are prime suspect in this murder investigation. Maybe if you give me a little bribe I will blame this on colonialism. This one don pass my power o, This might be a job for Sherlock Holmes (babalawao/spiritual konji version).
Is there hope for the middle class? Is this end? Or is it? Will the Middle Class make it? Is there any solution in sight? Will there be more churches and mosques and fighting once the middle class become poorer? Stay tuned for part 2 (In the next 50 years…)
because half the stuff Fela sang about are still happening and…
2010 don pass o and light still no dey. We don almost add 2011 on top sef.
I was recently asked, what would I say to Nigerian Leaders if given an audience? Indeed in the climate of Nigeria today, this is not only a jamb question but also a Nobel Prize Question, Why? Well would I talk about security, would I talk about the power problem, would I talk about unemployment, terrorism, healthcare, education, poor infrastructure, poverty, injustice, inequality or the impending annihilation of the small middle class. Truly, the list of maladies that are affecting our dear country seem endless with no panacea in sight. Our very own Dr GEJ prescribed fresh air for the cancer affecting our country Nigeria but unfortunately it would seem that we need more than fresh air, perhaps chemotherapy or some revolutionary genetic manipulation that would make the country impervious to the cancer currently eating through its system. Maybe the nation needs to visit a televangelist for a dose of holy ghost fire to cure the country of what ails it. Of course, I might be characterizing our problems in a pessimistic light. There are good things about Nigeria, good enough that it might distract the bulk of the population to the truth beneath it all. We are all living in the Matrix my dear friends and countrymen, awaiting a Neo to break the cycle of destruction and impending doom that awaits us.
I will attempt to be prophetic, perhaps a lone voice crying out in the wilderness, asking the leaders of Nigeria to repent for the Kingdom is at hand. Did I say Kingdom of God? Nope. I said Kingdom. The type of Kingdom that is at hand depends on our actions as leaders and as a nation. We cannot continue to serve two masters, we cannot be children of regression and wish to be heirs to progress and development. Friends, Romans, Countrymen lend me your ears. Biko/Ejo/Don Allah make I borrow your ears sell am for black market for 20 million naira, cool cash. Just kidding. However, I believe that the greatest challenge facing our nation is the youth. Yes yes, you have heard this before. It is said that the word of truth shall be meditated upon day and night, so also shall different people propagate this message in different ways until someone finally listens or thy kingdom come.
Why are youth the biggest challenge that is faced by our country Nigeria? I will attack this problem from one angle that has really bothered me. Our country has a really high fertility rate and despite our mortality rate it is hard to argue that our population isn’t increasing stupendously (right word?). Our tertiary institutions keep graduating students, our streets are full of youth. There is but one problem; these kids, young men and women don’t have jobs. You haven’t seen hustling until you meet a Masters degree holder who is doing bricklaying to make ends meet and trust me those ends are not meeting. People take what they can get and sacrifice on their dreams, why? This is because jobs are hard to find. These are the lucky few that are able to get something. You have those who go for years, some even up to a decade without finding jobs and those who have been locked up by poverty so much that they didn’t even go to school in the first place. There are large groups of people who cannot read or write and have no discernable vocational skill in place to help them to be useful. Even if they get these vocational skills, they might not get an opportunity to make use of these skills because work no dey, no one will give them micro loans. If they get loans, the interest rates could commit cow genocide. That’s a lot of beef at 30% percent interest rate. To paraphrase the shortest verse in the bible: I wept. Truly truly I say unto you, advertise a job in Nigeria and see the multitude of people that will show up for the interview of job test. The situation is so bad that we have turned our graduates into a horde of professional job applicants, scheming and struggling for a way to get a job in their own country. Think about the enormity of this, in their fatherland. Literally, it is their father’s land. Nigeria is as much yours as it is mine. The youth are subjected to an employment process that is for the most part not transparent. No regulation whatsoever, the job applicants get treated like sub human beings all in the name of the job search. Many of the future bright minds of the country are getting frustrated with the issue and if care is not taken will leave. I know some idealists will sit in their air-conditioned office and tell you that brain drain is bad for the country. Easy for you to say, you don’t know that air condition is a luxury afforded to few.
If you don’t see why a teeming mass of unemployed and bored youths is a problem to our country pick up crime statistics, STD statistics, drug (igbo) statistics, heck almost any bad statistic in our country affects youths predominantly. Why? Na young man wey get strength to be armed robber, no be so? Na young man get energy to be kpanshing (doing the horizontal tongolo) left and right without fear of consequences for his actions. Na young woman wey go dey street dey sell herself for money. Ganja na friend of the jobless man. Do you honestly think if any of these people had a nice comfortable job, they will be engaged in such social vices?
Amazingly, that is the least of our worries; the sorry state of the youth in the nation has bred a cynical generation. You know how we used to lie to ourselves that we would be better than the previous generation or that we were the leaders of tomorrow? Well I have news for you, some of the people speaking English up and down and acting like idealists will be the first to loot your treasury dry when they become the leaders of tomorrow. It is a shame that the hustle to succeed in our country has created not only a generation of hustlers but a generation of hyenas willing to feed on the carcass of an already dying country, a generation of pigs willing to roll in the mud of corruption to get ahead in life. Bribing NYSC officials, bribing people to get jobs and eventually bribing the people to get their votes in the future. We have become mirrors of the generation before us. What I fear is that one day the cynicism of this generation will change to anger, an anger that could one day completely implode this great nation we call ours.
I have a dream, I guess for the corrupt it would be a nightmare. That one day, the great youths of our country decided to be selfless for once. They decided that not only to march and protest against the evils done to our nation but to take action. They decided to vote out inefficient governments, shun corruption, refuse to be treated like second class citizens in their country. The youth of our country decide to read, no I m not talking about just getting a degree. They decide to get educated, read about how other countries did it and apply what they can to their country. I dreamt that all forms of tyranny were squashed and systems of oppression were toppled. The youth began to think open mindedly and objectively about issues at hand without recourse to region, tribe, language or religion.
So what would I say to our leaders if given the opportunity? Keep being the corrupt and inefficient brood of vipers you are and one day the cynical generation you brought up will become an angry one and then there will be no place to hide for you. Change your actions now! Or you risk cursing our nation up to the fourth generation.
What would you say to our leaders if you were given the chance? Are we a cynical generation that could become an angry generation or do I exaggerate? What are your thoughts on the ramifications of gross unemployment for our nation’s future?
This post came about while I was having a Nas marathon on my laptop while tweeting and reading blogs, I was playing Road to Zion by Damian Marley featuring Nas. There was a line that went thus,
“So save me your sorries, I’m raising an army
Revolutionary warfare with Damian Marley”
Somewhere in the midst of this, it hit me that whatever revolutionary zeal I had for change had been drained out of me. I d say being a news fiend since I ve been back has made me temper what little idealism I had about Nigeria. Its now more cautious idealism. I am now an entrenched armchair revolutionary. Since we don’t really mess with that many armchairs in the Naij, so I figured I must be a stool revolutionary.
What is a stool revolutionary? Basically if you spew all the deep and profound rhetoric about freeing the people and ending poverty while cruising around in your benz and not doing shit to alleviate the suffering of your fellow human being directly then yes you are a Stool Revolutionary. Its not necessarily a bad thing, sometime you inspire the real revolutionaries to do some real ish to free the people! Also since Uncle Bob Marley said we should emancipate ourselves from mental slavery, you are probably helping the people with the mental slavery bit. Cos you all metaphysical and deep like that. Mumu.
So you probably have a pen and paper and wanna take notes on how to become a stool revolutionary, here we go
Own a twitter account and say really deep shit – Share as many deep and philosophical quotes as you can on twitter and facebook. Uplift the people with your meaningful words, quotes, poems and government criticisms because real freedom will start from twitter and facebook.
Own a blog and constantly criticize the government, never suggest solutions or make attempt to get solutions to the right channels
Read all the newspapers and publications and be a walking encyclopedia of Nigerian politics and policy
Sit around with your friends and when you are drinking beer shout while talking about politics
Complain about everything in the country – This is when a waiter working in Mr Biggs didn’t properly warm your rice; you go off about how everything is bad in Nigeria. When someone drives recklessly on the streets of mushin, you say bloody Nigerians forgetting you are a Nigerian.
Think everything is better abroad – You think even the air is better abroad. The oyibo shit smells like lavender. Nah dude, it smells like poo poo by Calvin Klein.
When an opportunity to protest is available, you sit in your house and support the protest “in the spirit” – Peep the video below
When you organize event, invite enough celebrity who only care about your cause to increase their popularity and lose focus of the issue at hand by partying hard.
Combine your revolutionary rhetoric with a distrust of certain tribes and or religion – In reality this makes you less of a revolutionary but a passionate bigot. A true revolutionary is interested in the freedom of all oppressed people
Make sure all your forums/conferences about “freeing” the country only have people from your section of the country, the rest of us are “illiterates”
Anyone who doesnt agree with your views exactly is an idiot
If in a place of work where corruption is rife, either take part in it or shut up and be complacent about it, never protest or stand up for truth or honesty.
Take back your words when your words put you under real threat – If you get arrested by SSS, you stop talking and speaking the truth. All it takes to shut you up is a bunch of rent-a-cops, not even real police.
You only criticize the government, you never want to criticize other institutions – You see the government as an entity that is the root of all problems in Nigeria. Of course we the people have no fault, the people in government must not be people.
When all is said an done, if offered a juicy position in government you take it and stop your criticism.
I m sure my list is definitely not exhaustive, Bet you can think up some guidelines to Stool Revolution (That sounds like a bad case of diarrhea, Stool Revolution, lol)
I leave you with Soul is Heavy by Nneka (This lady speaks truth)
So now that the elections are over and the mood on the ground is that this was somewhat the freest and fairest election we have ever had as a country, I would like to remind us that indeed the struggle has just begun.
We as Nigerians will be tempted to take the elections as a sure sign that “fresh air” has come to stay in Nigeria. Whether or not that is true is not my main concern. My concern is that we should not stop being vigilant. The elections are mostly gone but the problems we have as a country and as a nation are still there. This is not the time to rest on our laurels like an Olympic runner who goes on to consume plates of pounded yam before the final race. We should realize that the task of building a better Nigeria is a marathon and not a sprint.
We must demand better service from our country. I suggest that the websites and platforms that people used to report on the elections be left open and transformed into performance monitoring tools. It is time for each and every Nigerian to be part of the running of this country. We must demand that each and every one of our elected officials have open communication lines, be it phone numbers, emails and the like where we can contact them and speak directly to them about the problems in our community. If you want to speak to your senator about the lack of water in your village, then damn it you should be able to. We can no longer sit down and expect the top to do everything. Real change starts at the grassroots and we are the agents of change.
It is no longer acceptable for our children to get poor education, we will not stand by and watch children finish primary school and not know how to do arithmetic. It is not acceptable to have our future leaders staying in squalid hostels not fit for animals all in the name of boarding schools. It is not acceptable for the schools to lack laboratory equipment, to lack access to computers and Internet in the 21st century. We can no longer accept a syllabus that was written in the 80s. Get out of here with that nonsense. We can no longer accept a mindset that Maths and English are the only subjects worth learning. We can no longer accept harassment of students in Universities, crowded lecture halls and poor hostel living conditions. We can no longer accept a youth service that sometimes turns into a death sentence for those serving their country. We cannot accept a youth service that doesn’t lead to jobs for members. We will not accept a youth service where the corpers are not paid a living wage
It is imperative that the issue of unemployment be tackled. We as a people will no longer accept a job selection process that is not completely transparent and merit based. We will only accept equal opportunity recruitment process without regard to gender, tribe, ethnic group, religion and co. Any hint of discrimination will be met with swift action against any accused company. We will no longer accept taking an expatriate to copy and paste documents from one folder to another when you have so many computer literate youths looking for jobs, we will no longer accept a country where a graduate is treated as a sub-human just because he/she is looking for a job. We will not accept selling our country to foreign interests who do not adequately give back to the community. We will hold them to the same standards that they hold Nigerians to in their countries. Our country will not kiss the ass of any multinational, if they don’t like it they can leave.
We will no longer accept that our country will experience power outages. We are determined that every power outage must be accompanied by a cogent reason pending the time when full and consistent power coverage is given to the country. If there is going to be fuel scarcity in any part of the country, the people there demand their right to know and plan accordingly. Lack of water supply is a thing of the past. We will not accept anything but a drive to reform the health sector and make primary healthcare available to all areas of the country, including the rural areas. We will not accept any situation where basic services are not rendered to citizens.
We will not accept a country without adequate security. We will not accept the fact that a robustly sized police and security force cannot protect the lives and properties of its citizens. We will not accept poor intelligence gathering, we will not accept bomb blasts, armed robbery and kidnapping as part of the national norm. We absolutely denounce any security personnel that engages in any practice that is harmful to the citizenry, be it bribery, selling of arms to thieves and so on.
We will not accept bigotry in any form. We denounce any priest, pastor, bishop, evangelist, imam, uztaz, mallam, babalawo etc who incites people to violence and preaches anything but love and peace amongst neighbours. We condemn them as agents of the devil, Iblis or whatever name he goes by these days. We will not condone the stealing of public funds. We will not be responsible if your hands are cut o, so watch yourself.
We solemnly swear to protect the sovereignty and dignity of our country. No one has the right to interfere in our business. We will use Nigerian solutions for Nigerian problems, nothing more nothing less. We refuse to be burdened by aid with punitive conditions. We want a Nigeria where Unity, Peace and Progress reign. We want our freedom and will not hesitate to take it back by force. We are committed to a better Nigeria. We no dey play o! We go wound devil finish!