Monday, 22 February 2010

The Future Of Nigeria Lies In The Hands Of Nigerians: Revolution Could Be The Only Way Out Now!

The way you dress is the way you are going to be addressed. Do not expect to be addressed as a gentleman when you dress like a hooligan. Since it took about 145 million Nigerians about three months to solve the problem created by the sudden disappearance of their president, other nations would certainly not take us serious and the United States of America and the West would continue treating us like a pariah and failed state. The way you make your bed is the way you must lay on it. You don’t expect to harvest a tuber of yam when you have planted a banana or do you?

This may be a bitter pill to swallow but the simplest truth is the fact that the west especially the United States sees Nigeria at the moment as a failed state, otherwise why would the United States in particular place Nigeria alongside other quasi-failed and failed states in a list of countries whose citizens must be thoroughly searched before they could land in the United States. Other western countries have copied that too including Holland where a Nigerian man who was having a 'running stomach' and therefore frequenting the toilet was followed right inside the toilet to find out what he was doing. A shame and I frankly weep for my country Nigeria!

The fact that Nigeria made it in that list with countries like Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan and even Iraq, Iran and Sudan says a lot about how the United States and the west perceives Nigeria at the moment. All these negative perceptions simply because one man refused to relinquish his post despite the fact that his sickness has rendered him incapable of discharging out his functions as the president or even to transmit power to his vice to formally take over as the Acting President. Well the latter option was eventually forced on him when the stakeholders especially the National Assembly and the Federal Executive Council after series of political impasse, brouhaha, jingoism and of course litigations and sensing the fact that Nigerians were no more in the mood to continue tolerating their myopic stupidity decided to go ahead and formally install the Vice President, Jonathan Goodluck as the Acting President. That solved the problem partially; however by this time the harm to the image of Nigeria has been irreparably done. We threw caution to the wind and danced naked in the market place and now everybody who saw us dancing naked in the market place thinks we are mad. That is how the west sees Nigeria today; a naked mad man dancing naked in the centre of the market who must be shunned by all means to avoid embarrassing them.

From what happened before the formal installation of Goodluck as the Acting President, Nigerians should ask themselves a question. We should be able to ask ourselves if what we have today in Nigeria is democracy as practiced in sane countries or a democrazy. I am convinced that the latter is what we have today in Nigeria. The fact that it took Nigeria about three months to fill a vacuum created by its absconded president should be a reason for a revolution. Nigerians have been taken for a ride for a long time and it is obviously time for them to take these unscrupulous elements posing as politicians for a ride too. They need a lesson and the lesson is that Nigeria is not a private property just like Congo-Kinshasa was under King Leopold of Belgium during the colonial era. Nigeria belongs to everybody and that is a fact everybody must be aware of. Nobody, not even an ethnic group or any religion has a monopoly over Nigeria. It belongs to all of us and that is why we must take our future in our hands and fix it ourselves since it has become obvious that the bane of Nigeria are the Peoples Democratic Party otherwise called the PDP and some unscrupulous selfish idiots high in new wine and skunk posing as politicians.

It is a shame that those who live presently in Nigeria or who have never been able to go out of Nigeria could not understand the meaning of Nigeria at the moment. In fact, Nigeria at the moment simply means a nation without a viable government; just like Somalia. It is a shame and to complicate the already compounded problem, the UK Border and Immigration Agency just announced that it is slicing the number of Nigerians to be admitted yearly to study in the UK. The meaning is that even with your magnanimous intelligence and money, you cannot come in when the quota is exceeded. In addition to that, those coming in here on short courses would henceforth be banned from bringing their dependants. The implication is that married people may not be able to bring in their family with them if they are coming to do a short course. This is very cynical though, since it is tantamount to being a cog in the wheel of progress of the family life, a sin which is a clear contravention of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The Article 8 inter alia stated that “Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence. There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others”.

This immigration tightening for countries such as Nigeria which was just announced has been in the pipeline for several months now. The British Prime Minister Gordon Brown mooted the idea in the wake of the Detroit plane bombing attempt by a 23-year old alleged Nigerian called Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab.

Following this stringent measure tens of thousands fewer visas are expected to be granted, although the British Home Office refused to give any estimate at the moment. Already Nigerian students hoping to study in the United Kingdom are being marginalised by the Points Based System introduced about a year ago which requires students to secure 40 points to come to the UK. Applicants are given 30 for holding a course offer from a college or university, and 10 for proving they can pay the fees and support themselves while in the country. Many genuine Nigerian students cannot and can never meet these criteria unless their parents are part of the looters of the commonwealth of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The new rules will not require legislation, and are due to come into force within a short period of time. In addition, would-be students from outside the European Union will have to speak English to a level just below GCSE standard. The new level would require mastering English language as a foreign language rather than at beginners’ level as at present. Also, to protect jobs for British youngsters, students taking any course at below degree level would only be permitted to work for 10 hours a week instead of the current 20 even as those on courses lasting less than six months will not be allowed to bring dependants at all, while the dependants of students on below degree-level courses will not be allowed to work.

These reforms orchestrated by the actions of the alleged Nigerian bomber came up right in the midst of the controversy surrounding how to fill the power vacuum created by the non-resident president of Nigeria. And despite the implication of this new development on prospective Nigerian students, the senseless, selfish and clueless Federal Executive Council and the National Assembly were busy resisting every effort to have President Shehu Musa Yar'Adua either impeached, forced to resign or transfer power to his vice. Something akin to what Nero did; fiddling while Rome was burning. Oh! By the way are we sure he is still alive? Even a decent patriotic attempt made by the Information Minister, Professor Dora Akunyili to force her colleagues to act in the interest of Nigerians resulted in her being lambasted and upbraided by the National Assembly and other members of the Federal Executive Council including the clueless, brainless and skunk-filled former Nigerian Minister of Justice and Attorney General, one lunatic called Michael Aondoakaa.

Well, need I say more? It is left for Nigerians to either take their destiny into their hands since it is very obvious that those they ‘elected’ do not have the national interest in their minds. They are there to cater for themselves and their family alone and since it is this way, Nigerians should and must do something. Since Nigeria is a place where dialogue does not work, I would strongly suggest that Nigerians embark on civil disobedience to demand for a good governance which is their right; a right inherent in them as humans and given to them by God. Nigerians have this one last chance to make themselves heard loud and clear or be doomed. Opportunity comes only but once and especially for those who are up for it. Let us grab it now or never. Our children and the future generations may not forgive us if we miss the golden opportunity!

The nation must rise against the government since it is obvious that the government does not care about the nation and the people. The government is not and has never shown interest in uplifting the people and uniting the nation; an indirect carte blanche to take their destiny into their own hands and save themselves and their children from the present politics of suffering and smiling.

In a very simple parlance Nigerians are greater than the National Assembly and the Federal Executive Council combined. They must therefore come out en mass to make their intentions known. I am actually calling for revolution of the masses against the government, the proletariat against the bourgeois; a civil disobedience to protest the present state of the nation. We have been ridiculed enough and now is our chance to ridicule those responsible for the mess we found ourselves in. Nigerians deserve better than the status quo ante. They deserve quality education, good and affordable healthcare, efficient transport system, 24-hour power supply, decent and affordable housing, transparent governance and freedom to pursue happiness with no limit. It is never a privilege to have all these; it is the right of every Nigerian and the money to provide them is there. Nigerians must therefore demand for what belongs to them. A man cannot be a stranger in his father’s house!

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