WHY NIGERIA NEEDS A REVOLUTION By Daniel Levison

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“A great revolution is never the fault of the people, but of the government”, (John W. Geothe & Peter. E., 1836).

Nigerian is a sovereign country located in West Africa, referred to as the Giant of Africa, blessed with abundant natural and human resources, which accounts for an estimated 206 million inhabitants as of late 2019, and unarguably the economy in Africa and is the World’s 24th largest economy. Yet over 41% of her population live below the poverty line, periled with hunger and starvation, banditry, corruption, lawlessness, uneven distribution of resources, and mass killings of innocent and unarmed individuals by criminals and sometimes state agents. The masses can barely afford a square meal, while few loot the treasury and call it palliative, and when probed they give us a show to laugh about.

The pump price of petroleum increases sporadically from N22 in June 2000 to N87 in 2015 and now N151.56 per liter in 2020, while we pride ourselves as the 13th largest oil-producing country in the world, still yet we export petroleum from other countries. Hence, Nigeria is like a country producing cassava but importing garri. We suffer a paralytic power supply and pay more than expected for the little we get, a deliberate policy to kill small and medium scale enterprises.

Nigerians get killed daily and nothing or too little is often done by the government to curb this heinous act of well-planned and purposeful homicide, rather the government continuous to host, throw ceremonies with beautiful fabrics, and reintegrate the so-called perpetrators of these killings (Boko Haram) into the society. Sabotage of the system is thus put in place, while the victims of these crimes (children, women, men) affected are not being taken proper care of by the government, and as such hundreds of thousands of children in North-East Nigeria are living in the shadows of conflict, malnutrition, lack of basic services and are exposed to violence, exploitation, abuse, and trafficking according to the UNICEF report 2020. I therefore ask: who is supposed to be reintegrated? the victims or the murderers?

The youths face brutality from those who are supposed to protect their interest; extortion has become the order of the day when he or she stands tall for her constitutional rights, there either put in jail or shot or another girl child pays the prize or another woman get killed in her vehicle, then they call it accidental discharge. After several outcries by the people, nothing is done and the same acts continue to persist.

The sovereignty of our nation is being sold out to other nations in the form of loans that we can’t pay back, and these loans cannot be accounted for. Foreign debts have increased like never before, still, no infrastructure has been put in place as a panacea to end this downsliding debt trap. “Our youth who have graduated from the University roam the streets daily looking for a job with no hope in sight” (Omoyele Sowore,2019). Health care continues to deteriorate, the mortality rate increases daily, while the spouses of our leaders fly Dubai over a neck pain or to purchase luxury items. The Giant of Africa has become a laughing entity for other nations, where Nigerians are not treated with respect but are seen as evils. Now I ask what is to be done? with all these, what’s the future of the Nigerian state?

In every democratic nation, what is to be done is to vote corrupt leaders out of office, but in the case of Nigeria, a few has held the country hostage: a greater number of the electorate’s mindset of what good governance should be has been greatly suppressed due to hunger, lack of basic and proper education, they would prefer instead to sell their votes to ill-meaning politicians and godfathers whose intentions is to drain the nation’s treasury, create division and unrest amongst the different ethnic group in other to actualize their plans. Another alternative is to have the electorates pick someone they feel is the lesser evil. We can’t jump out of this oblivion so easily, because these are the threads the government uses to create more deliberate and suppressive policies. This in turn creates ignorance, and ignorance is what sustains poverty and mental slavery in the country, so the vicious cycle continues.

Hence, here is the essence of the call for a revolution in Nigeria. When we say revolution, people often get scared and frightened. Revolution in this term is not war or mutiny, it is a cry against suppressive laws and policies because “an unjust law is no law at all” ( St. Augustine), therefore an unjust government is no government at all. A change is needed, revolution is a turnaround, a turn around from unjust laws, a turn around from a government who has no respect for the rule of law, a turn around from a government who sit back and do nothing why its people are being murdered, a government who are religious but fail to listen to the voice of the people, knowing that the voice of the people is the voice of God.

Revolution is to raise human consciousness through positive vibrations, in other to emancipate the people from mental, economic, and social slavery. Revolution to the world is not a new thing, neither is it a fallacy, it is not a hypothesis to be tested, but a purposeful revolution would lead to a major change in our economic, cultural, educational, and political institutions compacting overwhelming autocratic, plutocratic and kakistocratic government.

A similar example is the 2011 Egyptian revolution which brought down the regime of President Hosni Mubarak. He stepped down after 18 days of peaceful demonstrations. On 13th April 2011, he stood trial on allegations of corruption, abuse of power, and also negligence of failing to halt the killings of peaceful protesters during the revolution.

The biggest obstacle to all revolution is usually this statement: Be patient, bad days will pass and good days will come. This is just a ridiculous statement. Revolution is a call for the arms of government and citizens to stand twice as tall to their respective obligations and ensure a check and balance of power.” Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends than that good man should look on and do nothing” (John S.Mill, 1867). RevolutionNow!

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