This is a musing, a blog, or however you want to see it but it is not an article. People because they feel powerless and less human consciously and some unconsciously see those they consider as powerful as objects of ridicule. They wanna judge your every move and action. They want you to do whatever their wishes are no matter how stupid or daft. It is about this thoughtless, inconsequential lot that expect that because we care about our country and we are keeping a largely uninformed populace informed, we must just run on the streets and protest like savages and ill-educated neo-cavemen.
How do you expect me at my age and at this age and time to go and join a protest I don’t understand or haven’t been educated about? How do I join a protest that while saying it does not want a thing is not offering alternatives to the solution? How do I join a protest that I cannot pick one, just one single young Nigerian leader I can trust or call a leader? It is okay to be angry but anger that does not provide solutions is as destructive if not more destructive as its source.
I will never do anything in my life without a coherent plan and strategy. It does not mean planning will solve every problem it is just that planning is always better than the alternative which is to act on emotion and just go on a wild rampage. I support the Hunger Strike protest and I am happy it was indeed thought out because in the end I learned not a few lessons from their experience. But I will not join a cause except I know the characters of that cause. That does not make me a special breed or a unique man, it just makes me Bolaji and whoever does not like that can join my queue of haters! Needless to say I do not listen to attention seekers who say we only tweet and not act. I do not because I excuse their assertions on the fact that they are still blind and you do not judge a blind man for not seeing. I will not come here to start saying the things our articles and tweets have come to achieve in Nigeria because the things we will still achieve are nothing compared to what we have. Any man who has the smallest of brains knows that social media despite not being as revolutionary as the Arab Spring has done a lot in helping Nigerians engage their government.
Imagine the irony of a fool that tweets “Don’t just tweet. Do something!!! Act!!!!!!”? You’d wonder why that person is tweeting when he says to you to act. He wants you to act by tweeting but he does not want you to get people to act by tweeting. This is the country we’ve found ourselves, a country where those on whose side you are fighting are in fact the greatest threat to your success in the quest to get a better deal from the governments of the day. People who have the faintest idea of trends and their processes know that the next inevitable stage of social media activism is offline. We will have to eventually go to the streets and the hinterlands. It is only ironic and painful that the same morons who have been complaining about “action” will never be found when push comes to shove.
I have stated my position on #OccupyNigeria and the process is gathering traction. What we are planning and what we want to see is not something that gets done in two weeks or even four. How many of you who even claim to support it have opted to give of your money or promised your other forms of resources? Do you think #OccupyNigeria is a day protest? Do you even think it’s a week occupation? Do you realise we will be providing food and mosquito nets? Do you realise we will be making T-shirts? Do you realise how much we have spent on communication even now? Do you know how much it costs to travel to reach out to people physically?
I will say again and for the last time, if you want to help this cause email [email protected] and support the project. If you continue to knock it publicly without offering ways of improving things, I’ll tomorrow point you out as a member of the National Distraction Commission set up to be a cog in the wheel of the people’s drive to achieve their rights and expectations in what is supposed to be a democracy but has turned into a dance macabre by a ruler brought to power by the people’s insistence on the rule of law as the Save Nigeria Group and EnoughIsEnough Nigeria vehemently campaigned to have him installed as effectively president whom today sent out his army to stop the same civic right that brought him to power.
In closing…this is not a democracy! Do not see it as one because it is not one. We need a disruption of the system as it is for this country to work. This fake democracy Laws are nothing but stains on paper, the people have become nothing but goods that must be done away with. I do not preach violence but dear Lord you know what to do when the people are helpless… Nigerians are in prisons serving 10 years and going without any trials whatsoever, they have been forgotten in their abject poverty and when one of them finally rose to power he became a mad man. At times like these, you do not have the liberty of the middle ground or sitting on the fence – you’ll have a worse fall than Humpty Dumpty. It is time to take a stand for the people of Nigeria and fight with every mean legal this agent of destruction of our livelihood. As far the subsidy issue goes, we will not be able to adjust as usual if we allow them remove it, we will all become poor men. It will be far worse that post 1985 Nigeria when everything just changed for the worse. Yes, we will all die in the long run but if subsidy is allowed, forget the long run, it is a short walk to death in this case.
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