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Our Nation_Protests, Or Not?

 

 

We have been inundated with opinions and counter-opinions on the planned protest against the Nigeria’s government on the economic woes facing Nigerians. As usual, discuss on this has taken a primordial twist, by proponents of either side; pulling as usual the ethnic and religious fault lines of Nigerians.

I have ignored the back and forth till now, because frankly, I am at a loss as to why this should be an issue in the first place.

For one, the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria guarantees right to gather and associate for specific purposes. There are international charters guaranteeing the same, so what is the problem? So, as long as the necessary preparations are done in line with the law, there should be absolutely why the coming protests should not hold.

For avoidance of doubt, we cannot claim to be a democracy and stymie dissents, protests or even the right to lampoon our leaders. And it is the duty of the state to guaranty the safety of lives and property during the planned protest. So, it baffles me why people are quick to condemn protests and their organizers. This government will be doing itself a disservice if it places a bar on the proposed protest march or any other one for that matter!

So what if the target of the protest is our president, Muhammadu Buhari? As American politicians are wont to say, if you cannot take the heat, stay out of the kitchen! All public office holders must be held accountable for their actions and inactions – and it is not only at election times that we should do so.

Second, I find it hypocritical for some folk to criticize president Donald Trump of the USA and egg protesters against him on, while arguing to shield another president from the protest of citizens of the nation he governs! Pure, unadulterated hypocrisy! And, with respect, such folk should be ashamed of themselves.

I even hear that supporters of the president are planning a ‘MEGA’ march in his support to counter that being planned? That is also their constitutional right, and supporters of the first protest would also be hypocritical to condemn such moves!

Nigerians should loose, once and for all, this big man syndrome that our leaders are immune from criticism. It will not happen again, not with the shenanigans of leaders past! Grin and bear it if you are the butt of jokes and derision, while in power.

I often tell my politician friends who moan about the use of social media to pummel them this: THE BEST REVENGE TO CRITICISM IS TO OUT PERFORM YOURSELF IN OFFICE!

Do that and you’d be ‘venerated’! Simple! You cannot claim the privilege of public office (lucrative one at that!) and wish your citizens to ‘leave you in peace’!

Ko le se le o!

So, for all bent on exercising their rights to freely gather and voice their opinions, which ever side of the argument you belong, WELCOME TO YOUR OPEN SEASON!

Sudoku

Body parts…

Strewn everywhere.
Wheels and spanners…

Littered all around.
Oil, all lubricants…

Stains everywhere.
The more you see …

The more is hidden.
Valleys swallow mountains…

Yet caves left all over!
Knee jerk reactions…

Everyone has an idea, none concrete!
What am I saying?

Dig Deep. I’m Cryptic!
© 19th December 2017. Adewale Adeniji

Happy 56th Imdependence Day, Nigeria!


Fellow Nigerians,
Happy Independence Day Anniversary.
I have absolutely no doubt that Nigeria go better – none whatsoever.
However, let us ponder awhile, these few truths:
1. What do we know that thrives when incessantly knocked down? I cannot see it. Even when things are not working as it should for a child, psychologists counsel parents to keep speaking positives to that child. Not knock him down, for doing so will seal her fate.
So, things currently do not seem to be where we great Nigerians want it to be for our nation, but must we CRITICIZE all and everything? Can we not discover and celebrate the positives, even when few and far between? Would we rather others trample all over us when we mess up?
2. Yes, I know and understand free speech. Yes, we all have a right to air our opinions? But do we really hold the moral high ground to be EVER critical of our nation and its leaders?
Let us ponder and ask ourselves this? Do we as citizens of Nigeria do right by our nation ALL THE TIME? Do we pay our taxes on time, and where we do, are they the fair share we ought to pay? How well do we treat our own neighbors, yes, those we are able to help; not only those living a few blocks away from us? 
How do we treat our own spouses, children and family members? If it is akin to the way we conclude our nation and its leaders treat us? If I just touched a raw nerve, let us ask this of ourselves – how should we then be treated by those around us?
3. Not making excuses for our leaders at the local, state and federal levels, but GIVEN THE MORAL STATE OF OUR NATION, would any of us fair better if entrusted with power? 
Yes? Well, how well do we treat our workers or employees, or those over whom

we have charge or supervision? Are we faithful with work time, tasks and assignments? Can we say if a truth that if we are trust into the spotlight of local government leadership (not to talk of state or federal leadership) we would fair better?
Now, all these are to show that yes, Nigeria is not where we want it to be; but is it not true that all other nations of the world we hasten to leverage in condemning ours also had developmental problems at this stage of their development? As a student of politics and governance, I know this for a fact.
My fellow Nigerians, our nation is a summation of the moral traits of its citizens and their religious and ethnic biases; and if we do not condemn our selves as its citizens for the ills that manifest even at our street or village level, we really in truth cannot condemn the whole of our small! Because Nigeria mirrors all out lives!!!
Nigeria becomes what we desire only when we become what our own microcosm desires. Unpopular but universal truth.
So, in celebrating Nigeria’s 56th independence anniversary, I choose to see the positives, Naija’s potentials. Maybe, too late for my generation, but surely possible for the generations of my children and their own children’s children.
My name is Adewale Adeniji; and I say with conviction – NIGERIA GO BETTER!!!
Care to join me?