The #endSARS protest has opened a rare vista for Nigerian citizens to spill out bottled-up grievances. Grievances against injustice. Grievances against corruption. Grievances against intimidation. GRIEVANCES AGAINST THE CURRENT SYSTEM.
How long shall we be oppressed? Even in our daily lives, the evils perpetrated by the demons in government shake us. Our lives are no longer normal.
As a private teacher and a salary earner, I wake up from the 6 month slumber of COVID19 lockdown to resume work without payment of salary, only to be paid 50% of my salary a month after resumption of schools! It’s a pity, but what can my boss, the owner of a private primary school, do? After all, government did nothing to intervene on behalf of locked-down private schools.
By the way, my horrendous lockdown experience has shaken my faith in our system and as a result, I’ve three in my resignation with a three month lieu of notice. Come January 2021, I shall join the band of unemployed fathers in this country.
AND YOU SAY, NO CAUSE FOR ALARM?!! YOU WANT MAKE WE DIE OF HUNGER NI!! (Femi Kuti, No Cause For Alarm).
POLICE CAN SCATTER YOUR HEAD, I TELL YOU NOW, SCATTER YOUR HEAD O! (Femi Kuti, Scatter, Scatter).
My very, very thoughts on the #endsars, #endswat #endjagajaganonesense.
I smell a revolution. #revolution! It’s already happening. I’ve always said that we Nigerians are not yet tired of living in a zoo. Now that we are showing signs of tiredness, you can see the result – revolutionary protests. Citizens are now rising against oppression. When we are tired, we shall rise against corruption. When we are tired, we shall rise against NEPA a.k.a PHCN. When we are tired, we shall protest against the wanton rape and exploitation of our resources; our intelligence; our pride, and our future. The average Nigerian, for now, is merely bearing, we are NOT tired yet.
The last time Nigerians got tired of sh*t was before 1960 and they demanded independence from the British and they got their independence. After that, we all went to slumberdom, snoring. We are not tired of the current system. How can we be tired when some of us are beneficiaries of corruption? How can we be tired when some are benefitting from the regular power failure?How are we tired when some jokers in government still earn crazy salaries compared to the average Nigerian? Can we be tired when for the past 3 decades Nigeria has successfully held the position of 8th crude oil exporter and we can’t still get four refineries to work? Generator importers have littered our lands with broken down generating sets while are environment get smokey with noise pollution? Others are simply tolerating the hardship. But most can only rumble with muffled complaints.
Truly I say unto you, my environment has made me poorer than a church mouse. My profession as a private school teacher has turned me into a beggar. After 15 years of teaching in private school, I threw in the towel and a possibility of resigning without a kobo in compensation despite a three month in lieu of notice. I heard that my employer scoffed at my resignation saying that I’m poverty-ridden, easily forgotten, replaceable and stricken with no hope. Truth be told, I will soon join the group of Nigerians without a job opportunity with the prospect of suffering. But, whatever! I’m so tired. I threw in my resignation letter as a private teacher. Are we Nigerians ready to throw in anything in order to make the broken system work?
Nigeria, current 8th exporter of crude oil in OPEC, my foot! Libya, 23rd crude oil exporter in OPEC ranking. One Libyan dinar is 73 US cents. One naira, for godsake, is 0.26 US cents!!! DIES THIS MAKES ANY SENSE AT ALL?
Back to the #endsars protest. The protesters are persisting. They have out rightly rejected the change from SARS to SWAT. They are pressing for Police reform, release of detained protesters and also an investigation and compensation for those that have been gunned down during the protest.
Brothing beneath this layer of agitation is the true desire to upgrade the protest to a full scale revolution. A revolution for the total overhauling of Nigeria’s governmental system. But remember o, that the man on the thrown right now still adorns the toga of former coup plotter and military dictator. Fela Anikulapokuti’s mother protested against his regime. Fela himself protested against Buhari. And now the spirit of Fela is coming back to hunt the current government with a force that may shake Nigeria to its foundation. Or, maybe not. May be, when the Nigerian government decide to swat the flies with their full military might, we might cower like cowards and go back to our homes with our tails in between our legs. Time will tell.
POLICE MAN GO SLAP YOUR FACE, YOU NO GO TALK. ARMY MAN GO WHIP YOUR YANSH YOU GO DE LOOK LIKE DONKEY… CHORUS: THEM LEAVE SORROW TEARS AND BLOOD, THEM REGULAR TRADEMARK. (Fela Anikulapokuti, Sorrow, Tears and Blood)