by Azeenarh Mohammed (@xeenarh)
(closeted optimist, provocative writer)
It’s the beginning of 2012 and a time to look back and reflect on the events that happened in 2011, review and reflect the things that went wrong, and adjust to make plans for the new year. It is in that spirit that I wish to bring you Jonathan’s most infamous moments. I pray it wakes all Nigerians up to the challenge before us, so that we can wake up and fight for the Nigeria of our dreams. WHY WE MUST PROTEST CLICK HERE
- A whopping N9.5billion spent on Independence Day celebrations. The government had planned to bake the biggest cake in the world but due to outrage by Nigerians, the issue was eventually discarded. We are still waiting to hear what happened to the money.
- Mend bombs eagle square and claims responsibility. Jonathan denies it on their behalf.
- Jonathan suspends Nigeria from all international football activities without prior thought or consultation, then reinstates them after FIFA threatens sanction.
- Jonathan denies zoning agreement ever existed in PDP.
- The rise of the term Umblerra-strictly speaking, this is not Jonathan’s cross to bear, but since she bears his name and he unleashed her upon us, I am going to have to stick this to him. (including my fellow widows, the senators are a children, thanking the nurses for responding to treatment, the bombers who born them, love your fellow Nigerians irrespective oof their nationalities, I would rather kill myself than commit suicide)
- Jonathan promises an airport in every state when 90% of Nigerians use road transport and the roads are in horrible condition.
- Jonathan refuses to debate except if he is allowed to see the questions before hand. After refusing another invite from the youth organized “what-about-us” debates, he instead invites Dbanj to interview him as a representative of the Youth.
- Jonathan proposes tenure elongation for the executive arm of government to 7 years. After an outcry from the public, he decides t point out that he doesn’t intend to run for presidency again. I believe we’ve all heard that lie before…
- After a suicide bomber blows up a section of the UN building, Jonathan’s reaction at the site of the blast was; “every country gets terrorists, maybe it is the time of Nigeria to get deal with terrorists.”
- Jonathan has an invitation only ‘Dinner with the President.’ Where youth were invited to come and dine with the president amidst rumours of N250 thousand shared for transportation.
- Labaran Maku the Minister for (mis)information decides to “thank Mr President, for bringing Facebook to Nigerians.”
- After a visit with Obama in the US of A, Jonathan wonders why Nigerians are criticising him, when America commends him. Probably because America does not drive these bad roads, have NEPA/PHCN to deal with, or our incompetent security, medical, emergency, & education systems.
- Non-celebration of the 51st anniversary
- Arrest and detention of Naseer El-Rufai by the SSS for writing a ‘provocative’ piece.
- The detention by SSS and seizure of (sun newspaper columnist) Okey Ndube’s passport at Murtala Mohammed airport.
- The controversial firing of Justice Ayo Salami and Jonathans hurry in replacing him.
- Travelling to Australia with 200 people under the guise of a conference, only to celebrate Patience’s birthday.
- The comedy that was called ‘National award list.’ Here Jonathan outdid himself by awarding the security chiefs who have failed the Nigerian masses, re-awarding past awardees, running out of plaques, and getting into a war of words with Nigeria’s living legend Chinua Achebe for refusing said ‘honour.’
- The invention of cassava bread.
- Blast in Niger, Yobe and Plateau states, 0n 24th and 25th of December with no reaction from Mr President. Instead he is seen on TV dancing and celebrating while the nation was in mourning and confusion. Again he tells us that bombing is something we have to get used to.
This compilation is only half way. As at this morning, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) formally announced the removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit. Simply put fuel prices jumped to N138 from N65 overnight. If you think this is bad, listen to what the president’s plan according to the budget speech.
- Toll gates will be re-introduced on federal roads (AKA death traps)
- As from July 1st 2012, Wheat flour will attract a whopping 65% levy which will bring the effective levy to 100% while the wheat grain itself will have its levy moved from 5% to 20%.
- The levy on brown rice will move from 5% to 30%, polished rice will move from 10% to 50% and by December 2012 the levy on rice will be moved from that whooping 50% to 100%. This levy effectively moves from 10% to 100% in 12 months.
This is compiled to achieve one thing in you all: Awareness. The time to talk, tweet and write is over. This is the time to act. Nigeria is a country at war (the president made that clear in his budget by allocating 1/3 to security). This is an internal war-a war of the rich against the poor and unless every single Nigerian opens his eyes to see the long battle that lies ahead, until we sit up, refuse to sit back and fold our hands, history will judge us harshly. 2012 is the year we fight for our livelihood, 2012 is the year I ask you all to take an active participation to make this a government of the people, FOR the people and by the people.
A lot of people ‘voted GEJ and not PDP’ because of religious and ethnic sentiments. Now is the time to come together for a common struggle-gay, strait, Muslims, Christian, atheists, traditionalists, PDP, CPC, ACN, ANPP, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Ohrobo, Efik, Edo, Bayelsa, will have to put their grievances aside and fight for their livelihood.
Mass protests are being organised as you read this. Will you sit in your house and watch others fight or will you be the change Nigeria needs you to be. I shall fight for my survival and that of my unborn kids. If we fight we might win, if we don’t, we have already lost. Will you march or will you be a coward? WHY WE MUST PROTEST