By Azeenarh Mohammed (@xeenarh)
(Closeted optimist, provocative writer)
In the past 2weeks, Nigerians have witnessed an unprecedented show of stupidity & cowardly determination by their president. While the citizens protested in droves, President Goodluck Jonathan flew to South Africa for the ANC 100 years celebration.
While people marched on the streets standing united against his inhumane policy, he permitted ‘security forces’ to proceed with live ammunition against people who only held placards.
While peaceful protesters slept at night in Kano & Abuja, he deployed soldiers to attack & maim them again and again.
When 500 peaceful protesters converged on the streets of abuja, he sent 2,000+ police men to come over & ‘invite the leaders to the station’.
When NLC & TUC went over for the meeting on Saturday, the President, the Vice President & the entire cabinet couldn’t be bothered to show up.
In his farce of a broadcast this morning, not even a word for those who lost their lives in the past 2 weeks. Coward, coward, coward!
But the good thing is, we all saw this coming and we prepared for it. Whenever there is an increase on the price of petrol, labour grumbles but then they make secret deals and reach a compromise. This was the reason #occupynigeria was birthed. I remember seeing this on twitter and facebook on 6th January 2012: “When and IF labour sells out, #occupynigeria will be here to fight for us”.
So crunch time is here. This is the moment we all must decide for ourselves. Will you continue to stand up for what is right or are you ready to give up? I don’t know IF the NLC and TUC speak for you but I know that I speak for myself and NOTHING but N65 or lower will get me off the street.
Now is the time for you my fellow Nigerians to show a bit more courage. If government can revert to N97 because you took to the streets and stood up for your rights, you had all better show more strength & resilience and keep marching until N65 or less is achieved. I urge you all to continue as we have started. Peacefully conducting ourselves in protest and urging the government to return Petrol price to the status quo of N65 per litre.
Let me urge u all, regardless of where you are, THIS, TODAY, is your chance to take a stand. To be men and women with dignity and pride or to be men & women harassed, intimidated & abused by a dictator hiding under the guise of democracy.
The biggest question today is: Will the security forces (army, police, sss, civil defence) be human and defend tax paying & harmless Nigerians, or will they be inhumane in subduing Nigerians who disagree with the president? 17th of January 2012 will tell that tale but in the main time, please DO NOT forget that safety comes first. Carry hankercheifs, with a bit of kerosine (for your nose) and toothpaste to smear around your face (for your eyes) in case of tear gas. And at ALL TIMES, KEEP YOUR CAMERA’S ROLLING!
For those of us in Abuja, the #occupynigeria ground remains ASCON FILLING STATION, on Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent Wuse 2. See you all there from 9am.
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” JFK