“Mankind is notoriously too dense to read the signs
that God sends them from time to time.
We require drums to be beaten into our ears,
before we would wake from our trance and
hear the warning…” — Mahatma Gandhi
Well, there has never been a louder gong than the one being sounded in our ears right now. Our country is in a sorry state, just when you feel there is no where lower we can sink to, another absurd low is reached by the Nigerian government. Resources are scarce, and the little that is meant for 150 million Nigerians is being squandered away by a few privileged individuals on their wild lifestyles, kids and mistresses. Our options are TWO and very clear: We can either fight them now when there is something to fight for, or wait to fight one another when there is nothing left to fight for.
“Most of us were taught that when someone slaps you, you should turn the other cheek. This is not always the best course of action. There is a time to submit to being slapped and there is a time to hit back twice so you will not be slapped again.” Chin-Ning Chu
Now we have already been slapped once in January 2012 but the question is, will we allow ourselves to be slapped again, or will be slap them back to avoid all future slaps?
A lot of people believed in January that the removal of subsidy was a good move for ordinary Nigerians. They swallowed the lie hook line and sinker and frankly, I don’t blame them. Goodluck Jonathan, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Diezani Alison-Madueke and their cohorts carried out an expensive campaign on TV, Radio and Newspapers all over the country preaching the removal of subsidy as the answer to all Nigeria’s problems. They promised fixed refineries, working hospitals, good roads, brand new trains, better schools, abundant petrol products, they went all out with their new Nigeria without subsidy. Well Nigerians have had 11months to see the good that the subsidy removal has brought and we have been unable to see ONE. There is a popular saying: fool me once, shame on you: fool me twice, shame on me!
What hurts is that every time we buy petrol at the new ridiculously high price, the government made money to buy bigger cars, fuel them with our tax money to increase their convoy and push us off the road with their police and their sirens. Well enough is enough, we will take it no more!
We are tired of a nation where nothing works and all we hear are excuses as to why things haven’t changed. The legislators are sitting fat and passing worthless bills, the executives are clueless except in devising of new ways to rob the nation blind while sowing seeds of discord, and the Judiciary is on a string being controlled like the puppets that they are.
On the other hand, for the past 11months, an army of angry Nigerians have been spewing and planning on what to do when the opportunity presents itself again. We are like sharks who tasted blood and we are anxious for another taste. We will not continue to look while you feed fat on the suffering of the people while turning a blind eye to their agonies: we have heard of your plans to remove the ‘subsidy’ again and we are ready for you. There is a popular Chinese maxim: “A nation may support its troops for thousands of years to prepare for the few moments when they will be needed.” This is an advice to the government to rethink this plan again.
We were gentle once, we will not be any more. We will fight as dirty as we need to because we are fighting for our very existence. This is a warning shot…the gongs have been sounded, the troops are waiting for a chance to pounce! Do not give a restless generation of people a chance to act out their greatest fantasy: wrestle power from your dying arms.
“Contrary to common understanding, a good man’s actions are not always gentle. They may be ruthless, cold, and dispassionate.” Chin-Ning Chu