Nigeria can be great again if God sends to us the man with much action
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When a reasonable, sensible and philosophical man speaks, no matter how long it takes, the words must come to past. I’ll forever remember the words of Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo and as long as I remember, I’ll always remind every Nigerian, the blessings and wisdoms from these words. Awolowo said and I quote him, “if masses must be free, they must stand up to the government or else, the government will never stop oppressing them”. No wonder he was tagged “The Opposition Leader”.
Going through events in Africa and Nigeria, one can easily deduced that this man was a great philosopher, a finder and a great researcher into the future. In Ghana, John Jerry Rawlings stood up against the corrupt military government in 1979 and in 1981 against the democratic leader (President Hilla Limann) in a coup d’etat which led to the execution of some powerful Ghanaian leaders and some justice as well.
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. In South Africa, the man that stood for the country was Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who gave up his beautiful life to fight against the oppression of the power-drunk people in the country. He was sentenced for 25 years and his endeavour led to the Apartheid state in the country. He was a public figure and highly regarded as one of the African best leaders.
Moreover, there is like of Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, Patrice Lumumba of Congo, Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya, Kenneth Kaunda of Gambia, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, and occasionally the diasporan Pan-Africanists W. E. B. Du Bois and Marcus Garvey.
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. All these people stood up to something and they made history with their lives. In Nigeria, we had the like of General Muhammed Rahmat Muritala who ruled for about six months before he was assassinated by late Gen. Buka Suka Dimka and the like of President Umar Musa Yar’Adua who led Nigeria gloriously between 2007 and 2010 before he was inherited by his deputy, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on the 6th of May, 2010 who complete the tenure till 2011 before he secured another presidential slot in 2011 that saw him till 2015.
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. In the past, the like of Babatunde "Tunde" Abdulbaki Idiagbon (14 September 1943 – 24 March 1999) was a Nigerian Army major general who served as chief of staff at Supreme Headquarters (de facto vice president) under the military regime of Major General Muhammadu Buhari from 1983 to 1985. This general was moved by the way Nigeria is being governed by corrupt people and he made it openly that if Nigeria is going to be great, powerful people including himself must be executed as it happened in Ghana and in some African countries. This led to his sudden dead by the power-drunk people who are desperate to enrich their pockets at all cost.
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. The like of the late MKO (Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola) who ran for the presidency in 1993, for which the election results were annulled by the preceding military president Ibrahim Babangida because of allegations that they were corrupt and unfair. The man who stood up for Nigeria during hard time but the corrupt people of them ended his life and gave Nigeria another face.
Ever since the death of MKO Abiola on 7th July, 1998 along with others that tried to gave Nigeria liberation; the like of Ken Saro Wiwa, Kudirat Abiola, Yar’Adua Shehu Musa among others, Nigerians has been put in an unfavourable situation to fight for freedom. Instead of fighting for freedom, most Nigerians would prefer being corrupt than standing up for a country that has seen the death of many good people. This is a major reason why Nigeria demanded for Democracy, which was safely delivered in 1999 by the then General Abdulsalam to the democratic general, Olusegun Obasanjo who was brought from prison to president (like Nelson Mandela of South Africa).
It’s quite unfortunate that Nigerians can no longer stand on their feet and demand for their freedom despite the alleged democratic system in operation. The country keeps coming to its worst from day-in-day-out. The government of Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 promised to fight corruption and Nigerians were taken for granted when it has been reported that the government is not fighting corruption but instead, the corruption is fighting back.
Well, I’m not clamouring for bloody revolution but my belief is, with these people dominating our government, there is no single way the voices of the voiceless can be heard when all they could do is to hide under weak democratic laws, which can be altered at any point in time to suit their corrupt life. A law like the one we have in the country led people like Atiku Abubakar, Bukola Saraki among others to a contest in the seat at the Aso Rock. What a shame!
When Nigerians wake up, we can have our country hijacked from the hijackers who had taken the pride of the country and paddled the ship of the country to a no man’s land.
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