The journey to greatness is still on, the fight for social justice and equity continues, the work of redefining our democracy and its values is one that needs completion and in good time. The future awaits us, posterity beckons, children hope; the unborn expect a better life and the responsibility to uplift all in Nigeria is a huge one. Desperation sets in; sometimes it looks like the powers that be are greater than the good in the land but one must hope, do, act in the right direction that this nation might live. Threats of secession and breakup still brew from different quarters, embers of divisions are being fanned by obvious circumstances, we know the root causes of our infighting; but how willing are we to do the needful and make the tough and hard choices.
There is no doubt that we need a new kind of revolution for us to be able to reset and re-jig our systems in Nigeria. A new kind of revolution that will really touch the basic tenets of building a viable, sustainable and prosperous nation. There is no doubt that there are people who don’t desire that this happens or are responsible for the ills or are occupying leadership positions but are incapable to lead with results to show. Campaigns to restructure Nigeria have been ongoing for many years and every strategy seems to be coming out as counter-productive or falling on deaf ears.
Protests have been carried, twitter and social criticism is a daily affair, media fights on major news outlets and blogs and we still get more civic by sitting to talk and in fact bombings have also come into the picture. All these seem not to be working and we are still suffering a recession that could have been averted if we started the journey right. The killing of hundreds or people who die due to the shortcomings in our health care hardly do much in appealing to the emotions of those have the power to change things. We are pouring water on a rock by doing what simply washes away without leaving any mark indelible enough to make an impression for necessary action. The journey has become long, far and highly uncertain and hope seems to be wavering on every side. The last protest by a popular musician have come and gone and the news of it will be in our archives and history books without any follow-up action to address the grievances raised.
For how long are we going to keep doing what has never worked Nigerians? We obviously need a better, aggressive and democratic approach to save our country. No matter how bad our democratic institutions might be, some of them can still be used to achieve a better deal for country. The many approaches to give power back to the people of Nigeria have failed and rather than continue adopting same strategy, we need to change approach.
The time has come for well-meaning Nigerians who are capable in and qualified constitutionally to run for office and take the bull by the horn. Taking back power has many ways it can be done democratically, legitimately without causing any tension or rancor. If they won’t hear our cry via social media, protests and other avenues, then they will hear the voice of ballot papers in a keenly contested election.
Some people have suggested that power be taken violently by maiming all the people assumed to be holding us captive but that however is not the best approach to it. If we must violently take power then it will work well if we do it through ballots, let those who can run and have been deemed to be qualified do so without much hesitation.
Nigeria needs to be saved from the throes of bad leadership and we can do it legitimately, democratically with the full force and weight of our institutions.
The revolution must start now, 2019 is near and politics and electioneering are starting soon.