SARS AND SWAT as A Metaphor for A Failed Authorities: Thumbs Up For Our Visionary Nigerian Youths! -By Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN.
For many years, I had stridently beckoned on the Nigerian youths to affix a few of us patriots within the harmful Nigerian trenches, to win the center and soul of Nigeria, and take their destinies in their very own arms. Most of the rulers of at this time have tenaciously glued themselves to authorities (like aradite), both straight or not directly. They keep put in Aso Villa by means of their proxies, minions, acolytes, brokers, servants, buddies, college mates, kinsmen and kins ladies, and even kindred members of the family. A few of these sit – tight rulers had been solely of their 20s and early 30s after they had been already navy Generals, Governors, GOCs, Brigade Commanders , Ministers, Commissioners, and many others. They’ve by no means had any skilled or occupational tackle. Solely political addressses. Common Yakubu Gowon, for instance, was solely 32 years outdated when he prosecuted the three yr bloody Nigerian fraticidal civil warfare as a navy Common and Head of State. And look ahead to it : he was a mere bachelor. He solely married his spouse, Mrs Victoria Gowon, when he was already Head of State. Late Dr Matthew Mbu was minister of Labour at a mere 24 ; and Excessive Commissioner to the UK at 25!. As we speak is an age the place the youths are nonetheless struggling by means of tears, sweat, pains, pangs, blood and sorrow, to undergo 100 or 200 degree ; or merely acquire peculiar admission into our tertiary establishments.
SARS or SWAT, by no matter identify referred to as, are the identical 6 and half a dozen; the identical moinmoin, akara and beans ; the identical Hamlet and the Prince of Denmark. For your complete lifespan of this clueless and extremely propagandist authorities, I’ve been screaming on roof tops about its dangerous governance model and its irredeemably corrupt posture . I dripped oceans of ink, writing tons of articles, press releases and giving numerous lectures. I made dozens of tv and radio appearances on potential options or panacea to our nationwide malaise . I used to be ignored, barely tolerated. Some rabidly politically partisan individuals had been even unleashed on me as raving assault canine. Their social media cliques, these Prof Wole Siyinka derisiveky described as “crawling however unseen Web millipedes” (a few of them grand moms and grand fathers) , insulted any and each Nigerian that dared criticise their deity, nay, their infallible god, President Buhari. Kakaaki had been used to herald his exit from and entry into Nigeria. Plane maintained by Nigerian tax payers’ cash had been packed for months at Heathrow Airport, whereas their pilots and crew luxuriated idly in 5 star resorts. All of them patiently awaited the total restoration from well being challenges of their idol and totem of messianic redemption.The federal government, by means of its assault canine, the EFCC (the place is Magu at this time? ; the ephemerality of energy !!! ), then determined to intimidate, browbeat and overaw me. I refused to bend to their arbitrariness, whimsicality and capriciousness . I valiantly criticised, critiqued and interrogated the impunity of this authorities. I challenged uncooked energy and dared the viciousness of the federal government and its superior safety aparatchic . I knew I used to be on the best path. Thank God He has saved me protected underneath His bedspread cover, from their rampaging goons. Some authorities apologists and spokespersons got here roaring, however defensive . They mentioned the Buhari authorities was one of the best factor to have ever occurred to Nigeria. They questioned why we couldn’t see what they had been seeing. To them, there is no such thing as a starvation, desease, squalor, melancholy or melancholy within the land. These had been merely simulated by haters of Buhari and his authorities. These views had been merely peddled by corrupt politicians and ‘defenders’ of corruption. Certainly, ‘corruption was combating again’. They mentioned ‘Sai Baba’ was the messiah Nigerians have been patiently ready for. I reminded Nigerians of Buhari’s first disastrous outing between December 31, 1983 and August 27, 1985. It was certainly the locust years. It was 20 months of regrets, gnashing of enamel and mass poverty. It was an period when Nigerians had been overtly flogged on their naked buttocks within the identify of Conflict Towards Indiscipline ( WAI). It was a shameful period when Decrees 2 and 4 reigned supreme ; an period of detentions with out trial ; when fact was punished as soon as it embarrassed the imperious authorities of the day. Tunde Thompson and Nduka Irabor are nonetheless alive to relate their horrific experiences of their seering gulag days. This was the higher – forgotten days of mass scramble for unavailable important commodities ( “essenso”). Commodities, equivalent to bread, milk, sugar, tea, flour, eggs, rice, beans, palm oil, meat, vegetable oil, pepper, tomatoes, tarodo, tatashe, gasoline, kerosene and even garri, merely disappeared from Nigerian houses.
The current fawning and bootlicking Buharists and Buharideens would hear none of those historic information .They argued that the utmost dictator had modified utterly from his autocratic and totalitarian nature and had all of a sudden undergone some type of Saul – to – Paul trasfiguration, to develop into a born once more democrat. To them, Buhari would even educate Abraham Lincoln the true which means of democracy ( not Lincoln ‘ s 1863 Gettysburg Declaration). These obsequious sycophants and flatterers readily confirmed us Buhari’s newly effectively starched agbadas and babaringas, costly eye glasses and designer wristwatches and pores and skin sneakers , as indicators that he had undergone everlasting metamorphosis.
I instructed them it was by no means potential for a leopard to alter its spots, simply because it was unattainable to leap into the river with out getting moist. So, the youths had been getting agitated and drained. That they had been out of faculty for a lot of months. The Covid-19 lock – down had compounded their issues. Younger women took to prostitution, standing by the kerbs of main resorts on chilly lonely nights, on the lookout for paying ‘ prospects’, to eke out a residing with their struggling dad and mom. Most of the youths, annoyed, travelled throughout deserts and seas in search of greener pastures and perishing within the course of. Some took to web scams, turning into ‘yahoo boys’. Eye – serving anti – graft companies went after them with the ferocity of a hurricane Katrina. They had been completely happy to show these boys as a diadem of their ‘achievements’ on their so referred to as ‘warfare towards corruption ‘.
In the meantime, they had been merely pursuing butterflies whereas their home was on hearth. They conveniently turned their eyes away from the true pen robbers, the historic revisionists, the re-looters of recovered loots. They readily forgave any Nigerian politician who decamped from the opposition to their social gathering. Like Naaman the leper who dipped himself in River Jordan 7 occasions and have become cleansed of his leprosy , such thieves of our widespread patrimony turned deodorised of their lecherous and thieving sins. The despondent youths watched with amazement from the sidelines, how their future was being stolen naked – facedly, by instalments, by shameless fathers, grand fathers and nice grand fathers, whose kids had been idling away in ivy faculties overseas. They knew the day was nigh for them to reveal their fangs. That they had develop into bored with damaged guarantees, smothered hopes and serial deceptions. They all of a sudden remembered Thomas Jefferson ‘s immortal phrases : ” when governments worry the individuals, there may be liberty. When the individuals worry the federal government, there may be tyranny.. The federal authorities is our servant, not our grasp “. They turned satisfied about one other Abraham Lincoln ‘s well-known quote : “you’ll be able to idiot all of the individuals a number of the time, and a number of the individuals on a regular basis, however you can’t idiot all of the individuals on a regular basis “.
The youths really feel cheated by a authorities pushed by govt lawlessness, legislative thievery and rascality and judicial injustice, the place justice is rationed to the best bidder, particularly cash – wielding and affect – peddling political bucaneers. They turned extra satisfied that SARS killings, further judicial murders, unintentional discharges, unlawful toll – accumulating street blocks, extortions and police brutality and bestiality, would by no means cease besides they acted. They knew it was time to take cost as a mass motion that required no management that will simply compromise and promote to authorities nichodemously at night time. They couldn’t perceive why the NLC would all of a sudden capitulate after elevating hopes of mass motion by indignant Nigerians towards a compassless non – performing authorities. The youths knew they had been already on the bottom, and that he who’s already on the bottom fears no additional falling. They knew they might go under floor zero, far far under India, because the poverty capital of the world, besides they acted. They had been satisfied Nigeria doesn’t need to be the quantity 148 out of 180 most corrupt international locations on the earth, and quantity 3 in West Africa. They may not tolerate the ceaseless banditry ravaging the nation ; the elevated boko haram insurgency, heightened kidnappings, murders, armed robberies and suicides. They turned bored with joblessbess, stigmatisation as ” lazy youths”, when all they want is honest and equal alternatives to actualize their desires in a directionless and unsympathetic contraption referred to as Nigeria They knew sufficient was sufficient, as a result of their “mumu don do”. So, the Nigerian youths have been on the streets and within the trenches for practically 2 complete weeks now , and nonetheless counting, utilizing “#ENDSARS” as a metaphor and allegory of a failed, wobbling, groggy, fumbling and crumbling authorities and nation .
I commend the Nigerian youths for standing as much as their rights, with everlasting vigilance as the one value they should pay for his or her liberty (Realized Hand) . By no means once more will any authorities take the civil populace, the individuals, as a right. The persons are the true homeowners of energy. These in authorities are their servants. The canine wags the tail. The tail doesn’t wag the canine. Kudos to the Nigerian youths, as they proceed their real battle of liberation and emancipation from despotism, fascism, autocracy and absolutism. God bless the Nigerian youths. God bless Nigeria.
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