Wanted: Patriotic Leaders for the Nigerian Revolution By Qansy Salako

By Qansy Salako

Like the rain-laden monsoon wind, the ongoing protests in Nigeria over removal of the so-called fuel subsidy certainly forebode an uncertain future, particularly for many in our unscrupulous political class. Anyone from this class who may still be thinking that the current scam democracy we are running will survive for long is in grand delusion.

Such a honorable may as well believe that the emerging modern history of Syria will end in Assad's favor. History usually doesn't write itself in favor of despots or insanely corrupt politicians. A country with annual economic growth of 7% but correspondingly poorer citizens like ours, cannot be expected to survive for long.

The spontaneity of the Occupy Nigeria revolts is a sign that the current Nigeria merely exists in a bubble.

Until it busts, the bubble will only be bobbing about precariously. Unless something gives.

That thing is the inevitable change that Nigeria beckons with its brand of irresponsible governance, year after year.

Nigeria would most likely hatch into modernity via any or a combination of the following three paths.

1. Occupy Nigeria Protests
Given the instantaneous eruption of the social insurrection, one would have expected that Nigerians would expend their pent up anger in streets of inferno razing down homes and properties of known corrupt leaders. Despite involving thousands of revolting citizens however, the protests have been
surprisingly peaceful though, as expected, police have killed and maimed dozens of protesters and would most likely kill more before the cock crows on a new day over Nigeria.

As is the standard response of the Nigerian government to social discontent, government has begun militarizing the cities by spitting out more kill-and-go soldiers to the streets than are protesters.

But it is not about some phantom subsidy stupid, it is about reckless looting of the Nigerian state.

It will not work, for monkeys to be doing the plowing and a few crazy baboons to be pillaging the harvests.

By these Occupy Nigeria protests, all in the decadent political class are on notice. The days of expensive democracy that brings no development to the people are treacherously numbered.

Government may deploy all means of repressions in its arsenal to intimidate, quell or kill its citizens out of the many freedom squares in the country till Babangida comes back to power, as long as kleptomaniac democracy rules, citizen anger will reign in the open. Repression will only be as effective as a bandage over an open wound. Anytime a typical mindless government expenditure or policy breaks, peoples' fury will flare. When 30% of national revenue is shared in an official con game that plays export/import abracadabra with our crude oil and up to 50% revenue is spent on recurrent expenditure, no one should expect any meaningful development for either the country or its citizens. Nor should anyone expect that Nigeria will remain a safe haven for looters and wreckers of our collective heritage.

Nigeria, welcome to your future.  The child who forbids sleep for his mother will himself not sleep with both eyes shut.

The government of Nigeria has murdered sleep of its citizens and everyone is fully awake now.

Regardless of how the current batch of protests ends, the Occupy Nigeria uprising has begun a new era in the history of Nigeria.

It will continue in some fashion for a very long time to come.

Like eating the elephant, this new era of alternative followership will dismantle the existing culture of rot in our society, bit by bit.

2. Violent Revolution
Those who make peaceful change impossible, will make violent change inevitable.

It's either Occupy Nigeria breaks the egg and the chick hatches or a fire breathing dragon breaks the coconut and the water spills.

Going by how dirt poor majority of Nigeria's 160 million population are, Nigeria is not a rich country.

It cannot afford the kind of democratic system on which it is being forced to run.

The country cannot afford a yearly presidency office budget of about N7.2 billion for overhead (or N20 million per day), N724 million for local travels (or N2 million per day, including weekends), N951 million for international travel (or N3 million per day), N1 billion for food (or N2.5 million per day).

This gargantuan waste of public funds may be possible in other countries, it is not and cannot be sustainable in poor Nigeria.

Nigeria is making revenues in millions of US dollars every day.

But senseless waste is the real reason Nigeria is broke, not because of some fuel subsidy.

It is the reason money is not available for development of the people and the nation.

It is the reason millions of Nigerians are forsakenly ignorant and mercilessly poor, toiling endlessly daily under the colossal feet of selfish and uncaring successive leaderships.

Over time, violent rebellion will be unavoidable. There are already two potential war fronts to ignite this - Delta militia and Boko Haram.  Never mind the absurd western-book-is-bad nonsense philosophy of the latter, lack of development for the peoples of Nigeria is the root cause of newly
emerging warring groups.

While most in the political class of the country are busy bleeding the country to the bones, new bellicose groupings will be forming in the back streets of forgotten country sides. As vagabond politicians take their loot out of Nigeria to buy cynosure properties in the main streets of Dubai,
London and America, newly formed local insurgents will take their discontent into the abandoned alleys of our inner cities. In the end, there would be more belligerent citizen groups than our crude and under-developed military will be able to fight. And the bubble will bust.

All bets will be off and there will be no predicting which former honorable will be able to keep their ill-gotten wealth or fame.

3. Revolution by Patriotic Leaders
If we could find just one president who could die for Nigeria, perhaps getting the nation out of the woods might be rapid and less traumatic, and millions may live.

I have always viewed the depth of our rot so low as to require a war similar to the one Colombia waged to extricate itself from the grips of local cocaine power blocs back in the 80s. During that period, Colombia lost a series of newly elected political leaders (presidents, judges, governors, etc) who came in determined to retrieve the stranglehold of the drug cabals on their nation state. Italy did something similar losing a series of high judges who dared preside over the trials of fearful mafia clans.

Just a few good men/women. They confronted their national demons, saved their countries and emancipated their people.

This is exactly what Nigeria needs at this time.

Government system in Nigeria is currently looking every bit like an organized crime syndicate.

The things that ail Nigeria are past empty and dopey speeches or promises by leadership in our highest offices who are simply members of the Costa Nostra elite gang. Impunity is the order of the day.

Any honorable can commit any crime against the state and get away with it.

Politicians or public servants who loot blatantly hardly ever get dispossessed, jailed or even lose their national merit award.

Killers among them sometimes even stand for and win elections from behind bars.

The system has the most odious judiciary in cahoots; nobody is looking after the polity.

The citizens are utterly abandoned to grope through their lives without electricity, jobs, housing, water, medicine or food.

We have many in the leadership crop of the country who are plainly enemies of the Nigerian state. They started from nothing but dubiously ended up with our common-law properties and funds in their possession. Arrogantly, these exist above the law of the land and are mightily untouchable. They have infinite resources and would do anything and everything to prevent Nigeria from benefitting the largest number of Nigerians.

We need a few good leaders who would fight all opportunist cabals and
recover Nigeria for the larger good. Any candidate seeking election into our highest office at this point in our 51-year history ought to know that he could die on the job if he wanted to do the right things for the citizens who elect him/her.

We don't have the time anymore for presidents, VPs, governors, senate presidents, house speakers, LG chairpersons and collaborating high civil servants who would yell at us in speeches, bare their teeth in policies and in the end simply pat our problems on the head and leave us worse off than they met us.

We need a president who could hit the ground running, knowing exactly what to do.

We don't need a president who wants to solve all of our problems in four years, that would be both dumb and unrealistic.

Our number one priority is corruption. It is the most debilitating of all our national woes.

We need a president who could wage a relentless and intolerant war against corruption.

Chase bastard Nigerians and their collaborators who are stealing and carting away our collective resources anywhere they may be found, on land and on the sea. Repatriate back our properties and subject them to the full extent of the law that is administered by a new reorganized judiciary. We need legislatures who will remember and look after downtrodden citizens who queue up as early as 5:30AM after Fajr prayers to vote at polling stations that don't open until 10AM, sometimes at noon, maybe even 4PM. We need leaders who would defend with their last breath, the territorial integrity of Nigeria and not compromise the security of our suzerainty over sleazy Chinese business dealings or wicked policies that pander obsequiously to the whims of international financial organizations. We need a leader(s) from any one or all tiers of our government structure who would champion a truly remarkable change in our lives and be ready to die in the process, if need be.

This is what we need at this time. Anyone seeking political powers over us should know and beware that leadership positions in Nigeria are now high risk positions. We don't need EFCC smokescreens, detestable attorney generals or incompetent alien national security chiefs. We need a leader or
leaders who are fearless of cabals, fearful of God and tenderhearted to the plight of Nigerians and their right to our common inheritance.

Moving forward, anyone who seeks the highest offices in our local governments, states, judiciary, legislative and executive arms of government, must seriously ask themselves if they are ready to die on the job.

If you cannot answer in the affirmative, then you are not fit for the job. Move on with your life, leave us alone.

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My dear Shams,I am moved by

My dear Shams,I am moved by what you said about me but you did not state whether you are one of my devotees called Premie, somebody who has received my Divine Knowledge. I am only the Savior who has come to save the world from Nigeria and so my duty is to make sure that there are Divine Governments and correct leaders on ground to ensure that all citizens of the world enjoy equality, justice and freedom and the capacity to tap from the endless grace of the Creator direct within you without reading the scriptures which are creating self induced disasters ravaging every home in the world. Come for Divine Knowledge and I can make you a President, Governor or Chairman, Scientist, etc., to manage the economies judiciously, here or in any country in the world, in my capacity as the current Satguru Maharaj Ji, the Godman of this Age, so come on. Maharaj Jis love and blessings.

Revolution against corruption not occupy ,

What we need in Nigeria is Revolution now.Our leaders are truely enemies of the Nation.Nigerians need to arise and chase all the pot-belly politician we have out of the country.For nigeria to be great, blood must be shed.History tells us how the french revolution brought changes to the people of that Nation.The word gullitine come to being as a result of this revolution.
Thomas paines once said"there never did,there never will, and there never can exist,a parliament or any description of men in any country,possessed of the power or right of binding and controlling posterity to the end of time" Enough is enough,50 years after independence Nigeria is worst than before.No social security,no electricity,good road we don´t have, portable water we lack,justice only for the rich and politicians.
If we don´t rise up and revolt against our leader,they we keep on taking us for granted.Nigerians need a real dead in wood revolution.I belief we can, yes we can.

You are right my people. We

You are right my people. We must not miss this chance to eradicate corruption. My heart bleeds for my mother land, who will lead this people to freedom? Our land is flowing with milk and honey but when will all the giants in the land (the 2%) be eradicated?
As our anthem says " the labor of our hero past shall never be in vain" can that be said to be true today?
So help us GOD!

Revolution would never happen

Revolution would never happen in Nigeria.Why? Because every Nigerian is one way or another a victim of his own corrupt tendencies Forget the 5-day charade of last week!! You said really? Yes really. What will happen is this class society where the 1% will continue to be rich and the rest will continue to HOPE that their TURN will come someday. Listen to what GEJ has got to say about that ‘If I can make it, you too can make it’. And that was the slogan foolish Nigerians bought into and ‘voted’ for him - a man without shoes few yrs ago, can now wear PRADA and GUCCI and stamp his legs on fellow citizens – it is the Naija way!! Useless country inhabited by foolish people!!

Satguru Maharaj Ji is the

Satguru Maharaj Ji is the true leader to trust and entrust, the rest leaders are all fingered here and there.Vote for Satguru when GEJ leaves in 2015 or 2019. Congrats for the right divine choice.

Satguru Maharaj Ji is the

Satguru Maharaj Ji is the true leader to trust and entrust, the rest leaders are all fingered here and there.Vote for Satguru when GEJ leaves in 2015 or 2019. Congrats for the right divine choice.

Wanted: Patriotic Leaders for the Nigerian Revolution By Qansy S

Satguru Maharaj Ji is the true leader to trust and entrust, the rest leaders are all fingered here and there.Vote for Satguru when GEJ leaves in 2015 or 2019. Congrats for the right divine choice.

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D only person who can bail us out is Buhari. His integrity is still intact. I could remember vividly that b4 d last election OBJ said it himself that he has no doubt abt him moving the country forward. But d question is if he -obj knws this why didnt they give buhari d opportunity. the reason wh is simple- cos knws he -obj and his mumu followers will rot in jail once buhari gets der. We actually nid a sincere person who as been in d system b4 now and knws d system well. then while he's there we can begin to train d so call fresh air but at leat d standard will have beenput in place.
Solution- We impeach Jonathan and put buhari straight off

@Quansy, Your piece Almost brought Me To Tears

Your piece is an indictment of our democracy, political class and our beloved nation. Everything you wrote is the absolute and blunt truth regarding our current state of affairs. They have destroyed this nation to the point of almost no-return. With ethnicity, religion or any other divisive tools used by our politicians aside, many Nigerians took a blind leap of faith into the abyss by voting for GEJ in the last election over a proven product in the person of Buhari. If truly corruption is the bane of all our problems, then no one is more qualified than Buhari to embark on a thorough cleansing of all the rot in our polity.

@Quansy, Your piece Almost brought Me To Tears

The question Nigerians need to be asking is why are our politicians afraid of Buhari? Could it be because he his relentless, uncompromising, fair and ruthless when it comes to corruption? In short, the man cannot be bought, not for all the tea in China and most of us know this and our politician knows this as well and they would set Nigeria into an early grave than to give Buhari a chance to send most of them to prison. Our politicians have continuously done what is in their own best interest and as Nigerians what have we done to protect our own best interest? Nothing instead we sell out every four years to the highest bidder without regards to the implications of our blind allegiance that never benefit any one of us at the end of all the election brouhaha. Nigeria need Buhari and we need him now!

@Quansy, Your piece Almost brought Me To Tears

I personally do not care if he was ex-soldier, Hausaman, Muslim or any of those myopic arguments some folks use to justify their votes for PDP even after they have completely destroyed Nigeria. As far as I am concern there no single politician today in Nigeria’s current dispensation that has the will or credibility to tackle corruption to a stand still. They all have plenty of skeletons in their closet. That was why Tinubu and the rest of them collaborated with PDP to make sure GEJ wins by all means. It is all about protecting their own interest and necks without us in mind. Please Nigerians we can not continue to shoot ourselves in the foot and expect to walk properly it just wont happen, because at the end of the day, poverty and despair knows no ethnicity or boundary. Hopefully we learned our lesson. God bless Nigeria.

THE PROBLEM WITH NIGERIA IS

THE PROBLEM WITH NIGERIA IS NOT THE SO-CALLED OIL SUBSIDY, WHICH WE ALL KNOW IT`S A FRAUD, BECAUSE IT NEVER EXISTED. BUT CORRUPTION:i.e COST OF GOVERNANCE RIGHT FROM THE FEDERAL, STATE TO LOCAL GOVT. LEVEL, MULTIPLE MINTRIES & AGENCIES, UNLIMITED NO. OF POLITICAL APPOINTEES, FROM FEDERAL, STATE TO LOCAL GOVT. THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE COUNTRY, OF COURSE LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST THE INSANE AND CRIMINAL SALARIES AND ALLOWANCES IN ALL THE GOVERNMENT SECTORS FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL GOVT. LEVELS INCLUDING ALL THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (SENATE+HOUSE OF REPS.), STATE HOUSES OF ASSEMLIES AS WELL AS LOCAL GOVTS. COUNCILS. EVEN IN THE PRIVATE SECTORS TOO.

SPOT ON, THE LONG OVERDUE

SPOT ON, THE LONG OVERDUE REVOLUTION MUST START NOW!

SPOT ON, THE LONG OVERDUE

SPOT ON, THE LONG OVERDUE REVOLUTION MUST START NOW!

Well said, this is a defining

Well said, this is a defining moment for my beloved country & its citizens, these thugs are truely enemies of the Nigeria State. Their primary focus time & time again is to loot for themselves, families, & associates. The budget is still sending shock waves through me, the govenment think that highly of it self, they deserve to be paid for doing nothing, but not its citizens & all the while its citizen is fighting to sustain itself. When was a new structure erected on one of the country's elite universities,or when was any of the country's infrastructures improved upon? The fuel subsidy was just a trigger to finally wake us up from our long slumber. We possess all the resources to develop ourselves, w/o shady deals with the Chinese, Americans, Europeans etc. Love you all guys, lets clean house starting from present to past......

A Job Well done...

Qansy, you've said it all. The end of the corrupt, pot-bellied imbeciles who have taken this nation ransome, is near. Even the Heaven attests to it. I just can't wait for that day ''Oh! Happy Day'' when Nigeria will be ridden of corruption through a TSUNAMI that will purge the whole country.

re deception and secerecy

THE ONLY WAY OUT IS TO RISE ABOVE THE FAULT LINE OF DIVISION , RISE ABOVE WARRING MENTALITY OF HATE .SEEK FOR THE REAL TRUTH WITHOUT COMPRISE.lEARNED FROM 50 YEARS OF EXPRIENCE AND ASK YOURSELF WHAT KIND OF WORLD YOU WANT THE FUTURE GENERATION TO INHERIT .THE CHOICE IS IN OUR HAND,THE FUTURE IS FOR US TO MAKE.START TO CHANGE WITHIN AND YOU CHANGE THE OUTSIDE.WE ARE CO- CREATORS OF OUR OWN REALITY WE CAN LIBERATE OURSELF FROM PRISON BASE IDEOLOGY INTO PARADISE BASE REALITY.

re deception and secerecy

THE ONLY WAY OUT IS TO RISE ABOVE THE FAULT LINE OF DIVISION , RISE ABOVE WARRING MENTALITY OF HATE .SEEK FOR THE REAL TRUTH WITHOUT COMPRISE.lEARNED FROM 50 YEARS OF EXPRIENCE AND ASK YOURSELF WHAT KIND OF WORLD YOU WANT THE FUTURE GENERATION TO INHERIT .THE CHOICE IS IN OUR HAND,THE FUTURE IS FOR US TO MAKE.START TO CHANGE WITHIN AND YOU CHANGE THE OUTSIDE.WE ARE CO- CREATORS OF OUR OWN REALITY WE CAN LIBERATE OURSELF FROM PRISON BASE IDEOLOGY INTO PARADISE BASE REALITY.

Weak people

Nigerians are money hungry people; they are all weak. Throw some money in the air and the whole shouting will disappear into thin air. The opportunity we had for a revolution had be quashed.

Nothing else is expected, just noise making at the moment.

SALAKO, IF YOU LEAD AND DO NOT CHICKEN OUT , OTHERS WILL FOLLOW

TALK IS CHEAP, THE NLU SAGA HAS TAUGHT PEOPLE A VALUABLE LESSON ABOUT EMPTY WORDS THAT MEANS NOTHING. NIGERIANS ARE NOT READY FOR A REVOLUTION.

Well Said

This is indeed what is required. Applicants required now, submit in person. This protest will continue until the change we need manifests completely. Keep up the good work SR.

THEY ARE ONLY 2% WE ARE 98% WHAT DO YOU KNOW? EXPOSE IT

THEY ARE ONLY 2% WE ARE 98% IT CANNOT CONTINUE LIKE THIS

NOT JUST SUBSIDY! TRUE FEDERALISM AND PUNISHMENT FOR CORRUPTION

THIS CHANCE IN OUR GENERATION MUST NOT BE MISSED

THIS CHANCE TO ERADICATE CORRUPTION IN OUR GENERATION MUST NOT BE MISSED

OCCUPY NIGERIA PROTEST SHOULD CHANGE EMPHASIS FROM SUBSIDY TO ERADICATION OF CORRUPTION.

THERE SHOULD BE A COLLATION OF ALL THESE POINT BLANK CASES OF CORRUPTION FOR ALL THE PROTESTERS ON THE GROUND TO READ.

SPEAKERS AT PROTESTS SHOULD NOT WASTE TIME ON BABBLINGS BUT BE PRECISE IN DECIMATING THE EFFECTS OF THIS CORRUPT PRACTICES TO THEIR LISTENERS.

THIS CHANCE TO ERADICATE CORRUPTION IN OUR GENERATION MUST NOT BE MISSED