Road to Nigeria’s Revolution By Seyi Olu Awofeso

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Nigeria is bogged on a fork on the road but now fumbles a choice between peace and justice.

In its 53-year history, not once has that choice been so stark, as the now blood-soaked country can’t move forward without deciding it. On December 8th last year, the country’s former Vice President, Abubakar Atiku, direly put Nigeria’s un-employment figure at 75 million people, comprising mostly youths.
Interpreted in  terms, those hard done by in Nigeria without a job and a means of livelihood therefore exceed the whole population of six (6) African countries put together, namely, Ghana, Togo, Cameroon, Senegal, Liberia and Sierra-Leone, whose combined population of 73 million, is less than the 75 million un-employed people in Nigeria alone.

As the Nigerian State rapidly loses legitimacy for this inability to consequently plan or care for its denuded populace, Nigeria’s laws are now as defiled as they are defied by the country’s growing apathetics.

Indeed, looking in from outside, there’ll hardly seem to be any law in Nigeria anymore. Pistols and revolvers are, for example, publicly sold at the Lagos beachfront on a cheap to any willing buyer who feels angry enough to want to kill or maim somebody, despite that the possession and bearing of arms is criminally prohibited in Nigeria, where paradoxically, gunshots continue to shatter the silence of each night on the Lagos mainland, before the corpses of those robbed or assassinated are later picked up for burial each morning.

“I am afraid - and you know i am an army General, “ said ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo on 27th July last year, “and when a General says he is afraid, that means the danger ahead is real and potent. The danger posed by an army of unemployed youth in Nigeria can only be imagined.  There is absence of serious, concrete, realistic, short and long term solution to youth unemployment. Nigerian youths have been patient enough. This patience will soon reach its elastic limit. Nigeria will witness a revolution soon, unless government takes urgent steps to check growing youth unemployment and poverty,” Obasanjo said.

For Nigeria to decide its choice, its government has to firstly forgo the dalliance of official thefts, such as the ₦1.2 trillion representing 25% of the national budget stolen from its federal treasury last year through counterfeited bills of lading used for oil subsidy re-imbursement claims. But so far, the evidence of that dalliance being forgone in Nigeria is not obvious. On the contrary, since January last year when mass protests forced the issue and caused a probe which later un-earthed this ₦1.2 trillion theft, no government official has been named or arraigned as criminally answerable.

A former Lagos State governor, Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu, later took a second look at Nigeria virtually un-ravelling amid such eye-watering thefts, of which he himself is strongly suspected as linchpin, and said “The situation our country is in today is both sad and unacceptable. We are like a people without a leader, a country with no trustworthy men at the helm of affairs, and a nation now lost at sea. Our leaders must commit to a better country, not tomorrow, but beginning now – today, because time is not on our side and the continued patience of the people may no longer be guaranteed.”

As it is, the country’s President, Goodluck Jonathan, is the one most Nigerians expect should resolve Nigeria’s sclerosis, but he’s rather swatted that assignment off with alibis. “I am the most criticised president in the world,” he’d recently said, ruefully, before throwing up his hands and asking if Nigeria ever had good roads, schools or hospitals before he took office on May 29th, 2011, which only got bad thereafter solely by his personal fault.

But just in case the sceptics were still heard of hearing, President Jonathan then all but declared Nigeria un-reformable in its present anomie, even if that meant eating his words for having promised the country’s transformation at his 2011 presidential campaign. “The whole of Nigeria society has failed”, President Jonathan, said deadpan last month June 15th.

“When you look at Nigeria today, we are deceiving ourselves; pastors are deceiving members, members are deceiving their pastors, husbands deceiving their wives, and the wives deceiving their husbands. Parents are deceiving their children and the children in turn deceive their parents. Soon, we would have a whole nation of people deceiving each other,” President Jonathan further intoned in a declarative tone.

The pioneer Editor of Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper, Muyiwa Adetiba, would later on put it more pointedly. “The conclusion seems to be inescapable in Nigeria that what we have as leaders in politics, business and the civil service are common thieves in high places,” Muyiwa Adetiba said. “The rot is so deep that stealing is now in the family system, in the religious system; even in friendly and social clubs. Everybody is looking for somebody else to steal from. The day our leaders decide they don’t need James Ibori’s kind of wealth or Cecilia Ibru’s kind of property acquisition, that a good name is better than material acquisition; and that leadership at the end of the day, is about people and leaving a place better than you met it, is the day Nigeria will begin a positive walk into sanity and propriety. Until then, Nigeria is just a nation of common thieves,” Muyiwa Adetiba added.

How then can a country officially declared at presidential level as characterised by deceit, implying thievery and frauds, ever start on the road and succeed at reversing its 75 million un-employment crisis to become a praline place on earth for its citizens to live in comfortably?

“Only a bloody revolution can save Nigeria,” said Professor Ben Nwabueze, in January, when he threw away his bemedalled gown as Nigeria’s foremost constitutional lawyer in favour of a physical revolution as the only solution. Corroborating Nwabueze’s renunciation of law - as the means to resolve a pandemic crisis of official thefts, if those stealing Nigeria blind are the state officials who can’t be expected to apply the laws of thefts to themselves - Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, himself a famous lawyer, said “there can never be a meaningful election for progress until a revolutionary change firstly resolves Nigeria’s theft and corruption crisis.”

Both lawyers likely saw the further futility in placing their hopes for change on the same perpetrators of government-level thefts who only coyly select their own members and dress him up in false robes as the messiah, for the duped populace to choose one, but all to the same effect of a make-believe to look like change but ending up as more of the same thing.

“We are actually overdue for a revolution!” said Kano ex-federal legislator, Dr. Junaid Mohammed. “What is wrong with us having a revolution here in Nigeria? Unless, of course, you belong to those who are stealing government money or you have something to hide. Then of course you should be afraid of revolution, because after the revolution, there is what we call revolutionary justice. They will get you, corrupt people, and shoot you. In fact, if they shoot just 500 corrupt people, Nigeria will be a much better place and God will forgive them”.

Well, perhaps so, since the capacity of the Nigerian state itself is putatively seen to be withering away, at least according to the country’s past Chief Justice, Dahiru Musdapher, who said on December 20th last year, that, “our capacity to investigate, arrest, prosecute and convict those found guilty of contravening the laws of Nigeria is evidently weak and compromised. There is no objectivity in national discourse anymore. Our slide into anarchy has assumed dangerous dimensions, beyond the capacity of our security agencies to deal with the menace effectively. Boko Haram insurgency, political violence, corruption, nepotism, tribalism, indiscipline, abductions, and kidnappings, armed robbery, murder and extortion, bombings of places of worship and of innocent Nigerians - are all indicators of a failed State,” the ex-Chief Justice of Nigeria had said.
On that point, foreign countries are agreed that the Nigerian state is withering away.

“The situation in Nigeria remains fluid and unpredictable”, said the U.S State Department on December 20th last year. “In light of the continuing violence, extremists may expand their operations beyond northern Nigeria to the country's middle and southern states. Crime is a risk throughout Nigeria. Home invasions also remain a serious threat, with armed robbers accessing even guarded compounds by scaling perimeter walls, following residents or visitors, or subduing guards to gain entry to homes or apartments. Armed robbers in Lagos have also accessed waterfront compounds by boat. U.S. citizens, as well as Nigerians and other expatriates, have been victims of armed robbery at banks and grocery stores and on airport roads during both daylight and evening hours. Law enforcement authorities usually respond slowly or not at all and provide little or no investigative support to victims,” the American government’s statement concluded.

By not thinking, Nigerian governments at all levels have slept-walked into the grips of revolutionary pressures without any easy means of escape. For once official thefts broke the bonds between the government and the people, the genie was let out of the bottle. And because theft spawns theft, the cycle of vendetta in Nigeria is bound to be un-ending as it extends to the wives and daughters of corrupt government officials, whom the people now target in vengeance for rape and ransom.

A blogger writing on the internet last year on December 30th, Paul Omoruyi, pithily described the Nigeria’s national condition today as follows: ““It is no secret now that Nigerians hate their rulers; but when Nigerian “prayer warrior” masses now start to curse and pray for the death of their rulers, then there is a crisis. There is always euphoria and jubilation whenever a member of the Nigerian “thiefocratic class” (i.e.; President, Governor, Senator, House of Rep member, Minister or local government chairman) dies. For example, when the plane of Governor Danbaba Suntai’s of Taraba State crashed, i placed a call to several friends i considered somewhat “God-fearing” and decent. The first response i got from each and every one of them is “make them all die, we are praying for the next one to die”.  Many Nigerians in recent times have so become accustomed to cursing their rulers that before you have a five-minute discussion on the state of Nigeria with them, they would have cursed the ruling class more than a hundred times. There is now justifiable but unprecedented hatred for the ruling class like never before in the history of Nigeria”.

Without a doubt, once a society degrades to this low point of organized hatred that Paul Omoruyi has described, and with guns and explosives so easy to buy and bear, nothing but revolutionary justice can push it back from the precipice of the abyss into which Nigeria is looking at the moment.
…………………………..Seyi Olu Awofeso is a Legal Practitioner in Abuja

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Seyi Olu Awofeso's dilemmatic poser

Seyi Olu Awofeso’s dilemmatic poser is most apt summation of Nigeria’s messiness today, because he phrased the choice before the country as between peace and justice – which is absolutely correct – but then cleverly left the readers to make up their own minds if the choice is best framed as either/or choice, or rather as a prioritization question on which is the more pressing need between police tear gas canisters and employment bureaux, given the 75 million un-employed people in Nigeria today.

For a non-industrial economy Nigeria has no hope of creating 75 million jobs in several decades to come, especially with two million people further joining the un-employment queue, yearly, either as graduates or as school drop-outs.

Seyi Olu Awofeso’s mastery of language in depicting this national cul-de-sac as a “fork on the road” is beyond compare, because indeed, Nigeria has arrived at a fork in the road.

Regarding “divisions”, “fault lines” and “cleavages”,

Now i know the meaning of the phrase “a people get the type of government they deserve”. According to this thoughtful essay, President Jonathan himself describes Nigerians as "deceitful and dishonest".

President Jonathan must be right. Dishonest people take no offence at being duped or robbed themselves. They will rather rationalize their own dupery as a necessity with nice-sounding terms like “divisions”, “fault lines” and “cleavages”, as if those words, as mere words, hold any chain to the legs of Nigerians. When slaves justify their slavery conditions, like this, there can be no fault with the slave master who is encouraged to continue in a state of pillage.

Thieves deserve a roguish government just as dupes deserve a do-nothing system of government. Now it is clear to anyone why Nigeria is globally assessed and declared the worst place on earth for a child to be born, because it is a huge camp of educated and self-convinced slaves.

Revolution my foot

It is very sad that a reasonable Nigerian would come out here and present his idea on tribal bases. This is no time to criticise yorubas or any tribe. I see u are still living in the past. The civil war tht occured here in naija was a necessary decisive war that finally united us s one. Be it Ojukwu, Awolowo or any other regional leader. They all had regional interest to protect and that was the binding factor that lead to a unified nigeria today. The issue of corruption in the country is a general problem that need to be address from grassroot. Not just by attacking the already corrupt leaders. Let's start by checking ourselves and weeding out the bad egge and take it all the way to the top. That's wot I call a revolution, not by killings and sheding blood. May God help us all.

Revolution

Due to d protracted ethnic cleavages in the country revolution is not likely to take place. It is not even d panacea to our direful social,political nd economic problems rather d disinteration of the country.

evil men do

can somebody tell Capt. T. Y. Danjuma that his hands are soaked in blood and that the evil he did cannot be forgotten no matter how long. a day will come when justice will be visited on him, his children and cohorts. there will never be peace for him and his likes until the blood of the innocent men women and children that died as a result of his back tabbing. Danjuma is responsible for the present state of Northern Nigereia even though he will not admit it. my brother Gowon only became his rubber stamp. Danjuma you and your children will die by your own evil!!! watch out!

REVOLUTION? IGBOS OFFERED NIGERIANS THE LEAD, THEY SPURNED IT

In 1967, Nigeria problem could have been solved when the old southeastern region broke away from Nigeria. But today we still have a Nigeria held together only by oil revenues, with cut-off mark of 2 for north cut off mark in the 130s for most southern states; with the core north which wields a very strong political influence owing to too many representatives deriving from the large number of states and local governments created in the area.
Now there is hardly any revolution that can be started in Nigeria. Because the southeast or southwest cannot start it for fear one may betray the other. Talk of revolution when kingpins of ACN are angling to return power to the corenorth that misruled the country for decades? Makes little sense.

Revolutionary pressures in Nigeria

Anyone doubting or underrating Nigerians' propensity for extreme political violence is neither a good student of history nor a discerning reader of the runes of Nigeria's overwhelming facts. Nigeria is Africa's most violent country.

Of the 54 African countries none compares with Nigeria in the regicide of the ruling class. Boko Haram is the latest strand of this long-running tradition of carefully calibrated mini-revolutions, which MEND and MASSOB, also typify.

What history teaches is that once a critical mass of the people of no more than three military battalions come into the consciousness of no hope or comfort in living by plunder or in aiding those who live by plunder, a revolution will ensue in Nigeria. Today, ammunitions already abound in Nigeria with 75 million people un-employed as a potential recruitable force. All that's left is the cause for concerted action.

Nigeria's revolution is coming soon

The counterrevolutionary idea of firstly declaring Nigeria a continent so as to infer that a revolution is impossible in the country is belied by military revolutions occurring in Nigeria since 1966. Those military revolutionaries never once considered Nigeria a continent but a country.

That those past revolutions were later betrayed by the revolutionaries themselves is not relevant to this discussion of whether or not a revolution is impossible in Nigeria.

Less than 200,000 folks stealing half Nigeria's cash assets at source and sharing 22% of indigenous oil blocs not held by foreign companies never declare Nigeria a continent too large for their concerted action at pillaging. The people who bear the brunt of it are those who consider Nigeria a continent too large for a common counter-action, which at any rate is inevitable on the facts, since Nigeria can't create 75 million jobs to attenuate these revolutionary pressures.

Revolution in Nigeria

You have said it all.
Revolution requires the involvement of fearless independent minded people that once the revolution takes off cannot stop until the goal is achieved.
It is only the Ibos who fit into this but sadly they will not do it as long as they feel that they were unjustly treated.To them, they would like Nigeria to become even worse as an example of what a country can become where injustice reigns supreme.
Solution:Reduce the cost of governance by collapsing all the states and reverting to 6 Regional governments,jettison the federal system of government where the centre has enormous powers and adopt a confederation.The Regional governments would then adopt their own grass-root structures by creating their own local governments to be funded by them. Allocation of funds to the regions should not be based on the present system where populations have been doctored but should be equal

REVOLUTION MY FOOT

@Akpos1 thanks jare, it's obvious that the writer of this rubbish article is biased. When you talk about people that started looting Nigerian treasury is the yorubas-Obasanjo, he showed the north and other people the way so if at all there will be revolution it is them the thieves in Yorubas land that be first dealt with. He is talking about revolution can he champion it, does he has the mind? Cowards. Yorubas can not fight they don't have what it takes to do that except making of noise as he is doing which is what they are best at.Don't worry very soon we will peacefully walk out of this zoo country of yours called Nigeria whether Nigeran corrupt government likes it or not. It's really unfortunate to be in the same country with you people. Our dear father Ojukwu saw all these before hand and tried to correct it your father Awolowo went and spoit the plan, you guys have not seen anything yet this is just the beginning; you have mouth to call for revolution ewu congo.

Oh, what a country!

Less than one thousand nationalists including Obafemi Awolowo, H.O Davies and Nnamdi Azikiwe proved impossible for the British colonizers to bend or compromise into abandoning the people's pursuit of freedom from oppression. There was no university in Nigeria at the time, yet they organized the people around a core value of freedom and liberty from oppression.

Today, Nigeria has about 100 universities and close to a million graduates. Yet, some Nigerians, not so much archetypal as mentally disordered, are to come to Saharareporters.com and declare themselves unable and un-willing to organize themselves around the same twin idea of liberty and freedom.

Nigerians must be the utmost wonder of the world. Education has had a reverse effect on Nigerians, for the most part, as they happily renounce any freedom from the staring thefts of the country’s 600 billion dollars by less than 200 persons who dare the remainder 160 million citizens to either put up or shut up. What a country!

@Akpos1 thanks jare, it's

@Akpos1 thanks jare, it's obvious that the writer of this rubbish article is biased. When you talk about people that started looting Nigerian treasury is the yorubas-Obasanjo, he showed the north and other people the way so if at all there will be revolution it is them the thieves in Yorubas land that be first dealt with. He is talking about revolution can he champion it, does he has the mind? Cowards. Yorubas can not fight they don't have what it takes to do that except making of noise as he is doing which is what they are best at.Don't worry very soon we will peacefully walk out of this zoo country of yours called Nigeria whether Nigeran corrupt government likes it or not. It's really unfortunate to be in the same country with you people. Our dear father Ojukwu saw all these before hand and tried to correct it your father Awolowo went and spoit the plan, you guys have not seen anything yet this is just the beginning; you have mouth to call for revolution ewu congo.

@ Seyi Olu Awofeso

Oga Seyi, I can only say good morning to you; appears that you are just waking up now from a deep slumber.

When the Tunji Braithwaites and the Olu Awofesos and other clowns from the South West are asking for a revolution to right the wrongs in this country, I wonder where they were in 1967 when the East gave them an opportunity on a platter of gold, ditto for the Akpors (aka Republic of SW/SE) and the senselessly loquacious Deris of Sahara Reporters. You guys are despicable. Except you take the initiative and go it all alone, you can forget it! Animals!!

@Otile

Dear comrade Otile, for you to recognize positivism in anyone implies that you, yourself, have much more of it in you. You are the greater one.

You are blessed. Our peoples are...from sports, entrepreneurship, academics, comedy, music, General entertainment, ingenuity, innovations, natural wealth & endowments, bravery etc the SS&SE pples are blessed. How much more we shud have gone without the laggard & traitor regions! We can't continue with the status quo. Certainly not. Something decisive MUST be done. Revolution in Continent Nigeria is NOT possible bcos continents dont revolt, only countries do. Therefore, if there will be revolution, it will only be as it was with Isaac Adaka Boro, Great Dim Ojukwu or with the April 22, 1990 "Boys". Pure & Simple. The West is not mentally ready. We know those who are. LETS DO IT.NOW!!! God bless oily SS&SE Republic.

so much venom 'nd dull

so much venom 'nd dull intellect. while ur views're legitimate, i urge u not to insult the men/women with guts enough to pen an article 'nd submit it to the public. we want ur rational thinking not ur bile. that said, there will never be a revolution in this country - we 're too divided, too afraid, too receptive, too docile, too forgetful 'nd too lazy. what'll happen however is one day, somebody or a small group of people'll get tired 'nd start killing off these incompetent leaders this nation is saddled with one by one. that's what'll happen. what do u think?

yet they ant to rule us in 9ja with APC

His name is Hon. Oyetunde Oladimeji Ojo - Member of Nigeria's House of Rep. Representing IJERO/EFON/EKITI WEST, Ekiti State.He is the son-in-law of the former governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Tinubu and married to Tinubu's daughter, Mrs. Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, the New Iyaloja of Lagos, who Tinubu just imposed on Lagos Market women after the demise of his mother.
According to the information available on the NASS website. He was Born in 1979 and enrolled for his Diploma in Journalism 9 years after he was born. That is between 1988 - 1994! That means he was 9 years when he started his Diploma in Journalism and acquired his diploma in Journalism at the age of 15 (in 1994) and at the same time between 1988 and 1994 was in Senton Secondary School! How can this be? At what age did he Go to Primary and Secondary School?

A revolution is a verb

A revolution is not an election. It does not depend on anyone voting yes or no.

It is the clash of wills of the revolutionaries versus the determination of those who wish to die for the current state of affairs. That's what a revolution means.

Those saying no to revolution in advance are just looking much for to do. Their sentimental opinion counts for nothing against the facts of Nigeria's fall. The dissents' opinion will only begin to count when they join either side; to fight and be ready to die for change or to fight and be ready to die in defence of Nigeria's wretched status quo.

Seyi Olu Awofeso is Nigeria's Philosopher-King

I see the writer of this lilting essay as a philosopher-king holding a mirror for Nigerians to look at themselves. The writer appears too sober-minded to later wish to take a poll on whether a revolution recommends itself, once the dreary facts he's presented have been understood.

Those benefitting under this theft status quo would wish it maintained but they can't speak for those others who after reading this essay, cry havoc and reach out for their cudgels and hatchets.

In my view there's no other solution to Nigeria's descent but a revolution because Nigeria has kept sinking in kleptomania and mass murder since 1999, with 600 billion dollars stolen from government offices and laundered overseas over 5,000 corpses. Only a quite insane person will argue for the continuity of these slavery facts.

...a different kind of REVOLUTION is coming

You make me proud Akpos1, you make me proud. This very comment of yours has touched my nerves. I know I am not alone. You are speaking the minds of many of us from SE SS. Blessed be the mother that gave you suck. May the Almighty in his infinite mercy protect and prosper you. I love to read from you, Oleku, Wahala, THINK2WICE,sultanofsokoto and Dan Shehu(I don't care whether he is Hausa or Fulani, I love his writing and good reasoning. Thank you all guys, keep hope alive. One day our people will be free from the shackles & manacles of our haters, parasites, & blood suckers. Long Live SE SS. Long live People of good will. God bless our President Jonathan. Death to our enemies & oppressors.

@Femi I have said umpteenth

@Femi

I have said umpteenth times on SR that no revolution in Nigeria will ever hold sway without the full participation of the Igbos. Your tribesmen called me an ethnic bigot and some made references to the civil war and how the Igbo are nonentities. I laughed at their ignorance. Don't be surprised to see them tag you an Igbo man in the guise of a Yoruba. Well, we're completely tired of Nigeria so we won't join any revolution. No more long stories, we want out from Nigeria. We want Biafra.

The fuel subsidy revolution failed as a result of non participation of the Igbos. We boycotted the show. Nigerians should know that GEJ is our man and Igbos will stand by him until the perpetual forthcoming disintegration of the country.

Revolution 101

Here are the steps for a revolution:

1. There must be a clear and non-controversial list of goals of the revolutionaries;

2. All Nigerians should simply converge at Eagle Square and spend days, months or even years there until their requests are met.

Unfortuntately, money flows freely in Nigeria. Petro-dollars is a powerful drug. The erstwhile men of honor, including the union and student leaders, have been corrupted by petro-dollars.

Look at Reuben Abati for example. Once Reuben Abati was given a piece of land in Abuja, Abati was no more.

The best we can do for now is regime change. Voting PDP out of power is a step in then right direction.

...a different kind of REVOLUTION is coming

Let freedom reign. From the oily creeks of the mangrove swamps of Warri Kingdom to the clement and mineral rich mountains of Obudu Ranch in Calabar,Let freedom reign. From the rich Benin river basins in Edo to d palm olive haven & crude oil reserves of the Abia red earth, Let freedom reign. From the great Onitsha bridge-the land flowing with oil, inventors & entrepreneurs, to the rich Royal waters of Bonny land & its priceless natural gas, let freedom reign. From the oil laden land & water of the Ogoni peoples to oil rich plains of Eket in Akwa Ibom, Let freedom reign. From Enugu coal & bitumen reserves to the tranquility of the rich oil deposits of River Ethiope. Let freedon reign.
How long more do we have to wait? Nigeria destroys our lands.
1. Norway = 4.7 million peoples
2. Austria = 8 million
But the oily SS is 37million peoples. What are we waiting for b4 we break away? Long live United SS&SE

Why did you not revolt during the 8yrs of Thief Obasanjo?

You see, when this useless writer chose to mention names, he only remembered James Ibori’s & Cecilia Ibru ...

Why did this stupid Yoruba idiot not remember Otedola, Jimoh Ibrahim, Babalakin, Adenuga, Akingbola & MKO? This is how d Yoruba carefully scheme their ways through & misinform pple. They hav been very good at it since 1960. But not anymore. I guess you heard what Dokubo said in his press conference, that, "...We will match them bullet for bullet..." --In the same vein, we will match these Scallywags frm d West, "propaganda for propaganda". Idiots. You come wit statistics of unemployment. That's ok. But what about break up? You think we do not know that there are more people in PH than the whole of Sierra Leone? Let Bayelsa be a country & check out her progress in just 3 months. This is what the writer will not tell his audience. Y do u want the SS to continue to feed the West & North? The West & North are the problem. They are complete liabilities.

REVOLUTION WILL FAIL

Revolution will fail. Look at Egypt. Now the military is threatening a take over. It is you and your family that will suffer the rampage. All the leaders will flee to Dubai, US and London.

BURY THE THOUGHT, THERE'LL NEVER BE A REVOLUTION IN NIGERIA

But for the ethnic mistrust engendered by the Nigeria-Biafra war, a revolution would have been possible. But not now, never. Of the three major tribes, the one where you find fearless, resolute and determined youths for this kind of project is the Ibo tribe – I’m not disrespecting other tribes. I am Yoruba but I have to tell it as it is. I love my people but while they can talk & boast, not much of a staying power or action-ref fuel subsidy protest. For a revolution to be successful, we need the cooperation and resoluteness of say the Yoruba and Ibo youths. But the way we treated our Ibo brothers immediately before and during the war destroyed the trust they had in us. They say once beaten 2ice shy. With the back-stabbing and mistrust feelings our brothers have of us, none of them will want to risk their lives for people they don't trust. The leaders understand this dynamics too well. That is why a revolution in Nigeria is impossible. The truth is bitter.

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