The policeman and Crowd management
Is it just me or did any other person find the performance by our able policemen a tad impressive? Aside of course for the trigger happy policeman who unfortunately took the life of a young kid but was fed with his own poison. The police wowed their critics by managing to keep the throng at Ojota safe and out of trouble and in place, successfully bringing about a ‘peaceful protest’.
The Concert Protest
On Monday the 9th of January, NLC declared a nation-wide strike following the removal of fuel subsidy and the ridiculous increment in commodities. The youths in their numbers took to the street to protest, with the slogan #OccupyNigeria, aiming to persuade the government to reconsider their actions.
The first day went as planned, peaceful and voices heard. The second day was fairly good as well with an additional masses turnout to the previous crowd. The third day was when the whole wahala started. Like the saying goes, too much of everything isn’t good. In this case, I don’t know which was too much, either ways, it wasn’t a protest anymore. It became a peace concert.
Campaign musicians and Publicity Stunts
With the perfect location and the perfect crowd, the radar beeped at the heroes houses, alerting them of a possible publicity attraction that will better their various artistes. And so they set out. Venue: Gani Fawehinmi Park, Their aim, absolutely nothing to do with that of the protest. Artistes that had gone into extinction crawled out of their caves, to find recognition again; turning the protest into a joke. Obesere? You gotta be kidding me. And how does Skuki’s singing about ‘Bangers and Champagne’ change the corrupt Nigerian System? Did Seun Kuti just realise his father left an advocacy legacy behind and after all these years decide to take it up or was it just a coy to get the throng to the shrine at the end?
As if that wasn’t enough, Dbanj who supposedly sang the praises of President Jonathan during his Campaign trail, publicly denied him (maybe 3 times like Peter did) and still had the effrontery to turn up at the concert, scratch that, protest but not without a fight as Eedris Abdulkarem, who also came to revive his comatose state musical career, attacked him evenly. Who won’t vex? After all the money mschew. Nigerians needed a ‘Scapegoat’ to vent their anger and frustrations as always, but this time, Dbanj offered himself as one. What are the lyrics to that song of his again?
Pastoral Political Ambition (PPA)
Needless to say that the sudden interest and diversion from the spiritual calling to politics has indeed become a trend in Nigeria; Starting with Okotie who singlehandedly divided the red sea for the rest to follow. Now Pastor Tunde Bakare, still fuming over his loss at the last election saw a great opportunity to fuel his political ambition once again and took it, turning the angry youth more against their leader and unto him instead. I do not stand to judge as some claimed that as a spiritual man, he came out to represent. Na una sabi. All I’m saying is, these so called men of God, seem to take the most important passage in the bible literally, ‘You cannot serve two gods at the same time. It’s either one or the other’. I rest my case.
The wiser elderly
May I ask, o ye angry youth. It is true that this is our generation and it is our job to defend it for the sake of the next generation but alas, where are the people of the previous generation who apparently destroyed ours and why are they suddenly quiet? Are they taking heed to the saying, ‘Silence is golden and only for fools’?
We are in a democratic regime of governance. We can now exercise our human rights as citizens of Nigeria but does that involve publicly mocking the wife of the president or the President himself? All through the year, we have seen different people; media and industries ridicule the President’s soft heart and his wife’s inability to communicate in stable English. No matter what he does/did/will do, he remains the President of Nigeria and should be respected as that until your rights impeach him. This current situation gave even the less the audacity to rubbish the President and his household. Lest we forget when Donald Trump was against President Obama concerning his American Citizenship and came out publicly to oppose it, in all his statement, he didn’t fail to recognize that as at that moment til whatever happens, should he win, he remains ‘President’ Obama. But in our country, even men of God and other supposed important personalities came out to spite the president. Someone even called him a ‘goat’. What message are they passing to the youth? Those continuously calling President Jonathan ‘Soft’ though, when he, a man, decides to be ‘strong’ (especially with a nagging wife who I’m sure constantly calls his attention to the teasing of the people towards her) the people will suffer o. we have started seeing it already- subsidy removal. It will shock you that this subsidy removal is all about Patience. No man likes to see his wife been teased.
Finally, where is the Vice President? (50marks)