See me see wahala o. It all started on Sunday, January 1st (or so I think), when GEJ announced the immediate removal of the fuel subsidy – a full three months ahead of the proposed date! And so the nation was immediately thrown into an uproar (slight exaggeration, but you get the point). The Twitter crew went wild too (trust them), and my timeline is still shaking – over 72 hours later. I must confess, on Sunday I was sligtly irritated, because I thought the ranting on Twitter was business as usual – a race for who could say the wittiest things and/or get the most retweets. I logged off Twitter and willed my cyber friends to DO something.
The next day, talks about staging protests had started (you go fear quick answer to my half-hearted prayer). There have been protests in Lagos, Ibadan, Ogun, Kano and Abuja among others. I was at work on Tuesday, but I followed the Lagos protest closely on the internet. I could hardly concentrate on my work (God, please don’t let any of my bosses be reading this). Then my BB (that stupid old thing, I sooo need a new one!) crashed as usual and I had to go back to work. With my heart doing 100km/hr, I just sighed and prayed that my friends would be kept safe.
Sidebar: Is Nigeria worth dying for? (100 marks)
It looks like Nigerians have finally been driven up the wall, and this time our regular bricklayers have refused to break this particular wall. The Labour Congress has called for a nationwide indefinite strike (reminds me of ASUU things). Someone said on Twitter, “We must let our government know that we are not our parents.” I’m happy and proud of my friends who are ready to fight to the death, but I must confess – me? I’m just really confused. I know the stats, I know where Nigeria is and what needs to be done, but somehow I can’t drum up the fire that will make me take to the streets.
Does this make me unpatriotic? I know I love Nigeria – I think I do! So shoot me (not literally, duh) if I’m not very sure I’m ready to risk life and limb to see the fuel price taken back to N65/litre and see a cut in the cost of governance among other things. Thing is, many people expect me to have kicked into activist mode… But it’s not loading! (*weeping*) I must confess I even felt bullied by gbogbo awon twitter actvists. Some were downright silly though… One man said something like, “I will give you a free followback if you were at the protest!” Like, for real? Negro please! That is not why we are here.
I spoke to some friends yesterday and realised I’m not alone! Some of us are just really, very confused. I no wan die na!
In the meantime, I don’t want posterity to judge me o, ehen. So I will do what I can.
So diary, I’m thinking of organising relief materials for the Monday protests. Does that sound like a plan?
Talk soon, dear Diary. xox