Et Tu Nigeria...Talking About A Revolution?

by Prince Charles Dickson


Once more I am going to examine the French Revolution and do a little layman's comparism with our beloved Nigeria, a nation so blessed with enormous potentials and cursed with an incomprehensibly blind leadership.

The French Revolution historians disagree about the political and socioeconomic nature and circumstances of the Revolution. Less than one interpretation holds, one talks of the old aristocratic order of the Ancien Régime succumbing to an alliance of the rising bourgeoisie, aggrieved peasants, and urban wage-earners. Another interpretation asserts that the Revolution resulted when various aristocratic and bourgeois reform movements spun out of control. According to this model, these movements coincided with popular movements of the new wage-earning classes and the provincial peasantry, but any alliance between classes was contingent and incidental.

However, adherents of both models identify many of the same features of the ancien régime as being among the causes of the Revolution. Among the many economic factors I would focus on one that is very evident in our nation today and we are all either neglecting it at best or worse just saying its not there.

The French revolution was sparked off by a poor economic situation, an unimaginable national debt, both caused and exacerbated by the burden of a grossly inequitable system of taxation. Same can be said of the situation on ground today in Nigeria today.

The power probe report has become politics, we are still watching to see the end of Iyabogate, Fani's fan of corruption and the many corruption saga. We are still yet to demystify the anatomy of Nigerian corruption. And we careless about its impact on the ordinary citizenry, simply because in my estimation at that level some form of corruption has also evolved, is being nurtured and then the thread only gets longer.

The only frightening thing is that we seem unperturbed, a building collapses and its days running into weeks no culprit punished, infact no one arrested before we even factor in one being punished. A Julius Berger truck sends tens to an early grave, and it ends there.

The Niger Delta militants are having a field day and we are treating the emerging leprosy with a massage. We are brewing a Nigerian Revolution and one hopes there are persons out there that know the implication. Most of us are either illusionist when it comes to history and this is so because we hardly learn from it. We know but we do not know or feign ignorance regarding the lessons of history.

One of the many triggers that fired the unrest and subsequent revolt in France was the Roman Catholic Church, the largest landowner in the country, which levied a harsh tax on crops known as dime. While the dime lessened the severity of the monarchy's tax increases, it nonetheless served to worsen the plight of the poorest who faced daily a struggle with malnutrition.

How we think in a slow motion and forget so fast as a people is to say the least strange. It hurts that despite the 'numerosity' of examples to fall back on, so as to avoid the pitfalls of the past we still fall into the same hole...why? Today we have rather than a Catholic Church, a PDP that has swallowed every other thing called a party in sight.

Everything they say and do often has been tailored to suit the oligarchy, to suit themselves, it has remained one law for the rich another for the poor. Plenty millions for constituency projects, Representatives, Senators and government official salaries with more to spare for their cronies and yet the poor cannot spare a nickel for bread.

While prison congestion continues, and approximately 80% of inmates were awaiting trial, ex-Governors are sent to same Prisons and while there ‘briefly' they flout their ill-gotten wealth without remorse. Every day, our leadership foists upon us different forms of hardship and the poor continue to battle malnutrition, thinking or imagining what the poorest suffer is sickening. However in the midst of these wants, enormous wealth is flouted, you see conspicuous consumption, despite the financial burden on the populace.

Allocations of mouth watering salaries to themselves, ensure foreign schools for their dependents, while teachers go strike for a month and the government at best speaks 'english'.

GSM credit cards for their girlfriends, mistress and concubines, after all almost a N100M was to be spent on a massager by a one time ‘saloonist' and former speaker of the Federal House, indeed it most be difficult to be custodian of stolen wealth, and at best immoral monies, so the need for frequent massage.

Without being critical and sounding unappreciative of government efforts, this administration is yet to embark on any meaningful business. In the light of which I ask when will they commence?

The entire National Assembly sits and conducts its business in a 'holy' manner but I beg to say that all the deceit do not remove the fact that today this nation is faced with a high unemployment rate, and high bread prices. Talking about high bread prices that prompted this reflection, the price of bread was a major factor in the French revolution. In Kaduna, Lagos, Jos, Abuja and other towns, bakers, dealers have in the last one year at one point or the other gone on strike, yet no one noticed. When will they debate bread, common bread, just bread, the same bread which they promised the people?

We are spending more money on food, food crisis or not, housing for all by the year infinity should be the slogan. We are degenerating further to that level of subsistence existence; we live for food for a day and hope for the next day. We may count ourselves lucky as not being Sudan, or Somali but with the situation there, the indices seem better, our footballers go to Sudan to play soccer as pros and get paid in dollars. It is easier to do business in Ghana and Burkina Faso and we are mopping.

There is a Christian denomination whose creed is embedded on the vision of "it is well" even in the worst of times. So, I dare say too that it is well, is it really well. We have the opportunity; we can still do a turn around, before we shed unnecessary tears.




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Re: Et Tu Nigeria...Talking About A Revolution?
Lovenest posted on 08-10-2008, 11:23:40 AM
The revolution is gathering momentum. But it will not come because Professor Ben Nwabueze called for it, No, it does come like that. Just one one spark and that is it! Revolutions are historically conditioned.
Re: Et Tu Nigeria...Talking About A Revolution?
NWANZA posted on 08-10-2008, 13:09:25 PM
For your information, the upheaval has started already going by all kinds of bloody clashes going on at different parts of Nigeria. Not a day pass that we get news of wickedness and terror affecting our people.

When you add the numbers, you are starring at stew of trouble in the future mainly due to millions of unemployed or unemployable young men & women. 60 million unemployed youth and college graduates roaming the streets, running into trouble. Most of these kids have turned to drugs & alcohol to cope with the tragedy of societal failure to provide

It is a keg of gun powder waiting to explode at any time as we watch these sign manifest.-industries fail due to lack of electricity - multinational corporations packing up and leaving due to insecurity - Kidnapping of foreign experts and wealthy individuals - killing and assassination of politicians and relatives - the list goes on and on.

With every sector planning to go on strike or just recovering from strike action, the stage is set for a showdown with the government. Anyone that can put a reliable crop of individuals together, can actually start a revolution.
NLC can cripple this government if it decides there is no future in Nigeria but mere existence.

Crystal ball readers have looked at this scenario for several years and 99% have concluded that something earth shattering is simmering under this geographical entity called Nigeria. Only an act of God can STOP this perilous vision. You have to lay Nigeria naked and bare on the table, and critically analyze the wounds.

Take a whole day-off dedicate it to "Feeling Nigeria" and write down your prognosis. It is shocking what you can discover which people on the ground do not know is bubbling under neat the deep cracks of divisiveness, hatred, religion, bigotry, racism, and frustration.

The wounds of long years of military rule and the wastage that accompanied the adventure, complacency of the elite and the so-called educated class. The damage has been done, it is widespread that nothing was spared as bad become worse. Corrupt leadership have snared the noble, which makes it impossible to fix - it is absolutely dire consequences.
Re: Et Tu Nigeria...Talking About A Revolution?
Dewdrops posted on 08-10-2008, 13:48:08 PM
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People wen dey hide under bed at the sound of a gun shot accidentally discharged in the air dey talk of revolution? Please this revolution can only end in the "talking" phase.

Gba be!


In-nna-rest-ing!!!!

Wonders!
Re: Et Tu Nigeria...Talking About A Revolution?
Foxcatcher posted on 08-11-2008, 09:46:45 AM
QUOTE:


People wen dey hide under bed at the sound of a gun shot accidentally discharged in the air dey talk of revolution? Please this revolution can only end in the \"talking\" phase.

Gba be!


In-nna-rest-ing!!!!

Wonders!


Dewy,

That is precisely the point.

When normally genteeled people begin to sound martial notes..there's trouble in the air.

Most revolutions (bloody revolutions) did not involve trained soldiers. The footmen were normally gentle and peaceloving citizens. When men who normally should champion peace begin to sound the drumbeats of war, then woe betide the nation that ignores them.

There's much frustration in the land and when peaceful change is made impossible, violent change becomes inevitable.

For all our sakes, I pray peaceful change is still possible.

Ciao
Re: Et Tu Nigeria...Talking About A Revolution?
Bob posted on 08-11-2008, 13:51:44 PM
u guys talking of a revolution are jokers. you shall not even have the pleasure of a revolt. the best you can wish for anarchy to continue to creep across the nation.

this round of niger delta troubles will be suppressed. and the merry go round will continue.
Re: Et Tu Nigeria...Talking About A Revolution?
Foxcatcher posted on 08-13-2008, 15:16:53 PM
QUOTE:
u guys talking of a revolution are jokers. you shall not even have the pleasure of a revolt. the best you can wish for anarchy to continue to creep across the nation.

this round of niger delta troubles will be suppressed. and the merry go round will continue.


@Bob

No one prays for a 'bloody revolution' in Nigeria. To borrow from a quote from a post of Employlawone on another thread:


QUOTE:

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,
begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy
.
Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.
Through violence you may murder the liar,
but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.
Through violence you may murder the hater,
but you do not murder hate.
In fact, violence merely increases hate.
So it goes.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence,
adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


H/e, we do need a moral and attitudinal revolution. It has already started. When you and I care enough to debate the way forward for our land and to support the exposure of corruption; to demand its punishment.

That's a revolution in itself.... some years ago, we could only watch or read others opinions in the media.... today you're adding your comments for good or ill.

A wise man said: 'despise not the days of small beginnings'

Ciao
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