Recently the media was awash with the attack on the former Nigerian Deputy Senate President Hon. Chief Ike Ekweremadu while he was far away in Germany for a cultural Igbo new Yam Festival
He on his arrival, he was attacked by the Proscribe Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)
A lot of people especially from the political elites are calling for the arrest of the perpetrators of this act, while others, majorly from the poor masses, are hailing this news as another set of revolution rocking the Nigeria atmosphere
It’s true that this is condemnable in a saner clime, however, Nigeria is not that clime!, To further prove this fact right if this were to be carried out in Nigeria, heads will surely roll, python dance and crocodile smiles operations will be unleashed!
No arrest was made despite the request by the Nigerian embassy in Germany, it took another twist they were schooled on how civility works, you cannot use force to intimidate people who know their fundamental human right especially not where human lives are respected and protected!
Nigeria is a blessed Nation no doubts, but the irony is that its the capital of poverty despite all the wealth and natural resources it’s blessed with,
Things have gone so bad that some people cannot have a proper meal in a day, and with the high rising of insecurity in the northeast, Bokoharam, banditry, kidnapping, and double-digit inflation the solution to her woes is still far from sight
The IPOB only did what Politicians asked for
Stone us if we fail in two years Prince Tony Momoh
During the first Tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari, one of the All Progressive Congress founding Party Member Tony Momoh
In an exclusive chat with The Guardian newspaper, Momoh was fielding questions from reporters, he assured Nigerians that within two years if they fail to deliver the much-taunted change, Nigerians should stone them.
“Stone us,” Momoh said confidently if within two years the current government fails to reverse the situation, even as he stressed that this government is laying the foundation for a new and better country
Now my question is: Have they delivered on their promises?
We steal because Nigerians don’t stone us- Amaechi
Digging down the memory lane once more, here is what Rotimi Amaechi, one of the former governors of Rivers State has to say in 2013.
He said, “If you see a thief and you allow him to be stealing, what have you done? You have stoned nobody; that is why we are stealing. Who have you stoned? They came out and started dancing oil subsidy, oil subsidy. They told you that they stole N2.3trn, what did you
“You’ve heard that $50bn is missing and you have done nothing about it. In some countries, people will go on the street until they return that money. It is N8trn, it can change Nigeria
The Question Still Remains: Why do you condemn the beating and pelting of former Senate President with Stones and tomatoes?
If you among the folks that condemn this act, in spite of how bloody, mindless looting of our collective commonwealth the leaders are siphoning, with corruption climbing the leadership ladder and poverty is taking over the affairs of the masses, I weep for you!
Desperate time deserves desperate measures, we Nigerians are not known to disrespect our elders but if this is the only way we can get them to be accountable and deliver good governance I say ride on with it!
Even in better societies such as in Ukraine, UK, Egyptians, the citizens came out en mass to lead massive protests and force their leaders to consider some policies but it cannot in Nigeria, in one of the protests that were carried out in Ukrainian parliament, a lawmaker was thrown into a trash bin, (What Nigerians did in Germany is not up to this anyway)
SOWORE the publisher of Sahara reporters tried to start a peaceful revolution protest, where did it lead him? He was arrested and is cooling off in detention; to start keeping our leaders on their toes requires the collective effort of the masses to push these people to wake up, just like Michael Jackson once sang: “They don’t really care about us”
Did you see how PDP and APC Jointly release a press statement condemning this act, up there they use the poor masses to play chess, they go inside the closet, laugh and hug each other while the masses are fighting over them!
Nigeria will be on the right path if we start holding our leaders accountable
The greatest weapon in their arsenal which politicians are using to control us is religion and tribe. Some are saying Yoruba cannot do this to their leaders, Hausa’s are saying the same thing ‘because Igbo’s are rude they disrespect their leaders blah blah’, but in the real sense, we are all Nigerians first before any tribe, if Fulani herders are destroying crops and raping women, they will not consider tribe or religion.
When these bad heartless corrupt individuals are looting us dry there won’t be discrimination amongst who is Christian or Muslim, they commit the crime collectively, this is a clarion call for the poor masses to wake up and loom beyond tribe or ethnic sentiment
If our leaders have this in mind, I am assuring you there will be a substantial improvement in our society
Honestly, good leadership requires some level of servanthood with a commitment to helping the flocks you’re leading, achieve their average dream which is; combating extreme poverty, hunger with assured security of lives and properties.
When your personal ambition overtakes the collective interest of the people who sent you to represent them, there is a need to set a deterring example for future leaders
The revolution we are asking for is right with us, now let me ask you, Are you ready? To stand up for what is right, or will you join the bandwagon in sitting on the fence wishing for one Messiah to come to fix Nigeria?
The power belongs to the masses, if the leaders have the consciousness that whatever they do, their followers will demand explanation probing, there will be a bit progress in the affairs of this nation, after all, a great Nigerian is ours to build