By Balogun Abbey Oluwagbenga
LET them not forget that we will take no more of their recklessness in power and their tendencies to take us for granted;
Lest our rulers forget the day we chose to stand up to them and demand reasoning as against their (ir)rational line of argument;
Lest they again consider sacrificing the masses because they cannot fight a few barons that hold our nation to ransom, either through oil-subsidy, power-generation, political-appointment, money laundering, misappropriation of funds, regional/ethnic politics, or any other nomenclature that may be designed to confuse us;
Lest they forget when we trooped out en mass to say no to slavery in our fatherland; let them know that we trekked all the way from Ikorodu, Yaba, Iyana Ipaja, Ebule-Egba, Agege, Ikeja, Mushin, and all other parts of Lagos to register our grievances to a government that does not listen – as was done in all states of the federation;
Perhaps I should tell them that if trekking from Lagos to Abuja will be required as a price, we will risk our lives for a better Nigeria;
Lest the president forgets that He is commander-in-chief of the armed forces but not Commander-in-Chief of the citizens of the federal republic of Nigeria; we chose him and we have the power to demand his resignation.
Lest they think that no matter what they do to us we will never find our voice;
Lest they assume that they can run Nigeria like their fathers’ palm wine business;
Lest we walk the street the next time and this time demand the resignation of the president;
Lest the Federal Executive Council or the presidency will require military presence to silence the voice of the “common-man in his multitude”
Lest the next time we dare military presence and go on a fullscale Nigerian-spring.
I am not a preacher of revolution and I detest the taste of bloodshed but I am tired of a Nigeria where nothing works.
Let them all know – no matter what political affiliation they have or the ethno, religious or social classification they fall into – Nigerians demand reasonable leadership and a change in the fortunes of our beloved nation.
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!