By Uba Acho
In 1999 the Nigerian military under Obasanjo/Atiku regime wiped off the entire village of Odi in Bayelsa state or reduced to state if nothingness. You said nothing and did nothing. Rather you tag them these Niger deltans, deal with them, they’re militants.
In 2016 the Nigeria military and police, shot and killed protesting IPOB members, some were buried in an unknown mass grave. You said nothing and did nothing. Rather called them miscreants, low lives, constituting nuisance, they should be crushed.
In 2018 the Nigerian military shot and killed hundreds of Shiite Muslims. You said nothing and did nothing. You tagged dangerous breed of Muslims, how dare they block the passing route of almighty Brutai, smoke them out.
Today in Lagos the Nigerian military and police are tear gassing and shooting at the #Revolution_Now protesters. You said nothing and doing nothing. Rather you’re taunting them, making jest and fun of them for daring.
We watched as they arrested and hanged Ken Saro-Wiwa.
We watched as they arrested, incarcerated and attempted killing Nnamdi Kanu.
We watched as they’ve just abducted Omoyele Sowore, now in incarceration. One day they will come for you or me, and we will have no one to speak or march for us.
Millions have become emergency experts on Nigeriology, armchair and social media experts on the best way to do it, the best way to get Nigeria and the system working. They know everything wrong with Nnamdi Kanu and his method, they know everything wrong with Swore and his strategy. But all they ever have to offer is theory, another theory and more and more theories from the comfort of the computers and homes, but can never raise a finger or move or muscle.
Anyone doing anything that doesn’t involve loss of lives to challenge and distort the status quo in Nigeria, to irritate the bourgeoisie political class to stimulate the sociopolitical and socioeconomic consciousness of the people will always have my support. I supported Nnamdi Kanu and his movement #IPOB, I’m supporting Omoyele Sowore and his #Revolution_Now movement.
In this struggle to get Nigeria and Africa working for the betterment of us all. If I’m not one of the players on the pitch facing the hard tackles and knocks, be sure I will be that ardent fan and supporter at the stands cheering the players on, for we are on same team.
Which side are you?