#EndSARS and the conundrum of Nigeria’s circumnavigation by Aiyamenkhue Edokpolo

#EndSARS and the conundrum of Nigeria’s circumnavigation! My opinion.

 

At the risk of being tagged a ‘radical’, the political class has failed Nigerians, and consequently laid the embryo for uprising in Nigeria. I am nonetheless opposed to any form of violent protest. The evergreen Afrobeats legend – Fela Anikpolakpo Kuti devoted the most vibrant part of his life articulating plethora of Nigerians cries, tears and blood in form of songs and live shows to the chagrin of the so-called Vagabonds In Power. Twenty years after his demise, there is nothing of substance apart from the so-called transition from Khaki to Agbada signifying political fiction. In a debasing style of circumnavigation, the political class keep recycling themselves from Government Houses to Senate, with little or unworthy impacts in the life of most Nigerians.

In truth, the overwhelming self inspired mobilization of youths, women and children across the 36 states, although with a varying degree in momentum, under the banner of the #EndSARS movement – clearly signify the dawn of a revolution. Yes, a revolution. Apart from the 1929 Aba Women riot, the Ali Must Go protest, as well as the IBB Must Go protest, the #EndSARS nationwide protests signify a radical departure from the look warm attitude of most Nigerians that made our ‘rulers’ to hold us to ransom. It was meant to be a bloodless revolution until it was arguably hijacked in Lagos by forces that wanted Bola Ahmed Tinubu reduced from his Olympian height into a public enemy – a recipe for foreclosing a popular political ambition. It was also hijacked by those who envied Lagos State as West Africa biggest economic hub. Some people are deviously wicked. In the immortal phrase of FELA Na the burn burn dey sweet them pass, so, burning down Lagos was a dream for these entrepreneurs of violence. In a way, the #EndSARS nationwide protests echoed the conundrum or unresolved questions about the perceived ploy to obliterate the North-South rotation accord (as 2023 Presidential election beckons) – which has been a cooling-balm to managing Nigeria’s problematic almagamation; the resource control agitation; the suppressed voices of northern minorities etc.

Away from the unsung spirit behind the rein of hoodlums during the #EndSARS protest, let me register my condolences to the families of all those who died during this trying moment, as my prayers are with all injured victims, and I wish them divine healing and recovery. I condemn the pseudo fashion of ineptitude on the part of Government across board as well as the plethora of misappropriation and corruption, and the latter which attained notoriety in the 80s following Fela’s euphemism stealing by Government. While urging Government to pay patriotic attention to the predisposing factors of the #EndSARS nationwide protest, I respectfully call for short term action plan on reforms, restructuring and possibly referendums for regions or ethnic nationalities seeking to be independent nations. After all, suppressing people’s desire for referendum is a disguised crime against humanity. I call for leaders of #EndSARS movement to tarry for a while, and allow for a grace period within which ongoing national dialogue will crystallize into desirable policy actions.

Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria as long as majority of Nigerians desire the fragile unity to be sustained. God bless our land. Amen.

Aiyamenkhue Edokpolo fcdm, a public affairs commentator writes from his village.



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