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What do you understand by the phrase “revolution in Nigeria”?

Well,

Revolution in Nigeria simply means radical changes in Nigeria’s political system. It may be military, it may be democratic.Um? Ordinarily, yes!

Now, looking at it from my view-point as a lover of democracy; revolution in Nigeria is the re-engineering of Nigeria’s democracy for all Nigerians on the basis of national justice.

Honestly, Nigeria is not only in dire need of a democratic revolution, it is in dear need of it. This is not the democracy we fought for.

I remember our plans for a new Nigeria following our days of vibrant Students’ Union protests during the toughest military regimes of President Babangida (1985-1993) and General Abacha (1993-1998).

Over-thought:EndSARS puts me in reminisce of our joint struggle as countrymen, Nigerian youths with one voice.

RevolutionNow: A Political Movement Of Omoyele Sowore

Comrade Omoyele Sowore
Comrade Omoyele Sowore

Many of us haven’t heard of the word “revolution” until the return of a former Presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore to political activism having lost out in the heavily-contested 2019 Nigerian Presidential Election.

#RevolutionNow is a campaign by the Coalition for Revolution (CORE) an integral of AAC/TIB, Social Youth Workers League and some other Nigerians at home and abroad

Many who might interpret the democratic revolution that Nigeria needs as the popular ousting of a “failed President” instead of the positive transformation and rebuilding of Nigeria’s defected political system that brought about failed leadership in the first place.

Many Nigerians lost their grasp on the real meaning of Sowore’s call as they saw it as a vain battle strategy at reforming Nigeria beyond the ballot box.

Now, many of us know that the #EndSARSProtest was in some way a revolution aimed at the Nigerian Police ; don’t forget SARS (Special Anti-Robbey Squad) is a section of the Nigeria Police.

BuhariMustGo: Where Sowore Got It Wrong

The #RevolutionNow campaign run by Sowore was a very good idea in my opinion; however it shouldn’t have come with the #BuhariMustGo after Buhari has been innaugurated, the first thought it brings to an average Nigeria is: “military go take over; how e go be?where we for run ?”

Being a concerned Nigerian, I believe that we have to understand what we are advocating for and proceed with caution as the ship of the Nigerian state is being sailed by various political variables: secession,restructuring, revolution.

The Hitches Of #RevolutionNow

BuhariMustGo Protest
BuhariMustGo Protest

(1) If #BuhariMustGo via the protests, somebody must come via the protests. How sure are you if this person will be better, the same, or worse? Nigerians need an answer to this question.

(2)The #BuhariMustGo should have been #Cancel2019Elections before the inauguration day of May 29 2019, as Nigerians would have understood the clarion call. Nigeria’s democracy would have rung a bell that wouldn’t be party-based or party-promoted.

(3)A democratic revolution in terms of leadership doesn’t guarantee a new Nigeria. Honestly, I begin to observe in the nation’s polity that many of these politicians, who seem to be the problem are, in some ways,products of faulty constitution, even since 1960.

(4)Nigeria’s case is a delicate one, and as such, calling for a #BuhariMustGo without another Presidential election or natural causes, might
pitch one country’s sections against another.

Democratic Revolution: Making Use of the Round Table

It is quite clear that President Buhari, in fact most Nigerian presidents cannot resign with this 1999 constitution.

Moreso, a legislative jab at Buhari’s mal-governance by NASS may not work as the body cannot impeach any President, it is the hard truth!

Let’s even assume that it can happen, it is only the minority PDP caucus, that can champion and support that motion because they are the “opposition in NASS”, sadly they are also within this corrupted system and it is not likely that any APC member would support the impeachment proceeding because of the problem with NASS

Alternatively, calling for street protests is a call for brave Nigerians and a call for re-vo-lu-tion in terms of ” Military President Babangida went, democratic President Buhari must go” is even a tinge towards a bloody revolution

Nigeria cannot risk the lives of Nigerians to people who have no care about others, we still remember the blood that ran like streams in the days of resisting Babangida’s military oppression and the subsequent Abacha’s full-scale tyranny.

So the one of the few things possible is a military coup, like it happened in Mali after popular mobilization to remove a leader in the face of negative political variables, the stage is being set for military takeover——and the point is we don’t know what could happen if the military takes over, because we don’t know which soldiers would “be in Aso Rock.

What’s Wrong With the Military’s Return to Power

I will ask you, how sure can we be that if the military takes over power, that they will transform the country for better or best, or that they will even respect fundamental human rights?

The chance cannot be estimated, except Nigerians already know the soldier that is coming!

Will this mean that we will have to begin another struggle to return to civilian rule?

Will this mean human rights will once again be stripped from the Nigerian people?

Or, will it mean that the military will correct Nigeria’s political system and and transfer lower to civilians through a later election?

2023 General Election is not far from now, a military government taking over shouldn’t be the reason to postpone it. On this, I’ll tip my pen here.

He that walks in the thorny farmlands, must tread carefully.

To Build A Nation:Moghalu’s Less Popular But Idealist Political Movement!

To Build A NationAnother 2019 Presidential candidate, Kingsley Moghalu (a Young Progressive) also finished-off the election year after his loss with a movement called “TBAN” (To Build A Nation).

He hinged it on electoral reforms which is a foundation of Nigeria’s democracy that needs immediate repair.

Sadly, I didn’t hear much about it. And here am I wondering why these two didn’t work together?

Sowore and Moghalu both took similar paths but with different means; if they had gone on the round table, they would have made a bigger impact on Nigeria’s democracy’s salvation.

They could have involved others and based on these points

(1)Electoral Reforms: Prior to the upcoming elections in Nigeria.

(2)New Constitution: I call it BODMAS Constitution; see if it’s capable of building your dream Nigeria.

A democratic revolution in Nigeria is possible but only through the round table and the ballot box will be the most preferable.