Nigeria, her Citizens And Leaders Who…

Nigeria citizen, Nigeria democracy, Nigeria citizen and lack of powerNot too long Burkina Faso’s ex-president Blaise Compaoré was ousted after a mass revolt against him for seeking extension of tenure. There was also a mass protest in Togo against their incumbent president’s third term agenda.Looking at the current trend of mass revolt across Africa, I keep asking myself if such is possible in Nigeria coupled with the current insurgency in the country and disunity among the masses.During one of the sit-outs of #BringBackOurGirls campaign group led by Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, hoodlums sponsored by the government allegedly attacked the group.

This was a case of the masses being used against one other to obstruct unity. It is a tactic to cause disunity among masses  which ma prevent them from having a strong front to confront the leaders.With the current insurgency in the country, residents are fleeing their homes in the Northeast as a result of threat letters from Boko-Haram; the statistics of internally displaced persons is also on the rise. Parts of our domain are captured week in week out even though Nigerian troops also battle to recapture them from the insurgents. Damask, Mubi, Gombi, Hong, Chibok, Gwoza etc.

How long are we going to continue like this? It was also a black Friday on November 28 as multiple bomb blast hits Kano central mosque during the Friday Jumaat prayer which left scores dead with several injured. With all the glaring proofs, Boko-Haram is just tainted as a religious group, many people still prefer to remain blind to the fact that Boko-Haram knows no race nor religion.  Boko-Haram grew as a result of the government’s failure and negligence to recognise on time that Boko-Haram is a terror-group and not a sectarian group created to destabilise the current administration.

The CEO of a ferry that capsized in South Korea this year which left about three hundred people dead was sentenced to 10 years in prison for negligence and embezzlement while the captain of the ferry was sentenced to 36 years in jail also for negligence. Over here in Nigeria negligence is being celebrated; a ‘fate’ which we’ve been surviving with. Terror attacks have claimed more lives in the country and our government has moved on so fast without doing anything to bring the culprits to book.  What responsible government will allow its citizens to die in a stampede due to the negligence and greediness of a Ministry without holding such Ministry accountable till date?

Which sane and responsible President will refuse to step down from power after so many people were kidnapped and killed under him while clueless and helpless in proffering a lasting solution but yet come up with a manifesto to deliver what he failed to deliver during his first term in office?The President went ahead with re-election campaign a day after 30 students died in a bomb blast while on assembly ground in Potiskum but postponed the Federal Executive Meeting when a relative of Vice President Namadi Sambo died in a ghastly motor accident.

On 31st October, it was also allegedly reported that Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh evacuated his family from Mubi with Military’s helicopter while Bokoharam attacked his hometown in which several were killed. Of what value does the life of a common man worth to our leaders. While some justify the President proceeding with his re-election campaign a day after bomb hits a school and killed several students in Potiskum, a justification based on the belief that the attack was carried out to deter the President from his re-election campaign. Will such people still say the same thing if they are affected?

The federal government has failed the masses. It  has failed its primary responsibilities to protect Nigerians regardless of tribe or religion. It is such a shame that other political elites are also using the insurgency in the country as a political fight to further spread their propagandas to win the masses’ favour during election time. Going through the President’s speech at his re-election campaign, the developments achieved during his present administration were boldly stated. ‘President Goodluck Jonathan has achieved a lot.’ Yes! The President achieved. He revived the rail sector, the agricultural sector … but of what use are the achievement if the masses are not secured? A misplaced priority if I may add. For Nigeria’s status quo to change, for a revolution that will set things right in the country to happen. For Nigeria(ns) to be safe again, the unity power has to be realised; we also have to get to the point when we realised as people that injustice to one is injustice to all regardless of religion or tribe.

Photo credit: thenewcable

Written by Safriat Yussuf

Safriat Yussuf

Safriat Yussuff is a Construction Technologist by profession, writer and an advocate by passion, she volunteers with Slum to School Africa, a task force member of the Rabat-Conakry commitment, and a Climate Tracker for the adopt a negotiator programme who blogs on foreign policy, politics, and current affairs from her twitter handle(@saymamaa).

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About Safriat Yussuf

Safriat Yussuff is a Construction Technologist by profession, writer and an advocate by passion, she volunteers with Slum to School Africa, a task force member of the Rabat-Conakry commitment, and a Climate Tracker for the adopt a negotiator programme who blogs on foreign policy, politics, and current affairs from her twitter handle(@saymamaa).

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