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Within the last few weeks, Nigeria has witnessed the most tumultuous period in her polity like never before in recent times which clearly was due to the gross plundering of the economic resources of the country by the marauding political leaders; sadly, the situation is yet to be totally brought to rest because the Nigerian leaders have failed the masses woefully, and taken advantage of the very people they ought to be representing.
And because of this exploitation by the ruling class, we now have an absolutely deteriorated system in Nigeria where the interest of the masses is no longer represented instead thoroughly abused and those who are supposed to guarantee the interest of the masses who are still grappling with poverty in a supposedly oil-rich country as Nigeria are now the ones swindling them off of their due.
The Coronavirus pandemic and the just ended EndSARS protest had further revealed the callousness and insensitivity of the Nigerian leaders. These wicked leaders right from President Muhammadu Buhari down to the Local Government Councillor of the poorest and unproductive Northern State have ceasely shown by their insensitivity to the plight of the Nigerian masses that they are not worthy of being leaders in the first place. The Governors and the State Legislators in their cupidity made it even worse when they hoarded the palliatives meant for the masses perhaps with the intentions to either sell them directly or give to their relatives to sell while the Nigerian masses are gnashing their teeth in abject poverty.
While the Nigerian masses cried and practically begged for food during the intensity of the lockdown in the country, they were oblivious that the Presidency had already given out a billion naira in cash to all the States in the country as economic support, and released more there than enough foodstuffs which were safely stored in various warehouses in almost all the 36 States of the Federation. The Nigerian Governors not diverted the funds in their heartlessness but confiscated these more than enough foodstuffs that would have fed all the hungry masses in the country, and placed a total lockdown in their different States as they relished at the sufferings of the masses. With that level of coldheartedness, it suffices to state emphatically that the Nigerian leaders are people whose consciences had long been severed, and that aptly explains the reason why they never feel the pains of the masses they ought to be leading.
If not for an irresponsible President, why would the Presidency release Palliative whilst the State Governors and Legislators would comfortably take the funds as theirs and the Presidency would not demand accountability subsequently considering the sufferings of the masses? It is simple, we have probably, amongst the most corrupt systems in the world in Nigeria where accountability has been burnt on the altar of responsibility.
And as if the sufferings of the masses were not enough, they were being molested by the Special Anti Robbery Squad of the Nigerian Police Force notoriously known as SARS which in their usual deception, now claim that they have disbanded but in reality, a mere change of nomenclature i.e SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team, a group which was created in the most pell-mell manner shortly after the purported disbandment of SARS. The truth is that there is actually no difference between SARS and SWAT, both units are rogue sections of the corrupt and ill-trained Nigerian Police Force whose notoriety lies in the harassment and brutality of the Nigerian masses without any provocation.
With SARS now SWAT, the brutality that the teeming Nigerian masses suffered and still suffering in the rogue units of the Nigerian Police Force was/is something that no human should be allowed to go through. The rogue police unit’s unprofessionalism and extortion were the things that triggered off the EndSARS protest where the entirety of the Nigerian youths came out to condemn the activities of that police unit, and instead of the Nigerian Federal Government to address the concerns of these youths, the cruel Federal Government of Nigeria unleashed the military force to crush these youths whose only crime was the peaceful protest that they carried out. They were gruesomely murdered in their numbers, and many injured so terribly by the same government that they were trying to reach with their message which anchored on fairness and equity. To make matters worse, the government vehemently and unconcernedly denied the noble requests of these youths and has now resolved to use a proxy in dragging them through the rigours of the corrupt Nigerian legal system.
If the thoughtless Nigerian leaders could for once try to think, and be sincere to themselves, they would be able to see the obvious fact that Nigeria cannot possibly continue the way, she is going as a country, something must be done, and it must be done urgently except the Nigerian government and the political leaders behind her leadership are not perturbed by the brewing revolution which will most assuredly consume these political leaders most grisly. The anger, consistency, and unity of purpose which the Nigerian youths exhibited during the recent EndSARS protest are only a prelude of what is to come if the deteriorating Nigerian situation is not taken seriously by the Nigerian leaders, and adequate measures taken to ascertain that things in the country are working the way, they should instead of the unfair treatment being meted to the Nigerian masses.
Those who are most likely not to escape the looming onslaught will be the political leaders who are profiting from the crisis in Nigeria. When the disaster hits this time, there will be no jetting out of Nigeria to the Western or other parts of the world in order to flee from the destruction that will emanate as a result of the youths’ anger who had long been dealt with by the fraudulent and insensitive Nigerian system. It is a well-known fact that the current Nigerian Government has worsen the Nigerian situation; those piloting her affairs had stolen more than enough from the country coffers, money that was meant for the struggling masses diverted for the selfish benefits of the marauding Nigerian politicians whose only duty in government is to milk the country dry.
This irresponsible system of looting by the Nigerian politicians can not continue. It must be stopped, and now is the time to put a stop to the madness! If we are to make progress as a country then there is need for absolute sincerity on the citizenry especially the Nigerian political leaders or else the Nigerian leaders should get ready to face a revolution that many of them might not even live to tell the story.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK