My first shot at activism was the OCCUPY NIGERIA protest of 2012, motivated by the likes of Elrufai, Dino Melaye, Dalung etc we took to the streets of Abuja, while our Lagos counterparts had a bigger audience and made it a carnival of some sort.
Then poor Jonathan, after much pressure succumbed and the Pump price of petrol was brought down to N97. Same fuel we are now begging to be made available today for N145.
The OCCUPY NIGERIA gave birth to a new set of young activists , who were politically enlightened and ready to drive the needed CHANGE.
No wonder Chude Jideonwo asked ARE WE THE TURNING POINT GENERATION? We thought it was the birth of a new era, the change of the old order, although ironically we had old President Buhari as the symbol of the CHANGE we were clamoring for.
We unsettled the then Jonathan led Government on many occasions, we made it uneasy for them.
Social media became a veritable tool for pushing our narratives and making demands of the government.
Doyin Okupe branded us CHILDREN OF ANGER and BOKO HARAM VUVUZELAS, for we kept the government on its toes.
Every goof by the Jonathan government was publicized, Boko haram attacks were given much reportage and government pressured on every available platform to be decisive in dealing with the issue.
What happened after the President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s Government was dethroned will leave you wondering if Nigerian youths are sincerely ready to assume the mantle of leadership.
It became a case of the man I went hunting with, turning around to claim my legs looked like that of our prey.
The new activists we thought were going to take over from the old generation, became tools in the hands of the old men who held us captive, worst case turning on other youths who dared challenge their principals.
The TURNING POINT GENERATION sold their destiny, abandoned the goal for crumbs that fell from the table where our National cake is being shared.
Today the Nigerian youths are being used in propagating the empire of the old politicians.
One day, maybe someday the Nigerian youths will have a rethink, emancipate themselves from mental, economic and other forms of enslavement that have held them captive with the old generation.
“How dare you say such of me Bonario” said my favorite Doctor, she will go ahead to block me on Twitter, but as usual unperturbed I remained, for I dread sleeping with a guilty conscience than loosing a close friend.
In disgust I watched some my friends, who fought for the soul of Nigeria in the last administration, defend the many evils we berated the Jonathan govt over.
Have I told you how I have apologized on many occasions for my role in bringing this calamity of a government on our country?
All those whom I sold the CHANGE mantra to never hesitate to call on me whenever the Buhari govt does what they know how to do best.
“Bonario look at your CHANGE” my father warned me but I failed to take heed, I had points to buttress my arguments then each time he tried to dissuade me from supporting this mediocrity, for passionately I defended Buhari, I never demanded for nor got any penny in return, instead I donated to his Presidential ambition then.
Could recall when my friend Ronald challenged me that for any amount I donate to Buhari’s campaign each day, he will go on to double his contribution.
We had nothing but the interest of our country at heart, alas we were sold an ape for the price of a chimpanzee.
This wasn’t the CHANGE we voted for, this is far from the Fresh Air we longed for.
Who could have imagined that it will take the government I campaigned for 6 good months to form a cabinet, only to end up with this disaster.
First hand I experienced the effect of the mediocrity I helped bring to power, when I visited Samsung Nigeria to negotiate a deal, and they said the deal can’t pull through because they are uncertain what direction the economic policies of this government is headed.
For the first time figures from Nigeria bureau of statistics, of Nigerians loosing their jobs and unemployed made sense to me, because I saw my friends loose their jobs and businesses fold up.
And to throw a dagger to the heart that once loved him, the President I voted for divided us into 95% that love him and 7% that loathe him, I tried to defend him dismissing it as a mere blunder, he further in his disposition showed clearly his divisive nature.
- His handling of the rampaging Fulani/Puel militia,
- His treatment of unarmed IPOB members,
- His disregard for rule of law,
The massacre of innocent shitte members,
- The continuous detention against court orders of some Nigerians,
- The many unfulfilled promises,
Nigeria emerging as poverty capital of the world,
- The glorification of poverty,
- His lack of regards for Nigerians,
- The use of state institutions to suppress opposition,
- The biased fight against corruption,
- The lies and unending fight against Boko haram,
- The Dapchi girl Leah Shaibu still in boko haram captivity because of her Christian faith.
- The failure to rescue the remaining Chibok girls,
- And many other failures of the Buhari led administration.
In few hours we vote for the desired future, we vote to correct the mistake of 2015, we above all vote to GET NIGERIA WORKING AGAIN.
As you head to the poll to cast your vote, remember not to “reinforce failure” and ensure that affliction does not rise again.
Author: Bonaventure El Principé Nnagboro