Sowore Got It All Wrong: Nigeria Is Neither Sudan Nor Egypt – Dr Olufon
1 year ago Victor Adeola 0
The choice of the phrase: #Revolution Now’, adopted by the organizers of a planned nation-wide protest and the timing of the nocuous event, conceived by Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore, to provoke fresh civil disobedience was very offensive/insultive to the sensibilities of compatriots for peace, stability and good governance in Nigeria – especially the vulnerable downtrodden who would unfortunately become canon fodders, peradventure it succeeded!
Law-abiding citizens had hardly recovered from the atrocities unleashed on the innocent population severally at the Federal Capital and the Commercial cities of Abuja and Lagos, by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Shi’ite protesters between June and July, 2019, when fresh news spread that another ‘revolution’, that would heat up the polity and further destabilize a nation grappling to contain acts of terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, farmers/herders clashes etc, by some disgruntled elements, was in the offing!
The nation-wide protest tagged, ‘Revolution Now’, which was disrupted by security agents on 5th August 2019, was a STUNT; a dangerous adventure which back-fired for Omoyele Sowore, the “not-too-young -to-rule” candidate and chairman of the African Action Congress (AAC), during the February 23rd, 2019, Nigerian Presidential Election because the Directorate of State Services (DSS), operatives did not waste time to arrest him on charges bothering on terrorism in Lagos, on Saturday, 3rd August, 2019, for questioning before he could hatch a CIVILIAN COUP-DE-TAT in Nigeria!
falling for the legal semantics making the rounds, the security agents
who had other evidences against Sowore told him that his revolutionary
project was a process of removal and replacement of a government in a
political upheaval and was a criminal and treasonable offence – against
legally-constituted authority of a STATE/COUNTRY!
The DSS told Sowore that his planned protest was a ploy to overthrow the democratically-elected government of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), through the application of force!
IS SOWORE A HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST OR A CONFUSED POLITICIAN?
Prior to his incursion into Nigerian politics – 48-year-old Sowore stood out as an outstanding, respectable and successful entrepreneur in the Diaspora, being the chief executive of the internationally-accredited online news outfit, the SAHARA REPORTERS – a trait that cut across accomplished Nigerian professionals, who normally returned home to add value to their nation’s socio-economic pursuit of a better life for the citizens!
Sowore lost woefully in the 2019 Presidential Election – coming 10th with 33,953 votes as against President Buhari’s 15,191,847 million; but that was not all, the National Executive Council (NEC), of his party later accused him of anti-party activities including refusal to render accounts of donations/ expenditures and wasted no time to relieve him of his position as chairman, – even with a court judgement in their favour!
Sowore first tried his ‘revolutionary ideology’ to “BANDY OUT”, military dictatorship at a very tender age of about 21/22 years as an undergraduate student at the University of Lagos, Akoka, but he and his cohorts seemed to have forgotten that constitutional democratic governments that cannot be ‘bandied out’ had been entrenched for about 20 years in Nigeria!
Sowore was born in February 1971, just when the 30 month-long BIAFRA WAR ended! That war consumed over one million lives and strategic properties in millions of dollars and by 1992, he was of age and matured sufficiently to re-act negatively to the military environment into which he was conceived and born!
BUT has he not negated his own ideology being the major dramatis personae who conceived the idea of the mass protest (this time, against a democratically constituted government), sold it to his cohorts who defied official ban and occupied some public spaces in Lagos and Abuja on Monday 5th August, 2019, while he was being quizzed by DSS operatives in respect of treasonable offences? Or was he acting the script of the opposition who never saw anything good in neither the APC ruling party nor the person of President Buhari or had he an inordinate ambition? IS HE A MISGUIDED YOUTH LIKE NNAMDI KANU – THE FUGITIVE SELF-ACCLAIMED LEADER OF THE PROSCRIBED INDEPENDENT PEOPLE OF BIAFRA (IPOB), WITH WHOM HE POSED WITH IN A RECENT PORTRAIT WHICH WENT VIRAL ON INTERNET?
‘BUNDLE’ DEMANDS FROM SOWORE’S ‘REVOLUTIONARY’ GROUP!
Sowore and the organisers of #Revolution Now’ adduced several DEMANDS ranging from: * release of all political prisoners without trial; * implementation of new workers salaries, payment of pensions to retirees; *massive employment opportunities across board; * end of special privileges to the ruling class in the choice of private educational institutions and hospitals for their wards – in Nigeria or overseas; *abolition of humongous salaries to political appointees; *return of political power and national wealth to the working people in order to break monopoly over land ownership; *term limits for lawmakers; devolution of power from federal to states; resource control; * abolishment of the Senate; and the enactment of a new people’s Constitution, among several others with IMMEDIATE MILITARY EFFECT! Although those contracted to participate in the protest were advised not carry weapons – even the smallest stones, BUT the organisers had fore-knowledge that members of the recently-proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), and IPOB fanatics would hijack the protest if government did not moved swiftly to nip the mis-conceived “revolution” in the bud?
THE LISTED DEMANDS, CONTAINED NO NEW SUGGESTION OR IDEAS – THEY ARE ALL BEING IMPLEMENTED SEQUENTIALLY BY THE CHANGE APC ADMINISTRATION! IT IS EVIDENT THAT SOWORE INTENDED TO TAKE OVER THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT AS WAS DONE IN SUDAN, TUNISIA, OR EGYPT, BUT THE NIGERIAN SITUATION HAS NO SEMBLANCE WITH THE ARAB SPRING!
Although, the Nigerian nation’s challenges are multi-faceted due to its cultural, lingual, tribal and religious diversities but all citizens enjoy equal fundamental rights and cannot be manipulated by a mis-guided youth who in spite of his education believed that the POLITICAL UNITY – displayed by all of them in 1993, to vote MOSHOOD ABIOLA to presidency, was synonymous to a ‘revolution’ that could be replicated in 2019! NIGERIA IS NOT A MUSLIM STATE!
An Abuja High Court on Thursday, 8th August, 2019, granted an ex-parte motion by the DSS to further detain Sowore in its custody for 45 instead of 90 days requested by the agency, while further investigations continued in the treasonable charges brought against him under Terrorism Prevention Act, Section 27 (1) and the video evidences: exhibits/clips of his fraternity with the fugitive revolutionist, Nnamdi Kanu and also some proscribed IMN adherents! Sowore should go through the process of the law to prove his culpability to the charges or otherwise!
#RENAISSANCE NOW’, NOT, #REVOLUTION NOW’!
Nigerian YOUTHS should come of age and embrace the lofty government programmes for better socio-economic life for all citizens, bond together with security agencies in intelligence gatherings to tackle on-going crisis of BOKO HARAM and other security challenges in the country, because they will eventually take over the reigns of administration in the nearest future!
Are those social critics in support for a regime overthrow by Sowore who recently lost an election more populated than the united millions who voted for Buhari’s first and second terms in office? Those to be bandied out are the terrorists, kidnappers, militants, bandits, herdsmen killers etc! Sowore is no doubt the arrowhead of the gang of bad losers who tried to stop BUHARI both in 2015 & 2019 elections without success!
Nigerians need SPIRITUAL REBIRTH – a process of change that would give fresh hopes to the downtrodden through the sacrifices of all compatriots – who must ensure good governance, block avenues for corruption, treasury-looting and financial wastages; for the common patrimony to go round and provide all social amenities for all citizens!
All State Governors, irrespective of party affiliations should partner with the Federal Government to actualize the ongoing socio-economic/political restructuring programmes – which include aggressive diversification to agriculture, scientific/technological exploration and exploitation of natural mineral resources which abound in the 774 Local Government Areas, State and Community Policing etc. ALL HANDS MUST BE ON DECK TO BUILD ON THE APC GAINS OF THE LAST FOUR YEARS TO ACTUALIZE OUR DREAM OF AN EGALITARIAN NATION!
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah. 29: 11).
I am, yours sincerely, Dr. David B.A. Olufon. 08130669886, 08098194390. 08080243066. G-mail- firstname.lastname@example.org.