The diversion of the whole discourse to herdman-farmer, Christian-Muslim and North-South dichotomies favours the ruling class and their dying regime, as it distracts attention from the regime’s inability to deliver on its promise of change; same inability- like those of the previous regimes-that is at the root of these sectarian crises.
Many who defended the regime and "laughed at us" when we protested fuel price increase last May are today more militant and physical (than us) in denouncing the packaged deceit which APC-Buhari regime truly is. Most of them are already disillusioned. They could not imagine that under the regime of "change", it would require about N145,000.00 daily to clear sewage in Aso Rock. They seem scandalised by how expensive Buhari's sh*t has now become! Or how else does one defend allocation of billions of Naira to Aso Rock clinic annually (an allocation higher than those of teaching hospitals) and the president jets out at the slightest opportunity to London hospitals? In short, on daily basis, more and more people are realising there is no FUNDAMENTAL difference between APC and the ousted, and terminally ill PDP.
Never mind the bold face (what the Yorubas call agba ogboju) of the so-called unrepentant Buharists, especially the ex-Left among them. They too are aware of the pervasive hunger; the one that strikes the belly with Sango’s fury. They know kerosene now costs more than N200/litre, they know cooking gas is now N4,500/12.5kg; they know 75cl bottle of palm oil is now N700; a sachet of Spaggeti now N220; they know what ‘kobiowu’ of garri, rice and other grains now cost in the market. When they are bold enough to accept the mistake of placing their entire hope on Buhari-APC, and correctly characterise this regime, they will join the budding, the rapidly developing, social movement - of the oppressed, angry and hungry Nigerians. Social consciousness is building at feverish level: students, tailors, barbers, artisans, traders, workers; name it. Its potential is huge. It only needs an organised outlet to give it the much needed political expression.
What is needed today is a Pan-Nigerian solidarity, the type seen during January 2012 uprising where Christians formed human barricades around their praying Muslim brothers. Those who desire real change will devote their time and energy towards this.
NO TO SECTARIAN CRISES!!!
FOR NATIONWIDE UNITY OF HUNGRY AND ANGRY NIGERIANS!!!
FOR PEOPLE POWER!!!