The backclash of Nigerian youths,citizenry and the Federal government on the EndSARS protest was an unanticipated violence blurred with looting and destruction of public property. The propensity of such heinous activities we’re not restricted to just the confines of the oppressor, but had targeted the innocent as well. However, both descriptions we’re equally not welcome, but this has defined the unquantifiable rage of Nigeria’s youths and masses. They’ve been offended with the dilapidated system and how all sectors meant for the general citizenry to enjoy. Unfortunately, none was favourable. The educational sector is a rickshaw and neither is academic scholarship beneficial. Poverty is a capsule deeply embedded in roots of of society and that of the masses, unemployment keeps daunting, corruption is still a monster and insecurity keeps escalating.
These problems were tending too much to digest and the hole to purge it all out was too narrow to throw. The EndSARS movement gave the people a gate to vent out all their rage which escalated to a negative confrontation. Looking in hindsight,lessons to be taken away is the youths have proven to the government that they are more than capable of mobilizing themselves to pursue a goal and speak back to the powers that be at highest chain of hierarchy in the country and achieve victory with the exception of minor setbacks within their ranks that hijack peaceful protests turned violent with criminal elements involved.
The current hike in electricity tariff that amounts to 200 percent increase from 22 naira per unit to 66 naira per unit will not sit well with the already aggravated masses that put the nation to a stand still as a result of the EndSars protests. It will spark an uprising on a scale that the nation will become unbearable,insecure and destructive to both the elite and lower class. The hike in electricity price will result to a hike in all basic necessities of livelihood,from food item to other commodities which will give the masses no choice but to revolt against the government,industries and private sector. One must wonder where and what the regulatory commissions,(NERC),Consumer Protection Agency,National Assembly as representatives of the citizens and the Nigerian Labour Congress stand for in such turbulent times facing the nation. Their incapacity to act against such unrealistic provocation and economic decadence will surely lead to civil unrest on a massive scale that has never been seen before,which will undoubtedly destabilize the entire country. A service of unstable electricity and poor maintenance should not be charged at such a high price while top government official and the elite class are sustained from tax payers income with nothing less than 30 KVA generators in,both their personal and official residence. How can an average citizen feeding himself and his family from hand to mouth,with others on a minimum wage of 30 thousand naira survive against such odds?
The situation of the country is becoming more worrisome by the day. There is hike in food prices and it is seeming that fuel is about joining the queue as well. In the observed antecedents that are turning things helter-skelter in the country, the federal government ought to explore all avenues in order to negate the option of increasing electricity tariffs and fuel prices,as this will pump more desolation to the citizens and the results may have the possibility of detrimental effects on a devastating magnitude. The youths are becoming uncontrollably outraged and Nigeria as it stands, doesn’t need to be giving them the reasons to see revolution as an option. The latest protest has broken loose circumstance that gives ample room for the country’s foes to attack it with the likes of secessionist groups such as IPOB and the newly emerged Oduduwa Republic in the southeastern and southwestern regions of the nation. Such matters are liquid taking shape as prerequisites of the presumed container, but may later solidify and become forces to be reckoned with,should the government consider their actions as mere empty threats.
The Nigerian government should not only resort to condemnation, but also take preventive measures. This does not mean restraining freedom of opinion or liberty of the citizens, but it is necessary to factor out reasons that boil down to the roots of all causes in antagonizing the actions of the government. By doing so, it will be clearly visible that a lot of energy is being mainstreamed to dedicate such efforts,which requires a general overhaul to the structural framework of governing machinery. The present recurrent expenditure in the country’s annual budget exhausts 70 percent of the total sum to 5 million people in the public service,civil service,armed forces and the three Arms of Government under a presidential system of government as a system used in governance. Only 30 percent of the remaining annual budget is used to execute capital projects for the remaining 195 million citizens out of a total number of 200 million people. How can a nation prosper and develop it’s economy under such financial in balance of it’s status quo. A country that does not provide it’s citizens with free educational and free healthcare should not inflict on it’s masses with such unbearable hardship,but rather,seek out policies and welfare initiatives that will make their lives easier. No government should make a decision in one day and implement it the next. It is imperative to give enough time for proactive measures to be put in place before taking such drastic actions.
It is common knowledge that for a country to thrive and progress, it should not be perceived as a one-tenure-(four-year administration ) or a two-tenure-(eight-year full circle). It should be looked at through glass prisms to reflect all angles of sustainability with efficiency and goodwill. Legacies left for work done are a sweet memory, but lifetime legacies make history. Should the federal government fail to heed the outcry and rage brewing in hearts of the masses,they should expect peaceful protests with numbers of people ranging into millions on the streets that will certainly evolve into a chaotic state that cannot be controlled by less than the 800 thousand security personnel across all six geopolitical zones in Nigeria,which will be too late to depend on for restoring peace and stability once all hell breaks loose. A stitch in time saves nine. If the Nigerian youths and pressure groups we’re to engage the government with peaceful protests,now is the time. “GOVERNMENT SHOULD SEE PREVENTION OF SIMILAR ANTECENDENT IN THE RECENT ENDSARS PROTESTS”!
May Allah SWA continue to bless,guide and protect us with his infinite wisdom and mercy. Amin Ya Rahman.