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Friday, 20 January 2012

A country burns

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Nigeria is moving towards a precipice as recent events in the country may suggest. 20 bombs have gone off in Kano and sadly it's just a matter of when and not if the next one will go off. Don't ask me where the next target will be because I haven't got a clue. As if the Christmas day bombings weren't enough and the spate of shootings and killings that followed and now this, a feature that is now familiar with our country.

Nigeria is gradually burning in front of our eyes. Do we continue to do nothing? I don't think so, we've all got to take a stand. It's either we are in support of what is happening or we are against it, we can't afford to sit on the fence.

I really don't care if these mayhem are politically motivated or driven by religious extremism, the truth is that there is a failure of leadership to bring this under control. The primary responsibility of any government is to protect its citizens but they were pre-occupied with the small matter of subsidy removal. Thank God our people resisted it and in the end the voice of reason prevailed.

Nigeria has got to discuss the basis of its political and economic unity, we cannot carry on like this. Time is running out but we hope it doesn't run out before our country implodes.

God bless Nigeria. 


  1. You're right, at the end of the day, the buck ends with the government that is elected to maintain a peaceful successful country.

  2. What practical thing do u want ordinary citizens like us to do? Please, suggest so we can broadcast and then we can start. Thanks

  3. True words, Naija4Life.
    Sitting on the fence is not an option.
    Something has to give, Nigeria cannot continue like this.

  4. @Myne, true words, trouble is it does appear there isn't any government at all.

    @ilola, ordinary citizens can voice their anger through the various means available to them. Some have already done so on the streets (very brave means), some are doing so via social networking (very powerful means). I pray this bombings do not head down south otherwise it may even portend unimaginable consequences.

    @Adura, I'm with you, something has got to give.

  5. I do agree we are at a very decisive time in our history
    However, we (those living abroad) must realise that we are far from the heat

    The “Arab Spring” in Egypt, Tunisia and other Mid-East countries relied on social media and technologies like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube in the beginning to mobilize support and engender action.

    However, I believe that anyone who wants to be an element of change should not only comment but should do something practical also

  6. @NIL, granted that we live abroad but does being far from the heat means doing nothing? The more we talk about what is happening back home the more it remains in the spotlight, and for me that is actually doing something. The social media activism that you rightly mentioned gave a lot of impetus to attract media attention which was key to the success of the 'Arab spring'.

    Perhaps if we all added our voice to what is happening in Nigeria, it may be loud enough to be ignored and could even spur our leaders to do what we expect from them.

    Like I said in my post, we can either support what is happening or we are against it, but sitting on the fence is far worse in my view. The responsibility to do something practical is for us all to ponder.



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