It is not the first blow that kills a snake, the cumulative impacts of subsequent blows weakens it. The emancipation of the Negroes in the United States was a process. Barack Obama’s journey to the white house started with Martin Luther King’s idea of a color blind society. There had been a couple of attempts to end racial segregation before Rosa Parks’ defiance sparked a boycott which ended segregation in Montgomery.
While this may not be the last blow that kills the snake of corruption in our society, we are sure it has a weakening effect. Even though it seems we’ve been betrayed, psychologically squashed and sold out, we shall still continue to #OccupyNigeria. The only power a slave master has over the slave is ignorance. That’s why he never educates him, because the more you know, the better you behave.
Comrades, the strike may be over and our rights to protests may be threatened yet we know more about the budget than we used to. We are more aware of current issues. We know we can question the budget. Our chants, rants, arguments, blogs and peaceful protests have initiated a process. We now know it’s not just Twitter, Facebook or Blogger.
Even if the EFCC reports are doctored, we have succeeded in starting a process. Let me assure you, that we are victors. They fear us. That is why they changed the rules of the game by involving military presence. Life may not be as it used to be, but now we have a glimpse into their minds. Prices may not return to what they were, shoes may pinch, but our minds are awakened.
The gateman knows about the budget. “Iya moria” knows about the kitchen allowance. Secondary school students are asking questions about the budget. We are no longer ignorant. Gradually, the grip of the slave master is getting weaker by the day. Let us all be aware that, it’s not a “battle of guns” but a “war of wits.” Not a revolution with violence but a “battle of the mind.”
Demola did not die for nothing, muyideen did not die in vain, hundreds, injured physically and mentally shall not be in vain. So therefore in their memorial, let us keep the hope alive as we #OccupNigeria in our jobs, educating our colleagues. Let us keep the hope alive as we #occupynigeria in our churches & mosques, enlightening the congregation. Let us keep the hope alive as we #occupynigeria in our schools, streets and communities. Teaching them the actual issues, which are beyond fuel subsidy. It’s about accountability. It’s about cutting government waste.
They may stop the strikes or discourage the protests; they can never stop us from talking. This is not a time to lay blames and point accusing fingers, but a time to recoup our strength, losses and learn from our mistakes. It’s a time to prepare for the next opportunity or create one. It’s not until 2015, the time is now.
First Published on Facebook. 17/01/2012