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#TakeItBack: A Movement To Change The People And Institution By Kofo Beckley

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The level of impunity under this regime has succeeded in drawing public attention to the mental health status of some political office holders, who seem to lack any sense of reparation for their shameful spending of federal funds.

Kofo Beckley

For Martin Luther, “A social movement that only moves people is merely a Revolt. A movement that changes both people and institution is a Revolution.”

Prior to the general elections that ushered a return of the current government, was a revolutionary movement launched as disruptor of Nigeria’s political space. The #TakeItBack moved Nigerians all over the world towards a mission to rescue Africa’s most populous nation from total collapse.

A major factor in the formation of this movement was that the electioneering of 2019 would be in two ways. One was for it to go the way of the ballot; secondly, it also was to be a revolutionary referendum that will put an end to the series of failed leaders and government that have brought Nigeria to a state of quagmire.

Consequent upon this awakening of mass consciousness, there have been pockets of protests in various cities and countries, in demanding total emancipation of Nigerians from oppression and improvement in the quality of our lives, with special focus on the youth. Institutions have not been spared in this struggle.

The youths have greeted Police brutality with #EndSARS protest. Even the church, the judiciary, the nation’s Apex finance institution (CBN), have had their share of the people’s revolt. Hashtags of #IStandAgainstBuhari and #WeAreTired were at some point trending on Social Media, to express the dissatisfaction of the people with the ineptitude and insufficiency of an insensitive institution.

In no distant time, there is bound to be a critical mass movement against a regime that tends to sustain insurgency, even as it has a retired General as head. It is heartbreaking that wealth generated under this regime is geared towards rehabilitating terrorists and reckless spending on projects that have no bearing with human capital development or national growth, even at the expense of the workforce who suffer untold hardship from non-payment of their meagre salaries and dishonourable minimum wage.

The level of impunity under this regime has succeeded in drawing public attention to the mental health status of some political office holders, who seem to lack any sense of reparation for their shameful spending of federal funds.

The spate of killings by bandits, herdsmen, kidnappers, rapists, and ritualists is appalling. Since assuming power in 2015, the regime of Major General Mohammadu Buhari (rtd) in its shameless show of high level of lawlessness and disregard for the rule of law, using armed men and institutions of coercion, including prisons for illegal detention and criminal abuses has failed in its responsibility to secure the lives and property of citizens.

Unfortunately too, our judicial system has lost the trust of the mass of the population. The use of state apparatus has become the preserve of a self-acting minority whose task is as much, the repression of dissenting voices. How then can any sane person repose confidence in an institution that tends to favour only the rich, powerful, and connected, in a country that’s ranking high in the list of the world’s poorest nations?

The introduction of the Hate Speech and Social Media Bills by the legislative arm of this regime could not have been anything outside of a deliberate attempt at punishing dissent and flagrant abuse to Freedom of Speech by the state.

Nigerians have been pushed to the limit. The objective conditions for revolt are running high, and fast tending towards a revolution. This revolution will definitely set the tone for a complete restructure of the one time giant of Africa, to revive her development and growth. Thus, restoring her glory amongst the comity of nations. It shall come to be, that Nelson Mandela was right after all when he said, “Young people are capable, when aroused, of bringing down the towers of oppression and raising the banners of freedom.”

A revolution that will change both the people and institution is imminent…

Revolution Now!

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