#OurNASS Protests And My Issues With The Modus Operandi By Emaleku Austin
Sept 26, 2013 marked a day that Nigerian youths all over the country came out in their numbers and yours truly was there live and direct to give my support to the protest in my own little and infinitesimal way.
On Sept 25, 2013 24hrs to the protest some of us were not too calm with the approach and strategies and we asked questions but in a typical twitter Nigerian style we were immediately tagged enemies of the protest and cowards who can only talk but can’t walk their talk. Personally, I have always have issues with the modus operandi in which the protest was to go but I thought I was alone until AYO SOGUNRO echoed my exact thought via his twitter account but as expected people came after him tagging him all sorts of names but just like the typical Ayo Sogunro he didn’t stop until he was done with his criticism and contribution to the protest.
To be blatant, I criticize people’s ideas for two major reasons and it is either I don’t agree with your views or i want you to school me more in other to convince me. My objection to the protest was based on the second reason.
The truth is we all want improvement in Nigeria at least if we can’t enjoy that our kids should be able to feel our impacts in their own generation. No rational thinking Nigerian will be happy with what is going on in Nigeria except you are part of the little wolfs eating us dry or your parents are part of it. In essence, every youth in this country should have no reason not to support this battle to save Nigeria and her future but I must say that while some of us criticized it based on the fact that we didn’t want anything to go wrong some criticized because of personalities involved. I can’t and won’t hold brief for such people.
I am going to painstakingly express my views about this protest and way forward by critically examining what the black Americans did on their way to freedom and the final protest that brought them that necessary freedom they all enjoy in America today which is tagged “The Great walk/match”
The great walk/match that took place in Washington DC and was led by Martin Luther King Jr in conjunction with other notable black activists and it didn’t just happen overnight but took them careful planning, sleepless nights and dedicated people who gave it their all in all
Their First Line of action was to get a platform to operate on, they registered their association, contributed money to rent a place in Washington DC which serves as headquarters in order to have a nervous system to be able to coordinate every activities that will lead up to the protest. Various departments were created to handle each of the affairs from medical department to legal department to publicity etc. these various departments relate with other various black groups all over America to bring them under same umbrella irrespective of their differences and everybody was giving a voice. With this central control it was easier to monitor the process and the eventual protest that shook the whole of America.
The protest where over 10million people came from all over America was a defining moment in the history of America. To remind you Martin Luther king Jr. was not even in the head office most of the time until a night before the protest rather he was moving from all around the country educating blacks why they have to make their ways to Washington DC for the protest. The coverners were able to provide transportation to protesters from every part of America.
Why have I taken my time to go way back to highlights these issues? It simply because Nigerians are not easy people to deal with and this #ourNASS protest is an attempt to take away the source of lively hood of some powerful people and the bitter truth is they won’t hand it over to us without reprisals from them. Protesters will be attacked and arrested day and night for having the guts to query them and their pay. Now when they unleash their military mercenaries on us what do we do? Do we retreat and go back to our various houses and continue groaning inside? Certainly that won’t be the best.
For us to make a lasting impression with whatever protest or movement we are planning to embark upon we must take a cue from the great match of Washington DC and have a workable and feasible template and plan of action for us not to derail from the objectives and demands of our agitation.
It will be crystal clear without little or no doubt if you flash back your mind at Occupy Nigeria, it was a beautiful movement and they felt the heat but why didn’t it yield the required results? The answer is simply because there was no template and plan of action and independent coordination. Occupy Nigeria was working on the template of NLC/TUC and when those ones betrayed the movement everything about Occupy Nigeria crumbled like a pack of cards but the truth is for those few days in Ojota it was obvious the government felt the pains and the heat.
As a product of student unionism, certain measures must be put into consideration before embarking on a protest in order to achieve a desirable result.
First thing we must do is building an institution or a viable platform that wont centre around personalities but genuine agitation. My emphasis on “personalities” because that will enable every positive yearning individuals to participate irrespective of your opinion about anybody.
Secondly, getting the platform registered and have an office to coordinate activities is another viable measures that must be put into consideration.
Thirdly, getting people who are ready to work without pay in that office but their immediate needs must be taken care of.
Lastly, having different departments ranging from legal, IT, media, business, medical etc with support from young Nigerians on and off twitter that are ready to work at anytime and anywhere to support the movement.
On twitter we have so many young lawyers, IT professionals, media personalities, medical personnel etc these people must be willing and ready to render their services day and night without expecting any financial rewards from the movement. We must ensure we liaise with agencies in and out of the country to be able to make our voice heard.
Ayo Sogunro made mention of having connections with top security brass in one of his tweets and that is the bitter truth because these are the people that can always tell us the next line of action of the people we are fighting.
Nigerian politicians will never hand over their source of lively hood to you without a fight and they will go to any length to kill, maim and destroy anybody who dare challenge them. On and off protest won’t give them ordinary sleepless night until we are able to build a vibrant platform like NADECO to fight them then we can make a lasting impacts in our country anything short of this might not even bother an average politician in Nigeria.
Lastly I must salute every Nigerians that came out yesterday for this course. Personally it was a big privilege standing side by side with @mrenclave, @egbas, @walexng200, @babatundeJnr, @araabmoney, @solar_unique, @wildeji, @occupynaija, @deboadejugbe, @Dolusegun, @marusty etc in Lagos state house of assembly to make our voice heard. If and when call upon will be willing to march with you again. Fellow comrades I say AMAGLA AWETU…..NOTHING SHALL DISCOURAGE US.
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