There’s something in the air. A really strong wind it is. Like the biblical David it has taken on the largest of forces and weakened them in the knees. No one is immune to this wind, the wind of revolution.
“The passive resistance has to come to an end. People must step out and make a difference. People must be willing to take a risk. We all have to rally and fight this abuse of privileges by our leaders. No more talking in bars and barbershops. The time is now. We are the only ones who can make the difference. Enough with all the talk. Action speaks louder than words.”
Before his execution, a group of junior officers in the Army carried out their own coup. They were successful and installed Rawlings as their leader. This was in the year 1979. Rawlings might have taken a while in finding his feet but he was able to steer
comfortably and organise the elections that heralded John Kuffour who takes the title of being arguably the best African President since Nelson Mandela. Ghana
Fast forward to 2011. The Revolution wind is blowing. It’s fast and furious. First off, The North African country,
. The ‘Tunisian Revolution’ was instigated by the suicide protest of a 16 year old boy, Mohammed Bouazizi as a way of addressing harassment from authorities. This inspired the people of Tunisia to protest their predicament at the hand of their leader, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. The protests were so violent that Ben Ali fled the country. With the ousting of Ben Ali, an interim government has been put in place to ensure Tunisia ’s progression Tunisia
, the year 2011 determines what’s next and which direction the country’s headed. After so many years of military misrule, the democratic dispensation ushered in 1999 has faced some hiccups, particularly, the credibility of the 2007 elections. In April, this year, elections shall hold. How far Nigeria goes is dependent on how the elections go. If they go the way of the 2007 elections, I’m pretty sure that the legion of Nigerians on Twitter and Facebook, would be willing to allow the wind that has blown Nigeria North Africa into our shores. Our leaders better take note, the people are tired of flagrant disregard for due process, absence of internal democracy in the political parties. They will do all they can do to ensure that impunity ends in governance. If they desist, they stand the risk of being blown away by the wind of change.
P.S I’m anti violence but do recognize that it could become the last resort if things don’t go the way they should. This is to clear up any misinterpretation of the Jerry Rawlings allusion as me supporting violence.
Also this piece was written before Mubarak’s departure as Egyptian leader and also before the wind reached
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