Late Niccolo Machiavelli it was who posited evergreenly that: “it must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle than to initiate a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in those who would profit by the new order”. And to Mao Zedong: “A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another”.
Revolutions have happened in some places in history and wherever it had taken place societies changed for good and better. The recent places modern-day revolutions had happened include
Whilst that of
A good friend of mine in Cape Town, RSA, whom I had just visited, had told me as we discussed the Nigerian future nationhood that a revolution could not succeed back home simply because of many factors Nigerian: institutionalised corruption, ethnic divides, docility and fear of the masses and the rich lawless elite ever ready to use military means to put it down early enough before the social conflagration assumes a life of its own.
Some revolutions had happened spontaneously without any formal planning or organisation. Leading it through sometimes becomes an act of fate and/or popular mass appeal. In
Still, it goes without saying that there are mini-revolutions going on presently in
Niger Deltans are making oil exploration in Niger Delta a nightmarish experience kidnapping expatriates, blowing up oil installations and issuing forth threats of the dangers ahead unless equity and justice reigns. And armed robbers, as daring and bold as ever, are still visiting banks and other places carting away billions of naira and killing innocent people with the police presenting little or no challenge. And President Yar’Adua pushes his rule of law mantra fanatically allowing due process to prevail in a nation damaged by rascality and circumvention of rules and regulations.
The singular major obstacle to national renaissance in
Who is really afraid of a revolution possibly holding in
Launching two historic books few weeks back on Olusegun Obasanjo’s 8-year much-criticised presidency Prof Ben Nwabueze, former Education Minister, highlighted the political and economic chicanery that took place during ‘Babacracy’ drawing conclusions and apportioning blame. The well-researched books sought to remind Nigerians of many things OBJ did wrong or criminally failed to do as he piloted the ship of state.
Since our memory is very short as a people forgetting so easily it is important we remember in years to come how the Aremu of Ota consciously threw away and blew our national transformational chances. How he played god and became the Lord of the Manor!
In the book presentation in
The only dissenting voice in the book launch came from retired General Theophilus Danjuma for obvious reasons. Gen. Danjuma counselled against any revolution considerations saying in essence that the implications could be self-defeating. Kalu, Tinubu and Atiku are radicals who fought ‘Baba’ and his brand of ancient democracy and in the process paid hugely for their effrontery. If a revolution were to happen today in
General Danjuma, who recently lost his bid to reclaim his confiscated oil bloc license, is morbidly afraid of a revolution in Nigeria because like his brothers-in-arms, Generals Ibrahim Babangida, Abdusalami Abubakar, Olusegun Obasanjo and others, who partook in the ruination of the nation any revolution will never spare them; spilling their bloods to atone for their collective politico-economic perfidy automatically becomes the first priority.