According to the political thought of the famous Abraham Lincoln of the United States of America, ‘Democracy is the government of the people by the people and for the people’. Towing the Lincoln’s line of idea, one will comfortably admit that democracy in Nigeria under the whims and caprices of Mr Buhari is a play to the gallery; something more of a ‘democrazy’ (if such a thing ever exists in the political lexicon. Enough of meandering, let’s face Mr Prez’s resignation now.
The Coalition for Revolution (CORE) has called on President Buhari to resign before the 1st of October, 2020, the day set aside for the celebration of Nigeria’s independence from the British Imperialists. According to the group, as reported by Sahara Reporters, there would be a nation-wide peaceful protest by their members, as well as some in some selected countries world-wide, should Mr Buhari refuse to resign before that day. They faulted the President’s incompetence and maladministration as some of the reasons for their Clarion call for his resignation. The group said they are mobilising people to protest and demand the following, (per Sahara Reporters):
1. A reversal of the harsh policies that have bored a burdensome hole into the pockets of the Nigerian people especially at a time when citizens are recovering from the adverse effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, a global health crisis that was also mismanaged by the Buhari’s government further plunging already struggling citizens into deeper financial problems; a time when there is an unprecedented dictatorial-style crackdown on free speech, dissent, activism, journalism and the right to associate and congregate peacefully and protest.
2. The reversal of the hike in the price of Premium Motor Spirit from N148 to N151.
3. The sacking of all service chiefs in the country due to their proven incompetence in finding a lasting solution to the Boko Haram insurgency which has claimed and is still claiming the life of Nigerians daily.
4. Respect for the rule of law, court orders and due process which has been bastardised in a corrupt attempt to silence dissent.
5. The release of all political detainees and prisoners of conscience across the country and the dismissal of trumped-up charges levelled against them.
6. Payment of a living wage and social security benefits to all Nigerians so that they can live a dignified existence. An end to poorly thought-out foreign loans that would burden and enslave future generations.
7. The immediate resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari for failing the Nigerian people on all his campaign promises and for plunging the nation into chaos.
8. An end to the killing of all members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and the prosecution of all police and military officers fingered in their harassment.”
9. The unconditional release of Shiek Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, and his wife, Zeenat.
10. An end to the systemic genocide of Christians and killings of other Nigerians in Southern Kaduna, Plateau State, Benue State and Taraba State by the Fulani militia.
Meanwhile, the National Association of Private School Teachers had also planned another peaceful protest against the anti welfarist attitude of the government having being at home for more than 5 months without salaries. However, due to lack of national recognition of the association, the members decided to let go the protest and hold a press conference instead.
Now, with all these buzzing around the national government, it is abundantly enough for Me BUHARI to throw in the towel and allow more competent hands to thrive at the deck, if democracy is indeed the government of the people by the people and for the people.
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