Says, appealing to Nigerians to be patient is futile
ELDER statesman and a northern leader, Balarabe Musa has called on Nigerians to protest against the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. Musa, the national chairman of
Conference of Nigeria Political Parties, CNPP, advanced reasons for the proposed protest, sighting hunger being caused by the All Progressives Congress, APC-led federal government.
Balarabe said that hunger was a powerful tool in instigating protests and since the current administration had failed in ensuring food security, then Nigerians had right to protect their interests by protesting. Reports by Naij.com said Balarabe admitted that this could have dire consequences for the Buhari-led administration. He said: “Well, they should protest. I know that it is a risk because security men may shoot them. However, they should protest because this is their life.
Somebody is playing with their lives; somebody is destroying their lives; they should defend their lives and protect their interest. “Before the last general election, many Nigerians saw Buhari as an angel who could rescue the country from socio-economic problems, but Nigerians are now saying that they misjudged, and Nigerians should in future make sure that they access any prospective leader critically, taking into account his records, his inclination and everything, particularly records of performance in office.
“Nigerians are not different from the rest of human kinds; they are not different from the rest of the people in the world. Whatever people did in the world to protect themselves or show their anger against bad government, Nigerians can do it, and nobody should deceive himself that Nigerians are so docile, that they will not revolt. Anger pushes anybody to the limit.” According to him, “The idea of government asking Nigerians to be patient can only be sustained in a situation whereby people see hope and changes. But
where people don’t see changes, where they don’t see the basis for expecting changes, and they suffer continuously, appealing to them to be patient may be futile. The former Kaduna State governor further bemoaned the current state of the nation’s economy which has subject the citizens to severe suffering. “There is hunger in the land and Nigerians are dying of hunger. I dare to warn the president and everybody that can listen, that history has proved that mass hunger, hunger of the population, mass poverty of the population,
killer hunger have always been the most immediate cause of proletarian revolution in every country of the world. And the President should know this; let him not be deceived by those who are benefitting from the current situation of hunger.” This is coming few days after emeritus Archbishop of Lagos, Cardinal Anthony Okogie wrote an open letter to President Buhari on the state of the nation. The cleric asked the president to double his effort towards solving the current economic crisis bedevilling the nation as Nigerians are hungry.