It will be a year since the #LekkiMassacre on 20 October. That day marked the height of the worst bloodletting to halt the greatest mass movement of youth ever in the history of Nigeria. The same vampires who committed such murderous atrocities never learned from the post-#EndSARS violent reactions from the mass of people which torpedoed the state’s armed forces and their barracks while sending chills down the spines of our thieving crude rulers who had hitherto acted like monsters, forcing their crude and destructive anti-people ideas on the people from North to South.
SARS might have been ordered back just last month, despite denials by the police. And none of the governors nor federal government seems ready to implement the reports from the panels of inquiry setup in the wake of the protests. This makes one belief that the panels were only meant to douse the tensions in the first place. But the #EndSARS youths never faltered as to the 5for5 demands and took the state unawares by storming the different panels all over the states to tell it to the barbarians what its brutality has actually caused in terms of blood and mud.
Already, the shocker produced by the so-called “Lazy Youths” by uniting and fighting in millions with strategic and feasible organizing that broke the camels’ backs and shook the world to its brims, is yet an awesome momentum which our wicked rulers never imagined in their dreams. President Buhari observed as much when earlier in June 2021 he said that the “#EndSARS youths wanted to remove me”! Buhari and his likes of war mongers saw the people’s war and caught cold. In Lagos, the billionaire political conman, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, ran off his Bourdillon fortress and had to assert even while obviously shaking ghastly that- “I still remain the Asiwaju!”
Who would wait when the youths and people are united?!
No one! This is why we are calling on all the youths and working people especially those being daily ravaged by Boko Haram and ISWAP violence in the North mass violence, and the incessant spate of kidnapping worsened by the Maj Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd)’s regime’s incompetence.
It is time for all the oppressed to drop whatever is dividing us and unite to finish off our detractors everywhere. It is very clear that neither the Northern oligarchy nor the Southern misrules stand for the people. It is clear that the Northern rogues are only interested in stealing the North and its resources dry instead of defeating the quantum of insecurities.
For in the insecurities, they find primitive accumulation. Therefore Buhari is never interested in prosecuting nor probing the sponsors of Boko Haram and ISWAP even if a quarter of his home state Katsina has been overridden by the terrorists. Same is why Governors Tambuwal and the rest never mind even if Sokoto, Kaduna, Kano and other states are ceded to bandits. For Governor Ganduje and others, the dollars in millions stuffing their wallets and dashiki is what matters.
Towards 20 October 2021, youths and working people need to rise to demand “Food, Security, and Justice.” Nothing is working. But the rulers keep fomenting killer policies that would deepen the rot. They keep stealing, destroying and prefer the country to perish. In short, with their experiences of the Boko Haram/ISWAP/Bandits war; our ruining class want war. They now understand how to manage a war economy. In the North today, the war mainly affects the poor people. Most governors rule from Abuja or diaspora and cash out in billions. Therefore, they would never do all the things necessary to stop the war.
In all, the lesson is that there are only two choices before us. From the Southeast to the Northeast, the rulers want the yam-pepper-scatter-scatter! But we all must stop this. We have to advance what we did during October last year. This time, youths and workers in the North must join so the war in the North can stop. This is why the protests in Sokoto should move simultaneously around the whole of the North.
Working-class people and youths across every region of the country have to squarely understand the need for the solidarity of we, the poor masses. The time has come for us all to choose between #RevolutionNow and war!
by Kunle Wizeman AJAYI