AGAIN NIGERIA!

AGAIN NIGERIA!

ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE HISTORY OF NIGERIA- UZOIGWE HENRY EJIKE

Amidst a pandemic that ravaged the world to utter economic nudity and security porosity, the people mourned as they watch their leaders feeding fat like the cows of Bashan while the led with flattened stomach wake up everyday to see hopelessness resting in the damp of abundance. They wept, in boohoo they screamed “what will save the harmless chicks in the den of the ever-hungry vultures?’’ Echieteka walked to the forefront of the villagers of Amiyi, she sighed and with her two hands holding her grit by sticking to the waist. Then she sat upon the molehill and continued.

It was a time and season when the leaders thought their recklessness in the polity of the country cannot be questioned, and they never saw the sign that the raging sea of contempt is crossing the shores and is persistently forward and ready to drown anyone whose feet is found. The brutality of the agents of the unscrupulous government confidently carried out crimes and vices, they perpetuated mayhem and became a threat to the lives and properties of the people who they swore to protect and keep safe. The tyrants (supposed leaders) occupying the political sphere then fold their arms and watched as the citizenry were butchered and merchandised by the acclaimed agents of peace and orderliness, while the led complained in tears the dictators remained mute and blind—that was the pinch that sparked off the doggedity of the led, especially the youths. They maintained a slogan “ OUR MUMU DON DO. OUR PRESIDENT IS A BAD BOY. ‘’

Our Mumu don do. Our President is a bad boy.

Nigerian youths , October 2020.

Spontaneously the youths took off to the streets in different communities and states across the country in their numbers to protest against the sheer brutality and ruthlessness of the agents of the government who were armed to slay the harmony of the people, they took the name “SARS“. Now all the villagers that were standing took their seats on the rocks that were sparsely placed in the village square while others fold their arms in awe. Some maintained a keen look with unbridled attention.

Yes! It happened, at the beginning of their unswerving moves, the political power holders ignored them all, little did they know that it was an unusual business. It continued —the protest. As days turn to weeks, celebrities all over the country began to lead the movement in different locations, even beyond the shores of the country Nigeria. The social media became a community where the youths got informed and galvanized. To the chagrin of the tyrants, as the day went by, the youths turned out in mass , “#End SARS!” they screamed and demanded. Earlier on this revolutionary stride, they were only asking the government of the day to scrap out the supposed agent of peace that has turned blood-sucking. Then on a good morning, the government declared the institution “disbanded”. But the supposed leaders were insensitive. Were they that unfortunate? You may be tempted to ask —immediately they pronounced the institution of another armed agent and called them “SWAT”. “you can  laugh a bit” Echieteka added. What a mockery!

Now comes the following phase of agitations, it was no longer a matter of scraping out miscreants in the cover of legality with a chameleon shade. It became a demand and quest for reforms and an overhaul check in the entire system of governance. “End SARS” became an acronym which stands for the distinctive demands of the populace of the country. The swell toppled and the echoes shrilled “End bad Government” they wailed. Then in different parts of the country, they organized themselves without any identified leader, just like the ants—they walked in unison with placards and banners, registering their demands to the government and the world as they puffed in number.

“My people!” Echieteka sighed again in dismay as she wiped sweat off her brows, she continued.

Then came the shame: In cowardice, the people’s ambassadors resolved to take off the protesters from the streets with an iron fist. One may be moved to ask, why not address the people and back it up with immediate actions? Instead, the military force were armed and ordered to mow down the citizens who elected the supposed leaders. The international community were actively inactive and the country’s president was supposedly dead in quietness amidst the uproar of the grievances of the people. You should be quick to ask , “was there a sitting president”? the protesters maintained their ground in the streets “#End SARS . #OurPresident is a bad boy” they yelled —an open vote of no confidence.

And now the sacrilege: On the 20th day of October, 2020, in the late hours of the night while the protesters persisted on a patriotic procession in a major city in Nigeria. Not to mention other significant cities where the protest prevailed. “EndSars” they reiterated, holding up the Nigeria flag as they stamp their feet to the earth marching to the toll gate in lekki, Lagos, Nigeria. Then suddenly, there was a blackout, ku-ku’kuku-kuku, the white man’s machine cracked, indiscriminately spreading the machines’ seeds amidst the innocent and harmless citizens of the country who were just out to register their contempt and displeasure on the caretakers of their commonwealth —Yes! A blood bath. The Nigeria flag was soaked with the bloods of patriotic citizens who only asked and fought for the good of their mother land.

Nigeria stained her flag with blood on this day.
Nigeria bled

Once upon a time, the land was desecrated in utter recklessness and without a blink, the citizens were mowed like grass in a fresh dispensation of a supposed democratic society.

Who are the leaders: ambassadors of goodwill or representatives of shame?

Echieteka stood from the molehill beholding the discontentment in the faces of her listeners, she dust her butt and declared sarcastically

 “let God be the judge”.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Uzoigwe Henry Ejike hails from Awgu, Enugu State. An NCE holder and a 300l Student in Unizik, Awka Anambra State. 
He is the Director of Spotlight magazine ,A spoken word artiste , Public speaker and a Writer. He is also an Essayist and has contested in many international essay competitions .

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This Post Has 42 Comments

  1. Amara

    Mehn… This is a masterpiece 👏

  2. Louis Nwankwo Jackson

    This is clearly a great piece coined to show the state of inhumanity executed by our so-called rulers. Kudos Henryreigns

  3. Udefi John

    This is so inspiring. That’s a nice work Henry. You are blessed.

  4. Uchman

    Nigeria is really in a mess, innocent people are being killed on daily basis and nothing has been done to address it, I believe the youths have their destinies in their hands. But there’s a lots of disunity among the youths, which is Crystal clear that Nigeria is not one. In the aspect of of power control a particular tribe has swore with their blood to keep staying in power wether by election or selection. All we need is freedom.

    1. Chiamaka Kalu

      Nigeria is a mess but I do not agree with your thought on the disunity of Nigerian youths , during the ENDSARS protest there was a commendable show of Unity and this was what really scared the government which contributed to the unfortunate Genocide.

  5. Henry

    Indeed! It has a touch of mastery.

  6. Nwankwo Chidiebere dopamine

    Wow, nice write-up. Thumbs up

  7. Obiano Juliet

    Nice piece Henry

  8. Maikon

    Nice work, keep it up 👆

  9. Anita jonas

    This is a laid down MASTER PIECE INDEED
    You are indeed going places dear
    The Lord b your mussel
    May your ink never run dry
    More grease
    Greater oils
    More grace
    Congratulations!!!

  10. Chiemeka

    Nice write up

  11. Victor

    Nice one bro

  12. Ejikeme Obinna

    This I a very good work, please keep the good work going. God bless you

    1. Kaycee

      I’m not surprised though have always known you are a smart one.Nice piece keep it up

  13. Lawmason

    Wow!! That is cool
    Keep it up
    You are blessed

  14. Victor

    A nice one

  15. Okonkwo Augustine

    Nice work Mr Henry. Your works are really inspiring. You are exactly what the community needs this very time, men who can speak for the people. More grease

    1. Kenny

      Nice one. This is as explicit as it gets. Keep it up.

    2. Jayspire

      Great one

  16. Ngozi

    Nice one dear, keep exposing them.

  17. Esther Anthony

    Nice write up Henry I wonder how you could pen down all this despite the tragic moment in the nation.

  18. Oge Anne

    Nice one

  19. Nancy Nnenna

    Nice post……
    Keep the good work up……

  20. Chioma

    Awwwwwww Nice piece🙌👌👌👌👌

  21. Chioma

    Awwwwww keep it up dear🙌👌👌👌👌

  22. Okolo Chukwuemerigo

    Great work. I anticipate more Sir

  23. Louisa okoye

    This is indeed a nice masterpiece coming from a great Nigerian youth
    Keep it up dear

  24. Charles Okolie

    Great masterpiece!.

  25. Chinenye

    Nice one, keep it up.

  26. Kimnana

    Wow wat a great one…thumbs up henry

  27. Charles

    Nice Article prof. 2020 was a year to recone with, glade we pulled through at last.

  28. EZE-KAMAH VICTOR

    I would recommend that this great piece be in a national newspaper and magazine. I really can’t find words to describe it. Great job

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