To All Nigerians

Posted: August 12, 2013 in Arise and Shine, Dairy of a Freeman, Naija Scene, Opinion, The Grind Theorem
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A LETTER TO EVERY NIGERIAN

Where do we begin from?

To the colonizers and the armed merchants before them, who overthrew our way of life with the force of arms; we may not have been more than just the people who live in the area around the River Niger.

To Lugard and his Mistress, we may not have been much more than the people of the Niger River Area [from which they derived the name Nigeria].

And to the political elites of the independence struggle, we may not have been on the eve of flag independence more than a ‘mere geographical expression’ [albeit one which some of them, proffessing progressive orientation said they were determined to transform into a real multinational nation].

And to the successor treasury looting and light fingered political [in particular], and ruling [in general] elite of the past 3 three decades; we may still be a disparage alignment of fractious ethnicities and religious sects.

And just before we go on; why did we make reference to the past three decades? Because the dominant gladiators of our nation, rampaging like traumatized elephants in a china shop all over our political and socio-economic space over the last three decades have been same personalities, families or lineages!

But in spite of the ineptitude and glutinous greed of our ruling class combined with the conspiracies of our international distractors; We The People, we who fought the military to a standstill and forced them back into their barracks; We, the foot soldiers, organisers and mobilisers of the June 12 struggle and more recently the January 2012 Uprising; We, the People of Nigeria, united by our shared experience of poverty, suffering, joblessness, homelessness, and exploitation by native and foreign taskmasters; We, the People of Nigeria, forged in the furnace of our common struggles for daily survival as well as for long term social justice; shaped by our common experience of the Civil War, and the insurgencies that have dotted our land since then;

We The Ordinary People of Nigeria, who have always struggled to assert our citizenship; We know for a fact that we are more than a collection of fractious ethnicities and religious sects.

We have and are in the process of becoming the same people, strengthened by their diversity, propelled by our shared adversity, boosted by our ingenuity, and thrust forward by our common humanity.

We are one people, diverse, and united. We are one people, held down by a small minded elite; held back by a world rigged against our emergence.
We are one people.

We the Ordinary People of Nigeria, we are the only ones who truly believe in this country; and it is because of us, our united suffering, our united struggles, our common hope, that this nation continues to exist.

It is only us, who can truly emancipate ourselves and liberate our nation and people. Yes Only Us.

Let us get our acts together, gird our loins, take our destiny into our own hand, and Take Back Nigeria.
We are the people.

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