No to #Revolutionnow, Yes to the Following


The Holy Book says my people perish for lack of knowledge. Though, currently, there is nothing working in Nigeria; in fact, since I began to understand life, I have never experienced a government this bad where every single thing is unstable.

But if we want to change this by revolution, we should admit it and face the consequences. I have a problem where someone says he wants to #revolutionnow but says it is a protest. The word revolution is never the same as a protest. Below is the meaning of revolution provided by Merriam Webster Dictionary, Wikipedia and Wiktionary

Wikipedia

In political science, a revolution is a fundamental and relatively sudden change in political power and political organization which occurs when the population revolts against the government, typically due to perceived oppression or political incompetence.

Merriam Webster 
\ˌre-və-ˈlü-shən\
: the usually violent attempt by many people to end the rule of one government and start a new one
: a sudden, extreme, or complete change in the way people live, work, etc.

Wiktionary
Political upheaval in a government or nation-state characterized by great change.
The removal and replacement of a government, especially by sudden violent action.

My Take
Though, I am not in support of prevention of one's freedom of expression but, based on these definitions, no reasonable government will fold its hands and watch someone championing a so-called protest under the tag #revolutionnow to go score-free.

We know president Muhammadu Buhari's government is allergic to a mere protest. The case of 2face Idibia failed nationwide protest, the Charley boy #OurMumuDonDo protest, and many others proved the sentiment this current government has against protests. So, you should expect a worse reaction when the tag is no longer an ordinary protest but a revolution.

My take is that if truly we want to have any reasonable change in this country, we should focus our anger, pressure and frustration on the various representatives (the Senate and house of representatives) members representing our constituencies. We should mount our demands on them, pressurize them until they are ready to embark on holistic constitutional reforms that will achieve the following and more.

1. Make political positions in Nigeria financially unattractive so that it will attract only those that want to serve by making the salary of the president and every other entitlements 10 per cent more than that of the highest-ranking civil servant in the country. That of the Vice president should be put at 6%, that of the senate president put at 4%, while that of the speaker and the CJN put at 3% and be taxed accordingly.

2. Make it constitutionally illegal for any political office holder to go abroad or take any of his/her family member abroad for any medical treatment that can be done in Nigeria. No serving political office holder should be allowed to take their children or wards abroad to study any course that can be studied in Nigeria. All political holders should be made to use only made in Nigeria products except those products that cannot be produced in Nigeria.

3. Merge the two chambers of the National Assembly into one and reduce the number to 110 - three members from each state and two members from the FCT; and it should be a maximum of 3 terms per individual.

4. Give the states 90% charge of all the resources available in the state and constitutionally mandate each state to pay 10% of their generated revenue to the Federal government account to fund the military (the federal government sole exclusive responsibility), international relations and other Federal government engagements. The state should be in charge of all the security apparatus except the military.

5. Abolish the idea of the state of origin, making meritocracy a priority where anyone from anywhere in Nigeria can be anything in any part of the country.

6. Completely protect the local government council from the direct and indirect control of the state governments by automatically disbursing 40% of the state generated revenue (which would be done in partnership with the local councils) directly into the local councils accounts; and also clearly highlighting the areas of the state economy that will be under the direct control of the local councils.

7. The judiciary should also be protected from the control of the executive arm of government. Hence, the appointment of the CJN and judges should not be the call of the president but of the judicial commission and subject to the confirmation of the National Assembly. The oldest or highest-ranking lawyer in the land can be nominated for CJN by the commission.

All this and more should be the call of all Nigerians. This call should be made through the National Assembly. Mount very heavy pressure on the house until they make it a legislative bill which is ready for presidential accent. Thereafter, transfer the pressure on the president until he accents to it to become law. All these can be achieved within two years. 

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