Don’t push us to revolution – VDC
By Ahmed el-Salam, 2004
Unless the present crop of Nigerian leaders change their style of leadership and imbibe the culture of selfless service, the common citizens may soon revolt against the system.
This was the view contained in a recent press release issued by the Voice of Democratic Champions (VDC) and signed by their Secretary-General, Mr. Victor Olajide.
The group lamented the fate of Nigeria as “bedeviled by recycled gerontocratic rulers since independence,” and whose qualification for office is that they are ex-this and ex-that, with the trend that they now distribute public office among their children, relations and friends.
It may be recalled that a daughter of President Obasanjo was recently appointed as Commissioner in Ogun State, while one of the wives of Vice-President Atiku Abubakar serves in similar capacity in Adamawa State.
Calling on Nigerians to rise in rejection of the evil trend, the VDC claimed that the corruption-ridden leaders often discourage young politicians by way of intimidation, using their loots to have their way. The group condemned the lust for more money and acquisition of choice property, businesses and more dollars abroad instead of attending to the needs of the electorate.
“The neglect of the people by our elected leaders have led to the breeding of prostitutes and armed robbers as a result of the untold hardship the poor are forced to go through.”
The VDC, therefore, questioned the moral right of our leaders to kill armed robbers when there is hardly any difference between the robbers and the leaders. In their view, the armed robber had to endure the scorching sun and dangerous places on the highway to rob, whereas “our leaders have to sit under sophisticated roofs and air-condition – to add as many zeros as they want to figures and feed their accounts fat” with public funds.
The group is concerned that those, who deserve death penalty are the same people ordering the killing of armed robbers, and wondered who will judge the pen robbers.
Lamenting the shamelessness of Nigerian leaders, the VDC regretted that, while the rich are getting richer through looting, they are busy impoverishing the poor most of who are now street-beggars, and yet these leaders are bold enough to call on creditor-nations to cancel the nation’s debts.
Over the years, the group claimed, mass and professional bodies such as the NBA, NANS, ASSU and the NLC have been emasculated and could no longer influence government policies; which is why leaders in government have become “nothing but the tools of death.”
The VDC called on leaders such as Banbangida, Atiku, Obasanjo, Saraki and Ojukwu to hands-off governance, asking, “must you go and die in Aso Rock?”
Concluding, the group said that the leadership of these leaders has become a jinx or curse for which a revolution may be needed to break.
Culled from Our VISION magazine, Vol.5, No.1, 2004