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Thursday 25 January 2018 by Mabinuori Idowu (aka ID)

Which one you dey oh! ID for President! Which one you dey!

Brothers and Sister, fellow country men and women: TIME COME FOR A RADICAL CHANGE! One of the most important Black intellectuals of the 20th Century; psychiatrist, philosopher and revolutionary, Frantz Fanon said: “Each generation must out of relative obscurity discover its mission, fulfil it, or betray it.” In view of this inspiring quote, I Mabinuori Kayode IDOWU (aka ID) like many Nigerians have discovered my mission and I am not ready to betray it, the same way our politicians and successive military regimes have done thus far, hence my declaration as candidate for the 2019 Presidential election in Nigeria. Join our Movement Against Second Slavery (MASS) on facebook or simply click “like” my Mabinuori Kayode IDOWU page, when we have one million registered men and women in our rank, we organise before the end of this year a MASS convention in Nigeria, choose our party name, leaders, and candidates for President and the National Assembly elections in 2019.

In a Nigeria endowed with so many riches, needless to say that there is mass poverty and unemployment - most Nigerians feel insecure in their homeland and this has been the plight of majority of Nigerians since our so-called Independence, without solutions from either the politicians or successive military regimes. Be it Biafra agitators, and the never-ending military uprising in the oil producing region in the South East of Nigeria, the aspiration of Nigerian people has over the years been transformed into nightmare with the military taking the country through a civil war, and the spectre of another looming as we see from events in the Northern parts of Nigeria with Boko Haram, and States rocked by insistent attacks from Fulani herdsmen in a wave of unprecedented violence.

Time come for a radical change! Like Fela Anikulapo-Kuti sang in C.B.B (Confusion Break Bone): “How can a country have money, and the people of the country don’t see the money?” PDP, APC, or is it Alabukun Powder, are piece of the same coin (SOLDIER GO! SOLDIER COME!) Today; everyone agrees that corruption has led Nigeria into a fantastic anarchy be it at the Federal, State, or local government level. For us to get to where we are today, it is clear that the path laid-down by the “Founding Fathers” of our nation is no doubt a bad way forward. This pattern of governance must be abandoned; it is painful, but it must be abandoned. The paths already taken by our elders did not work, and we will not repeat the same mistakes.

If our founding fathers failed us, this is not the case with our MOTHER! Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan, an African American writer and historian wrote in his book, Black Man of the Nile: “No man forever allows his MOTHER, which is the LAND OF HIS ORIGIN, to be constantly subjected to all sorts of vilification without one day rising to the challenge, even if it means his eventual annihilation, for that has been man’s historical behaviour.” In view of the failure of the path laid-down by the “Founding Fathers” of our nation, our mission for present day Nigerian and indeed African youths, is to create a new condition that will make Africa strong and powerful. We have to put a stop to this vilification of our MOTHER which is our land of origin!

If we are concerned, and we decide to find lasting solutions to problems of war and instability in Africa, time come to ask what are the current African Heads of State doing, to honour their pledged taken in 2013; in Addis Ababa, to translate the provisions of the declaration at the 21st Ordinary session of the summit of the African Union into action in their different countries by 2017? A major outcome of the summit was the adoption of the declaration in which the leaders committed themselves, to achieve the AU goals of an integrated and prosperous Africa, at peace with itself and with the world, Africa whose development is driven by its own citizens and which is a significant player on the world stage.

We are in 2018, current African Heads of State, sell the natural resources of their states cheap to the West who refine and stock-pile these resources for their future generation. Today’s African politicians instead of proposing ideas in debates, and in the social media, offer rice, all sorts of food and sometimes school materials to potential electors to secure their votes. Africa seems powerless to address these seemingly endless crises, despite our claim of 55 so-called independent countries. If today’s Africans are not capable to resolve our actual problems, the generation to come faced with other problems, in a different context, with other kinds of pressure from the international community may react much differently from the way we react today.

Generations of Africans coming after us, faced with new challenges like buying petrol from the West, buying uranium and other mineral resources from ex-colonial masters how would they judge our actions of today? This becomes imperatively urgent, if one takes to account the shocking and shamefully racist statement, credited to United States President Donald Trump, where he described African nations as well as Haiti and El Salvador as “shitholes”. Who do we blame for this low-level consideration of Africa? Our so-called leaders of course! Trump can talk this way because Africa is not Unite!

African leaders, go over to institutions controlled by the likes of Trump, cap-in-hand like beggars every day seeking aids. We have to understand that the problem is no longer a question of condemning imperialism, colonialism, racism, and so on. You have to know that if you are strong, if you are powerful, you are respected in this world. Nigeria and the African continent as a whole, are not in any scenario of tomorrow be it military, security, or scientific – we are not in any scenario of tomorrow sadly in today’s geopolitics. To this end, we need to get organised to be able to call to question our respective governments.

Take the Chinese as an example; here you see geopolitics in action. The Chinese decided to build a strong China, they had their program, they made the long march, they made their bamboo curtain, they developed nuclear power, submarines, space, economy, and they struggled to make their country great. Now that they are great, they are now opening up to Europe and the rest of the world. We have to build Africa like that, develop Africa’s nuclear power, submarines, space, economy, and struggle to make our continent great.

A country is at its best when the bonds between her people are strong and when the sense of national purpose is clear. Today the challenges facing Africa are immense. Our economy is overwhelmed by debt, our social fabric is practically non-existent and our political system has betrayed the people. But these problems can be overcome if we pull together and work together. If we remember that we are all in this together. Real change comes when the people are inspired and mobilised, when millions of our people are fired-up to play a part in the nation’s future.

Yes this is ambitious. Yes it is optimistic. How will we deal with the debt crisis unless we understand that we are all in this together? How will we raise responsible children unless every adult plays their part like our tradition dictates, be you Yoruba, Hausa, Fulani, Igbo, Edo, or Benin? How will we revitalise communities unless people stop asking ‘who will fix this’ and start asking ‘what can I do to fix it?’ Nigeria will change for the better when we all elect to take part, to take responsibility and if we all come together. Collective strength will overpower our problems. Only together can we get rid of this government and eventually, its divide and rule policy. Only together can we get the economy moving. Improve our schools. Mend our broken society.

From reports, Nigerians make up the majority of undocumented migrants trying to make the treacherous crossing via the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. We know that the Federal Government of Nigeria is doing nothing to stop this migratory trend? However; instead of being sold as slaves and ultimately dieing at sea, why our Youths don’t get organised and fight the demon sending them to die at sea! We have African intellectual, lawyers, doctors, veterinarians, engineers, people who are competent in all fields, in tourism, in commerce, in aesthetics, in music, etc. If we are looking for ways to change the system, we cannot afford as strategy to put the horse before the mouse, we have to organise our political base first!

We need to get organised, in the 70’s when we were publishing monthly and distributing for free 80,000 copies of YAP NEWS (Young African Pioneers news letter), we didn’t have all the social networks available today to mobilize Nigerian public. Maybe if we had, the more than 40,000 civilians standing and watching while 1,000 Nigerian Army soldiers were burning down in broad-day-light Fela’s Kalakuta Republic, would have reacted differently. We cannot continue like before, we have to do something about all the nonsense. The energy of our young people; cannot be mobilized by examples of decadence and corruptions, but inevitably of a dialectical necessity; by concrete examples of patriotism, dedication, without compromise.

All we need to do is start working; we must now create a movement that will eventually transform into a political party with branches all over Nigerian villages, towns, cities, and states - with a final objective of creating branches of the movement through-out the African continent and Diaspora Africa. If we succeed with MASS in Nigeria, the movement and its manifesto could serve as a platform, to contest elections in other African and Diaspora African States.

When we have one million registered men and women in our rank, we organise before the end of this year a MASS convention in Nigeria, confirm our party’s name, and choose leaders and candidates for President and the National Assembly elections schedule for 2019. Nobody can decide for a people except their own leaders, thus it is for us (the people) to choose those we want to lead and decide for us.

Brothers and Sister, fellow country men and women,
Time come for a RADICAL CHANGE!
Viva Nigeria!
Viva Africa!

Mabinuori Kayode IDOWU (aka ID)

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