“Nothing Dey for town to give the youths good example!
How our big people and traditional rulers dey do!
Them don spoil the tradition and corrupt all the town!
Them come make the youths look-up to Europe and USA!
In those places self! People don loose them common sense!”
Listening to the above extracts from the song “Just Like That,” written 34 years ago, one can but say Fela Kuti was the man who saw tomorrow if we see the song like his many others in the context of Nigeria’s today politics. Many so-called leaders of opinion; traditional rulers and journalist called (big people in the song), try very hard to make us believe that Nigerians are different people. They even go as far as invent words like: “Yoruba Race!” Hausa race!” “Igbo Race!”
Every knowledgeable person today knows that the “RACE” subject no-longer exist since the conclusions from members of the international scientific committee at the colloquium on the population of ancient Egypt and the decrypting of Meroe scripts for the production of a general history of Africa held in Cairo, Egypt from January 28–February 3rd, 1974 under the auspices of UNESCO.
An important conclusion from the colloquium is invitation to the scientific community to re-write universal history of humanity granting Black Africa her primordial role that she has effectively assumed in the edification of civilization. There is one human race, anybody talking today of “Yoruba Race” does not have historic and political consciousness. A "historical consciousness" means: I am conscious of my past, I am aware of this and I have a conscience of the future. This is what we call the historical consciousness of the human conditions.
If we looking for change; it is time to stop playing to the divide and rule tactics that allows the system to continue to exploit the majority. Again if I may ask, are the demands of the people in the South of Nigeria different from those in the North? Water, light, food and house problems are common to all be you Hausa, Igbo or Yoruba. Polluted landscape, youths without jobs, are all these demands from the people in the South of Nigeria different from those of the North?
Finally like I said in an earlier post: if they have water, light, food and house in France today it is because the French people in 1789 made a REVOLUTION. We can achieve this by education that will give us the historic and politic consciousness necessary to identify who our real leaders are. What we are doing here is to set our mind straight on who we should look-up-to as leaders in this decadence called Federal Government of Nigeria. There are people in Nigeria, who refused to serve or be part of a corrupt system - it is not refusal to serve their country.
The core of my message is: we cannot continue to recycle the same old politicians that looted Nigeria before. We cannot continue what Fela aptly described as Army Arrangement. If we are organized as MASS, it is not only in the Nigerian capital that will hear our voices but in all seats of power in all four corners of the world.
It is time to put our respective apathy and fears aside, we are not doing anything illegal before any law by getting organized against a common oppressor. We cannot be considered “terrorist” as all our deliberations are open on social network. What we need is a determination to want to make a difference in the way our lives are run. It is necessary to be determined in our purpose as all things that have happened in the history of humanity were due to the human determination and decisions.
Even if we are called “terrorists” despite our open organisation, we can take solace in the popular saying: “one man’s food is another man’s poison”. One man’s “terrorist” is another man’s “freedom fighter.” We have seen it with Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress (ANC), how they were treated as “terrorist” for demanding their freedom.
Like Burning Spear sang: “BROTHERS AND SISTERS! SHOULDER YOUR ARMS AND COME!” THE ONLY WAY TO TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK IS TO GET ORGANIZED. JOIN OUR MOVEMENT AGAINST SECOND SLAVERY (MASS) NOW! WHEN WE HAVE ONE MILLION REGISTERED MEMBERS IN OUR RANK, WE CAN ASK THOSE VIPs (VAGABONDS IN POWER) IN ABUJA: “WHERE IS OUR MONEY?”