Let me start my comments on this topic with some disclaimers. The first is that I am not one of the organizers this march, but as a Nigerian and a seasoned professional, I cannot but sympathize with the premises and objectives of the agenda. Secondly, I believe that even though pastors have to be careful around politically sounding matters, it will be equally disenfranchising a frontline professional motivator of innovative skills not to be allowed to contribute to an issue that fundamentally subjugates our polity.
Thirdly, even though the modus operandi of the project is totally unclear to me at this point, it is clear that the premises of the argument are viable enough to stimulate the support of all Nigerians. My emphasis is on all, but it is no less a challenge for the so-called intellectuals and professionals who are worthy of their calling.
It will be deceptive to attempt to masquerade the fact that anergy – lack of energy has been the bane that continue to stifle any inertia of economic development in our nation. I am not too certain that it is possible to touch this topic without making inroads onto the political platform. There is so much politics in the history of the characters who have consistently promised to tackle this cankerworm, and have failed us catastrophically.
Yet, some of these same folks continue to parade themselves as powers that be. Recently, I have noticed that a lot of sycophants have risen with their pens to shamelessly pretend at intellectual praise-singing of some of these villains that continue to rotate themselves from one regime to the other. So, the cycle of subjugation is being re-invented. And the results will equally be clear subversion of the inertia potent in the Jonathan era. The possession of wealth should stop being the primary evidence of wisdom, and then we will begin to make some sense.
This is why I praise those who have chosen to test the maturity of our democratic process by challenging our fundamental problem in as much apolitical a platform as they can. We must praise their vision to prove that the society can improve its baseline with breakthroughs in non-violent organized society rejection of business as-usual, even when the voting has been hijacked by political hoodlums.
It is absolutely unfair for some to continue to enrich with themselves with our wealth through a process that is determined to strangulate the producers and owners of the wealth. In other words, it is a smart new strategy to hold the powerful accountable for their responsibilities and promises.
This is why I believe all professions need to take a stand on this matter, especially if it can be shown that it is not another mask for a political agenda. The very reason why some of us are stuck overseas is primarily because anergy frustrates our professional satisfaction, economic capabilities, and psychological existence. We would have preferred to be home.
So, please make them, make us come back!