“We Had been Not There; We Had been There However We Did not Hearth Any Bullet”


Lekki toll gate protesters


The thoughts of a Nigerian politician is a deep sea. It swallows concepts which can be good and vomits worms of hatred. It’s a home full of empty guarantees. It grows confusion and bigotry. Faith and ethnicity are its sweetest weapons.   


For the previous few weeks, photos play out like a horror film in my head as I see faces of the harmless protesters whose lives had been reduce quick, frown of their graves, eyes shedding tears, asking for justice. I’ve been weighed down by unimaginable grief, partly, for the lives misplaced asking for a greater Nigeria and likewise for the misleading shows of a failed authorities vilifying these demanding justice for the killing of their brothers and sisters by a bloodthirsty army who’ve turn into masters of deceit. It’s not like Nigerians anticipated extra from an unprofessional army that can’t defeat terrorists for the previous 10 years.


The federal government and army feed us lies and make a mockery of the harmless souls murdered whereas holding on to the nationwide flag and reciting the anthem on the 20th of October 2020. Younger ones exercising their proper for a greater Nigeria, taken out like one other prison. Younger minds correcting an older and jinxed era of killers, losers, dictators, and looters who via malpractices proceed to oversee huge looting of our treasuries.


“We weren’t there”


“They had been invited by powers past me”


“Lagos state authorities invited us”


“We had been there however we did not fireplace any bullet.”


“The protesters threw stones at us, so we fired clean bullets”


Laughter has dried on the lips of our kids, brothers, sisters, fathers, and moms. Nigeria, like a toddler deserted by her dad and mom, wanders aimlessly. A lot of its minds have misplaced the flexibility to assume, the frustration within the land is unimaginable. I write the reality; I’m the voice of the poor. I write you the reality many is not going to need you to learn and listen to about. However, that is the story of my nation, at the moment November 14, 2020.


A cursed era who over time plundered the nation’s wealth, destabilized its financial system and superintended an enormous emptying of its treasuries to advance their particular person quest for glory and energy are at the moment orgasming by spilling harmless blood of younger Nigerians. They blind our eyes with visionary lies and inform the world that reality is a lie. The federal government tries very onerous to drive us to consider that what we watched unfold earlier than our very eyes are lies, it by no means occurred. They need us to consider lie as reality.


They set in opposition to the protesters, violent thugs utilized in rigging elections to disrupt a authentic course of. The police watched as machete-wielding thugs assault peaceable protesters. These infamous thugs stroll our streets and dine with the politicians whereas these in energy flip the opposite means, refusing to carry them accountable. Whereas unchaining them, they instruct them to have interaction in violent bloodletting, looting, killing, and maiming in a fashion by no means seen earlier than, in order to seek out an excuse to hunt authentic protesters. Block their accounts; tag them terrorists; kill them; exterminate them. It’s the means of the Nigerian authorities.


These evil-minded politicians who come to energy to amass wealth, construct the choicest of mansions, and purchase the most expensive of automobiles is not going to have anybody disrupt their system. These demons in human type, care not concerning the dilapidated roads, fallen school rooms, hungry individuals who loiter the streets. All they need is a consolidation of the status-quo to ensure that them to proceed to thrive. These clowns reside in Abuja, claiming to signify their constituencies, however are by no means seen for years by the identical individuals they signify. 



The politicians are fireplace, they need to burn us. We’re the seed they subdued however germinated. They’re scorching water, we’re metal. We won’t bend.


The federal government is the thug, clamping down on protesters demanding the fitting issues to be executed. They name protesters terrorists, whereas Boko Haram members who’ve terrorized states and killed 1000’s of harmless Nigerians are fortunately rehabilitated, fed, protected, and compensated by the federal government. We’re being attacked on all fronts. Similar to the politicians, a few of your favorite activists are there for what they’ll get; seem on nationwide and worldwide tv to advance their private curiosity. Showing sanctimonious, shouting, crying, mourning over the unhappy situation of the nation, however after they get a possibility, fall again to repeat the identical errors for which they condemned the politicians. 

Keep in mind Kufre Carter.


The earth is offended with Nigeria. The partitions of optimism have damaged down. The sunshine of development has been extinguished. The solar thinks we’re savages. It bakes us with rage. It looks as if God known as a gathering of fools, killers, thieves, murders, and dumped all of them in Nigeria.


Youngsters flip of their sleep. Ravenous for days make their abdomen damage like hell. Younger fathers and moms have developed emergency wrinkles considering all evening easy methods to present meals for his or her hungry children. The earth is crumbling on Nigeria. Issues have gotten out of hand. The hunger, starvation, and struggling within the land have made many to ask for divine intervention. However God appears to be too removed from their attain. Over 50 years of unanswered prayers and counting. They’ve darkish marks on their foreheads, exhibiting years of devotion. Their prayers are the longest, talking in violent tongues. However these identical ones are the thieves stealing from us. They ship billions of our cash meant for our improvement to their secret accounts overseas. They name God a idiot whereas performing like his humble servant. Their conscience is a sword, it solely slays.


Foodstuffs aren’t any extra inexpensive as a result of they closed the borders and gave a particular go to their cronies. They watch with laughter escaping their mouths whereas tens of millions of different companies shut down. A number of thousand naira within the hand can hardly purchase you meals in a day. Many sit by the facet of their unlit rooms murmuring concerning the future. they’ve refused to take legal guidelines into their very own palms. Minds have grown outdated fascinated by the place the following meal will come from. It’s a onerous time to be a Nigerian. 


Petrol sells for N170/litre. Drivers and conductors have tripled their prices. Onions we purchased N20 three months in the past, is now offered at a staggering N100. Meals and transportation at the moment are a luxurious and the lots are crumbling underneath its weight. Many see the meals they cannot purchase. They’ll solely look and stroll previous earlier than their heads are pressured inside a tyre. We’ve got been fucked throughout repeatedly by a merciless, insensitive, and clueless authorities whose leaders have refused to take heed to public outcry. They take each phrase of criticism as a declaration of conflict and hype its personal failure as success. Nobody is protected anymore as journalists maintain lacking on daily basis. Nobody is held accountable. The police are cruel, extorting, and killing us for committing no crime. Each man or lady that walks previous them with colored hair is a fraudster that should be pinned down until the final breath. 


It’s a jungle the place the fittest survives. Inform me: how did we take into consideration making those that signify our pursuits reside like kings and queens whereas these they signify die of starvation? Who shared this failed thought of illustration? We is not going to take this anymore. The lots are to be pampered. Their phrases ought to be authority. These shylocks who masquerade as politicians should be plucked out. 


The longer term is grim for Nigeria. The poverty capital of the world has over 20 million unemployed individuals. A greenback is now N470. Petrol is offered at N170/litre. It’s as if the world has deliberate in opposition to us all. The politicians proceed to reside a lifetime of luxurious, spending over N23 million on transportation. Aso Villa clinic will get billions of naira yearly, however Buhari prefers to go to London to deal with an ear an infection. Politicians proceed to cover palliatives to make use of it as a birthday memento. They inform us all the pieces is okay as a result of we fund their luxurious way of life.


It’s 2020 and we’re in a deep mess as a result of, for the following three years, issues are going to get even more durable as the following stage begins.


Written by Alexander Thandi Ubani

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