Change we refuse to own
Sir: The recent protest initially conceived by the award winning thespian, Tuface Idibia and later tactically abandoned by him citing police advice on the potential of it being hijacked by venal interests was successfully carried out.
To the Federal Government, this is a vestige of civilised adherence to modern governance.
The revanchist political spin doctors who contemplated a rally to hurt governance are disappointed once more.
The inalienable rights of protesters were not abridged, governance was not undermined and anticorruption war can only be revved up.
Past protests under the Peoples Democratic Party-led government did not go without dissipation of tear gas and other live ammunitions one of which led to the death of a former Senate president. For those still disillusioned about change, this is CHANGE in its overt template.
The generic change being tendentiously canvassed on social media is too pedestrian to take Nigeria to the promised land. A change that is cast on stomach infrastructure is a momentary change not putting the next generation into account. A change that guarantees an opened treasury to looters and political jobbers can only ensure ephemeral gratification and not an enduring legacy.
Just as the pain of any surgery is necessary for an anticipated healing process, the austere regime foisted on the nation through a combination of dwindled oil price and hyper-inflation called recession provide opportunity for a healing process that is fundamental to the future of Nigeria.
It is amazing to see the quantum of work going on Lagos-Ibadan Express way at a time the so-called recession has eroded practically all bottom lines.
This was not done in the 16 years of revenue surplus.
The line of least resistance for any government in power from independence is to manoeuvre away from fighting corruption and create the impression of false prosperity with bogus statistical imprimatur.
The rage against President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration is therefore not unexpected. Muritala Mohammed even paid the ultimate sacrifice for fighting corruption. Buhari has taken the bull by the horn and his life is tied to the future of Nigeria. Well meaning Nigerians would pray that the president returns soon to lend credence to the change renaissance.
One good the recession-triggered austere regime has done to Nigeria and Nigerians is to compel a quadrant lifestyle away from metrics of private jets and other unrealistic benchmarks.
Adherence to this change will put Nigeria in alignment with the rest of the civilised world where governance is measured by how much patrimony the present generation is bequeathing to the next generation.
Bukola Ajisola, bukym firstname.lastname@example.org