Everyone is familiar with these two words now Fuel & subsidy.
Youths, teenagers, old men and women, educated people, half educated people and non educated people in Nigeria must all be used to the term Fuel subsidy by now. But I constantly ask myself, how many of these people have an idea what this term really means.
We are all ready to occupy Nigeria but have we really understood what Fuel subsidy means? If the government means well or not? I know we have corrupt leaders in government but then do we even know what we are fighting for?
Subsidy is an assistance paid to a particular sector by the government. This sector could be a business sector or economic sector. Usually this assistance/subsidy is to help the cost of living mostly in urban areas. Whether subsidy is removed or not, it affects the economic sector of a particular country. However, the removal of subsidy is sometimes really important to help the economic sector of that country. Our minister of finance has clearly stated this importance.
Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not taking sides with these people. At least I know the government has neglected it’s primary obligation of protecting lives and properties and opted for Fuel subsidy removal, something totally insensitive at the moment in our beloved country.
Lives and properties aren’t only being endangered by Boko Haram but also by the people who are supposed to enforce law and order/protect citizens; the police and the army!
On Friday, January 6, 2012, I was heading towards Ikotun after a meeting with Noble Igwe on the Island and just after coming off the third mainland bridge, an argument ensued between a passenger in my bus and a policeman who was in Mufti. Before we could all blink in the bus, the passenger had been hauled out of the bus and thrown into the police van, his bag was thrown at him and many RRS men harassed him all at once! It felt like a scene in a Nollywood movie as we were all asked to get down from the bus rudely.
I was stunned. The policeman in mufti whom the passenger had an argument with kept screaming at the top of his voice. “I will kill you and nothing go happen!” He kept yelling. He waved his ID and added “See, I’m a policeman“. He emphasised further in yoruba “ma pa e danu! Iwo oloriburuku yi!”
At this point, my heart sank and I wept inside for my country. A policeman yelling in front of a lot of citizens he was supposed to be protecting and threatening to kill when nobody committed any offence!
The question that popped up in my mind immediately was Do I want to raise my kids in this dangerous environment? A society where policemen had all the power and threatened/murdered people they were supposed to be protecting? And instead of our government to face this among other pressing issues they decided to be preoccupied with Fuel subsidy?
While I’m not on the Government’s side, I’m also not on the side of the people who have no idea what they are fighting for! It’s ridiculous that some of them carry sticks, cardboards and protest without any understanding of the reason they are doing it. It’s also amazing that while some of our celebrities have supported and represented the youths/people in every way they can, some of them who were in the fore front during the campaign are visibly silent and shooting videos.
Maybe what we need is a revolution, Maybe not. But while occupying, let us do so with sense!
May God lead us in the right direction and teach us how to occupy with results.