I was a lot younger then, living in Lagos and remember clearly the chaos when I was returning home from school that fateful day. The worst riot I have ever physically witnessed in my lifetime.
For those who have forgotten or have no idea: the then head of state, IBB [1. You can read a whole lot about this man: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibrahim_Babangida] cancelled the election that had MKO, [2. I personally don’t think this man is as much of a better person that he was campaigning to be then. For more info about this man: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moshood_Kashimawo_Olawale_Abiolavictorious] which angered the masses and they took to the streets; burning houses, killing people, and all the random acts of violence. Unfortunately, that didn’t really fix anything, the country [Nigeria] would have to wait another 6 years to get its next democratically elected president.
11 years later, things have not gotten much better.They have, in fact, gotten worse, and riots are brewing again in my country because of an almost doubling of fuel prices.
I’ve proposed in the past comical fixes and yes, even suggested an uprising which I’m glad people are doing now. And in a more 2012 style — Twitter movements(@occupy9ja, @occupynigeria, @occupynaija), peaceful protests, and workers’ strikes that will force the government to listen.
I feel guilty. It’s easy to sit in my cozy apartment in Boston and talk about people protesting over 3000 miles away, and hoping they win the cause. After it’s all set and done, then I’d say “we” won, what did I do? Being a Nigerian in the diaspora could be challenging. As much as I wouldn’t want to witness a June 12, 1993 ever again, I’m strongly considering the last point #4 I made in this post, “Some Silent Assassins,” it was a funny write then but …
The obvious question if you read this far is, what have you done for your country lately?