Every life is precious, if you die for fuel subsidy removal, your family will have fuel without you, you’re not a hero, you’re a wise fool. You’re not a terrorism victim that was caught unawares, you put yourself out for it in the spirit of solidarity. The Nigerian Police Force does not use rubber bullets for riot control,once you’re shot during any protest, you risk dying on the spot.
If you want to be a national hero, confront d major security problem Nigeria is facing… On Dec 25th churches were bombed,we saw it on TV, said ” Oh what a mess!” Shook our heads and still ate our christmas rice as if nothing happened. Then came January 1st, everybody’s acting strong because of the fuel subsidy removal : misplaced priority…
Its noble to die fighting, but the big question is ::What exactly r ppl willing to die for, this fuel thing affects everyone. If the government says it knows what its doing, why don’t we watch and wait!
Its true the voice of the people is the voice of God, but sometimes even our parents don’t always give us what we want because they’re sure they know what’s best for us. They call it hard love. Remember, there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Rom 13:1
God took care of Abacha before now,if Jonathan is an issue, leave him for God. We may smell corruption and scam behind the facades of the benefits of this subsidy removal, but patience is a virtue. Just what if we wait a little…
I just heard today that old women in Benin swore topless against Goodluck Jonathan, my response was,
“they cursed in ignorance, so it won’t work”.
What do they think ‘Subsidy’ means, I guess all they heard was ” fuel price don high o, na Goodluck cause am” and then they started raining curses on their president. He’s the head of the country, the head cannot carry the curse alone, it will tell on the body. I refuse to hate on the president, uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.
We all know the story of Goodluck Jonathan’s rise to his present office, its a true story of destiny, you may wake up one day to realize you’re not fighting Goodluck Jonathan, you’re fighting his God.
We have differnt opinions of how he could have avoided subsidy removal, we say ‘fight corruption’ as if its an overnight battle, we add ‘ cut down your expenses’ as though it will increase the minimum wage so that the average Nigerian can at least afford the impending high cost of living.
I will be glad if the fuel price is reversed to N65 per litre, but the non-violent protests are being greeted with hostilities and it appears the government has its mind made up.
Protesters are dying in small numbers because of the carelessness of the Nigerian Police. We have lost enough lives to terrorists already, how many litres of fuel are u willing to sacrifice your life for?
The news of death is just news until it reaches your doorstep, until its someone you know: a friend, a brother. Am sure people who have lost loved ones in the protests are at home now, weak, in black clothes, weeping, and wishing they discouraged them from protesting.
I was actually enjoying the humour (mild jokes and cartoons) that came with the fuel subsidy removal on twitter, facebook, and other social networks, and even the unity and solidarity that we proved at the initial stage of the protests, but after the first death, I shook my head…and thought, in my country, isn’t a living coward better than a dead hero?
Wishing You a Happy and Prosperous 2012
with love from:
The Humdinger, Language Consultant, Writer/Editor and ex beauty queen.