If Tarek El-Tayyib Mohamed Ben Bouazizi had envisaged the fallouts of his action, maybe he would have committed the act before now. If he had an inkling that his action of ‘singular protest’ would spark similar political protest in other Arabian countries, maybe, he would have burnt himself with a smile on his face. Anyway we want to look at it,Tarek is a martyr… Guess,the revolution is here. In history, Muslims have been known as people who listen to the voice of their leaders even in the face of poverty, corruption and lack of basic amenities.
They, the Arabian Muslims, following the ‘do as i say, but don’t do as I do’ line would subject themselves to oppression and would not raise their voice against apparent corruptions that go on within their society. Their life was a life that was formed on a path of being anti-western culture including Education.Their leaders had brainwashed them with gory stories about being educated, western-wise.
Today,as the flow of tidal waves of education has hit them in the Arabian peninsula, revolution has come in a UPS package with it. A similar situation plays itself out in Nigeria as the Northern elites send their own kids to the best of schools. They continue to brainwash the majority poverty-stricken people, that Western Education was bad and against Allah’s commands. They have forgotten that Allah says in the Holy Quran, ‘Seek Knowledge unto China, even if China was at the end of the world’. The revolution that has spread through the Arabian pennisular consuming sit-tight leaders in its wake would berth in Nigeria soon, and I believe it’s first port of call would be in Northern Nigeria.
Through the streets of Kano,Maiduguri and even Lagos, all you see are ocean of beggars with a multitude of them being from the Northern stock. Stradling little babies behind them and begging in a joint resolve like people in a protest, they go about begging for alms to feed.They are satisfied with living off the little crumbs of bread that fall off the tables of the Northern elites. Growing up, a Northern child learns the trade of begging from his parents and his height doesnt go beyond the wall of being a professional beggar.The Northern elites have amassed wealth for themselves and their kids, forgetting that they and their kids would not find sleep because they have failed to equip the subjects in their care. The North has graduated multitudes of Almajiris from their University of Poverty and you still believe the Revolution wont come? It is on the way, only waiting for the right time to berth. The gospel of apathy to western education preached by the Northern elites in the past to their subjeacts has continually lost credence as more and more Northerners are embracing the culture of western education.
The North are now coming of age and rubbing shoulders, intellectually, with other zones of Nigeria. They speak with their ‘home-made accent’, and people listen… are we not all listening to Sanusi and El-Rufai now? The enlightenment fire would continue to ravage the North and more of the Nigerian Northern stock would continue to burn in it. As more of them burn in it, the more Boko Haram would lose more faithfuls. It might not lead to an end of ‘home-made’ terrorism, but it will serve as a spring board for more Northern youths to take a chill pill and renounce terrorism.
The North would flourish and it will never be an episode of a few stupendously rich few. More Northern youths would emerge on the political sphere, brushing aside the old wigs of Northen politics. Self styled oligarchy would be rubbished and the youths would take their destinies in their hands. I know the revolution would come and it will be imported from the Arabian pennisula into Northern Nigeria like Islam and terrorism was. The time its ship would berth is what I dont know, but believe me, it is here because I can smell it.
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