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Posted by 00-Babs on February 17, 2011 in AUDIO, Feature, Social Views · 17 Comments

Are you ready? Have you bought your tents? Did you pack your blankets? Pure water, soap, toothpaste or chewing stick, personally I suggest the latter. We will need to conserve water. Knowing the kind of leaders we have I reckon we may need to camp out for at least 3months. Don’t worry about food; we have paid for 5 trailer loads of gala. Unfortunately we can’t afford the fancy TFC, KFC or NANDO’s type meals. It is a struggle not a retreat, we have to manage.

If you own a portable generator, please bring it with you. I cannot guarantee electricity. You and I know the kind of country we live in. it is important our phones and laptops stay charged. We will be updating our facebook and twitter pages daily. Public sympathy is vital to our cause. The world must be kept informed of our every move. Do forgive me; I tend to jump the gun a lot. A lot of us have no idea where we’re headed.

Eagle’s square, Abuja is our destination. We shall camp out indefinitely until our leaders accede to our demands. What are our demands you ask? Well everything; constant electricity for starters, good roads, healthcare, education, security, the list is endless. We’ve tried the passive methods; newspaper publications, appeals to their conscience, prayers, fasting and yet here we are. Growing biceps like Hulk Hogan all in the name of pulling the rope that turns on our generators. Here we are buying flea infested dogs hoping to stop Mr. Armed robber.

Here we are burying our dead, because the government owned hospitals are under staffed and ill-equipped. I watched Egypt’s 18day marathon movie, I know you caught snippets of it too. The minute Mubarak resigned I celebrated. Afterwards I wept for Nigeria. How many of you didn’t laugh while you read the first two paragraphs. If you didn’t, did you for a minute take me seriously? No you did not, even I giggled as I wrote our camping list.

Let’s be painfully honest for a bit, if the Labour union announced a march to Abuja tomorrow, would you go? If they said we will not be returning until our demands are met would you come along? Are you satisfied with the way your country is being run? Are you content living paycheck to paycheck, because your expenses outweigh your income? Are you content with being lied to? A lot of Political commentators ask if what happened in Egypt can happen in Nigeria. The answer is a resounding NO!

How can they expect us to leave our generator powered homes, dog guarded compounds and tear rubber cars that lack shock absorbers no thanks to Nigerian roads? Ridiculous, who is the fool? Definitely not you or I, why in heavens name would we want to go sit in the sun for days, just because our leaders have failed us. Why would we want to inhale tear gas simply because they have not kept their promises? Never, why should we say anything when we can happily suffer in silence?

We have better things to do, we have award shows to attend, concerts to go to and green carpets to grace whilst decked out in our designer dresses. Who cares about Nigeria? Not you and definitely not me. We have more pressing matters, our leaders can continue to loot our resources and do absolutely nothing to better our nation. It’s not as if the populace is going to rise up and say enough is enough. Where do we start from? We cannot even pull off a 3day labour strike. Talk less of 18 days of nonstop protests. We do not care. We are fine just the way we are. And even if we aren’t why should we bother?

Millions of Nigerians did not even attempt the voters registration exercise, are they the ones that will protest? Never, we cannot pull an Egypt, we are not interested. Dear Leaders do not panic. Don’t even bat an eyelid, Nigerians are not the type. However we do need to save face for the international community, so we do not look like a nation of cowards, we shall hide under the cloak of being a “Peace loving people”. The fact is you and I know will always know the truth, we just don’t care.

Written by *Jazz* Follow on Twitter @MsJazzyfied.


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  1. Nice one

  2. Anoda hot one, i like

  3. Well Nigeria can neva be like Egypt because bribery do kill us…You are right We keep on suffering and smiling ..Nice one

  4. you’ve said it all… Nice work.

  5. Big ups to Egypt for fighting for change and getting one …Sorry Nigerians will not come together to sit outside the aso rock and wait for a president to leave office or a governor …Nice post

  6. Will Naija be like Egypt no neva ..if the youths still can collect their envelopes from this politicians .NO WAY

  7. Jazz….Jazz…Jazz….U neva FAIL to IMPRESS….Word of d Day : ‘We cannot pull an Egypt’….Laughss

  8. Thumbs Up chic…One day though…One day!

  9. Word! Word! Word!!
    d 1st n 2nd paragraph had me lmao!

    Sadly, as u put it, d vast majority of Nigerians just dont care enof to act. AND we aint united as a pple 4 us to ‘go egypt’

    Article on point!

    #ThumbsUp Jazz

  10. Nice one Isi, but I’m ever so hopeful for diz dear country of our’s. I am, I cant help.

  11. If u want change, don’t vote GEJ…Let’s destroy PDP

  12. God bless you for this Jazz.

    You sum up my sentiments to a tee.

    It's just sickening thinking about it. That's why I get peeved when I see all the "I love naija" hoorah yet how many of us are willing to sacrifice our lives for our country? Some would say, why should I die for a country that never acknowledged me in the first place? I totally recognize that. Yet we forget that it's not Nigeria that never acknowledged us. It's our "leaders"! The moment we realize that we have to fight for and reclaim our nation from all the corrupt and evil individuals, the sooner Naija can be on the path to becoming the great nation it is truly meant to be. We are so blessed as a nation that it would be an injustice if we never actualized/manifested these blessings.

    I'm tired of being "the most happiest people on the planet". My worry is that others aren't equally as tired. Some of us seem content with the status quo of numerous fasting & prayer sessions (not saying that it's not needed) with no action. But the truth is God will never come down to effect the change we so DESIRE & yearn for.

    The people in Egypt inspire me I swear. What people often ignore is that change never comes easy. Lives will be lost. It is inevitable. So the question like you poignantly stated is how many of us are willing to die for naija?


    I'm sorry for the epistle. I just get so sad when it comes to naija. But I must believe that there's hope. Movements like EIE and Light up naija prove this. Plus we have a crop of upcoming young Nigerians & a few present naija leaders that just inspire me. It's awesome.

    We'll get there, sooner rather than later i pray.

  13. Oh well. Lol. Nice one.

  14. well said,but wetin man pikin fit do cos nobody wan die first…

  15. Nice one Jenny keep it up

  16. I am not sure nigerians can develop dat kind of attitute towards our country. As we have all been blinded by corruption.this has eaten deep into us .
    The change can only start from us as individuals.
    I am certain that you ll go places. You don’t fail to impress me.
    Still ur no 1 fan o.

  17. Really good work….what else is there to say

    You’ve said it all. Once again, well done

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