Some Nigerians have chosen this day, March 16th, to march in protest in Abuja, Nigeria. They march to demand the things many in other parts of the world take for granted. Like, a President, for instance. Don't get me wrong, Nigeria has a President and his name is Umar Yar'Adua, but, in case you are unaware, he has not been seen since November 23rd, 2009.
In almost any other country that alleges itself a democracy, the disappearance of a President would never occur. Not only that, but if it dared happen, a remedy would be swiftly applied so as to prevent political uncertainty and public alarm. Unfortunately, in Nigeria, a nation used to the incredible, this very thing happened. While most well-meaning Nigerians wish President Yar'Adua and his family the best, it is unconscionable to expect that their patience will not wear thin after the President has been absent for 16 weeks. Especially considering that Nigerians have been waiting for decades to reap the benefits of the promise Nigeria entails - a nation large in cultural diversity, intellectual capacity, natural resources, and ingenuity.
I am personally concerned about Nigeria - the political tension and competition that leads to murders, the depravity of criminals that would bring death to innocent and defenseless victims, the massacre of neighbors whose senseless death is forever cemented in the images of burnt babies and broken bodies. I fear for a country I love desperately that appears to be run by individuals and interests that cannot be held accountable via the normal processes that should ensure democracy and progress not for a few, but for all, and particularly those who need these the most.
- Yar'Adua should either "resume, resign, or be removed by the end of this month."
- The public presentation of "a plan to end the electricity problem ...before the end of this month."
- "The federal government must ensure that within two weeks, the fuel scarcity is ended and ended for good."
And, since I cannot attend the march in person, I use my blog as a way to say that I expect and demand better from the federal government and also, from Nigerians themselves.
For more information, please visit www.enoughisenough.com or www.whereisyaradua.com (Thanks to @baroka for providing the links). Those participating in the march will gather at Eagles Square, Abuja and march right to the National Assembly.
Please take a look at the links below for others talking about the march -
For The Love Of Me's "When Is It Enough?"
Ore's "Enough Is Enough"
OluNiyi's "Finally Young Nigerians Get Angry"
Webtrend's "Nigerian Youths Take Over Twitter To Save The Country"
Olamild Entertainment's "Enough Is Enough"
Bella Naija "Nigerian Youth Say Enough Is Enough"
Waffarian's "Enough Is Enough"
Sokari Ekine's "Enough Is Enough: Where Is Yar'Adua?"
Akin's "Enough Is Enough! The March"
UPDATE: #ENOUGHISENOUGH is now a top 3 trending topic on Twitter, though some users of the hashtag are unaware that it speaks specifically to a Nigerian issue. But no matter.