It’s a thing in Nigeria now that there must be yet another protest on any date that is notable to Nigeria—Independence Day, Democracy Day, Workers Day, in fact any day with a name at all, and we have seen all sort of protests and all sort of groups moving a protest on these days—the people who are only moving cos the protest promotes their propaganda, the people who are only moving cos they have to snap pictures and make videos for clouts and to show they are involved in something cool too, and the ones who don’t even know why they are moving but they are moving anyways. This has been what to expect on any notable day in Nigeria.
It’s another June 12th, Nigeria’s new Democracy Day after it has been moved from May 29th to honour the late M.K.O Abiola who is seen as the true hero of Nigerian democracy because of how he struggled for the restoration of democracy in Nigeria in the military era, how he popularly won the freest and the fairest democratic election in Nigeria but the election was declared null and void by the military government of Ibrahim Babangida, and how Abiola died in his struggle to take his election he won back from the government. This makes June 12th a day well-earned for a Democracy Day as it’s tagged with M.K.O Abiola, and it explains why there has to be a movement for some protests on a day like this. But what I’m worried about as a Nigerian is the political correctness of the protest scheduled to stage today another June 12th, the Buhari Must Go protest.
The Buhari Must Go protest has been around for a while now, as fronted by people like Reno Omokri, Seun Kuti, ‘Yele Sowore and some Twitter warriors. There are probably thousands of tweets tagged to the hashtag #BuhariMustGo and so many posts on every platform about the movement, but is this movement a genuine one or not? Well, unlike the really big End SARS and the Occupy Nigeria movements that are only big but not genuine, as everyone in them was only in them for personal interests, business, bandwagon and for clouts, the Buhari Must Go movement, I’m convinced, is a genuine one, however it has a fault, and the fault is that it is a misdirected movement, and here is why.
Buhari is the president of Nigeria (supposedly) voted by the majority of the people of Nigeria (which the Nigerian constitution makes equal to every Nigerian), and the position Buhari is holding is a constitutionally defined and protected position, and the constitution is made by “we the people of Nigeria” who “firmly and solemnly resolved” that this constitution should be what defines what happens to us and how it happens and who makes it happen; we have a powerful constitution, this would mean, and this constitution gives only one way a president must go—impeachment (which may be pushed by the vice president or by the legislature, and be completed by the legislature with the absolute majority vote in the legislature), this would mean that for Buhari to go, it must follow the due process (as earlier defined), and if the due process would be instigated by the people through a movement like Buhari Must Go, the protest should be channeled to the legislature backed with reasons why Buhari must go (which has to sum up to being that Buhari has done something unconstitutional or has not done something the constitutional wants him to do).
Now the questions you should ask about the Buhari Must Go movement before joining it: what are we chasing Buhari away for? If that has been stated and you see its validity with the constitution, then ask: who are we asking to make the move to remove Buhari? If it is not the vice president or the legislature, then don’t bother joining the protest. If it is the right people we are asking to make the move to remove Buhari, then ask: how are we asking these people to remove Buhari, as this must be legal too. If it is not, that is how people get killed like the Lekki Massacre, and yet the requests would not be granted, but some few people would make a lot of money from the protest and some would be idolized for being the heroes of the protest. As much as I want the social change to happen, as much as I understand that this government is awful, I also believe we can’t change it lest we follow what the constitution says about changing a government. You would not know how powerful the constitution is until the government has to deploy soldiers with machine guns to go carry out a massacre and yet it would be justified legally,
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