With the likes of pressure groups like “Enough is Enough”, “Save Nigeria Group” and the coalition of Nollywood practioners storming the capital city of Abuja, I got up earlier than usual after my routine prayer sessions I couldn’t go back to bed despite the fact that darkness was yet to give way to the light of day. The future of our country was at stake, with an ailing president and the mysterious manipulation of a group fondly called the CABAL, Nigerians were worried why there existed a vacuum in leadership.
Before the National Assembly could move the motion for the doctrine of necessity, Nigerians had to ask for it. The power in the hands of Nigerians irrespective of their beliefs, culture or ethnic composition was overwhelming as the unseen forces back pedaled while the Legislators gave us the birth of a new era, an era where people power is supreme.
The movement started from a venue on Shehu Shagari Way symbolic for the unity of Nigeria, a water fountain in the heart of the city with plaques of the names of the 36 states of Nigeria all around its base in stone.
In recent years Unity Fountain has been the venue of the end of year countdown popular with fireworks, music, concerts and funfair. Nigerians in there multitudes from all works of life on the street of Abuja advancing towards the three arms zone to get into the national assembly complex. The people acted while the politicians benefit from the resultant reaction of the cabal.
Nigerians will always rise together in the face of injustice and calumny irrespective of who or where the beneficiary hails from.
In their usual tradition, the police blocked off all entrance into the national assembly I saw a couple of Lagos faces, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, strong lady uncommon personality and a social crusader. Saw a couple of other actors I can’t place their names. Dele Momodu was conspicuously present agitated because the police didn’t want his voice heard. Eventually all of the agitations and request were met by the national assembly which gave birth to this present system.
I can remember that I didn’t see any of the present day war mongers and ethnic bigots who are calling for the breakup of the country.
Happy Birthday to the beneficiary of that brave move and the Commander in Chief of our beloved republic. Long Live Nigeria.
Abiodun Abidoye writes from Sandton, South Africa.