Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Nigerian Revolution. #OccupyNigeria and #FuelSubsidy Removal.

The Consequences of things do not always corroborate with the magnitude of the event that has caused them. Forexample, it would be ‘nostradamesque’  to predict  that the assassination of the Archduke of Austria, Franz Ferdinand, would have caused one of the greatest wars on earth thus far, mainly The First World War .

Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa is on edge. Notorious for corruption at all levels has been recently stricken with Acts of Terrorism from the self-acclaimed group Boko Haram. Nigeria, albeit Africa’s biggest oil producer, imports refined petrol due to mismanagement and lack of resources to refine oil into petrol and other fuels. Many pundits  affirm that Nigerians regard cheap fuel as the only benefit they get from the nation’s oil wealth.

Then on the Dawn of 2012, Jonathan Goodluck does the unthinkable: A Removal of a fuel subsidy, which in turn causes  petrol prices and transport fares to double.

Let’s look at the numbers:

If gas price goes from 3.25 $ a gal to nearly 7$ a gal in the US, it is almost guaranteed that America will undergo a revolution.  So the anger is justified. Folks are allowed to march. But I SEE BEYOND THAT.

The subsidy removal, like the assassination of Franz could possible be the event that sets a cascade of revolution in Subsaharian Africa. We have just witnessed the Arab spring in 2011. Lo and behold, in 2012 the movement spreads south, until, from Cairo to CapeTown, Africa is purged of its malaise, mainly a phenomenon comparable to “an Ostwald Ripening”  where the wealthy over time strip the poor into poverty, by bypassing, amending, disrespecting the constitution when they see fit.

Most may direct their anger at President Goodluck, for his failed policies and his inability to protect Nigerians from Boko Haram. But I propose something slightly different, perhaps even revolutionary.

I say thank you Jonathan. You’re the good luck Nigeria has been waiting for. For the first time, since I can recall, a decision from the top, the highest office, has in a very direct way affected, the ailing people at the lowest of the lowest. This is important, because in Nigeria, like in most other african countries, citizens are so far removed from the political process. So far in that when they are passionately involved, the majority of them of course, it is for the wrong reasons. Now the subsidy removal, in a singular way, I can assure you, will engage an electoral process that is based on substance and plans of the candidate, rather than tribe affiliation. And in such cases, indifference, which has been rampant in the citizen predisposition to its leaders (at home and abroad), raises questions of sanity.

Randall Terry said “Most of the Ten Commandments are negative. The purpose of Law is not to mandate good behavior. That concept comes from a REVOLUTION” precisely the French One. In the words of a Nigerian Activist Japheth Omojuwa himself, a personal inspiration in the twitter world for me as well: “NIGERIA HAS JUST EARNED HERS”

Darlington’s Dozen for 2012.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. So long 2011. Hello 2012.

It’s the first day in the year 2012. It is thus befitting to list 12 things that I look forward to with great anticipation in this upcoming year.

12- London #2012 . I have always treasured the Olympics and I will forever welcome the joy that, on one hand the competition brings to hearts of so many, most especially mine and on the other hand, the potential of such events (second to the world cup of course) to sow tighter bonds among humans.

11- Fareed Zakaria coined 2012: “The year of elections”  All in All, a whooping 59 countries will be tallying up votes constituting a third of the world’s nations. 26 possible new heads of states. Together, these changes could  potentially affect 53% of the world’s population, representing half of the world’s GDP. And a lot of the change is concentrated in the world’s most powerful countries. More specifically I look forward to the  2012 Presidential elections in the United States of America. Not sure exactly why, but should the unexpected happen, i.e. Obama NOT be reelected, I am positive, from the few debates I have witnessed that we will witness a major shift in the paradigm of governance in America. That could be interesting.

10- Believe it or not, folks, It’s been 10 years since I have been out of High School. Refrain from doing consequential math. Just know that I am old.  Thus I look forward to heading out the hills of Berkshire in Western Mass. There I hope to rekindle friendships. St Joseph Central High School Reunion, Here I come.

9- It would hurt not to make it part of my list. A message for the terrorist group that has engineered mindless suffering in the lives of so many Nigerians over the past year and more: BOKO HARAM. In the language of my forefathers (Igbo),  perhaps It’d be proper to say BIKO HARA’ ANYI AKA (please leave us alone [in peace])

8-This is more personal. It’s a challenge to myself for those who know me. I invite you to make it a challenge for yourself as well: TO LOVE MORE DEEPLY. I pledge not to hide behind the complexities of the scientific method, as i confess i have often done. I will let down my guards , and just LOVE. This, by no means will abolish the Old Darlington, but rather, contribute to make me more whole.

7- The Apocalypse. So says the Mayan calendar. Quite frankly, i always thought that 2013 would have made more sense [thirteen, duh]. ***Shaking my head*** Not to feed into the non-sense, I urge everyone to consider that the very present could be the very end. Thus Pray as if all depended on God, and Work as if everything depended on you.

6- In Sports, I look forward to Manchester City (EPL) and The Miami Heat (NBA) and their journey to the top. Dear Man U Fans  and Lakers, Tis a new year.

5- 12/12/12 – My father’s birthday calls for a potential visit to Nigeria.

4 – Last but certainly not least, I WILL defend, and finally, free at last…Darlington C Abanulo, Ph.D. will see the light this year, In Jesus Name.

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Well what about the top 3? They say God looks at our plans and laughs. I opted then to leave them open for one reason: So that after He is done laughing, He can bless me beyond what I can possibly conceive…then I will return to this very post and fill them in :).

With wishes of health, joy, peace and faith for 2012. Happy New Year’s To You and Yours.