Four revolution Nigeria urgently needs
Since Omoyele Sowore ’s spearheaded the # RevolutionNow! protest of August 5 , 2019 , I have been a guest analyst on several radio and television programmes to discuss the import and desirability of a revolution at this point in time in Nigeria’ s history . Among the media stations that have invited me over for discussion on the matter include : Arise News TV , Independent Television, Channels Television, and Nigerian Television Authority . Others include , Nigeria Info 95 .1 FM and Love 104 .5 FM ( Crowther Radio) . I have always maintained my stance that while Nigeria needs fundamental restructuring , the nation can ill - afford an uprising or undemocratic regime change , the kind Sowore and his supporters are calling for . Why?
I am of the considered view that election is the best way to institute a change of government . Embarking on violent protests in order to “ bundle out ” people in government can be counterproductive . A mob action breeds anarchy. There is no gainsaying that street protests can be hijacked by miscreants who can go on a looting spree thereby wreaking havoc on the very people the protesters are meant to protect their interests . I think what has happened to Sowore is a tragedy of good intentions ! He meant well for the country but adopted a wrong strategy for a noble cause . In the light of what has happened in Libya , Tunisia , Egypt , Zimbabwe , Sudan and Yemen and what is happening in Hong Kong and Venezuela , many world leaders will hardly tolerate a call for any violent regime change , no matter how benevolent .
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Having said that, as some callers asked on some radio programmes where I featured , “ Is this how we will continue ?” Of course, not! We do need a revolution but not a violent regime change . We just had our sixth general election in this Fourth Republic in February / March this year . Among the elected are “ the good , the bad and the ugly” . So is life ! What we need is citizen engagement to demand good governance from our respective political office leaders across the three arms of government and the three tiers of government .
We need industrial revolution ! Yes, that will happen if we can overcome our energy challenge . By that I mean self -sufficiency in provision of affordable and constant electricity supply . So also is the dire need for optimal domestic refining of crude oil . The gas being flared from the crude refining process is what is needed for the thermal stations built to generate electricity. For instance , Egbin , Geregu , Omotosho power plants depend on gas for electricity production . Simply put, overcoming our energy challenge will revolutionise our industrial sector . Micro , Small, Medium and Large scale enterprises will flourish once we are able to get our act together in the energy sector . This will reduce operational cost , increase production , increase employment opportunities and reduce poverty .
As a basis for industrial revolution , we do also need a fundamental change in our education sector . We are in a knowledge- driven world. Our education curricula need to be overhauled to be in consonance with contemporary societal needs . Science , Technology , Engineering and Mathematics popularly called STEM education holds the key to our industrial revolution . Research and Development, Innovation and Creativity are non-negotiable . Information and Communications Technology is very imperative for our educational breakthrough ; from primary through secondary to the tertiary level .
In many advanced countries of the world , pupils in nursery and primary schools are being taught the basics of computer and are given computer -based tests . In our public schools , many students only learn computer to be able to do the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board . In these contemporary times when e-library , e-commerce , e-payment, e-banking , e- voting , e-government ha