I can’t blame my Nigerian brethren – protests are typically subdued through the use of overwhelming force. This is perhaps one strategy the Nigerian security forces have perfected over the years. So the people have realized that getting killed or maimed for Nigeria isn’t worth it.
I have always questioned the apathy of the Nigerian people to the democratic process, but just when they decided to troop out to vote last month, they discovered that itâ€™s all for a worthless cause – their votes didnâ€™t mean jack – at least in my home state of Ondo. Not only was their votes discounted, several people were arrested for sundry offenses. Even my younger brother was arrested for having the guts to speak against the atrocities he saw during the presidential elections. He was locked up and given some â€œVIP treatmentâ€. While in detention he met several detainees that have been locked up for days because they couldn’t afford to hire attorneys to process their release.
This is the reality on ground, it is no that Nigerians chose to be passive, far from that: They have been subdued, unfortunately, into a whimpering lot!