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Written by NiMechE Press

  • June 12, 2021
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Broken. To refer to something as broken means it can be fixed. However, a close look at the Nigerian government’s fascism, obdurateness and hesitant demeanor to things that matter, to things that  actually concern the ordinary Nigerian – which doesn’t include borrowing money or traveling abroad- makes it right to call this government regime a failed state after 6 years, not a broken one.

The recent ban on Twitter by The Nigerian Government is a show of shame by this Democratic “dictatorship” Government to censor and control the youth who hitherto the ENDSARS protest didn’t realize that they are not as docile as the generation before them. The deleted tweet of  President Muhammadu Buhari by Twitter was the last straw that broke the camel’s back because they had honestly had enough of a platform that exposes their incompetency and crimes to the world.

 Interestingly, this government loudly denounced the dictatorial tendencies of its predecessor, claiming to be the long-lost Messiah we needed and some Nigerians still rolled out the red carpet and invited them for a second term, but that’s a discussion for another day. This Nigerian government’s ability to find problems where none exist and to ghost a major problem where a pile of it subsist is peculiar. There is a civil war looming, an increase in kidnapping, herdsmen killing, increase in cost of living, increase in debts and so much more, instead The Nigerian Government deemed it fit to address a deleted Twitter post and in a moment of confusion, claimed that the presidency banned twitter, not the President.

 We would normally have sweet words and a sprinkle of a borehole project as substitute for good governance and our ignorant selves were contented, but this government just dishes out injustice with no care or respect for the citizens of Nigeria or the constitution that is meant for their checks and balances.

  Publilius Syrus, in one of his many moral sayings announced; “Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm, but any one who holds the helm in moments of turbulence is the master “, and that was who we needed but we neither got one who could calm it when it is calm, nor someone who can hold it when it is turbulent.

Oyebiyi Oyedeji Alfred





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