Nigeria has a Labour Party!

I was shocked when I saw that there was a Labour Party in Nigeria! Imagine! It was founded in 2002 and does not currently have a seat in either the Senate, House or any Governorship position!

Talk about losing on a national level. Let’s just say that my dissapointment is not at the party, but on those who observe National Strikes when Labour9 calls for it. Don’t look at me, I don’t observe strikes, mother makes us clean the whole house so it’s just another day with hard labour.

Initially, I wanted to ask why the sometimes disruptive Nigeria Labour Congress was not politically active considering the influence in number it wields, until I stumbled upon this horrendous piece of information and I decided not to ask knowing that you cannot save a damsel who loves her distress.

Who would have thought that the genie with the power of bringing the country to its knees with one word “STRIKE” in its lamp, would be left so dormant and defunct like the dying industries in the country?

It all makes sense now. Nobody is really interested about creating jobs, building factories or improving the standard of living in the country.

They assume that fighting for the increase in the minimum wage of workers and increasing salaries would increase the standard of living. That assumption over the years has been proven to be erroneous by events.

So all that talk about protecting and having the interest of the people na for mouth? All that greater good talk that involves fancy words like: fighting for the enforcement of labour protection, participation in the formulation of policies that are labour oriented and enforcement of labour laws in the country amongst several other things are all prayers that will not go higher than the height of a 2 year old child? #ShakingMyHead

I used to wonder why they only complain about salaries when a new administration is coming in, now I leave the wondering to Wonder Woman because I know that they do that just so they can throw their weight around a little, they only bark that they have power but no bite to show their power, unless when they resort to their only weapon “Strike” which is slowly loosing it’s sting, look at the pathetic story of LAUTECH and tell me that going on strike is the right thing to do.

When they are experiencing leadership tussles they go on media and whine like little girls until one of them can be pacified with a better position by the government in power. That’s the only time their voice is heard.

I now believe that if you want to be heard in Nigeria, you have to be loud and lousy like a lot of our people in positions. Lie and counter lie about each other in public, but laugh and dine together at night while tearing through succulent pieces of turkey.

Except of course our dear old Labour union which cackles like a chicken that laid an asteroid when it is shouting about salaries and their voice is never heard afterwards until their meal made of maize and chaff is delayed.

Opposition is no longer about constructive criticism and proferring ways for the nation as a whole to forge ahead; nope! It’s now about grinding the country to a stop at the detriment of all.

Have you noticed the mundane times in which Pressure associations like the NLC, ASUU, NUPENG amongst others go on strike? You haven’t? Little known fact, attention seeking.

Dear Labour and other pressure groups that like coming and disrupting things. If you really have the interest of workers and your members at heart, go and float a party and advance your course; or better yet, go and join the Labour Party and create foundations built on protecting your values.

The Labour Party does not have internal struggles that I have heard of, their ideology would definitely be Labour oriented and they don’t have money for dash and stealing so all your efforts will go to actual national interest. Except of course they win and start stealing without putting any industrial structures on ground.

I will not participate in any strike (not that I have voluntarily participated in any) until you join the rank of decision makers and stop throwing temper tantrums when your wishes are not met.

There is always a better solution to striking and one of those is engaging in politics. If your reasons for not voting the Labour Party is because of the likes of a certain Comrade who owed salary for over 8 months, then I don’t blame you.

I am only an accidental worker who is unemployed and pointing 10 accusing fingers at those who were supposed to lay down a structure for me and are now blaming me for not being ready for the structure of the labour force. They say I should gain experience but they don’t want to give it to me.

Not Too Young To Run

Youthful vigor is a very powerful weapon if wielded appropriately and with good reason especially if freedom and liberty are the reasons.

Sometimes it doesn’t even need to be in the right hands to work, nor does it need a particular individual to succeed.
All It needs I think, is the collective will of the people to rise up and speak. You don’t think the youths have a voice do you?

It brought about the French Revolution, The October revolution of Russia led by the Bolsheviks, The Cuban revolution led by Fidel Castro, The American revolution, The Indian independence, the Arab Spring in recent history, and just on the 5th of February 2017 in Romania, it took only about 250,000 people and 5 days of protesting to get their government to hear and abide by the voice of the people. Most of these was done by Young people

I really thought that this would be the spark we needed as young people.

As Nigerians.

I had high hopes that the will of young people will be heard. Maybe, just maybe.
Alas, it wasn’t and yet we all had a role in watching it water down to a trickle. I salute those who participated in it’s creation, posterity will not remember you, the history books won’t even bare your photo.

For my father’s who were also wrong when they kept quiet while Fela A Kuti told the government that they will hear “pansa pansa” from him. His house was burnt, he was arrested and his family threatened. Yet they only danced to his songs, maybe that should have been the spark.

He was just “one man” I consider him as a youth go and argue with power.

In our generation, we were wrong to have also left only a few people to try. Maybe the sparks come in a generation, if missed the consequences to be borne by all including the children.

One man can be threatened, they took our voice away and they don’t want us to scream. If there was any atmosphere I like, it is the charged feeling brought together by young people with a common thought. That energy can power any nuclear reactor.

As John Quincy Adams 6th President of the United States said, “Individual liberty is individual power, and as the power of a community is a mass compounded of individual powers, the nation which enjoys the most freedom must necessarily be in proportion to its numbers the most powerful nation.”

“We are greater together” G. N. S. Pwajok.

The only lesson to know is that; We as a people need to understand that things are not as they should be and only WE can fix it by demanding.

I won’t say “At least there was a voice”.

I won’t ask why you didn’t think of it.
John Milton said that, “To be given the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience above all liberties does it rank” and for some individuals to stifle a voice that attempted to be heard is a deprivation of the very tenets of freedom and liberty. In essence it is not well with US ALL.

As Benjamin Franklin said “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety”.

If a few old individuals can threaten the security of our collective wish into submission and withdrawal from participating in making decisions that can potentially send us to war; screaming with a voice and demanding for youthful participation, the ideology of youth backed with passion, accountability and improvement in health and economic standards; then gentlemen we are but eagles in a cage chirping freedom while parrots run the skies.

We are not living in times of war yet our right to peaceful assembly, freedom of speech and movements have been curtailed. “. . . dear as freedom is and in my hearts just estimation, prized above all price. . .” William Cooper 1788

Finally, “. . . Let the revolting distinctions of rich and poor disappear once and for all, the distinction of great and small, of masters and valets, of governors and governed. Let there be no other difference between human beings than those of age and sex. Since all have the same faculties, let there be one education for all, one food for all.” Gracchus Francois Noel Babeuf 1760 French Revolutionary.

I protest, even if I do it alone in my room via the Internet.

I protest, that a government that came to power through the voice of young people have turned around and padlocked our lips and threatened our voices.

#IStandWithNigeria #IAmNotTooYoungToRun #IWantToLearnLeadershipThroughParticipation