Hello people!!! I trust you've been very well? I know lots of my peeps have been and for the ones who i didn't keep in touch with,i'm believing you've been well also.
The festive periods were quite awesome,i mean i had maximum fun.I told you guys i didn't have any plans and that was the truth.However,things generally happened.I went out alot,hooked up with friends and family.And even when i didn't go out,the music was loud with drinks flowing.I also did lots of movies and i discovered 'Entourage',if you've not seen it,do check it out.
Anyway,my main aim for making this post is to wish you all a very glorious,splendid and amazing new year.I mean,this new year is gonna be so awesome for you that people will come around you just to know the secret.This is a prayer,wish or anything that's suitable for you to tag it,but it came from the deepest part of my heart.
However,for those of you in Nigeria,the new year was greeted with the removal of oil subsidy thereby resulting in the increase in pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) or petrol.This brought about many discussions and yes,it also resulted in nationwide strike action that extended even to the UK and the US.At first i considered joining in on the strike action and the protests,but then,something changed.Our beloved country is corrupt,make no mistake about it.I mean,the corruption has eaten very deep and we really need divine intervention to get rid of it.I wasn't against the protests and strike and all before now,but right now i am very much against it.I am against it because the strike is misguided and misdirected.I'll explain.Right now,the strike is as a result of removal of subsidy,all the placards and chants are all about subsidy.But i ask,is removal of subsidy our problem as a nation?! If you ask many Nigerians,they'll tell you subsidy is a good thing but that their fear is that the money derived from subsidy removal will be MISAPPROPRIATED.Note that i highlighted the word misappropriated.Having said that,won't you agree with me that the protests have been misdirected? Rather than protest against subsidy removal,why are we not protesting against misappropriation of public funds? The issue we have like i mentioned earlier is corruption and we're not ignorant of this.So,why not protest against corruption rather than subsidy removal? Also,we're aware that the reason why our petroleum sector is in crisis is as a result of the existence of a cabal,why not go on strike for the destruction of this cabal? They are the ones who are not making our refineries work and lots of government officials (present and past) are part of it and we're not ignorant of the fact.Why not strike so government will look for a way to break their wings? People keep talking about the budget and i am forced to ask if people really know what it is they're talking about when they talk about the 2012 budget.The budget is the best we've had in year.The figures are enormous,i agree,but are the least we've seen in years.Another thing is this government reduced basic salaries by 25%.Yes,the 25% isn't so much but are we going to deny the fact that it wasn't reduction? I have seen 2 obvious changes in this government; More reasonable budget and pay cuts.This shows that the government is trying to achieve and so i am willing to give it a chance.
However,does it mean this is a perfect government? NO! Things are still wrong.Things like misappropriation and also misappropriation! So if i must go on strike or protest over something,i'd protest over misappropriation.Power has been a very great challenge of this nation since i was but a child even though billions of naira has been pumped into the power sector,why haven't we gone on strike over that to enforce changes? Our roads have claimed more lives than you will want to know,yet billions of naira has been pumped into road construction and maintenance,why haven't we gone on strike over that to enforce changes? The police who are supposed to be the ones securing lives and properties are the ones that we now need protection against,why haven't we gone on strike over that? Our labor unions that we feel are fighting for us are also doing "handshakes" and we're not ignorant of this,why would we allow ourselves to be misguided by these ones?
I do not know President Goodluck Jonathan,neither am i benefiting from his position as president,but i am just being very real as usual.We should forget ethnicity and religion and face reality.We know what our problems are,we should attack the problems logically.My take on this whole subsidy removal is this; the government has promised that the money that'll come from subsidy removal will be used for various things like primary health care,building of refineries in conjunction with private companies,building of hydro electric power plans for power generation, etc.Let's give them some time and see what happens,if no changes are made,then i'd gladly be the leader of the protest and strike action.I could actually go on about this whole issue,but i really don't want to bore you.However,if you ever decide to strike over the people who are drowning this country (we know them too) or over misappropriation of public funds,don't forget to lemme know.Have a nice day people! Just for the record,i'm not against anybody's opinion,i'm not just in support of the strike over subsidy removal.