Firstly Libya, which is sort of settled now, became a beehive for violence that came to its climax on September 11th, 2012. Barely a year after Muhmar Ghadafi was ousted and killed with full support of America and maybe the whole world, what happens, the same people take opportunity of a riot to burn down the American Embassy in Libya and kill two US officers and the US Ambassador to Libya, who by the way, was a strong supporter of the Libyan Revolution. Initially everyone thought it was just an accident, then it became clear, given the date (September 11th) and other surrounding issues, that it was a terror attack
Then Egypt, Mubarak was ousted from office after 30years or so in power, and what did they do, they voted one guy - Mohammed Morsi, the head of the Muslim Brotherhood, that had transformed into a political party - Freedom and Justice Party, as president. Though he made promises to be president for all Egypt, no one was really sure what he was going to do especially when he began to court the former Iranian President, Ahmadinejad. He made all sort of laws to empower his end of the political square, made new parliament, even when the people said no, sacked lawyers and judges with the aim of gathering more power, and then replaced them after riots. Finally, on the first anniversary of his presidency, Egyptians returned to Tahir Square in another revolution of the people and this time, they ousted the Morsi government in about 7 days and with the final verdict of the Army, replaced him with the Head of the Supreme Court as Head of State and set up a panel to conduct fresh elections.
With this repeat revolution, the people of Egypt have proven that when the people rise up and demand good governance, the government has no option but to bulge. The governments bulged the first time and they have also bulged this second time. But come to think of it, Morsi should have known. . . this is prove that he is not Naija, otherwise common sense should have told him that if he came to power by the "revolution" he could also leave power sooner or later by the "revolution", at least so says the popular adage. Common sense should have told him that if the people arrange a demonstration, it could spell trouble. He should have come out to beg and apologize on day one. If I was him, I will "do bale" for the guys managing the demonstration, borrow myself brain and started making promises sharp- sharp. Instead what did he do, he called the bluff of the people and arrange his own supporters to protest side by side. The Army gave him ultimatum to resolve the issues, and they kicked-in, in support of the people and removed him.
A couple of us have asked ourselves " Is this possible in Nigeria?", can we remove the president from office by protest?" and I thought deeply about it. Demonstrations in Nigeria used to be all bloody , with tear-gas and all until the fuel crisis demonstration. Never have people enjoyed a demonstration like that one. Music, dance, speeches, food, drinks etc, in abundant supply. I recall that people came out with their sunglasses and blackberries and android phones to take picture, some came with their power -bikes, Musicians sang freely and orators enjoyed the moment while they spoke about the ills of the country. The social media was agog with chats, discussions and fun pictures, some people took the advantage to do release new albums and music videos, afterall they could feature popular celebrities in the video in the spirit of the Fuel subsidy strike. People made pun while they strongly told the government that Enough was Enough. They said, tell us the real price of fuel, and prove why you must hike price. Tell us why you can’t build new refineries and why we must keep importing in the first place. Did the Government bulge? They did, at least for the first time the oil subsidy probe issue came up, government realised people were not going to sit still while they did what they liked. For the first time everyone realised that we shared common pains and sufferings - the bad road, the lack of refinery in a country that had abundant crude oil, the lack of power, lack of employment for a teeming youth population, and endless molestations by police and the list goes on and on. Since then, the government has been under pressure both within and without to perform, and the people are finally keenly watching, aware that we all had the right to good governance and responsible government.
The moral of the Egyptian story, Governance is supposed to be for the common good of the people. Any government that does not work for the good of all will soon find itself on the backside of rulership. It is the duty of those in authority to work for the betterment of the nation and not to promote its sufferings. And afterall we are all government at a particular level, we all have the responsibility to do what is good and right for our communities and the nation as a whole, to stand up and be counted, to be a blessing in our nation, and be a part of the solution and not become a part of the problem.
My parting shots, "When the Righteous are in authority, the people rejoice. When the wicked rule, the people mourn" Prov 29: 2.