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The Virtual Revolutionaries

The Virtual Revolutionaries

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination, and I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die”(page 127, The State of Africa by Martin Meredith)

The above statement was made by Nelson Mandela when he was standing trial in 1964. Nelson Mandela alongside so many other activists stood for what they believed in and came out to face the government. At the time, Nelson Mandela joined in the revolution; he was still a law student. Nelson never ran away from the fight. He was at the forefront. He neither spoke from afar nor incited his followers to go and demonstrate without his presence.

Back in the 80s, 90s and early 2000 true activists came out en masse to speak against the authorities on concerns affecting the people. Late Fela Anikulapo Kuti was one example of a man never got scared of going to prison for what he believed in.

Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Photo credit : BBC

Today, what do we have – Virtual Revolutionaries. The IPOB crooner Nnamdi Kanu has gone into hiding ever since the operation “Python dance”. To his followers he is the messiah that has come to lead them to the promise land. How will such a journey start if the leader is speaking from a distant country and encouraging his followers to put up a good fight? In the bible, Moses came before Pharaoh to ask for his people’s freedom in the physical. He did not do it from another country.

Nnamdi Kanu

A true leader leads his people from the front and not from the back. A true leader should be ready to go to jail for his people and die for the cause he believes in. This is not the case for Mr.Kanu who has dual citizenship.

These days we have social media activists who go on the internet to incite people to get involved in something they would not take part in. They hide behind the screen and call out for revolution. Former presidential aspirant Mr. Omoyele Sowore must have thought he had lots of supporters to come out for his revolution. Today he is cooling off in detention and he is now asking to go abroad for medical attention. He is now being used as joke. The youths who refused to vote for Sowore are the same people he wanted to support his revolution. How is that possible?

Omoyele Sowore. Photo credit: Sahara Reporters

It is very important that we start thinking of the dangers of these virtual revolutionaries who deceive and incite people on tribal and religious incitement with evil purposes only to cause mischief. True activists lead their followers in front; they don’t hide behind their mother’s aprons to lead.

 

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