Some Social and Religious Perspectives on the Nigerian Crisis
Chapter 5. A Quiet Revolution
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A QUIET REVOLUTION
By now it should be clear that Nigeria’s real problem is ethical in nature. Consequently, I shall propose a moral solution.1 The cure I am recommending is a quiet revolution. By a quiet revolution I do not mean a silent coup to overthrow the Nigerian government. Nor am I advocating a French-style rebellion in which the masses on the streets and peasants in the country put an end to centuries of absolute monarchy. It does not refer to economic reforms either, like the ones undertaken by the military and civilian governments in Nigeria. The quiet revolution I am advocating is an interior change, that is, the transformation of each individual. As long as this change has not taken place, no one will be able to repair and restore Nigeria, even with a bloody revolution.
In 1983, General Muhammadu Buhari took over power from Shehu Shagari and launched his famous “war against indiscipline.” He aggressively went after corrupt politicians, including Umaru Dikko, the former minister of transport. Dikko was widely believed to have used his political position to enrich himself. When Buhari seized power, Dikko fled to London and became one of the most wanted fugitives sought by the Buhari administration. The British government foiled the plot to fly Dikko in a crate from London to Nigeria.
Buhari’s extreme measures tackling corruption, among other things, prompted General Ibrahim Babangida to remove him from power in 1985. ← 65...
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