Monday, March 22, 2010


A colorful framed poster hanging in our house reads: “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. Galatians 6: 17.” Thus, when I first heard the term “Enough is Enough”, that was the first thing that came to mind. However, the new youth movement in Nigeria themed “Enough is Enough” is not a religious affiliation. If you are Nigerian, you most likely understand the context of this dynamic emergence of a new generation with zero tolerance for corruption. We are talking about a generation nauseated by the unprogressive government leaders tying Nigeria down in underdevelopment and poverty even though our land is rich in natural and human resources.

When young Nigerians converged at the National Assembly to peacefully protest on March 16th, it was neither to show-off how energetic youth can be nor to punctuate the day to announce that 70% of our population are youth (under 35years). According to the letter sent to the Senate President/The Speaker of the House “the march is only the first step in a series of many geared step towards creating the condition for a Nigeria that will no longer make breaking news on CNN.” But I thank God this March made the news on CNN- Nigerians abroad got the clear report of the vibrancy of the revolutionary movement.

To resonate what the Coalition expressed in their letter to our government leaders: We demand an overhaul of the security and intelligence apparatus in Nigeria. We demand that the government give practical plan to solving our electrical power problem. President Yar’dua should officially resign if he can no longer serve the country, due to his health problem. We demand that the government leaders put into action the recommendations of the electoral reform report. “We want a country where infrastructure work, where politicians are committed to the common good, where opportunities for its citizens are fair and possible.”

We are tired of government leaders serving themselves instead of the people. We are tired of the fragile security system in our country. We are tired of walking in the dark; reading for exam with candles/kerosene lantern, touch light or cell-phone beam and graduating from school with no employment opportunity in sight. We are tired of an education system that is out of shape. We want a New Nigeria where leaders and followers understand the value in integrity, commitment and unity.

But we are not just stopping at the demands. Individually and collectively, we will play our role responsibly. Enough is Enough! This is a “battle for the soul of Nigeria.” Join the movement: Are you taking a positive stand or sitting in silence?

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