The president’s speech on the ENDSARS uprising in Nigeria – By Okechukwu Nwafor

For some weeks now the Nigerian youth have risen against the oppressive actions of their dictator. These oppressive actions are propagated most ferociously through, among many avenues, the agents of SARS. SARS means Special Anti-Robbery Squad. SARS turned out to be agents of robbery and death instead. They have killed more innocent citizens than the robbers they claim to check.
Nigerians were more irked that their president did not address the nation after weeks of uprising against the state killer squad, even when the protesters were violently murdered by the Nigerian military on the alleged directives of powerful politicians linked to the presidency. The president eventually gave a speech that is as contemptible as SARS. The cruel reverberation of the president’s speech is difficult to restrain. It continued to run amok across the already embattled landscape. Blood flowed in its wake.
There are several things we need to understand about dictators and public speech. First, the dictator does not understand the language of dialogue and peaceful intervention in the event of an uprising. The dictator only understands the language of force.
Nigerians were embittered that their president did not address them in the ugly events of the vicious shooting of peaceful protesters by the military. They fail to understand that the style of Nigerian dictatorship followed a specific pattern: silence by the dictator in the face of mayhem.
The late General Sani Abacha, a brutal dictator, was economical with public sympathy. He was parsimonious with public speech. Most brutalities unleashed on Nigerian citizens by Abacha’s henchmen never attracted any sympathy from him. A public address to pacify the protesters is a kind, benevolent and democratic gesture. Such addresses are opposed to the anti-democratic stance of the dictator.
To show compassion is one of the most difficult tasks for a dictator. A dictator talks tough. He is not given to emotional speeches. He detests acts of kindness because they can undo his ever-willful disposition to unleash terror. When Nigerians struggle to squeeze out empathetic speeches from the mouth of a dictator, it amounts to squeezing out kindness out of a heart of stone. You do not force words into the mouth of the dictator.
I remember that Abacha hardly addressed Nigerians. Even the few times he did; he covered his eyes with dark goggles so that no one could see his eyes. It is then logical to conclude that dictators prefer to hide under the shadow of their lonely and wicked world.
Does that explain why our president is always elusive and hiding? Even when dictators are compelled to address the nation, they warn their speech writers to exclude compassionate words. A compassionate word is like a medicine that counteracts the efficacy of poison. A dictator enjoys the deadly fallouts of victimization. Someone who enjoys the deadly consequences of oppression cannot deliver a speech of kindness.
– By Okechukwu Nwafor

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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