Speaking during an interview with Noah Ebije of Saturday Sun in Kaduna, former Governor of old Kaduna State and National Chairman of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Alhaji Balarabe Musa, said that Nigerian masses may soon rise against the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari if the current economic hardship in the country is not addressed immediately.
Balarabe Musa warned that there is nothing that pushes people to revolt against government than hunger, pointing out that the primary responsibility of government is the welfare of the people, and this, Buhari must not shy away from.
Answering the question of whether he was in agreement with Lagos-based Catholic Priest, Cardinal Anthony Okogie, who recently wrote President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that there is hunger in the land and that Nigerians are dying of hunger, Alhaji Musa said:
“I am more than in agreement with him. In fact, I dare to warn the President and everybody that can listen, that history has proved that mass hunger, hunger of the population, mass poverty of the population, killer hunger have always been the most immediate cause of proletarian revolution in every country of the world. And the President should know this; let him not be deceived by those who are benefiting from the current situation of hunger”.
He went on to explain that the possibility of a revolt by Nigerians is 100 per cent sure because Nigerians are not different from the rest of the people in the world. “Whatever people did in the world to protect themselves or show their anger against bad government, Nigerians can do it, and nobody should deceive himself that Nigerians are so docile, that they will not revolt. Anger pushes anybody to the limit”, he said.
Advising Nigerians on what to do concerning the present hunger and economic hardship in the country Alhaji Balarabe Musa, said the only way out is to protest.
“I know that it is a risk because security men may shoot them. However, they should protest because this is their life. Somebody is playing with their lives, somebody is destroying their lives, they should defend their lives and protect their interest”.
He described the continued call for patience by the government as “a political gimmick” which can only be sustained in a situation whereby people see hope and changes. However, where people don’t see changes, he said, where they don’t see the basis for expecting changes, and they suffer continuously, appealing to them to be patient may be futile.