It has come to me, to meet and relate, how certain persons had to label the ongoing protest in Nigeria as a revolution.
Revolution is not an uprising, a protest, a riot nor a Putsch. Revolution is a philosophical term that has deep roots in Marxism.
Revolution is thoroughgoing. It is a complete process. It has a beginning, middle, and an end. It has a planning stage, execution stage and finally establishing the social order or a classless society. A revolution must be organized by the proletarians not the masses.
The social divisions need to be horizontal. The unity of the working masses need to be enforced. The rulers not leaders govern all the social and commercial life. The army take over is irresponsible. To this understanding the provocative silence of Ex President on the matter represents a surrender to the darker side of human nature.
His visit to Nigeria and Niger consolidates an undeniable suspicion of his desperation to be elected as Head of State. The most fundamental element of political revolution is a fundamental reconstruction of the existing social thought and motivation by the establishment and violation of moribund and defeatist social thought that regards humans as subjects of ideas, where as human labour is the creation of the objective world.
What is happening in Nigeria is a spontaneous uprising borne out of police brutality and an underling vertical division sponsored by the western commercial interest.
It must be noted that, successive governments have not leaved-up to popular expectation. However, caution and restrain must be exercised by all Africans not to fall into a pseudo revolution led by ambitious rascals.
It is to this point, that I find the statements by Ex President as irresponsible and self centered opportunistic disguise in revolutionary doctrine.
Comrade Murtala Mohamed.