The expectations of #RevolutionNow Movement were not met on Monday as law enforcement agents were deployed by the Federal Government to thwart their efforts.
Despite the threats, some civil society organisation (CSO) maintained a “no going back.” The group said their demands are broken down into three phases and they contained issued that must be addressed.
The first phase is to “End Anti-people Economic Policies.” The elements of this phase include
- Return of fuel prices and electricity tariffs to their level in 1999.
- End to estimated and inflated billing y the electricity distribution companies.
- No devaluation of Naira
- End of insecurity and constant bloodletting in the country.
- Abolition of the tuition fee in all public universities and secondary schools.
- Immediate payment of N30,000 minimum wage
- The immediate release of political prisoners including Shi’ite leader Ibrahim El Zakzaky and his wife.
- The immediate payment of all outstanding salaries of workers and pensions of retirees.
The Second Phase is to “End Special Privileges for the Ruling Class.” The elements of the second phase include:
- All public officials must be banned from educating their children in private schools in Nigeria or in schools in foreign countries.
- These officials must be banned also from obtaining healthcare in private hospitals in Nigeria or in hospitals in foreign countries.
- An immediate end to the use of police or military personnel as private security guards for these officials
- Except for the President and Governors, these officials and their immediate family must not live in class-exclusive estates.
The Third Phase is to “Return Political Power and National Wealth to the Working People.” The elements of the second phase include:
- The complete and uncompensated repossession by the working people of all national resources stolen by the ruling class.
- The complete and uncompensated seizure by the working people of all private wealth accumulated by public officials during and after their tenure of office.
- The complete socialisation of all land in the country and declaration of access to land as a basic right.
- The break the stranglehold of the ruling class on political power by banning from politics all who have stolen the people’s money and property since 1960.
- To reduce the cost of governance by abolishing the senate, thus establishing a unicameral legislature with the only house of representatives.
- Abolishing the death penalty except for embezzling or privatisation of the public wealth.
- Producing a new constitution for Nigeria by a democratic and people-led process involving open discussion, debate and determination of proposals and suggestions by the working people.
These agitations were faced with mixed reactions from Nigerians. Some say they were anti-political public office holders oriented and some say now is the time to agitate for the phases.