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What Nigerians can learn from kenyans' anti tax protest

At the time of writing this, the President of Kenya William Ruto, has withdrawn the controversial Tax Bill that sparked protest across the country. Kenyans protest is now almost if not already over, leaving behind over 20 people dead and several injured.

Those Nigerian people who constantly think that democracy is all about a president and didn't see the difference between Nigerians and Kenyans's approach to tackling issues may need to have a rethink.

For summary, the parliament passed a Bill that was to raise fund for government by taxing the citizens. The people rejected it and protested until the President decided he won't sign the Bill.

Notice how the protesters targeted their law makers. 

Here in Nigeria, everything is about President. The weaklings who call themselves activists in Nigeria are scared of their law makers and picked out soft target, most of the time. 

Here in Nigeria, people hardly follow Bills at National assembly (our parliament) even though they made these Bills public every week. If they follow they will rather wait for President to sign before they start protesting. 

There are currently many controversial Bills at National Assembly at one stage or the other which elicit indifference among the citizens.  

I just hope this reinforce the conviction of those of us who believe that the National Assembly should be targeted where they they clearly has power. And in most cases, they have power but, do we care?

The simple objective of Kenyan protest is to prevent Bill passed by Parliament from becoming law. Nigerians will have waited for the Bill  to be passed in the two chambers, signed by president and even waited for the implementation before they start crying. 

Nigerians surely are very intelligent on many things, democracy is not one of them. that is why they constantly crave things that take them back to military era by singular action of craving one single powerful man in Abuja. 

The other thing note is that a politician talking sweet and making popular promise is not necessarily going to be better. Politicians say all the right things during campaign. Those who dare to tell the truth are hardly considered for election because they are not saying the "right" thing. That is the things we want to hear.

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