Often times, pacifists quote “you cannot make omelette without breaking an egg”
But when the chips are down and need arises to break some eggs, they become religious and preach sanctity of life with all manner of religious books to justify their cowardice and refusal to walk the talk.
A pacifist in political arena is not one afraid of violence but one,willing to receive violence rather than use violence in achieving any goal.
Jesus, Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr., share this in common. They used none violence methods to influence and change political situation in their environment despite having access to instruments of violence.
Jesus had Peter the Zealot and also direct access to call down a legion of angels to save him from violent death on the cross. He stood his ground, rebuked Peter and gracefully carried his cross to Golgotha where he was violently nailed to the cross.
Ghandi had the Hindu gang and Muslims in his gang but he refused to use violence against the British brutish colonizers. After every violent uprising, he was pained and took to fasting. He willingly broke laws he considered immoral and went to jail without looking for lacunas in the law.
Martin Luther Jr., operated in the era of Black Panther, Malcolm X and Nation of Islam. He and his men, were repeatedly beaten, dogs and all manner of crude methods were used against him but he never authorized the use of violence.
On the other hand, we have Prophet Mohammed(Peace be unto him), who had to resort to war to advance his political kingdom. His peace offering were threat and conditional and the small States that refused to bow to him and accept islam, were raided and Islam enforced with the sword.
V.I.Lenin, Chè Guevara and Fidel Castro were also apostles of arm struggle for the advancement of political interest. They succeeded in birthing a new social order and this order not being non violent, they had to use violence to sustain the empire they had panel beaten together.
The romantic Nigerian revolutionary, is in dilemma as which of the methods to use in breaking the egg to make the proverbial omelette.
Back in the days as undergraduate in UniAbuja and LASU, we reasoned that an ideal Nigerian revolutionary, must be a blend of Chè Guevara and Mahatma Gandhi, easily switching methodologies as the struggle dictates.
Struggle, is fluid and requires speedy oscillation of methods and no room for flat footed methodological stagnation.
We further believed that, it was the oppressor that dictates the methods the oppressed will use in unyoking himself from being a beast of burden for the oppressor.
Most often, a peaceful procession turns violent once the anti riot squad of the Nigerian Police is brought in and they fire tea gas and like a slave who beats his wicked master’s goat because he can’t match his master, peaceful protesters take to any FGN property within reach.
As Nigeria tethers on the edge and all are in anticipation of a new Nigeria, all participant observers in this birth, must choose which method will serve Nigerians better and restore pre-1966 brotherhood shattered by mutual suspicion brought about by attempted use of arms struggle-coup, to change Nigeria.
Bishop of The Sinners Assembly.