Looking again at ‘revolution’ – Vanguard News


By Edwin Madunagu

THE word, “revolution”, is currently enjoying a political and lexical rehabilitation with Nigerians, especially the youths. Though still seen as treasonable, “revolution” is no longer easily associated with evil or lack of patriotism. The type of rehabilitation that “revolution” now enjoys reminds me of the euphoric celebration of “new democracy” in the last decade of the 20th century, allegedly following the collapse of Communist Party-led governments in Eastern Europe and the disintegration of the Soviet Union.

Unlike a “coup d’etat” against which the youths still react negatively – or at best, with mixed feelings – ”revolution” no longer evokes fear. This piece is inspired by the need to look again at the word, what it means in politics and history and what Nigerians, especially the youths, now understand by it. After a deliberately careful exercise of search and review, followed by a critical reflection, I may report as…

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