Sitting quietly between the driver and another passenger in a yellow bus (danfo bus) on my way home from Mile 2 under the hot weather, my attention was held by a discussion about Nigeria. The discussion of course started with an argument when the bus conductor asked for his money. You will be amazed at the things I heard. Not how the discussion went, but the points made. I have summarized every detail for you.
The phrase “Nigeria go better”, you will agree has lived with us for as long as we can remember. Probably you must have heard your dad tell your mum when your family had to manage the little available at that point in time. Overtime, the phrase has gradually changed to “E go better”, as the hopes of a better tomorrow is no longer for the country but for an individual. As a matter of fact, if Nigeria be better tomorrow, it will be good for everyone and on the other hand if it be better for everyone then the country will be better.
We boast of supplying power to neigbouring countries that have steady power. Meanwhile we can’t beat our chest to 24-hours uninterrupted power supply. They Changed NEPA to PHCN, and then a network of Discos in the name of privatizing but still no improvement. Instead of solving the problem of power supply coupled with obnoxious estimated bills and cruel disconnection, they pretend to care by introducing CPC. Try producing a reality TV show like Big Brother Nigeria (BBN) outside the country and they ask you why
As the discussion continued, I was still silent wondering why the sun despite the public holiday declared, decided to be so harsh today. Coupled with the traffic, shouts from conductors, and honking from vehicles along the busy Badagry Express way, I had no choice than to remain silent and follow the discussion.
As largest oil producing nation in Africa, we refine a large quantity of our oil outside the country, and experience scarcity from time to time. Rather than build refineries, we are made to pay more for fuel and after some years what we hear is someone embezzled the money. We are always building refineries but never refining crude oil in them.
We the youth are referred to as the future leaders of tomorrow but the truth is we can only be leaders when we grow old. The older ones have hijacked the leadership of the country and all they do is make promises filled with over-ripped embellished words, none of which is often fulfilled.
In disguise as “Fulani herdsmen”, people are killed and nothing is being done about it. Christians found in Islamic dominated area are killed and Churches burnt. The Igbo man is not given opportunity to be president as a result of Biafra, pipelines are vandalized by the militants and the Boko Haram sect poses a threat to our security. 57 years after independence and we are still at war with each other.
Those in black meant to protect lives and property Obtain By Tricks (OBT). They are after that 100 naira you must give to them when they stop you.
This makes me wonder who the change begins with. The clerics move about in big rides and followers move about in their “Legedis benz”. Employers are with little or no education and employees with the best certificates. The government with no contribution to a poor widow’s livelihood still depends on her tax to develop the nation, how absurd. A soldier will never join the queue to be served at a first come basis, rather seizes the slightest opportunity to beat up civilians blue black.
We say tomorrow will be better, but forget that today was yesterday’s tomorrow. We plan to fail because we fail to plan. We’re busy probing past leaders, and those we call future leaders are learning how to embezzle public funds in the university. We go the extra miles just to be president of a faculty, department and the student union, abandon our manifestos once elected into office, keep a huge part of money meant for the entire students, planning to the same as chairmen, councilors, governors, ministers, and presidents of tomorrow. How then will it be better?
At last the passenger beside me paid his money, after he was convinced that the discussion would amount to no discount from his fare.
After listening to them, I said in my heart, we are where we should be. Just like the Akwa Ibomites, rather than saying E go better, I have learnt to say “Nigeria Ado Okay”. And that was when I alighted.