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“What is this Lagos turning into?”

This was a question asked by an actress on a new comedy show, Desperate Housewives Africa. She was only complaining about a call she received; a friend’s husband had been home-killed by assassins. Watching this part of the episode got me agreeing with her question even though my reason for conceding had nothing to do with a league of blood-thirsty men killers.

Well maybe it does have something to do with some men killers, except these are money thirsty and power hungry.

Not getting? You will soon.

As the entertainer is only mystified by the Lagos situation, my appallment is transferred to Nigeria. Lagos, along with other states isn’t out of the blame game since they all form NIGERIA- stating the obvious. When a tree is bad, don’t expect fresh fruits from the tree.

What is all this confusing but organized play of words?

The simple explanation.

Nigeria experienced an ultimate economic turn up. Popularly called- the oil boom of 1970s

With such discovery of oil flow, one would think Nigeria would never see penury. Ha! I laugh at the thought. You should see us now…

Years later, management of our ‘country beloved’ fell in the wrong hands, and so the economy took a snowballing momentum, only that the snow decreased as it plummeted.

Once upon a time, fuel was 15.37k can I say when the going was good, I wasn’t around that time.

From then on, there was an interesting change in numbers. From 20k… 60k… 70k… N3.25k…N5… with fluctuations in between, we got to N65. It seemed fair enough even though there were inevitable comments from regular country critics.

Funny story.

Be careful what you wish for…

We wished for good luck and good luck struck with sky high fuel prices. N141per liter? Oh yes. Such good luck. We’re talking 5, 6 years ago.

All I’m trying to explain is the mismanagement, misappropriation and manipulation of the nation’s greatest source of fund- POWER OIL by the money thirsty, power hungry men killers that form CABALS.

Along came a year, 2012. That controversial New Year, January 1. The incumbent president of that time, GEJ announced plans to remove the fuel subsidy.

His beautiful plan: to remove the subsidy (which some SPECIAL people enjoyed) and then diversify so as to improve a lot of less-privileged Nigerians by providing infrastructure for employment, education, health, power, water resources and agriculture.

I ask you, how have you enjoyed or felt the goodness and mercy of the subsidy removal? I’m just curious.

He wasn’t even prepared for the reactions of the masses. A volcanic eruption of irate citizens. The response to the New Year announcement was devastating with the reactors in different parts: the part that believed such decision was for the benefit of the cabals, another part that believed subsidy removal was a way to suffer the masses and enrich the high classes.

Some other part just took subsidy as a new word and added it to their vocabulary bank. While others saw through the negative and lived for the positive. I wonder how they are doing still living in the positive.

The uproar led to a reduction of the fuel price to N97. That quieted some people a little.

2015 rode in with a N10 reduction of Premium Motor Spirit that changed N97 to N87.

Welcome to the present that was a future minutes ago, where the price of fuel has quadrupled. Whether through presto magic or juju, somehow somehow, N87 has turned to N200.

Take NOTE: the closing days of May have only opened the flood gates of sweat and tears.

If I have to go all the way to Epe, Badagry or even Cotonou from Ikeja or Surulere only to find fuel, ‘then the gods must be crazy.’

We have succeeded in spreading our dirty linen for the world to see and appreciate. This was how I felt after reading some humiliating comments from Non-Nigerians and Non-Africans about the oil-ish country in doldrums due to lack of oil, I couldn’t agree more with the statement, living by the ocean, dying of thirst.

However, some sanguins, with the religion-optimism, have only reminded us that Nigeria is a pregnant woman going through expected sufferings of labour only to birth a bouncy baby boy, girl or even set of twins. Their optimism is only backed by incoming president Muhammadu Buhari. I am hopeful but not too hopeful.

Going back in time; the time when I watched the comedy soap, Desperate Housewives Africa, when Kiki Obi asked

“What is this Lagos turning into?’” I thought of Nigeria.

As bland and cliché as the question may be, I can only ask the same for our country beloved,

“What is Nigeria turning into?”

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Living by the Ocean, Dying of Thirst by Amina Bassey

  1. nice write miss Bassey. u know, a few weeks earlier when Case xenophobia was the breath of the world.. considering Africans’ funny overtime kill of themselves, I couldn’t help but expand d sane question u just ‘nierialized’. for I see not much difference btw what wickedness goes on in Nigeria and the xenophobia or other woes that surface in other parts of Africa. so I say
    : what is Africa turning to?

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