Safety In Nigeria
I first learnt about PDP Chieftain Funsho Williams assassination on http://diamondhawk.blogspot.com/ 's blog and was not that surprise. The rate at which people are been assassinated in Nigeria is so high that when I am going to Nigeria,I don't even let my mum know until am there, cos she will always try to convince me not to come.
The killings in Naija is mostly because of Power,money and relationships(women),which is the same all over the world,but it is very easy to assassinate someone in Naija,even an important person and get away with it.
For example,Late Chief Bola Ige was assassinated while he was still the Attorney General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under the administration of our one and only Obasanjo.My house to Chief Bola Ige's house in Bodija in Ibadan is like 5mins walk and I still saw him with his wife like 45mins before he was killed.
So we should ask ourselves how can someone like the Attorney General of a country,who is suppose to be the 3rd in command to the president be killed like a fowl and all the people arrested were released and nothing came out of the investigation till today.Chief Omisore,the then deputy governor of Osun state was arrested for the assassination and he later won an election to become a senator while he was still in prison.He was later released and served as a senator and the witness that confessed about the killing is no where to be found today to testify against him.
We also have a lot of people that has been killed just because of power and money and which this crazy administration we have as our government definitely know about.Like in 2002,the PDP chairman of Rivers State,Chief Dikibo Marshall Harry was killed just because he decided to oppose Peter Odili running for a second term.Peter Odili is Obasanjo's godson,he is the one soliciting for Obasanjo with the Oil companies.Obasanjo's third term campaign is been backed by the Oil companies.
Imagine this,2 of my cousins were killed during the last election just cos they were running for counselorships posts in their different local government and I have a friend here that his Uncle left here to go and run for a chairmanship seat in Naija and the guy was almost killed,the guy is limping now cos he was shot in the leg and was flown back here for a surgery cos he was told in Naija that they had to amputate the leg.If you ask the guy about Naija now,the guy will tell you Naija is visiting and America is home.
I am still trying to figure out how people survive in Nigeria,because you will still see some people earning just N7000 monthly.With that kind of salary,why wont the person do anything for money if he gets the chance to.I was in traffic on Allen one day and saw this old man selling recharge cards for cellphones,somehow I just felt compasionate towards the man and called him.I asked him how big is his family and he told me he has 5kids with his wife making 7 of them.The only job he has is selling the recharge cards which I am sure he is getting from a middle man who is getting a commision off the sales.How much can he making to sustain his family?I actually gave the guy all the naira I had on me that day and the guy did not believe it cos he was just like why am I giving him money.
I love Nigeria with all my heart o,because Nigeria made me who I am today in terms of morals and generally how to view life,but when I think about things that happen on a daily basis in that country,I shiver.Everytime I go to Naija,the only way of surviving or relating is to change ur attitude as soon as u land in naija.At a point in time my brother looked at me one day and was like am I sure I stay in the US or I actually stay in Ghana cos the way I act when am in Naija scares him.The reason for doing that is just to let people know that you can not be swindled or assaulted.
I worked for the first Internet Service provider in Nigeria after my NYSC and actually thought I was getting paid then,cos u know freash from college,young with no responsibility yet and living life in Port Harcourt.....people that have been to Port Harcourt will know what am talking about.I went to the company to just look around and got talking to people working there now cos I still have a couple of my collegues then still working there and found out that the people doing the same job I was doing 4-5 yrs ago are still been paid the same salary that I was been paid back then.Can you imagine with all the inflation in Nigeria within the 4-5yrs.
What I always tell people is all we can do is keep praying for naija and hope for the best which is not in sight any time soon as I can see sha.Like one of my friends said that a pastor said it has gotten to stage that you have to start praying for yourself and your family instead of praying for Nigeria.