June 13th, 2012
are always the same with residents and neighbors in
emergency matters, serving as rescue hands in plane crashes,
and helping victims despite the dangerous situations.
civilian effort is becoming all too common as emergency
officials like the fire, police and other rescue officials
are usually helpless in the face of lack of adequate
equipment, poor water supply and the presence of
unmanageable fire trucks.
In fact many
of our fire stations are not in good working conditions
resulting in rapid spread of fire, thereby making survival
of lives and properties almost impossible.
As in the
case of retired Deputy Inspector General of Police, John
Haruna and his team, the men of the
State Fire Service in charge of the area of the crash site
reportedly were helpless to Haruna and others as they could
be heard screaming for help inside the burning plane. There
was no water in the fire service tanks. This was just a few
By the time
another fire service in the Jos area came to the crash site,
the wicked and the raging fire had consumed the victims to
the point of demise.
In the same
vein, reports from witnesses in the case of Prof. Celestine
Onwuliri and 152 others in the Dana airplane crash in Lagos
revealed similar helplessness in the initial response of the
government’s rescue team; and it could be possible that some
of the occupants were also screaming for help. But with a
national rescue team known for its lack of promptness and
equipment, death came too soon to all of the 153 occupants,
including Prof. Onwuliri whose body reportedly was with no
burns and had his Rosary in his hand.
words, Prof Onwuliri and others watched death in the face,
as it took them out through the burring flame—only if our
fire and other rescue services were healthy many of them
could have survived.
case of DIG Haruna, it was the neighbors who attempted to do
their best initially but helplessly.
Jonathan , there is something wrong in all of these gross
stupidities; especially for a nation reportedly standing
well economically per your Democracy day speech, yet we are
unable to provide basic and adequate rescue amenities to the
President, our disaster management and aviation systems are
so lacking that precious lives are being wasted ‘just like
that’ and nothing seems to happen to those in charge who
appear to discharge many of these services with
indifference, negligence and feelings of being untouchable.
President, in recent time money has been poured into the
rescue operations and aviation management but as usual
someone or a few top officials as a result of ingrained
corruption, deep seated greed and profound self-centeredness
will let needed services die even if it is at the expense of
the lives of innocent men, women and children.
President, these mannerisms are utterly unfair and change
the course now for the sake of the perished which included
those parents on the ground whose three children were
searching for hopelessly.
President, take an aggressive stand for the sake of those
four Nigerian-American children from West Hartford,
Connecticut which included 5-months old Noah, Kaiyen and
Kaima, 1-year-old twins; and 3-year-old Kamsi and their
Mr.President, Prof. Onwuliri and four of his colleagues from
the National Universities Commission were on official duties
when death consumed them ‘just like that’ by an airplane
known to have been certified by our aviation experts!
As you know
Sir, Deputy Inspector General of Police Haruna and his
co-occupants were pushed to quick death, and they were also
on official duties.
President, from the point of psychology, many of our heads
of agencies appear to be suffering from chronic and gross
misconduct, and they always get away with these
transgressions as they can easily find a way to make the
‘system’ work for them through many others of the same
In a healthy
society, by now those heads and officials that were in
charge of certifying a plane like the Dana one, and those in
charge of rescue services would by now be on immediate
suspension while the case is being investigated; and at the
same time they will be required to take series of
psychological test as in personality and intellectual
functioning evaluations, for the purpose of fitness of duty
or continued leadership.
Unfortunately in our country where anything goes these
rescue heads and aviation heads will concern themselves more
with their personal survival than anything else. President,
tell Nigerians not this time!
President, as a practicing clinical/forensic psychologist,
unless we start some type of objective psychological
cleansing in regards to staff and heads, successfully going
through a series of psychological testing for the purpose of
measuring their mental health, judgment, insight, alertness
and problem solving skills; we will remain where we are now
or even worse.
Psychological testing will single out troubled staff or
leaders that need rehabilitation or removal, and such test
should be routine and recurrent. And this type of testing is
not the same thing as psychiatric testing which is more
about medication-based mental health assessment and
treatment. The Psychological testing is essential as it
would specifically help unearth these unusual careless and
indifferent behaviors as well as uncover self-aggrandizement
President, it is frustrating that basic amenities like
water, well-stocked/equipped fire stations and proper
rescue/emergency equipment, and transparent quality
control/record management in aviation communications are
President, the level of response to emergency situations
will change heavily with psychologically, ethically and
rightful-minded workers and heads.
Sir, do this
on behalf of those who continue to lose their lives through
burning houses, businesses, vehicles and airplanes in order
to drastically reduce these noted harms. Enough is enough!
Egbeazien Oshodi, Ph.D., is an Abuja-based Forensic/Clinical
Psychologist. Jos5930458@aol.com 08126909839