As preparatory to mark 50 years of Nigeria’s devoice from Colonial rule,
fighter jets and helicopters have been hovering in attack
formation over Abuja as though there were imminent invention
by enemy forces.
The last time Nigeria had a serious challenge to her
sovereignty, she chicken out and gave up Bakassi to
Cameroon. So it was a disturbing sight for me to see
military helicopters (out dated Russian made) disturbing the
eardrum of Abuja residents in the name of Golden Jubilee
celebration. I hope these second hand helicopters and
squeaky jets do not crash, for the death of these pilots
will be in vain as there is nothing to celebrate at the
amount the Government had earmarked for this foolery called
Independence Day celebration.
With a heart full of venom, I say this, if our leaders are
truly leaders, they should have cancelled the celebration...
Not because of the cost, for they would have found other
means of mismanaging it but with current occurrences in
Nigeria, it would have been a good gesture to stop the
Few weeks to the Jubilee, cholera killed over 100 children
and to cap it all, 15 school children are now worth 40
million Naira in Abia State! As the Federal Government
deceive the world that all is well, these Children’s safety
in the den of kidnappers is not certain. Nobody knows the
psychological state they would be in after this ordeal.
These are the brains that would have powered post 50 Nigeria
and if preventive and curable disease can clear our future,
what are we celebrating? If our children are kidnapped for
just going to school to acquire the whiteman’s juju to
better our lot, what are we celebrating?
Indeed, a fool is a fool no matter the age. I hope President
Goodluck Jonathan and Prof. Dora Akunyili saw the mad rush
with which Nigerians were falling over themselves just to
get a bowl of rice? (Rice was shared at Area 11 Abuja to
mark the Jubilee). It shows the hunger in the land, when
able bodied graduates were reduced to refugee like
scavengers fighting over United Nation relief convoy.
If I had money and not the rat eaten pauper’s purse I carry
around with hope that a fairy mother will turn to Central
Bank, I would have organised a demonstration to Eagle Square
on October 1st to pres home my displeasure that over 100
million Naira would be used for Knock out-fireworks when
millions of Nigerians only eat in their dreams.
Not empowered, I have declared fasting in my house to
protest. You can join me.