The opposite day, it was the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Growth, Sabo Nanono, who stated that there was no starvation in Nigeria. In the meantime, World Financial institution, not too way back, ranked and recognised Nigeria because the poverty capital of the world. Much more just lately, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Catastrophe Administration and Social Growth, Sadiya Farouq, stated that 90 million Nigerians stay in poverty. I may also vividly bear in mind when the Vice President of the nation, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo was reported within the media to have stated that kidnapping in Nigeria was being exaggerated by the Nigerian media. He made this comment at a time when the Abuja-Kaduna freeway was a kidnappers den; at a time when lecturers, conventional leaders and different notable individuals have been being kidnapped for ransom in lots of elements of Southern Nigeria.
Thus, when the information broke yesterday that the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, stated that ‘the Nigerian roads aren’t as dangerous as being portrayed’, I used to be bowled over. I turned extra dissatisfied and befuddled after I learn additional that he described the reportage of the ugly state of roads as nothing however one other ‘MEDIA HYPE’. That is positively not his first time of scoring himself and the ministry he superintends over excessive. Recall, whereas he was the Minister of Energy, Works and Housing, he stated some Nigerians have been having fun with secure and common energy provide within the face of darkness that enveloped and nonetheless envelopes many elements of the nation. The reality is that Minister Fashola is sweet at packaging ‘Agege bread’ for us as burger/hen pie.
His present outburst, to an awesome extent, is essentially unfair to many Nigerian motorists who spend their productive time in visitors attributable to our dangerous roads. This comment can be unkind to many Nigerian households who had misplaced their family members in street accidents occasioned by the dangerous and horrible state of our roads. Each day, Nigerians undergo hell going to their locations of work as a result of of our potholes stuffed, untarred and flooded roads throughout many cities, cities and States in Nigeria.
It’s due to this fact, progressively turning into clear that the Nigerian ruling class is much from the plights of the individuals they’re elected to control. This politics of self deceit, self denial of conspicuous realities can’t assist our democracy. Speaking down or taking part in right down to any of our nationwide points can’t transfer this nation ahead. We should not all the time inform our ourselves the reality ONLY once we are out of authorities. As leaders of substance, we should all the time be cautious of our feedback within the public as some careless remarks would possibly draw the anger of the individuals in direction of us.
The ruling class should equally notice that Nigerians aren’t too troublesome to control. Nigerians stay many of the arduous working, respectful and loving individuals on the floor of the earth. Additionally they don’t simply unfold “Hate Speech” on social media for the enjoyable of it. It’s comment like this that fuels the engine of hate and malicious speeches amongst Nigerians on the social media in direction of the leaders. It’s this sort of insensitive and unsympathetic feedback that make a mean Nigerian on social media seems like a hearsay monger, agent of hate speech, wailer and unpatriotic citizen of Nigerian to the Authorities of Nigeria. Due to this fact, those that are eager on regulating and gagging voices on social media shouldn’t additionally neglect to criminalise lies and propaganda being compelled down our the throats of the individuals by the leaders.
What Minister Fashola stated additionally clearly espouse the little or zero stage of seriousness and urgency many Nigerian leaders connect in direction of offering fast and quick, environment friendly and sustainable options to our nationwide issues. Out of sheer ignorance, deliberate distortion and manipulation of truth, lackadaisical posturing to the plights of Nigerians, the ruling class, lots of instances, permits small issues to fester and evolve into full blown monsters that embarrass us within the comity of nations. Nobody ought to henceforth, count on any concrete answer from those that don’t see or consider within the exigencies of our nationwide issues. It’s because bodily creation of options to issues begin with psychological creation.
In conclusion, slightly than sitting down in Abuja and be thumping chest over what is completely incorrect, I urge the entire presidency to embark on a tour of Nigerian roads and get first hand details about the decrepit state of our roads. If Mr Fashola begin utilizing the Nigerian roads frequently, there is no such thing as a means he wouldn’t agree with Mr Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo Olu, that certainly, there may be must declare an ‘EMERGENCY’ on all Nigerian roads.
Shamsudeen Ayeni, writes from Akute, Ogun State [email protected]
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