I used to love to travel.
During NYSC in Imo State, Nigeria, I cut out a map of the 27 local councils in the state, and I would tick each council area as I had course to visit them. I visited 22 in the 11 months of NYSC.
After that season, I expanded my scope and started ticking off each state of the federation, as I visited. Of the southern states of Nigeria, only Akwa-Ibom is outstanding, while i have visited about 60% of the northern states.
One could just imagine that there are Nigerians more inclined to travel than I am.
All parks and places of attraction have vanished, yet we kept travelling.
Then the roads became impassable, but we literarily drove through bush paths, while some chose to go by fright (or flight).
We have watched in disbelief as the aviation industry in Nigeria totters on the brink of collapse! The industry boss is an oil marketer anyway!
Some guys left Lagos by road a few weeks back, en route Abuja, as there were practically no flights for days! When they got to Lokoja, the rivers had taken over the Confluence City. They had to cross what was once land, by canoe.
They dutifully, determinedly and tirelessly got into another bus at the other side, en route the once glorious FCT. Everything would have been ok, except that the bus operators were kidnappers. We are still praying for divine intervention.
Since it is probably not in the news, one could only imagine how many people have suffered similar/worse fate.
Nigerians are being pushed to/through the wall, and constantly being muzzled by our reneging leadership to the unproven.
A friend opened www.punchng.com beside me, and I asked, “you want to read some bad news?”
There was no missing it that day, “INEC IS BROKE AND CANNOT PAY SALARIES”. When on earth does an electoral body become financially independent???
Desperation and hopelessness stalk the streets, knocking on doors, seeking tenement.
Where are the (wo)men who have built those admirable “proudly Nigerian” organisations?
Where are the “career analysts” we see on TV?
An uncle contested in the last Gubernatorials in Lagos state. His chances were below slim, but he has done better than those of us gifted in “much talking!”
Worse still, when we wont venture into Leadership, we condemn and shoot down those who do!
Nigerians, passionate, credible and proven, need to HELP Nigeria with their undoubtably excellent capacities.
How rich is rich enough?
Each credible Nigerian needs to personally determine his/her threshold financial level beyond which s/he will allow “the blessings” to freely trickle down.
When Lee Iacocca took over the leadership of dying Chrysler Motors, his salary was one dollar per annum (yes, $1) because his one dream was to restore the company to profitability, and then advance to market leadership. Today, thousands live on his dream.
Its only slaves who acquire forever, when they know that they will not live forever.
…Public roads were abandoned, travellers went by back roads,
Warriors became fat and sloppy, no fight left in them. Then you…rose up!
Will you rise up?
you, rise up!
…travellers drove through bush paths until…
I used to love to travel.