I just called my brother to ask for a favour but before I could, he started to vent vehemently. Apparently he's been queuing for fuel since about 4am. It's past 9am and he's still yet to buy. He's presently at the Total filling station close to House on The Rock and says the church is practically empty. Usually by now there'd be really tight traffic caused by church goers and the church car parks are certain to be filled to capacity and people have to find alternate parking space which often causes a gridlock. But he said even the church car park is almost empty and service has already begun. "Nobody is going to church! Nobody has fuel!" He shrieked.
Hmmm, I don't know that everybody can't make it to church today, but I know my sister who never misses mass isn't going to church this morning because she doesn't have fuel either...
Yesterday as we drove towards the airport axis, I was amazed at the queues. I'd thought the mainland would have less queues than the island, as that's where we usually buy in times of scarcity, but boy was I wrong! My taxi driver (who charged me almost double by the way, because apparently he'd slept at the filling station the previous night) couldn't stop ranting. From Lekki to Ikeja came unending rants and expletives all aimed at our dear President. I wondered what Buhari would do if he could hear these vexatious cries, and curses.
On the other hand, would he really care, would it make a difference? Our President seems to be deaf, unsympathetic and immune to the grieving of Nigerians, and among all the things that get my goat about this government, this is the most irksome. That indifference to the common man's pains. There's this thing called social media, at least use it once in a while to reach out to the people. Assure and reassure us that you hear us. Lie to us if you have to!
But no, while we wail and toil he boards planes and travels, I'm certain you've all seen the info graphic. See below if you haven't. I tell myself some good would definitely come out of it but hey, it's been almost one year since we put him in government and he's yet to give us one single reason to be glad we did. If there's any good going to come out of it, can we begin to see it now?
The only area where my President is agressive is in his war against corruption. But as Femi Aribisala propounded at a discourse in Unilag a few days ago, if the sole targets of this war against corruption are members of the opposing party, is there really a war against corruption (or is it simply a vendetta?). And really, when his party is a makeover of PDP, when he had to align himself with people whom we've not remotely known for their pristine records, in order to win the last election, who is really fighting this war and against whom?
If only he could leave this corruption matter for now and squarely face more profitable projects... I mean, you're talking to John Kerry the U.S. Secretary of State and rather than focus on our economic diversification agenda, you begin to beg for help to return "stolen" funds. That's great, but what's with our President's almost perverse fixation on stolen funds and what's being done with the repatriated monies so far?
Now here's the one that makes me agree with my taxi driver when he said "Aunty we are not in a democracy, this is military regime. See how we are suffering and nobody is talking. We are in a military regime, this is just military in Agbada!"... How do you promise an entire nation that graduates would be given 5000 Naira monthly. One of the great promises on which your campaign was hinged. And then you now come, without remorse or apology, and change mouth and say Nah, we're not giving you the money, we will create jobs bla bla bla.
Before nko? Of course you will create jobs! Were you, Mr President not planning to create jobs? When you people were busy chanting CHANGE and promising 5k a month, was that supposed to be an alternative to job creation? Hian! Do tell please.
My President lacks compassion. A leader ought to be firm, decisive, shrewd even, yet compassionate. At least sir, let us know you hear us, let us know you care! You're so eager to explain your stand once you're in the diaspora, granting indepth interviews to foreign journalists and even sitting down to explain yourself to young Zuriel Oduwole. But back here at home na OYO we dey!
I woke up bright and happy this morning. You know how us Nigerians are great at suffering and smiling, and smiling even inside boiling water... Well at some point it becomes too much that one can no longer smile with ease and try as we may, the curves turn downwards and we're suddenly weeping.
I believe it sometimes has to get worse before it gets better and I am hoping, desperately hoping, that this is the case in Nigeria today.
After all said and done I JUST WANT FUEL! Power supply is the worst it's ever been. I understand that I'm my own government and must provide my own basic amenities, can I at least see fuel to buy and run my tired but trusted generator?