Only an alien living under a rock would be unaware of the tense situation in Lagos and Nigeria, by extension.
By tense, I mean the dangerous, unsuitable, insecure living situation that we currently face in many parts of Nigeria. It gets worse every day, folks. Even parts of the country where we would generally regard as safe are facing new challenges. Indeed, nobody knows what’s happening anymore.
Initially, Nigeria’s North East was the no-go area. We always read stories of terrorist take-overs, terrorists’ captures, terrorists being technically defeated sometimes and completely defeated at other times. But it all felt so far away. Not anymore.
Recently, the violence has spread to areas in the North West and suddenly; it’s in some parts of the South East and South West. It seems to be spreading like a pandemic with COVID-19’s stealth except, in this case; a cure or vaccine resides in the hearts and pockets of the people who were sworn into office as our leaders. And that’s what makes it unbearable.
One day, students are being kidnapped in Kaduna. Another day it is in Osun State and on other days, there are multiple gunfights in Imo State for no certain reason. So, if you think for one second that Lagos is immune to the security crisis ravaging parts of Nigeria, you’re joking.
I love Lagos but we can’t stay aloof forever. Yes, it is supposed to the “Centre of Excellence”. That sort of suggests an attitude that we are better than other people living across Nigeria. But the truth is we’re not!
I’m sure many of you know this. But we enjoy playing the pretend game that nothing touches us if we stay in Lagos. This thing that is touching other people is touching us too whether we live in fear of being kidnapped, shot at or not.
How? You ask? It’s like the proverb of the fingers and palm oil. When it touches one finger, the rest gets soiled. If the ongoing badness doesn’t happen to you because you live in Lagos; what’s the guarantee that it won’t happen to your brother, sister, cousin, grandmother, niece, uncle, father, aunty, mother or some other person you love? We can’t stay under blankets for so long.
Plus, if you haven’t noticed, the cases of robberies, snatch and grabs, are increasing every day in Lagos. We’ve even made it to Canada’s security red alert list. Our beloved Canada o!
Things are bad, really bad in the country and we can’t ignore it as much as it would please us. The only problem with all this sensitisation is that there isn’t anything we can do but pray. So, if you’re a praying person, speak to your God and beg for a way out.
Nobody is safe anywhere, not least in Lagos.