Hi, let me tell you something. If you’re feeling like things are not moving forward especially for many of us in Lagos; it has nothing to do with you. Zero.
Of course, it would feel good to proclaim that all is well. But that is just hope and faith speaking. Reality seems far off. So, while we wait for them all to be well one day; let’s stay focused on the now that matters.
And the now proves that if you can read this, then you’re doing well.
After all, it isn’t your fault that our Lagos State is bent on making sure we break. You know how these things can be abi? Eko is for the strong and able. It’s not your fault either that the cost of food items in the market seems to be increasing in threes every day. The traders do need to make their profit somehow.
Is it your fault that clients and customers are owing you money? Nope. You’ve most likely made plans to settle your debts with their payment. But since it’s not coming, will you kill yourself? No. Just manage the temporary ‘Onigbese’ title and carry on. It’s not your fault.
What about that long Lagos traffic that you sat in yesterday and the one you will endure tomorrow? Not you too. They said if you live in Lagos State, you should be used to things like that. So, why aren’t you?
Do you get more than five hours of power supply daily? Yes? That’s great! You’re living large. If you’re enjoying less, don’t worry too. It’s not your fault.
The problems are plenty. But I chose a few that might touch across all the social classes in Lagos State.
What I didn’t do was to mention the Federal Government’s recent 6% stamp duty on tenancy and lease agreement. The Nigeria Labour Congress said they “reject” it. But we already know that one is comedy show material. Or is it the N600 weekly tax some louts in Agbado-Oke Odo LCDA are forcing POS operators to pay?
I also left out how small dispatch companies have suspended operations; simply because their riders are being beaten up by anybody with a uniform. And how small businesses are left with figuring out how to make deliveries.
This feels like twenty steps backward, but it is not our fault.
Don’t ask me whose fault it is. Come next election, the answer might find us.