Living in Lagos is an extreme sport, yes.
It is full of the daily challenges of non-stop traffic jams, angry civilians, even angrier uniformed men and a stink. Although the stink is somewhat tangible, it mainly lingers heavily from some truths that we may have failed to tell ourselves.
First, Lagosians are more than a little bit racist, or is the word tribalistic? You might not see it often if you tend to mind your business more than the average person. But it’s there.
If you’re a non-Yoruba person in Lagos, then you can relate to this. It’s not just how you’re addressed when you can’t speak Yoruba at a marketplace. It’s also the names you’re called. But most annoyingly is how they make every problem in Lagos an issue of tribes.
Recently, some pawns were probably paid some money to accuse non-Yorubas of pushing the protests against police violence and bad governance in general. Let me paint a clearer picture. Some people came on Twitter to accuse non-Yorubas of sponsoring and pushing the #EndSARS protests because they plan to reopen the burial ground Toll Gates without opposition.
It sounds ridiculous, right? That’s because it is. It is also very insulting that anybody would still choose to pull the tribe card and have supporters. Where is the love?
The second truth is that Lagos belongs to the people it belongs to. Therefore, getting killed on these streets because of a fight for justice is just a waste. If this statement sounds hopeless, then maybe that’s because I have lost hope that anything can be better in Lagos State. Our people were killed without remorse for Pete’s sake and till today we don’t have any answers. I’d have liked to say that those people died for a cause.
But I can’t say that with my chest because it’s glaring every day that they just got wasted. Innocent and productive lives lost without consequence. Yet, the biggest thing on the mind of the authorities? How to reopen the Toll Gates as quickly as possible. They can’t be losing more money. Chaiee! Dia is God ooooo!
So, if you’re planning on occupying Lagos, please do so from your house. E get why. Don’t let politicians use you to sell agenda. No government values your life the way you do.
The last truth is that we are really on our own. If it took you this long to realise it, then I’m sorry but it is what it is. That’s why you need to protect yourself as much as possible for everything, including this Covid-19 and its family members.
Wear your face mask always and pray before you leave the house. Hopefully, it’ll be good vibes for us till the end of 2021.