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I cannot imagine that there will come a time in this 21st century when an entire city will be enveloped in total darkness. I have witnessed power failure in parts of the city but not in totality just as I am witnessing. What started just like a normal power outage has become weeks and months of darkness and yet not a single statement from the state government or even any government official as to inform the keep the populace in the know. I believe that most persons on this platform are from the western world therefore they may not have witnessed such a long time of power outage. This is one of the characteristics of a developing nation. Nigeria as one of the developing nations has become worst than others and yet they are still known as the giant of Africa. It is so unfortunate that I have found myself in such a country where the standard of living has been thrown to the mud yet, we are in a democratic government. For those who have been observant enough, you would have noticed that I did not write anything yesterday. This was not because I had nothing to write but it was because the entire city where I reside has been thrown into total blackout.
To make matters worse, the price of petroleum which could have served as an alternative to the power outage has become a commodity meant for the wealthy alone. For one to purchase a litre of petroleum which will not last for 2 hours, you will have to spend over two hundred naira (0.30 cents). This was not the normal price before now but for the reason which I cannot place my hands on, the price has skyrocketed and yet nobody seems to care. I have been asking myself this question; what type of government will neglect the cry and sufferings of her citizens, is not a government without an atom of sympathy for her citizens? They have banned cryptocurrency trading and every related activity but we have managed to find our ways through it all and yet, they are just bent on suffocating and bringing our effort to nothing. They said the youths are lazy but in the right sense, they are the ones who have run out of options and ways to bring positive change to the country and yet, they are still clamouring to be in office as leaders.
Isn’t a leader meant to have a clear vision of where he is leading his followers to? It is very heartbreaking to be a Nigerian and especially youth. There is no atom of policies made to help and support the youths who are single-handedly working so hard to survive against all odds rather, they will be faced with power outages that cripple their business. How can a business that relies so much on power survive without an adequate power supply? Just as a blogger, I am forced to buy litres upon litres of petroleum which is coming at a very high cost. How then will I be able to make even a minimal profit out of blogging since my earnings will certainly go back into purchasing petroleum? I do not blame any youth who decides to run out of this country called Nigeria because each time I listen to the news, it is either the story of one embezzlement or another. Who are the people looting these funds? It is the same people elected or should I say the people that forced themselves on us by rigging the election just to come back to the office for their selfish gain. At this point, I am not expecting anything new from these old and worn-out empty brains bereaved of positive ideas to move the country to a better place.
I foresee a Nigeria where its currency will be competing with the tissue paper for relevance even within its shores. I believe that there are Nigerians on this platform and some may choose to believe that tomorrow will be better but I tell you, the future we all are looking forward to is here, and we may not have it come by again if we fail to do something about it. It is either we stand and fight or we sit and weep like a bereaved widow whose husband died so untimely. If we are truthful to ourselves, we cannot overlook the fact that most of these old and overgrown men in Nigerian politics are no longer relevant, they should be forced out of the office with every strength we have but, fear has eaten us deeper than we can imagine. We no longer care about our future as humans rather we are forced to focus on getting daily bread while they loot our national treasure for themselves and their generations yet unborn. How did we get to this place as a people? This is one question every Nigerian must find answers to in other to understand the genesis of our problem.
Lastly, I can’t guarantee that I will be on this platform tomorrow because as I am writing this post, I have already spent over 15 dollars on petroleum in just three days. Nobody is talking about food or other amenities which should be as common as anything common in life. Please, I will use this opportunity to plead for your forgiveness if I end up not visiting your post but I believe I will try my best to visit you all my friends. Please, bear with me at this trying time. When we thought that things should get better but it is practically getting worse than we could have imagined. May God help Nigeria.
Thank you for reading through my lamentations and I am sorry if you are embarrassed by what I have written in this post.