Have you heard the song “E ba ni be ijoba wa”? A group of residents, largely young people, were shown singing a song with the phrase Help us beseech our government in a Tunde Kilani film. They ask leaders to get up and stop the devastation of this nation.
Help us, please, General Buhari. Let this government get to work and improve our lives. They simply want to be able to sleep peacefully, work properly, and earn well. However, it appears that the nation’s proprietors are not concerned with the welfare of its citizens or locals.
Recently, General Buhari and his administration have demonstrated that they are indifferent to the suffering and tribulations of the majority of Nigerians. I would like to think that he does not read newspapers or watch cable news to gauge the mood of the country.
I wonder whether Buhari ever understood that the poor are the main victims of this enduring ailment when he declared that the wealthy and powerful politicians are his objective with the new Naira design notes.
The wealthy are not the ones who are attacked by security personnel in front of banks. The struggle to feed their family is not something that the wealthy engage in with bank employees. The protesting woman who undressed in a banking hall is from an impoverished neighborhood.
Three mothers who live in the same colony as the impoverished and whose children missed school for two days in a row due to a lack of funds for transportation. Not the wealthy people are standing in a very lengthy line under the hot heat. The wealthy are receiving Naira notes through proxies while relaxing in their homes.
Fuel stations also have a similar story to the banking facilities. Average Nigerians wait in large lines to purchase fuel at #300 or N350 per litre, including bikers and business owners that depend on generators to increase their production.
How recently have you been to a bank, an ATM location, or a fuel station? Only those who visit these locations can truly comprehend the suffering of the underprivileged, defenseless, and vulnerable.
On Tuesday afternoon, when I was making my way to a friend’s house, I was horrified by the lengthy lines I noticed at commercial banks. In the sweltering weather, I observed old, spry men and women, nursing mothers, pregnant women, and nursing mothers attempting to withdraw money from ATMs.
Nigerians are going through a challenging time. The situation is terrible everywhere, from the cities to the countryside, and it has made a lot of Nigerians miserable. I’ve read about nations where a lack of fuel caused civil instability that resulted in casualties. It continues to surprise me that there is comparatively calm in Nigeria despite the fact that Nigerians are currently dealing with two shortages: money and fuel.
If you look around, you would see a lot of frustrated and dejected citizens who are lamenting the unfavorable state of the country. If you look further, you would see another set of angry citizens who have completely lost hope in this country and have resolved that it can not be better. Yet we have a government under the leadership of an individual who’s not bothered about the pains of his people he claimed to love and appreciate.
Fuel shortages were where it all began. Petrol prices increased, which led to a shortage. Even those who were willing to pay any amount for gasoline suffered.
I once talked with a mother whose children missed school because she had to wait 48 hours to purchase gasoline at the BOVAS filling station for 190 cents per liter. I’ve heard of people who had to leave their loved ones and spend the night in their automobiles in order to acquire petrol.
Nigeria appears to be a poor orphan in the care of evil relatives when considering the entire circumstances and the suspected conspiracy behind it. These unscrupulous relatives intensify their depraved schemes the more the orphan suffers. The only one who can escape the evil people’s clutches is a restless orphan who needs independence. Any orphan who doesn’t try to make amends will eventually become the victim of assault or battery.
Can Nigerians get away from this adversity? This rhetorical query has no obvious solution. Because it serves a particular goal or sentiment, those who are to blame for this suffering are unwilling to make it better. Two tragedies at once: a lack of fuel and a lack of money. It reveals the administration’s shortcomings and brutal nature as well as President Buhari’s personality.
If these shortages are not properly addressed, there is a chance that civil unrest will start to spread throughout the nation. People are incredibly irate, annoyed, and agitated. They are in dire need of a high standard of living. They will stop at nothing to obtain petrol and fresh Naira bills. Any kind of incitement would result in further problems. We must grovel to President Buhari to stop this. We must urge his government to take notice of public opinion and analyze it.
But President Buhari needs to understand that he cannot bring an end to Nigeria. This nation has never been overthrown in history. Despite how ruthless Abacha was, he was unable to overthrow a nation with a plan. Citizens always triumph over dictatorial, callous, and evil rulers.
In the worst case scenario, citizens would erect a statue of shame and disgrace for such leaders and publish a book detailing their biographies and horrible deeds so that future generations and their families will be aware of how tyrannical their relative was while in office.
If people choose a leader who lacks compassion, they will undoubtedly live with regrets. Unless Nigerians unite to use their votes to save this dying country, the agony will continue. Who will assist us in pleading with President Buhari till we elect responsible and caring people to office?