A friend saw my post on the Abuja-Kaduna train disaster on the FB. He was suprised that I did not include one of our friend’s wife’s name, who was kidnapped between Bayelsa and Delta few days ago. I said nobody told me. As we speak, she is still with the kidnappers perhaps with other passengers.
When I went online to fact-check, I found that Punch had earlier reported the abduction on Monday evening of a Journalist, Mr. Julius Osahon and some co-travellers along East-West road, enroute to Ewreni community, in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State. The attackers had attacked Sunny Eru Motors and abducted all the 18 passengers. What this points to is that in all the geo-polirical zones, our roads are becoming unbearably unsafe. They succeeded in Abuja-Kaduna corridor. Who says this success will not embolden them to try other train tracks? Please, let us pray for the safe return of these our brothers and sisters.
Great Musicians, Singers and Artists like Chief Hubert Ogunde, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, and Ras Kimono, etc., whose philosophical songs saw our tomorrow from their yesterday, would be turning in their graves saying, ‘we warned you’.
For instance, Ogunde as far back as the 60s in Yoruba Ronu, saw dark clouds hanging over Nigeria . In Yoruba Ronu, he sang, “Mo wo Ile Aye o, aye sa malamala; Mo ma b’oju w’orun okunkun losu bo’le”
Fela was amazed at his fellow citizens smiling in the midst of suffering. He said we are afraid to hold our leaders to account because we don’t want to die. He also saw Sorrow, Tears and Blood everywhere. Has anything really changed?
Ras Kimono on his part saw Nigerians Under Pressure from all angles. Under Pressure reminded us of the extreme hunger, poverty in the land and many homeless people.
Chief Hubert Ogunde was imprisoned and the music was banned. Fela and family were harassed and his mother killed. Ras Kimono was mocked. In all their travails, these great music icons came, saw, conquered.They have left us to bury our heads in shame.
As I conclude this post, I ask Nigerians, is there any forest in Nigeria that is not within the control of a Local Government Chairman, a King, Emir, Governor, Divisional Police Officer, Area Commanders, Senators, House of Representatives and State Assembly members, hunters, etc.?
If no, how come the terrorists leave the forests to our roads and nobody would see or trace them? Just at a loss.
Grace and peace!!!