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The danger of complacency

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By Chxta

There is absolutely no doubt that Nigeria did a great job in curbing the menace of the Ebola Virus Disease. What is a worry however, is the following doomsday scenario: buoyed by the news that Nigeria actually knows how to manage, and cure people with Ebola, thousands of at-risk people in the afflicted countries jump into the nearest mammy-wagons and head east, to Seme. The question becomes, what will they meet at Seme? Well, young Dayo went down there to find out, and found that they’d be able to literally trek across our border with only two tired health officials keeping a disinterested watch…

But then again, Ebola may not be our most serious problem at the moment. There is the issue of all of us being expected to queue in front of white boxes in a few months, and selecting what captain will navigate the ship of our state(s) through stormy waters for four years thereafter. The build up to this queuing exercise is getting rather heated, and following a rather mouthy session by a former chum, people have reacted on the Prez’s behalf, and told Broda Rotimi that, “The immunity which [you] currently enjoy notwithstanding … be under no illusions: A day of reckoning will surely come when [you] will answer for all [your] actions and false allegations“.

So, while Chxta is sure you’ll agree that these, err, beating drums of war are a big problem, Chxta is also sure that you’ll agree that these, err, beating drums of war are not our biggest problem. Now consider this: Nigeria, currently has an unemployment rate north of 30%. Consider that not counted in that unemployment figure are okada riders, since they, err, earn an income. Consider that a lot of these bikes were distributed to these people as, err, a part of “poverty alleviation programmes”. Now, someone wants to delete the entire bike parade in Nigeria. To be honest, I’m no fan of bikes and their riders, but just the thought of banning them with zero alternative employment opportunities is ridiculous.

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