Sam. O. Akinola—22nd Oct. 2020
My heart is heavy, my soul weary, tears clogged my eyes as I pen down my heart in words. Around me (secured in a house I fled into to keep my life), police and soldiers’ bullets filled the air; people running about to escape strayed bullets. My eyes hurt like hell, tears flowing freely down my face as police teargas filled every street. This is chaos, madness of uniformed men. Even the injured are limping trying to escape flying bullets. Few minutes ago a person dropped dead, hit my strayed bullet while his heart-broken friends attempted to drag his corpse away from further danger. The flames of burning police station billowing in the air, while shouts of freedom of prisoners broke out from jail mingled with the societal chaos. Here in Benin City is chaos and madness; the uniformed men had come out to fight not terrorists or militants but harmless Nigerians old and youth alike protesting for better life from the government. Even some corrupted politicians had secured the services of hooligans (yes, we found out this truth) to destabilize the once peaceful protests, just to justify the outpouring of the uniformed men. Nigerians are paying the price with their blood, for their demand of better life from the government. Now shall our labour be in vain?
We heard, yes, we saw it, our brothers and sisters meowed down by soldiers and police’ bullets in Lekki and across Lagos. Some died with the Nigerian flags held to their chest ripped open by bullets. The government denied their death, the police denied their death and even the soldiers denied their death—liars. However, we were there, we were the victims, when the mad officers showered us with bullets. The whole world saw it, our brave youth, even in face of death captured their last moment with camera to show the world the price they paid for just demanding a better life from our government.
We heard it, yes, we saw it, the colossus warehouse stacked to the brim with hundreds of thousands of bags and packets of food items and essential commodities donated to Nigeria across the world labelled “COVID-19 PALLIATIVES” “NOT FOR SALE” that our evil leaders kept to themselves, their families already bloated with stolen wealth of Nigeria and their fancy girlfriends while the masses wasted away in lockdown hunger! Why, I ask, will some groups of leaders ardently bent to suffer the Nigerians they were supposed to lead to better life. Why, I ask, will our governments continue to embezzle the Nigeria wealth tenure after tenure while millions of Nigerians live in abject poverty! In Nigeria, ordinary senator earns multi-millions of naira in a mouth that two American presidents’ combined salaries paled in comparison.
Who cursed the country with lame, incompetent and overtly corrupted governments? Our president, too lame to lead, too heartless to feel our agony, props up by illiterate, power-lust cabals from the north has put us more and more into misery. Now nothing works in Nigeria, foods have become luxurious commodities to buy, electricity we do not have, quality healthcare we do not have, our universities are in shambles and now the police are killing us. Yet we are supposed to be the giant of Africa! We have all the wealth and resources, but are governments are the problems of Nigeria.
Now enough is enough! The Nigerians are shouting it, but the government are suppressing us. Our past generations have failed us; we of this generation must not fail our next generation. Will there be a change now, NO, not now, but there will be. The struggles for better life continue; brave young Nigerians are speaking with their blood. We will continue to protest, those who can march out will march out, and some of us good with pen will continue until our bright future comes today.
Samuel Olusegun Akinola: firstname.lastname@example.org