So BBC journalist in Nigeria Anna Cunnigham was plying through the Lagos-Badagry Expressway and then, seeing the deplorable state of the road, whipped out her phone and snapped away while muttering under her breath, ”yuuucccckk. This is gross. Do people take this road every day. Do they really?”
The images are now on Twitter, embarrassing pictures of the road bordered by refuse and all kinds of waste, a blackish puddle snaking along. Posted through her account, she rightfully called the road a total disgrace and shocking, saying it will shorten the lives of Nigerians if nothing is done and those responsible should be ashamed.
A total disgrace, this road is shocking Lagos-Badagry. How are people supposed to travel this road daily? Just unbelievable. The road alone will shorten your life if nothing else does. Those responsible should be ashamed. pic.twitter.com/tmIjVUCeos
— Anna Cunningham (@journo_anna) April 16, 2019
Anna is probably concerned about the sanitary threat the Expressway poses, for those living around there and good Lord, what if the unhygienic nature of the road is habouring something that can cause a pandemic? Maybe Anna doesn’t know this: The Lagos-Badagry road is notorious for being a hot spot for car accidents and tanker explosions. That route has been shortening the lives of Nigerians for ages, and Anna’s tweet doesn’t exactly shock anyone.
That said, a white woman pointing out a dysfunction in our transportation system joins a list of negative observations made by foreigners about Nigeria. And they are all valid, not because they come from non-Nigerians, but because it is the truth. Also, the government didn’t blatantly throw wastes by the road, or did they? As we criticize those in power for not providing good infrastructure and amenities, we should also hold each other accountable.
When Bernard Dayo isn’t writing about pop culture, he’s watching horror movies, anime and trying to pretend his addiction to Netflix isn’t a serious condition.