This is not an alarm and we do not intend to scare you, but you should be worried just as we are about the state of the nation.
We are in the third month of an economic recession and events have spiraled into an even more deplorable state since then, in spite of President Muhammadu Buhari’s we-are-on-top-of-the-matter body language, especially that time he said the way out was to “think out of the box”.
We’re here to simply put into perspective all the things we should lament about as citizens because of the clear fact that we are a docile lot. So, this is bound to rile up anger in you and it’s totally fine to be upset about all that the Buhari-led administration has (not) done.
Here are five of all of the recent issues that had us weeping (well, almost) for Nigeria:
- A famine is upon us: Just like the days of Joseph, we have been asked to store up food as there is high possibility of a famine in 2017. And this warning did not come from a prophet, it came from the presidency. They attribute the imminent famine to the “mindless export” of grains to other countries. Get your silos and barns ready, garri and rice are about to be gold.
- Even our basic Panadol and Tetracyclin?: There is a significant hike in prices of essential drugs at pharmaceutical stores and stakeholders have blamed it on the inaccessibility of foreign exchange and it’s all in the hands of the government to lower these rates. According to reports, a sachet of antibiotic, Ampicillin now sells for N600, three times its old price. So, we’re down to no money, no food and no medicine.
- Arik Air cuts down on flights: Plus all our worries, we’re now getting grounded as the national carrier has had to resort to reducing the frequency of its flight due to the scarcity of aviation fuel, an issue that has lingered for months. Some foreign airlines have had to reroute their flights to Ghana to purchase aviation fuel, and now Arik Air is having to make the same choice for local flights. The airline announced oil marketers in Lagos have run out of supplies so they have to reroute to Port Harcourt and Abuja, where supplies are limited.
- Niger Delta Avengers are still bombing pipelines: Few days after the Federal Government set up a committee to negotiate with the militants to stop attacks on pipelines, three separate attacks were carried out in Bayelsa just yesterday. They promised that the attacks will continue until FG begins dialogue. These bombings are the reason for the country’s inability to produce crude oil, the pipelines attacked yesterday have a supply capacity of 300,000 barrels per day, so we’re back to the point where the president and VP will blame every new misfortune on the NDA’s activities.
- APC is sharing poisonous bread to the people of Ondo state: According to PDP gubernatorial candidate in the state, Eyitayo Jegede, the APC gave out contaminated loaves of bread to people. A number of people have reportedly landed in hospitals due to complications that arose from the consumption of the bread as it allegedly contains potassium bromide. You know things are not too pretty when it gets scary for Nigerians to eat their daily bread. God help us.