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Living in Lagos

Lagos is Walking

We end a long month with bad news. The Coronavirus has been confirmed in Lagos, Nigeria.

Of course, it was always going to happen. In a nation where stupidity flows from the seat of power, there was no way to avoid this incident.

So here we are at the end of a month where Lagosians would be put through untold hardship with a virus on our hands.

Ban: Okada, Tricycle Riders, Police Clash in Ijora

It wasn’t unexpected that there would be a clash. The way the policy was implemented was wrong.

So on the first day of the month, those who had lost their means of livelihood decided to confront the agents of the state.

Sadly, they were unarmed.

Primero Transport Services Raises N16.5bn via Bond

Read this article while you search for a name related to a former governor.

Then the realisation hits you that the only thing you cannot take away from a coward is his fear.

School Pupil Killed By Stray Bullet As Transport Union Hijacks Okada Ban Protest In Lagos

Early in life, I learned that: “When two elephants fight, the grass suffers”.

In what was an unnecessary fight, a poor child lost her life.

Occupy Lagos protesters storm Eko Atlantic over Okada ban

This year the Occupy Lagos group decided to use the instance of the Lagos Marathon which held on the 8th of this month to protest.

Sadly, in a country that seeks foreign education for “Repentant” terrorists, being peaceful and productive will get you ignored.

The Implications of the Lagos Okada ban

I could say much on this topic but this article covers all that I want to say.

I have lost all confidence in the Nigerian state.

The absence of empathy at all levels of the society is appalling. The state is no longer a protector of lives or livelihoods.

Nigeria is a failed state.

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State of the Nation

The Federal Republic of Merry Go Round

Today’s victims were yesterday’s survivors and tomorrow’s victims would be today’s survivors. WHO’S NEXT?

Aisha Yesufu

As the week started, I really hoped that incompetence would not lead to tragedy.

Sadly that was not to be the case as the Lagos state government stood its ground on the ban of Okadas and Tricycles.

This post is a review of all the major events in the 5th month of the year in Nigeria.

Fulani Herdsmen have Taken over Urhonigbe Community

The video below was taken from Urhonigbe community in Edo state. I would be grateful if you share it.

Fulani Herdsmen have Taken over Urhonigbe Community

White House Owner Killed

One of the biggest evidence of state failure is the absence of law and order in a community.

The owner of White House a popular eating place in Sabo, Yaba was killed.

According to the report, he was killed because he reported a robbery at his house to the police.

The implication of this is that our security services have been compromised. This is one of the many instances that gives rise to jungle justice in Nigeria.

Transportation Master Plan

In a country that works, strategy documents are meant for the public like the case of Ottawa, Canada.

The much-touted Lagos Master Plan is nowhere in site leading me to believe that it is an audio document.

In light of the recent ban on Okadas and Tricycles in Lagos state, Primero Transport Services has raised a bond.

It is no surprise that the names in that article are from a family that has been in control of the state since 1999.

School Pupil Killed By Stray Bullet As Transport Union Hijacks Okada Ban Protest In Lagos

It was inevitable that the ban would be taken lightly. The backlash from the public meant that protest burst out across the state.

Most disheartening was the story of the girl who got shot. A totally avoidable situation if palliatives were put in place before the ban.

Bandits shoot down a Nigerian police helicopter in Kaduna

You know it is bad when bandits can down a helicopter near your country’s capital.

Atlas, that is where we are as a nation. This happened in an operation where the police claimed that 250 bandits were killed but no bodies were paraded.

Occupy Lagos protesters storm Eko Atlantic over Okada ban

Although the day coincided with the Lagos Marathon, Lagosians came out to protest the ban.

According to the organizers of #OccupyLagos, this is the first of many protests on the recent ban which is causing untold hardship on commuters in the state.

Eat the poor to save Nigeria: My political party manifesto

Let’s we end on a sad note, do consider this satirical piece on how bad government policies affect the poor.

And thus ends the fifth week. In a nation that has become reminiscent of one week one trouble, it was a long and tiring week.

See you next week.