Cry, my beloved country!

    With no more aftershocks occurring and fewer people being found alive, things may be stabilizing for Haiti. The 25th anniversary of ‘we are the world’ will ensure more finical aid towards the redevelopment of Haiti. A month since January 12th has seen aid workers and their aid out of the airport. All I can really do for them now is pray for more effective, even and timely distribution of said aid. This is all I can do mainly because I am in Nigeria. Within the first few days after the disaster I had received information on how to help. That was quickly rebutted as a scam. Since then other organizations have come forward but they all carry the stink of the first’s rebuff. No one will give anything till such matters are resolved.
    Besides we are busy dealing with our two great achievements of 2010. On the one hand we have managed to survive the longest fuel lines possibly since the opening of the very first gas station. On the other hand, we have yet another longest. The longest period of time a country has been ruled by a president who remains MIA. Like we knew he was not really an action guy to begin with but at least then we had a constant visual to confirm signs of life. On both matters I am waiting for the Guinness book of world records to get back to me.

    Rumors continue to circulate as his supports and critics continue to throw in their two cents. If he has been released from the hospital, why isn’t he back? why did the delegation of ministers who went to see him return without doing so? Amidst rumors that his wife has ascended the throne taken over his duties. The legal heir representative of the people Vice president Goodluck has finally gotten the all clear to assume presidential duties

    In all this the Nigerian people remain their muttering yet docile selves. Sure a murderous, religious rampage threatened to devour Jos, but no one seems to really care. After the Christmas incident everyone was quick to say how Nigerians are not terrorists, but what does it mean when we accept extreme abuse in our jobs and from our government who deny us our basic right, but rise up when religious tensions flare? I accept the fact that we need to pray for Haiti but someone, could you, please pray for Nigeria?


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