Just when you would think Nigerians can’t get anymore lawless, they come up with several disgraceful mannerisms that have you feeling disgusted and ashamed. It is sad that our society’s ethos is one that allows for blatant indiscipline and impertinence.
There I was in traffic yesterday, and I saw something so disgusting that it fills me with rancor, relieving the incident. I am sitting in rush-hour traffic, listening to some music playing from my car stereo; I don’t remember exactly what it was, playing, I was more concerned with tamping down my rising impatience at the gridlock. As is the case with Lagos traffic, several drivers step out of their vehicles, laden with curiousity, at why the traffic had refused to ease.
A few vehicles from mine is an SUV with a driver who steps out. I remember mildly observing, not a bad looking man, middle class-ish, he stood peering into the traffic, like everybody else, then comes a groping motion, the bend of his knees, a mild modification to his silhouette and the forward thrust of his buttocks.
It is unbelievable to me as this young man brings out his manhood in traffic and pees right there, without a care in the world, he is not a vagrant, but a car driving, working class member of society. My jaws drop, as I am sure yours is, right now.
Before I am drowned with rejoinders of “he just harmlessly answered the call of nature”, I ask: couldn’t he park his car and walk civilly to any public establishment with a functional restroom? Watching his urine droplets stain his car door unto the road, just fills me with revulsion.
When Nigerians travel to nations where things are done in an orderly manner, we conform but are quick to let loose our barbarism when we are back home.
If human wastes, were meant to be flung about like debris, it is doubtful, toilets would have been created. Lately, it has been in the news that there is an outbreak of cholera, presently ravaging several communities in Lagos and then you ask yourself, how is this even possible in 2017. That vestiges of our filth and carelessness, comes back to bite us in the a**, quite literally, isn’t that what cholera is; vomiting and stooling of the worst kind.
We must be orderly and civil, when we answer the call of nature, furthermore we must never forget to wash our hands, as our offending brother doesn’t do, he is sure to buy plantain chips from the hawker in the next bus stop, with those filthy hands of his