It is sad but true, that we do not take safety and security too seriously as Nigerians, our abysmal attitude to being proactive as a people is indeed worrying. It begs the question, what is a Nigerian life worth?
On my way to the office today, I saw something so appalling, that I am left morose, thinking about the worth of a single Nigerian life. A faulty vehicle, is haphazardly placed on a truck, to be conveyed to God knows where, however, the shocking thing is, this vehicle wasn’t securely fastened, as should be, rather stones were flimsily placed by the tires of the SUV, to keep it in place.
When the truck got into a bend, the SUV, tilted dangerously, in a heart stopping moment, I thought it would fall, crushing pedestrians standing right by it.
And I am left to wonder why we never take the issue of safety seriously; why are Nigerian lives taken for granted? Where are the appropriate authorities to negate these hazards? and why must we as a people depend on sheer blind luck to survive?
These are questions that have no answers and those that should be held accountable aren’t proferring any.
A weekend, not so long ago, there was a tragedy that left five people dead and several seriously injured, a container fell off the bed of the truck it was being conveyed in and landed on a commercial bus, popularly known as danfo , completely demolishing it, with passengers inside.
It was a macabre tale of blood, gore and metal, melding as one.
Several years ago, a similar carnage occurred, as a container haphazardly placed on the bed of a trailer, not properly fastened, keels over a bridge, crushing pedestrians and commuters below.
How much blood must be spilled before appropriate measures are taken to ensure there isn’t a repetition of such carnage?
It would seem that blind luck is no longer the key to survival as serendipity abandons us, to our own careless devices.