Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Today on BEN

The concensus on BEN television's morning phone-in is that Nigerians are not competent enough to handle an aviation industry. Some complain that it is the corruption which causes these problems. Many called for the sacking of the Aviation Minister, Babalola Borishade. One said that sacking wasn't enough and only punitive measures would send a message. He was probably referring to corporate manslaughter charges which were brought into UK legislation followig the Hatfield and Paddington rail crashes.

Another man poignantly said that we here in the UK were scared to move back. Those of us in the UK don't want to move back to Nigeria to go and die. I insist that these things will continue to happen while we stay silent. We need the legal minds to launch criminal or even civil lawsuits against ADC and the Aviation Ministry. Civil disobedience, picketing, boycotting airlines. We're too docile a nation, we're too lackadaisical, too horizontal, too accepting. Wake up, people!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

What shall we who 'stay silent' (in the diaspora) begin with?

Hmmm....

What would have the greatest impact?

Who's up for 'civil disobedience, picketing' at the NJan High Commission in DC/London?

Are you going to start?

Everchange said...

'Those of us in the UK don't want to move back to Nigeria to go and die.'

this makes me laugh, bcuz it is so true.

Anonymous said...

I think we Nigerians are so tuned to suffering and accepting less than we deserve that it has become second nature to us to be too docile and nonchalant!

Akin said...

Haba! Nkem!
Gbogbo enu lofi soro yen.

"Those of us in the UK/Diaspora don't want to move back to Nigeria to go and die"

That was a long unspoken secret, now everyone would know and we all have to find new excuses for not returning to Nigeria.

No, my friend, you have been far from circumspect and utterly indiscreet.
[Translation of the Yoruba text above]

Anonymous said...

Nkem why you sef no go Naija go picket? You siddon for London dey open basket mouth. Chei! Na mobile police man go take koboko clear you commot for Oga office door for Lagos. Tuffiakwa!

Aba Boy said...

We're too docile a nation, we're too lackadaisical, too horizontal, too accepting. – Couldn’t agree more!

Anonymous said...

So what are you all going to do about it? Has anyone written a petition yet or organised a demonstration or written a letter?

uknaija said...

The demonstration that Nigerian mothers organized after the last crash...what happened? They were dispersed with tear gas for demanding an end to these disasters. They weren't even calling for anyone to be sacked... At times like this, I honestly do not know what the way forward should be.....and yet I know I cannot give in to cynicism...

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