This Week in Nigeria
Please don’t let the World Cup loss or Davido winning a BET award distract you from real issues.
It really does seem like Nigeria is a cursed nation. Every week, we hear about a tragedy or scandal, a politician stealing money, or senseless violence. This week has been no different. Earlier this week, more than 200 people were killed in Plateau State. This incidence stems from religious disputes the nomadic Fulani herdsmen, who are mostly Muslims, and farmers, who are predominantly Christians. The youth decided to organize a protest but turned bloody as they broke into the Government House, threw stones, and damaged some cars. To retaliate, the security personnel started shooting live ammunition back at the protestors.
— BT-TV (@bttvng) June 28, 2018
Midweek, we learned that beloved artist, Dbanj lost his 13-month-old son to a drowning accident in his residence. The reason this is important is because some reactions on social media show the lack of empathy some Nigerians have. Some even went as far as attacking the mother or blaming them for the death.
Sad day dbanj lost his son. But even sadder is d fact that the boy lost his fucking life because his parents couldn’t take the time out to babyproof their pool. Call me insensitive. I feel for that child more. I am a mom, and I know you owe your child that effort of protection.
— ? (@Imoremi_) June 25, 2018
I blame both parents squarely, because am sure the “gods of the pool” did not place a 13 months old baby that could barely walk in the vicinity of an unfenced swimming pool.
— ?aroness? (@GhoztModeX) June 25, 2018
The lack of law and policy is one of Nigeria’s biggest problem when it comes to organizing and implementing change in regulations. At least five people were killed at Bodija abattoir market at Ibadan when a security team detailed to enforce movement of butchers to a new location. The Bodija Butchers set the police station on fire and set the market in disarray.
Just yesterday, a tanker exploded while traveling along the Odetola Bridge, the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. Local media reports that the explosion instantly set over 50 vehicles ablaze while sadly killing several bystanders. Images on social media show massive clouds of black smoke billowing into the sky from vehicles burning on the road.
EMERGENCY: LAGOS IBADAN EXPRESS WAY IS ON FIRE.
A TANKER EXPLODED AND TOOK OUT HALF THE ROAD.
how long would this keep happening in Nigeria?? Bad news after bad news. Ojuelegba, plateau, now this. Sigh WTF. pic.twitter.com/438gof7cIx
— I’m M (@MofLagos) June 28, 2018
Many people across the diaspora, including myself, are now left wondering – what can we as the youth and Future of Nigeria do?
Opinions, debates, suggestions, and anger spewed all over social media including questioning the purpose of ASA’s, creating a group to organize a March, and more.
ALL YALL AFRICANS ON TWITTER TALKING ABOUT THE ISSUES THAT IS CURRENTLY GOING ON IN AFRICA & FULLY ADDRESSING IT.
PLEASE KEEP THIS SAME ENERGY AT YALL ASA’s & DISCUSS THESE ISSUES
PLEASE KEEP THIS ENERGY WITH YOUR AFRICAN FRIENDS AND EDUCATE EACH OTHER.
— Egbon Nelly ? (@SavageBolaji) June 28, 2018
Idk how but we will do It! Please join and help ??
You’re invited to my new group ‘March For Nigeria’ on GroupMe. Click here to join: https://t.co/HB0uJwaJWR
— Toyosì Your Wife (@longliveToyosi) June 28, 2018
Party? Yes oo! World Cup? Naija no Dey carry last! Entertainment? AFRO BEATS!! But a highly flammable tanker reverses on a road and explodes and its lets just sit on Twitter and “pray for Nigeria.”
— Miss Igbo USA ?? (@ChinweUK__) June 28, 2018
What will it take to push the average Nigerian over? Why are we so passive? We are so scared of death but we’re dying in droves anyway. We’re dying.
— T. Rankïn’ ∆ (@AfroVII) June 28, 2018
Our heartfelt condolences to those affected this week and beyond. It’s one thing to #PrayForNigeria but there still needs to be action. Do you have suggestions on what we can do to help or get the conversation started? Tweet us @onetribemag