The Things that Could Kill you in Nigeria!

If you live elsewhere, chances are that you have already heard about Nigeria. But just in case you have not, let me tell you something. It is a blessed country with lots of natural resources, super incredible cultures and some good people too. Unfortunately, like most others we have our fair share of problems which range from bad governance to a series of unfortunate occurrences that happen on a daily basis. These incidents are the things that could kill you in Nigeria. Let us talk about them, shall we?

Just this morning, The Guardian Nigeria reported that  a young undergraduate student and a nursing mother were electrocuted when a high tension cable fell on their building. This happened in the Southern Nigerian city of Calabar where a similar incident had earlier taken place in March, killing nearly a dozen men at a football at viewing centre.  Similar news about  untimely death is commonplace across Nigeria where the sanctity of the human life holds very little meaning. Everyday, we hear about people getting stabbed or shot dead by thieves either in the streets or even right in their homes. A few months ago, a Nigerian reality star (Hector Jobarteh) was trailed to his home by criminals and killed in the presence of his family; in broad daylight. We also hear about factory workers dying or getting maimed due to preventable factory accidents. Boko Haram terrorists are up north shooting up the place and displacing millions, while the military is down south doing python dance and crocodile smiles; unfortunately leaving casualties in their trail. Let me not forget the cattle herdsmen, a set of 21st century nomads who apparently value their animals more than human lives. Little wonder they are quick to kill those who protest their animals’ invasion and destruction of farmlands…

Now back to the issue of falling high tension cables and unfortunate electrocutions;  it seems to have really become a regular occurrence. Perhaps this is not surprising after all, seeing as virtually all of our infrastructural base are decayed and in total disrepair. Just last month, a heavy rainfall caused an electric pole in my neighborhood to collapse. It blocked a main street, causing panic and delays in traffic. Fortunately, there was no recorded casualty. But others in the past were never quite as lucky. I have heard about the female First Class student of Economics at the University of Lagos who got killed right outside of her hostel when a high tension cable fell on her. I have also heard about a vulcaniser who was busy doing his work by the roadside when the high tension cable above him sparked, snapped and fell right on top of his head. His skull was burnt to ashes. It is very ironical that even though Nigerians can hardly get up to three hours of electricity on a daily basis, they get electrocuted to their early graves within the short time they do get it.

Moving on, there are many other things that could kill you in Nigeria. Flooding is one of those. A few months ago as the world was groaning about the severe flooding in Texas, Nigeria’s Beneue State was submerged in what was arguably the worst case of flooding ever seen there. There have also been cases of flooding in some parts of Lagos. And just recently, there was severel flooding in Kogi and Kwara states which have all caused loss of lives and properties. Paddies of rice farms in Kwara state have particularly been washed off in the most recent floods. Unfortunately, very little or nothing at all has been done to help the victims.

Other things that could kill you in Nigeria include stray bullets, stray animal bites, mosquitoes, road accidents,  ritualists and food poisoning. Now here is the interesting part- the fact that even if you manage to survive the sudden harm to your health and land in the hospital, you will be met with the unfortunate and appalling conditions there which could facilitate your passage to the great beyond. I have heard of people dying due to the lack of oxygen in hospitals. Let me not talk about the gross incompetence often displayed by some of the health workers…
Hunger is perhaps what kills the most in Nigeria. According to a well cited statistics by an international body, most Nigerian live on less than one dollar per day. Here is how that translates- HUNGER! The truth is that most people cannot afford basic daily meals. This happens in a country where the lawmakers lavish lifestyles; mansions, latest, posh cars, dinners at upscale restaurants and medical tourism…

Many things can indeed kill you in Nigeria. And while nobody is exempt, the masses are particularly susceptible. Let’s speak up against the injustice!

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