Amidst the out pouring of condolence messages they were a few things Senator Ita-Giwa said that struck me.
She condemned the deplorable conditions that the her fellow citizens watched those football games and lamented further cruel fate the football fans encountered for just 50 Naira.
In the event that you have not seen the pictures of the viewing center, let me help you paint a picture. The roof and most of the structure is covered in mostly zinc, wooden benches for seats and little ventilation available. I would need an entirely different post to explain how the state of that viewing center is linked to how Government at all levels has no genuine care for actual governance.
Its funny how politicians are so far removed from their communities when they are supposed to be the people most in tune with the realities of their constituencies.
Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way placing the blame on her feet. But Senator Ita-Giwa and any other politician that has visited the scene of the tragedy is part of a systemic failure of the political class.
Most times the Political class are largely oblivious of the realities. I remember when Buhariwas due to visit Lagos to commission the newly rehabilitated Ago Palace/Okota Road before his infamous Ear Infection made him cancel the trip and assigned his Vice President to make the trip in his stead.
Governor Ambode had to do an inspection of the Apapa-Oshodi Express way. A route President Buhari was going to inevitably ply before he gets to Okota. To Ambodes surprise he went to unimaginable hell just to get to Okota for inspection of the newly completed road.
This is because Apapa/Oshodi expressway has been in a deplorable condition for a while. Guess what happened? The road was fixed in a week , one frigging week! Just in time for VPYemi Oshibajo to land in Lagos to cut the tape on the new Okota road. I wonder if the Presidency knew all the trouble Ambode went through just to make him have a smooth bump free ride.
How about the Meningitis catastrophe ravaging Nigerians up north? Over 300 Nigerians had to die before Government raised an eyebrow. This a worse epidemic compared the Ebola threat but because Lagos is not threatened no alarms have been raised.
I doubt this will change anything soon. Its sad that every Nigerian has to travel abroad before they can witness a society that works like its supposed to. I mean is it too much to wish for 24 Hr electricity , good roads and good healthcare?
I guess just like the late great Micheal Jackson said. “All I want to say is that they don’t really care about us”.