Living in Nigeria
Note;this is a random post(thoughts might not be aligned), written during the heat of fuel crisis, before inauguration.
Living in Nigeria is expensive. Why do Nigerians abroad complain about paying bills? When you even obviously pay more bills at home. You dig your own borehole, pump water with your generator, buy fuel almost everyday, pay outrageous Nepa bills even when the light doesnt come on, you pay for gas every month, pay for security, pay the refuse collectors etc. And when fuel scarcity lingers like this, you buy a litre of fuel at #250.
A taste of hell is when you discover chicken pox on your body in this period of heat and fuel crisis. As your body itches and you languish in pain, with no fan to ease your discomfort, you curse your luck for being born into this country.
In the wake of the election result, when the excitement was still viral especially among the Hausas; my neighbor told me ‘anytime you go to the market, just say ‘sai baba or sai buhari’ and you’ll sure get more than you bargained for.
So, off i went to the aboki selling tomatoes and shouted ‘sai baba’, he responded with a big smile and while nodding his head intermittently, gave me a bagful of tomatoes worth thrice more. Another neighbor talked of how a biker took her around Apo-Kabusa environs while she engaged him in buhari dialogue, chanting sai buhari at intervals till he dropped her at home without remembering or bothering to collect a dime.
However, on another occasion, i had gone to a carrot seller and after he gave me what i felt was unsatisfactory(i’d been eyeing a very big carrot which he obviously kept avoiding) so, i took the big carrot and shouted ‘sai baba’, he looked at me with red eyes, shouted sai baba as well and with one hand, collected his big carrot back. The mallams are now wiser. The excitement, jamboree, manipulations are all gone.
As inauguration draws near, we are all keeping our fingers crossed waiting for the ‘change’. Even the mallams are waiting. As fuel crisis lingers, among other woes bedeviling our nationhood, we need change.
27th May, 2015
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