May the gentle souls of Minister of Labour and Productivity (State), James Ocholi SAN, his wife and son, rest in perfect peace, Amen.

Yes, they lost their lives enroute Abuja to Kaduna in a ghastly motor accident. And yes, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige declared 7th March as a National Mourning Day in the Ministry of Labour for late James and family. More so, in Kogi State, where the Minister is from; a three days mourning from 7th -9th March, was observed for the late minister and his family.

I’m wondering… So many helpless Nigerians die on a daily travelling by these dangerous roads abandoned by the federal government. How many dead Nigerians were given such special tribute?

And the Long Convoy couldn’t save their lives…

And the Almighty Security crew attached to them couldn’t save their lives…

And the Loud Siren became the ballad that led them to a painful death…

How pathetic, a Minister dies like a chicken while riding in a king’s carriage…

Permit me to be superstitious; but this could be a Cold Warning to the federal government… Perhaps, the blood of innocent Nigerians who lost their lives via accidents on these death-trap roads are probably on a vengeance mission. It’s rather unfortunate Ocholi and family were the victims of the vengeance of the thirsty-dead.

I wish Airlines could metamorphose a bizarre plan to stop operations and don’t fly for weeks; so that government officials who naturally prowl in the air on a daily for one business cum political trip or the other, can be forced to apply their cars on roads, and buoy in the dangers the common man passes through, travelling by roads.

Prolly; when ghastly motor accidents happen in this manner and over forty- percent of government officials are involved in road deaths; then the Federal government would stop looking up, and begin to look down on procuring living necessities that really matter to the average Nigerian.

Over years, these governments have ruled Nigeria and there has been no genuine transformation on the federal roads. Yet, so much billions of naira have been spent revamping and remodelling airports, which is convenient for their comfort and status. For instance: Ore road has remained same since I was a Child to date.

So many of us have no choice but fly because of the poor conditions of Nigerian roads. I could conveniently and comfortably march my throttle from Lagos to East or from South South to Abuja, in the simple vein of enjoying the pleasures of adventure. But why would I risk my life when I could spend mere 45 minutes to an hour, hanging in the air and getting to my destination? But still, how many Nigerians can afford this luxury? Plane tickets are on increase and almost equivalent to an average Nigerian’s salary in the civil service. Worse off, so many Nigerians who can’t comfortably afford plane tickets are forced to pay through their throats, to avoid travelling by road. While some others who simply can’t afford to keep up with the Joneses, are forced to risk their lives, travelling by roads.

I wish Nigerians could riot and ensure that all airports be closed down for a month or so, so that our government officials can apply these roads and join in the risk of being death-victims.

I’m sorry for James Ocholi’s demise; but I ain’t exactly sorry… It is rather unfortunate James Ocholi was the scape goat. But it is a welcome lesson to our government officials that, they could be the next victims and that whatever comforts they derive from flaunting Security is pure shenanigans. Convoys don’t guarantee Life. Mopols don’t guarantee Safety. Satirically, Loud Siren is even a death signal: because the siren alerts the vengeful-dead that a prey is passing by…

My Question Is: Why has the federal government since Obasanjo’s era till date haven’t found the modesty of fixing our federal roads? Why are they investing all those fake billions in the airports when mere 20% of what they claim they spend on an airport can actually fix the whole of our federal roads?




4 Response Comments

  • SONApril 9, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Very harsh but true

  • OmoApril 13, 2016 at 6:14 am

    Ahunna, I am happy you have come online. Something you should have done years ago with your magazine. I love what I am reading on this website. I love all the stories. I love that people can come out to publicly speak the truth. May the Minister rest in peace. But the situation is really an eye-opener to those in power. The situation in the country is messed up. I foresee a revolution in Nigeria if the government doesn’t act fast.

  • aunty ebeleApril 18, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Ahuu. This piece is good. I hope the people that matter will read this and understand the underlying message. Bless you and keep it up.

  • olayinka lawalMay 11, 2016 at 6:34 am

    So many govt officials have died on our road,an the minister is not the first and won’t be the last becos I see no hope that our bad road will be fixed,if the present govt under fashola came out to inform us that he needed 4trillion to complete road abandon by previous govt,he is not talking about constructing new road and imagine,he is being allocated just 447billion to work with for three ministries, and he needed 4 trillion for a ministry,then where lies the hope for this nation, we will just they continue to dry patch and manage


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