HOW THE #FUELSUBSIDYSCAM HAS AFFECTED MY VILLAGE
After the increase in fuel price on the 1st of January, little did I know it will affect me in any way, but days later I got a call from my hometown asking me to come that my grandmother wanted to see me.
I left the following day and when I got there I was shocked to see my hometown was now a complete shadow of itself. When I saw my grandmother, I realized she has emaciated completely, and inwardly I blamed myself for not coming to see her regularly.
Immediately she saw me, she said there is no time; I want to tell you a story.
She started by telling me about how oil was discovered in the village, and government officials came and promised them heaven on earth. Of how gradually the main river where the villagers fish, got polluted, and even the lands where no longer fertile for crop production, how everyone now has little or no means of livelihood, and has to eat from hand to mouth, and the government is turning deaf ears to all their cry for help. Then she looked me straight in the eyes and said: ‘You write, I want you to write the story of how your village was looted by its own countrymen, write, so the world will know what is happening.’
I was speechless after she told me all this.
I returned toLagosdays later a different person with lots on my mind, yet I did nothing.
Then that faithful day a friend sent a copy of the fuel subsidy scam report to me, and I saw how my people’s wealth was being looted by a few selected people in the society, who careless about the sufferings of my people, and I knew I couldn’t keep quite again.
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