A few weeks in the past, I used to be travelling on the freeway which had a number of diversions as a result of ongoing highway development. At a specific diversion, the place it was clearly harmful to cease, an armed officer in a lightweight blue uniform tried to flag down our car. Parked a couple of meters forward of us was a trailer and behind us one other. As a result of hazard, the motive force tried to drive forward to discover a safer place to park. The armed officer upon noticing that the motive force was not going to cease instantly, used the underside of his gun to hit the door of the “proprietor’s nook” so laborious, that he dented it. Once I requested the motive force why he didn’t cease, he stated “as a result of the officer solely desires to get “one thing” from us and waste our time, in addition to, it was an unsafe place to cease.” The “vawulence” scared all of us and left me questioning. What would have occurred had we stopped? It was on the time I curiously requested, which Regulation Enforcement Company had the blue uniform, and I used to be informed. I didn’t even know that they have been allowed to carry weapons.
Nigeria is crammed with such tales of surprising and unrestrained violence, unleased on harmless folks for no justifiable purpose. Regardless of how cautious you assume you’re, somebody or one thing will probably be triggered to commit acts of viciousness upon you. One time, I felt compelled to exit all WhatsApp teams due to the normalization of forwarding gory movies. If violence is just not unleased in your individual, will probably be unbridled in your senses. You’ll hear unhappy information, examine complicated occasions and be served movies (on social media) that may deprive you of sleep. Are we even regular folks?
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Are you able to keep away from the information to keep up a little bit of sanity? Are you going to cease travelling due to the concern of unpredictable occasions which will happen? Will you change into a recluse and keep away from social media due to the potential assault to your senses and psychological state? You may attempt however it’s not sustainable as a result of that is our actuality. What are you able to do to outlive and keep a semblance of sanity? I experiment with totally different survival techniques however I’ve not discovered the proper resolution but. I simply know that we collectively must do higher as folks.
Actions that was once leisurely at the moment are high-risk occasions that want excessive planning. Street journeys was once enjoyable crammed, particularly throughout festive intervals. Kids would plan sleep-overs at their Grandparents properties, bond, eat, gist and swap tales about faculties, mates and developments. Now, it’s safer to depart the youngsters of their cities of residence for concern of plying the roads. For these youngsters who know the enjoyment of spending festivities collectively in a single location, one residence, consuming uncontrollably from Grandma’s pot, their hearts nonetheless stay at Grandma’s home, they crave it. Video calls can by no means measure as much as the love that comes with spending the vacation, crammed collectively in a single house, laughing to their hearts content material and constructing bonds that may make sure that even in maturity, they relate as one, come what could. Nevertheless, the hurdle known as the Nigerian freeway have to be crossed to quench that thirst and satiate that craving to spend the vacation collectively.
Maryam Shehu Mohammed