Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Who Is Killing Nigerians?

Gbagam! Gbagam! Gbagam!! It is another day at the shrine! The great Oracle! Here is kola, I pour libations unto you! Wise one, your people have come...they have come to seek your face and wisdom on the calamity that has befallen our land! They have a question for you, Great one! Your people ask: 'WHO IS KILLING NIGERIANS?' 

People are dying...every new day comes with it, news about someone's death! And the most painful part is...dem suspect say 'na people dey kill all these people'! Calamity! Oh Calamity!! The Great one; just yesterday Mazi Udeorji, a 120 year old man, died...his great grand children are accusing their next door neighbours of being responsible for his death! Look at Mama Azunna, the one residing in Lagos... she died of breast cancer...her children say it was sent to her from the village!! Look at Ike-bobo; exactly one month after his wedding ceremony; while on a night journey to Abuja he was killed by armed robbers...His family members said the bullet was ‘sent’ by jealous friends!!! Hey!! The Great Oracle! Are you there ehhhh?!! I no kwa ya ehhh?!!! Okay, look at Dede Ebenezer, He…


Oh great one! Speak! Your people are listening!

Kinsmen! Why is it that most of you point accusing fingers at friends and relations once a loved one dies? Is death no longer a natural phenomenon? Is it not that single destiny that all mortals share? The rich, the poor, the healthy, the sick, the religious, the heathen, the young, the old...everyone dies. So why do you often blame someone for another's death?

Again, Nigeria is a really tough place to live in, a lot of things happen in this country that could take one's life away in an instant. We have poor security of lives and properties; bad road network and poor road usage both of which can cause road mishaps and lead to death; poor healthcare delivery system; poor quality of life which is widespread...if you are observant, you would also notice the proliferation of mentally ill people on the streets; their condition may not be unrelated to the dire situation of the country.

Though no one should act God by suggesting the lifespan of another; the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that the life expectancy of the entire Nigerian population for the year 2011 is 47.56 years. The last time Nigeria had a similar figure was in 2003 when life expectancy was said to be about 47.9; it rose over the years and in 2009 was recorded at 50.9, but look where we are now. With these figures, if they are anything to go by, it becomes obvious that attaining the age of 55 as a resident in Nigeria is a luxury for which the concerned and his/her loved have to be thankful. As it is, once a child is born in Nigeria, he immediately has huge hurdles to jump in the race for survival. This baby, as he grows, is haunted by sever environmental pollution; poor medical and health service delivery; road mishaps; poverty; violent crime (Boko Haram et al); stress and frustration due to the inability of government, superiors, colleagues, friends and relations to meet his needs...this is to mention a few. With all these stalking and hitting him over the years, why would one be surprised that he does not make it up to 50 years of age?

Please, my Kinsmen, I am not saying that there are no mystical and evil forces in our society nor am I saying that people do not intentionally kill people. All I want you to understand is that we live in a country and in a time where people die early for reasons afore mentioned and even more. Do not breed enmity by pointing accusing fingers at colleagues, friends or relations at the demise of a loved one. If you suspect foul-play and you feel strongly about it, take legal actions if you can; where it is not feasible, leave it for God Almighty to judge (Yes, I know Him)...do no go seeking vengeance.  

Life is too short, enjoy it while it lasts...but as a Kinsman, you are blessed with long life and prosperity no matter what the life expectancy in Nigeria or your country of residence is.

Can somebody shout Iseee!!? You can shout ‘Amen!!’ if you wish.

The Oracle Has Spoken!!


  1. Amen!!!! ... Our country sucks, but its the only one we have...

  2. emenike justice chisom24 November 2011 at 06:39

    iseeeeeee,,,obodo anyi bu nigeria ga adi nma,,,,i believe,one day nigeria will be a great place,Rome was not built in a day......lets us put our hand together and fight,,,,,,,,let,s stop blaming eachother,,,,,,,,,

  3. These are mere mortal deciding the fate of others,let's not forget that our citizens are resilient and yes most of us die young but a lot more live long.yes our healthcare system is terrible,our roads are bad but if we can stop being lazy and focusing on what the country can do for us I believe we will live a longer happier life... That's my opinion...Ndewo chief priest na umunnam