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The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by TonyeBarcanista(m): 12:27pm On Dec 26, 2015
I saw this article and feel it is worth sharing.
By Oke Umurhohwo

So this morning at the motor Park, the driver of our vehicle brought two extra gallons of fuel to take along with us on the journey, he claimed that there is no fuel on the road.

I painstakingly resisted looking at the great risk but couldn’t help voicing out my concerns, especially considering the bus would warm up at least seven hours into the journey. ‎
The driver threatened fire and brimstone, he was bent on refunding my cash should I refuse to conform to the norm other passengers had adopted – Silence.
On another day, I would gladly take my money and go to another vehicle but on this particular day, there was acute bus scarcity. ‎
After the driver’s threat, I was left with the options of either keeping quiet, entering the bus or the possibility of not travelling at all as getting another bus was practically impossible today.
I kept quiet for a while and observed what was happening. I understood the driver was able to threaten me because my one seat was inconsequential compared to the other 15 people who were not complaining.

So I started a form of campaign cum enlightenment talk, telling the other passengers who cared to listen that we could all DIE on the road as the heat would warm the fuel making it more volatile and likely to explode.
The driver was at first quiet, he thought no one would listen to me, but unfortunately for him, two other people started complaining of taking fuel along with us.
Sensing that more people might join my cause, he quickly brought my cash and called some boys to push me out of the park. I collected the cash and told the remaining passengers to collect their cash as well if they want to celebrate Christmas in good health. That it’s better to get home late but safe and sound than to put their love ones in grief. ‎
My last word seemed to have struck a chord as all the passengers started demanding for an imediate refund as well. ‎
The driver seeing he had lost the battle with all the passengers about leaving, decided to sell the fuel at the park so that everyone would stay back.
“Your witch don work this morning oh” he said to me even as I smiled at the early morning victory for democracy. ‎

On the road, I began reflecting on what happened and comparing it with the situation of Nigeria and that of the Youths.
The driver represent the political elites of the country (APC, PDP, KOWA, APGA etc). They don’t care if putting fuel (embezzling our common wealth) in the vehicle (Nigeria) would put the country at risk of destruction and underdevelopment as far as their selfish interest is maintained.

The passengers are the citizens of Nigeria. Despite the obvious threats to our country by the driver (political elites), we remain silent, suffering and smiling. Sometimes we take it a step further by fighting for this political elites on the basis of tribalism, religion, region etc. ‎

On the Youth situation, the old men that have been ruling (not leading) us are the drivers of the bus (Nigeria). They keep recycling themselves, defecting and rebranding themselves just to continously maintain a hold on power.

There is no generational change or handing over to the younger generation. They would rather sit tight and die in power than hand over. The best they do is groom their immediate family members to take over while Nigerians (the passengers) look on. ‎
Just like what happened in the bus this morning, if I had not complained and taken action by enlightening the other passengers to the dangers of allowing the driver have his way, we all would most likely enter the bus that way, putting our lives in terrible danger.

Today, I charge you reading this post, don’t conform to the current Nigerian trend of “siddon look”. Be the difference. Nigeria and Nigerians deserve far better than what we are seeing today.
Take it upon yourself to teach and explain established facts and truths to other Nigerians. Teach them what the concept of democracy really portends to them. Teach them their rights as enshrined in our constitution.

Only when Nigerians are enlightened and know what they deserve can we unanimously demand for dividends of good governance. This way, the old guard and the political elites would have no option but to listen and make good on our demands.
The happenings on the current political landscape have shown that all public affairs activists, media outfits, and bloggers have been bought.

Therefore, if well meaning Nigerians don’t come together and saddle themselves with the responsibility of educating innocent public on every move of the government, political actors as well as the political elites and expose all their antics in using them as mere electoral tools, good governance might be a cosmetic slogan in the mouth of the government for generations.
www.vanguardngr.com/2015/12/the-people-perish-for-lack-of-knowledge/

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Re: The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by dunkem21(m): 12:29pm On Dec 26, 2015
grin Tales by moonlight ..

The driver is simply being proactive with this acute fuel scarcity since the history of Nigeria ..


I know many families that travelled with Fuel in their booth this yuletide ..

I saw the mumu that wrote this trash buying black market for his 'I better pass my neighbour in Kubwa.

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Re: The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by INTROVERT(f): 12:29pm On Dec 26, 2015
Top notch article.

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Re: The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by Nobody: 12:29pm On Dec 26, 2015
Inspiring

it really worth sharing.lalasticlala what do you think?

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Re: The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by Omotayor123(f): 12:32pm On Dec 26, 2015
Wow... This is a beautiful write up.. It's good when you maintain your right... May God save us from the Lions in sheep clothing.

Tnx for sharing Barcanista! cheesy

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Re: The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by Nobody: 12:32pm On Dec 26, 2015
Superb

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Re: The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by TJ07(m): 12:32pm On Dec 26, 2015
Nice

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Re: The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by TonyeBarcanista(m): 12:34pm On Dec 26, 2015
Lalasticlala Dominique let the ministry move...


Merry Christmas in arears grin

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Re: The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by Chimerase(m): 12:36pm On Dec 26, 2015
undecided
Re: The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by tayebest(m): 12:43pm On Dec 26, 2015
Eleyii gidi gan oo!
Re: The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by sauceEEP(m): 12:45pm On Dec 26, 2015
angry
Re: The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by VampireeM(f): 12:54pm On Dec 26, 2015
Very apt article! I love the scenario he used to describe Nigeria's situation in the second paragraph.. the sooner Nigerians wake up and stop having I-dont-care attitude and sitting on the fence when it has to with issues for our common interest, the better.

This is a Wake up call esp for Nigerian Youths.. We are the leaders of tommorrow and we should be ready to hold our leaders accountable

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Re: The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by stalyf(m): 1:45pm On Dec 26, 2015
dunkem21:
grin Tales by moonlight ..

The driver is simply being proactive with this acute fuel scarcity since the history of Nigeria ..


I know many families that travelled with Fuel in their booth this yuletide ..

I saw the mumu that wrote this trash buying black market for his 'I better pass my neighbour in Kubwa.

I live in Lagos

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Re: The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by dunkem21(m): 1:47pm On Dec 26, 2015
stalyf:


I live in Lagos

Lol grin
Re: The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by Rexphobia(m): 2:30pm On Dec 26, 2015
Too mentally tired to read
Re: The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by englishmart(m): 2:30pm On Dec 26, 2015
change to chain

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Re: The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by miqos02(m): 2:31pm On Dec 26, 2015
ok
Re: The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by WisdomCanada(m): 2:31pm On Dec 26, 2015
Tot it was religion never knew it was politics, make I rest abeg
Re: The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by iteleaye(m): 2:31pm On Dec 26, 2015
Nice post...
Re: The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by Abatsam111(m): 2:31pm On Dec 26, 2015
Ok
Re: The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by Nobody: 2:32pm On Dec 26, 2015
Thats how its gonna be for a long time to come.
Re: The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by braine(m): 2:32pm On Dec 26, 2015
Cool story.
Re: The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by Vikky014(f): 2:33pm On Dec 26, 2015
Nice write up
Re: The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by adedam007(m): 2:33pm On Dec 26, 2015
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Re: The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by sammyj: 2:34pm On Dec 26, 2015
This is taste by moonlight story !!! grin grin shocked grin grin
Re: The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by 20bc(m): 2:35pm On Dec 26, 2015
Cool story bro, but Nigerians won't listen.... cool

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Re: The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by afanide: 2:36pm On Dec 26, 2015
That's True..... Even when they have a clue to the knowledge, they wouldn't want to spend a penny to invest in it.


Everyone wants to acquire free knowledge.
Re: The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by DarkHenrie(m): 2:37pm On Dec 26, 2015
Wow!! This is the best opinion piece I've read on this forum since i registered. These kind of voices are the type we need to progress as a people. I am profoundly inspired by this narration. Keep the good work up, fam. More grease to your brain and tongue.

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Re: The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by Nobody: 2:37pm On Dec 26, 2015
Few minutes ago I saw a thread where a politician talked about the stoning of they(the politicans) if they fail to deliver their campaign promises. Well,I pity them because Nigerians are now getting aware and concerned with the roles of their leaders than before.

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Re: The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by Horlawale1(m): 2:37pm On Dec 26, 2015
Nigeria is moving...
Re: The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by anonimi: 2:39pm On Dec 26, 2015

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Re: The People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge- VANGUARD by handsomeclouds(m): 2:43pm On Dec 26, 2015
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