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|Runtown: Saving To Exit The Country Is Now The Nigerian Dream by unclesoyo: 3:21pm On May 13|
Singer Runtown, in a write-up published in a national daily newspaper, wrote about Nigerians saving up to leave the country, which he termed as the Nigerian dream, in its modern definition.
The singer, in the article in The Guardian, decried the rate of police brutality across the country and called for an end to the oppression the poor.
See the full piece below.:
It’s been over two months since Nigeria’s general elections and the tension that is borne out of vigorous political campaigns and a tussle for power has died down. Depending on who you ask, one vote at a time, the people have determined the fate of every candidate that vied for office and in a couple of weeks, newly-elected leaders will be sworn into office across the 36 states of Nigeria.
Imperative for incoming leaders, both elected and appointed, to note is that there is a hanging duty to deflate the rising tension that stems from police brutality and an urgent need to make Nigeria livable for the youth. As it appears, saving up enough money to exit the country has now become the Nigerian dream. It has been said that the country loses a worrisome number of doctors to the UK, US and Canada every year and what’s worse is that the Nigerian healthcare system is in dire need of doctors.
This harrowing loss of bright thinkers and skilled individuals transcends the medical world. I think about Tanitoluwa Adewunmi, the 10-year-old Nigerian boy who recently became a chess champion in the US after fleeing Nigeria with his parents over terrorist attacks by Boko Haram in the north. What would have been his fate had his parents not sought asylum in the US?
My heart has recently been replete with rumblings as a result of fear. Fear for my safety and perhaps more intense, the fear of losing a loved one to what has now become an unceasing demonstration of negligence by some officers of the Nigerian Police Force.
As a young Nigerian who very well fits the description of what members of the now controversial anti-cultism/robbery unit of the police force, SARS (known for perpetuating this menace) consider a target, I occasionally feel uneasy. I am a player in the country’s entertainment sector and the nature of my job causes me to appear “unconventional”. My hair is sometimes braided and sometimes blown out. Many times, I move around with a laptop, ride in a fancy car and yes, I own an iPhone which according to several victim/witness reports, makes me an instant suspect to the police.
Lucky me, I belong in the class of people who can sometimes afford special security. But it is puzzling that these days, we are pushed to sometimes hire men of the force to serve as security and protection against fellow officers. Some of my colleagues have been victims of police intimidation and I can only imagine the blistering degree of brutal treatment that everyday Nigerians are subject to. On days when I can’t afford special security, what becomes my fate? Do I have to commute by public transport, put away the devices that serve as tools for my everyday dealings or cut my hair in a bid to feel safe?
It is true that the country isn’t free of offenders. Agreeably, Internet-based crime is at an all-time high. But very needful to note is that legitimately conducted internet-based businesses are also at an all-time high. Smartphones and laptops have become indispensable tools. As it is in other parts, young Nigerians are using the internet as a tool to amplify their creativity, access boundless meaningful information, champion game-changing ideas, scale up their start-ups and by extension, create jobs.
Given the reality of today’s digital-driven world, law enforcement agencies must begin to deploy intelligence-driven tactics to carry out just and effective policing. Criminal detection should not be conducted solely based on a person’s appearance. Innocent young Nigerians should not be harassed, brutalized or worse, murdered over unimaginable reasons like owning a fancy smartphone or wearing an exotic hair-do.
I have had series of meditations over the recent killings of innocent young Nigerians like Kolade Johnson and the guiltless young lady, Ada Ifeanyi whose lives were cut short by men of the force to the ludicrous term, “accidental discharge”. A number of peaceful protests have been held and an array of anti-police-brutality campaigns have been launched across social media. Promises to restructure the police force have been made – but our reality suggests that no sort of reformation has taken place.
I manage to tell myself every day that the activities around the recently-concluded general elections is perhaps responsible for swaying the attention of the government because her silence amid the outcry of Nigerians has been very loud. The people are being pushed to the wall and choked against it. There is an urgent need to curb this menace before we find ourselves in an avoidable national catastrophe.
Growing up, we were told that the police is our friend but as the years go by, this promise has become more and more far fetched. Although my spirit is enraged, my message isn’t that of outrage, it is one of faith. This is not an easy call, but I admonish everyone to choose hope because I know that the alternative is one that will leave us all in disarray.
In truth, my faith is shaky, but I look forward to a time when the sight of an armed officer will no longer inspire fear. A time when Nigeria will no longer lose its human assets and forward thinkers to other countries as a result of low pay, lack of infrastructure and general neglect. A time when elected leaders will uphold the integrity and deploy empathy.
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|Re: Runtown: Saving To Exit The Country Is Now The Nigerian Dream by JubrinElSudan: 3:25pm On May 13|
The same conversation I had with a bike man this morning.He was complaining that there's no money in the country, that it is only politicians that see the money. I told him that if most Nigerians have the required amount to migrate legally, only politicians go remain for the country
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|Re: Runtown: Saving To Exit The Country Is Now The Nigerian Dream by writefreely: 3:27pm On May 13|
You go Don be grandfather by that time runtown. This one no be matter of emergency.
|Re: Runtown: Saving To Exit The Country Is Now The Nigerian Dream by hungryboy(m): 3:28pm On May 13|
This article come even make me like Runtown more
Keep giving us the good music man, as for Naija matter, the people are tired and broken, we no dey even beg our politicians for light, healthcare, good roads again, na only our salary make we take chop food.
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|Re: Runtown: Saving To Exit The Country Is Now The Nigerian Dream by utepu: 4:03pm On May 13|
|Re: Runtown: Saving To Exit The Country Is Now The Nigerian Dream by LearnITsmash(m): 4:09pm On May 13|
Nigeria is a rotten shithole soon to become a wasteland
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|Re: Runtown: Saving To Exit The Country Is Now The Nigerian Dream by LibertyRep: 8:10pm On May 13|
Coincidentally, I still received a call from a former colleague some minutes ago on this same issue.
Almost all able bodied young men want to leave Nigeria at least for the sake of their children.
The desperation hasn't been this huge.
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|Re: Runtown: Saving To Exit The Country Is Now The Nigerian Dream by lovemoi2(f): 8:10pm On May 13|
People have been leaving nigeria a long g time ago
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|Re: Runtown: Saving To Exit The Country Is Now The Nigerian Dream by hucienda: 8:10pm On May 13|
Nigerian Dream ... moving to First World countries.
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|Re: Runtown: Saving To Exit The Country Is Now The Nigerian Dream by Authoreety: 8:10pm On May 13|
No be today o
|Re: Runtown: Saving To Exit The Country Is Now The Nigerian Dream by Nobody: 8:11pm On May 13|
Its the dream o....
Check signature below jhor
|Re: Runtown: Saving To Exit The Country Is Now The Nigerian Dream by freedomchild: 8:11pm On May 13|
Nigeria has a foundational problem. until it is addressed, nothing will ever work in this country rather it'll become worse
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|Re: Runtown: Saving To Exit The Country Is Now The Nigerian Dream by xynerise(m): 8:11pm On May 13|
Everyone is "japaing"
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|Re: Runtown: Saving To Exit The Country Is Now The Nigerian Dream by SunnyskyTG(m): 8:12pm On May 13|
I disagree with Runtown! [/b]My dream as a Nigerian is to give my best in shedding the shits we are facing as a People. My belief is that a sensible Nigerian wants the same, fighting for the course of the Nation.
[b]Dude was basically talking about the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad aka SARS.
The Nigerian Police have been so so bloody and brutal to her Citizens. I think the activities of the Nigerian Police is as a result of frustration birthed by the tough Nigerian economy.
Moreover, incompetent unpatriotic Nigerians have been the ones occupying the Police Force.
Nigeria needs Radicalization!
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|Re: Runtown: Saving To Exit The Country Is Now The Nigerian Dream by Suspect33(m): 8:12pm On May 13|
Nigeria should repent
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|Re: Runtown: Saving To Exit The Country Is Now The Nigerian Dream by mrjaydee(m): 8:12pm On May 13|
True words...Nigeria is cursed...
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|Re: Runtown: Saving To Exit The Country Is Now The Nigerian Dream by blizard44: 8:15pm On May 13|
People are even eyeing the Libya Route , the dangers therein , notwithstanding.
Naija don cast.
Legally or Illegally, people are trouping out .
And it's sad that I'm still trapped here.
I don use telescope observe this country future and I no see hope o.
With Buhari and his cohorts, we're stuck neck-deep in the status quo for another decade and more.
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|Re: Runtown: Saving To Exit The Country Is Now The Nigerian Dream by kellyjc(m): 8:15pm On May 13|
Please I want to start learning graphics design,any idea how much it will cost me to start......... thanks
|Re: Runtown: Saving To Exit The Country Is Now The Nigerian Dream by themosthigh: 8:15pm On May 13|
|Re: Runtown: Saving To Exit The Country Is Now The Nigerian Dream by Temple1288(m): 8:15pm On May 13|
The TIME Runtown is looking for. That time is long gone, dead and ultimately buried down the deepest and darkest part of the soil somewhere in Chad.
For y'all young folks, look for the slightest and fastest means to exit the country before o da ni si gi!
Gba oso as much as you can!
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|Re: Runtown: Saving To Exit The Country Is Now The Nigerian Dream by VIPERVENOM(m): 8:16pm On May 13|
Not a dream for me.
|Re: Runtown: Saving To Exit The Country Is Now The Nigerian Dream by Duplik8t77(m): 8:16pm On May 13|
I swear if everybody leave the country . buhari and apc no go come know who dem go dey rule
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|Re: Runtown: Saving To Exit The Country Is Now The Nigerian Dream by Craigslists: 8:16pm On May 13|
No be lie. Even if na Mauritius at least dem get steady light and nobody go tell me to unlock my iPhone at gun point.
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|Re: Runtown: Saving To Exit The Country Is Now The Nigerian Dream by Naijatask: 8:17pm On May 13|
True talk. I can even use buhari for rituals if na the only way to leave naija
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|Re: Runtown: Saving To Exit The Country Is Now The Nigerian Dream by SunnyskyTG(m): 8:17pm On May 13|
You are your problem not Nigeria. I believe your thoughts life is a negative.
You need to upgrade your thinking faculties. Tueh!
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|Re: Runtown: Saving To Exit The Country Is Now The Nigerian Dream by AroOkigbo(m): 8:17pm On May 13|
Very true. ..even me sef.
Was discussing with a nurse this evening, she too has a similar dream. ..every professional in Nigeria is writing one international exam (IELTS) or another to enable them leave the country.
Talk about BRAIN DRAIN
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|Re: Runtown: Saving To Exit The Country Is Now The Nigerian Dream by EyezofGod120: 8:19pm On May 13|
pls like how much person fit arrange to migrate to Canada ??
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|Re: Runtown: Saving To Exit The Country Is Now The Nigerian Dream by loadedvibes: 8:20pm On May 13|
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