Photo Credit: Seun James Taiwo
Location: Lagos Island, Nigeria
Things Are Working, a song by Lekan Oyekanmi. Download Here
The year was 2065. I was in a luxurious bus, on a night journey en-route Benin-city. Few hours into the journey, our bus was stopped by some masked gunmen; by this time, my Hublot, gold sculpted wrist watch said 1.00a.m.–it was one of those grave-silent mornings you do not wish to find yourself stranded in, especially with these men of The Midnight Crew. Suddenly, the soothing calm in me sublimed into the still air. Within the bus, anxiety drove violently like whirlpool of torrents. From the oldest to the youngest, fear seemed to have disrespected all. Then, these browbeating marauders threatened to open fire at us if we as much as hesitated to alight from the bus.
For the next few seconds, something terrific–an unimaginable occurrence–was about to happen that scary morning!
From an unknown depth of the mid-night came the wailing sound of the Nigeria Police Squad cars’ siren. They threw at us an incredible siege, with three patrol helicopters hovering overhead along the perimeter of a triangle, and several blue and black vans surrounding us from all directions. ‘From where did they suddenly appear?’ This was the question we asked ourselves in the bus as we watched the Police come to our rescue that morning. Amazingly, from one of the squad cars came a robotic officer, he was holding a Public Address System. In his automated rhythm, he spoke,
‘This is the Nigeria Police, surrender your ammunitions.’
The robot, lighted in the colours of the Nigeria police uniform, had commanded with such massive authority. And that was it, his fierce instruction yielded an immediate response– the criminals were subdued. For a moment, I thought I was staring in one of those Hollywood blockbusters I loved as a kid. Notwithstanding, this automated rescue effort from the men of the Nigeria Police Force prompted me to ask one of the passengers if they were truly the Nigeria police, that was when an old man sitting behind tapped me in the back and said in low pitched voice, a very thick one indeed,
‘Young man, I can see you come from the old-Nigeria, everyone of us on this bus belongs to a great nation called new-Nigeria.’ He continued by pointing outside into the dark blue sky, ‘There are satellites like twinkling stars up there, from where the Nigeria of today monitors every atrocity and disaster.’ For a moment, I thought I was experiencing life in that paradise called ‘new-Nigeria’, but to my frantic dismay I woke to the fracas of a typical Nigerian morning, 1st of October, 2016.
Good morning, my esteemed readers! Not much has changed in our beloved country today; devastating economic recession amongst many faces of our familiar problems.
My question is, DO YOU BELIEVE MY DREAM CAN BECOME A REALITY IN NIGERIA SOON ENOUGH?
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Everything would work normally, one day.