Wednesday, 21 January 2009

I Cant Let Go…

Of 2008, that is…

It’s a new year, a fresh start for most of us, new year resolutions; acquiring new friends; disposing of useless ones; seeking new jobs, husbands, wives; thinking of new and more radical ways to kill those you hate (yes, some people out there are unerringly like that); all in all, it’s a new year, new this, new that, but same old routine…

I can’t let go the suffering, the pain I felt when I saw the video of the Akwa Ibom ‘witch’ children, the suffering of people in the midst of plenty, the total poverty that pervades the lives of the majority of men and women in Nigeria…

You read on Sahara Reporters that Yar’Adua makes 8 cents per barrel of oil lifted from Nigeria (can’t tell you if it’s true or not); that “Dr” Andy Uba flew into Luton Airport in Bedfordshire on his private jet and with E135,000 (Euro) in cash last December 24 (I can tell you it is true).

The cash was seized and his visa revoked – I bet that hardly makes a dent in his ‘reserve’. The question about how a former special adviser managed to acquire a private Gulf Stream IV jet plane, I leave for the more logical minded to answer…



And then you see a man under the blazing sun, such as in the picture below which I took while driving on Itire Road, Surulere last November, who has totally given up (no, he’s neither mad nor dead) and you wonder if our leaders see the same things I see…


PS My Camera date was set wrongly.

30 comments:

Writefreak said...

Hmmmph...*sighs*
Words fail me!

Funms-the rebirth said...

wow........ sad! wonder when our so called leaders will stop being robbers

Sha said...

very sad..but its nothing new. we cn only do wot we cn do...

P.S WHERE IS MY XMAS GIFT!!!

Shubby Doo said...

you have to let go...how else can you help in moving us (as a nation) forward...

p.s
somehow i am not surprised that the date was set wrong on your camera...hmmm

Jarrai said...

So much suffering..all of it avoidable. I saw the "witch" chidren program and was just floored...it was an outrage. Ignorance and blind faith is a recipe guaranteed for disaster...

Poor man lying on the road, our leaders turn a blind eye to their peoples sufferings safely in their nice big huge mansions...its really sad.

Afrobabe said...

Happy new year...a sad world we live in...only we can make a change...and you know how u can start?? By stopping your car and asking that man on the floor what the problem is....

Start with urself dear..

doug said...

Sad no matter how you look at it. But you know, its only working with faith that we can get out of it.

bumight said...

i have stopped worrying about corrupt leaders and the like. 2008 has let go...u need to as well.

ablackjamesbond said...

Isn't letting go the start of something even worse than the leaders are doing? Isn't it the same as indifference, which i daresay is a more grievous crime.

Can't blame u for not lettin' go. Can't either.

Happy new year bro. Let's make a difference this year.

darkelcee said...

hmmmm,

This God is merciful!

if only i can swap places with HIM just for a day............. heads will roll.

Sad!

D&S said...

Some of them do & some dont.
its really sad.
But we have to keep living.

Jinta said...

~ writefreak ~ ahh. I know what you mean

~ funms ~ i suppose when we say 'enough is enough'

~ sha ~ i agree with you, but...xmas gift? Now? Ok, you need to come in for it one of these days when i'm wearing my lecherous look

~ shubby ~ perhaps you're right, although you don finish me with the camera date thing

~ jarrai ~ our leaders also fly in private jets most of them did not work for

Jinta said...

~ afro ~ good idea, however, that means I would never have left itire road that day, talk less of surulere, with the number of people that needed help.

~ doug ~ you're so right. the feeling of helplessness drives me crazy sometimes

~ bumight ~ will make an effort. how're those lovely fingers of yours? i'm still fantasizing over them


~ blackbond ~ with God's help...

~ darkelsee ~ thank God you're not him then. How's the pounded yam tutorial going? let me know when you've perfected it...i will be a regular visitor

~ D&S ~ destiny, i suppose

fantasy queen said...

its really sad...not the fact that there are corrupt leaders, whats sad is the fact that i just shrugh and go on like its normal when i hear such stories,on the other hand i'll raise my brow if i hear of an uncorrupt leader...in nigeria

i heard about the 'witch children' story, i wished i could do more than just watch the videos and shake my head

lol' afrobabe, now thats what i call a missile attack on jinta.

Jinta said...

~ fq ~ i couldn't agree more.

dont mind afro. now, i've completely fallen out of love with her. kai! this one's going to be tough. all the people i want are hitched up

~ jarrai ~ i cant get on your site o - says i'm not invited. *in a corner sulking*

StandTall-The Activist said...

We won't et go, we will keep demanding and advocating for a better Nigeria until we see a visible change!

Jarrai said...

Jinta darrling..abeg don't sulk, you'be been added xx

princesa said...

Sad...very sad.
glad u are well Jintus!

Jinta said...

~ standtall ~ amen

~ jarrai ~ i feel a little better now *wipes bitter tear*

~ princesa ~ thank you dearest

Uzezi said...

terrible.

happy new year jinta

Jinta said...

~ uzezi ~ my sweet, happy new year to you too. how have you been?

aloted said...

nawa o!

May God help us all.

Sherri said...

i hear u oh.
abeg, let go of 2008 and embrace 2009 jare!
she's full of promise and boku blessings..

Happy New Year!

soul child said...

it's really sad!

For the love of me said...

Happy new year. That's what everyone is saying. So it must really be a new year. Old things have passed away.

Omosewa said...

Jinta Dearest, how are ya? I thought the guy was dead, i was scared. It's one of lifes mysteries...

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

fix that camera date.

Nigeria never shocks me, unfortunately. Its amazing the people have put up with the corruption and inefficiency for this long.

How body? Stop by Nigerian Curiosity for the latest post on a disturbing occurrence in Lagos. There just has to be a better way. We are all so much better...

rethots said...

....unfortunately, while they may not see it, i see a revolution.

Happy New Year.

Afrobabe said...

yes, but all the other people that needed help didnt catch ur eye or touch you as that man did...

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

Jintus, how you dey?