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A Point of Note On Behalf of The Uncelebrated Road Accidents Victims

06/17/12

A Point of Note On Behalf of The Uncelebrated Road Accidents Victims

*Point of Note On Behalf of The Uncelebrated Nigerian Road Accidents Victims

By Amiru Adamu

I ask God Almighty to grant eternal rest to the souls of the Dana Air crash victims and grant their families the fortitude to bear the loss. Though I have prayed for the victims of the airline accident, my article intends to at the less celebrated victims of road accidents,who perish daily in their hundreds due to bad roads in Nigeria.

It has been estimated that over 100 people die everyday in Nigeria due to road accidents. These people are also hard working Nigerians who could not afford plane tickets or have to transport goods within Nigeria in order to keep body and soul together. There is no doubt,that the untimely and heartbreaking death of the Dana air crash passengers is touching,but so also is that of road accident victims who died on Nigerian roads within the hour of the crash. There is no doubt in my mind,that had it been road accident victims have been receiving attention from us and our leaders,as the Dana air crash victims did something would have been done about the death traps we call roads in nigeria.

What amazed me the most in the whole air crash mourning saga,was the attention the accident got from us the youth on social networks such as twitter and facebook. The pictures of the accident circulated within an hour after the crash. This act is not bad,but it would have been more balanced if we also pay attention to the masses who die by their hundreds on Nigerian roads daily.

It is my opinion,that the attention we gave to the Dana air crash victims was almost hypocritical,because if we truly are serious about our daily campaigns,discussions and criticisms on and off the internet about social equality and justice,we should have been paying attention and voicing out about the road accidents that claim the lives of the masses that cannot afford airfares. ( Continues below..... )

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The president took time to visit the crash site and declared a 3 day national mourning for the victims,without even mentioning the daily road accidents in his address to the journalists.

This incident really shows that in Nigeria,we classify human beings in death as we do in life. It shows that though accidents in the air or on the roads leads to loss of lives,those who die in the air get more attention from us because they could afford airfares and are presumed to have higher social status than those who travel by road.

I am touched by the air crash as I am for the road accident that happened at the same time,but without the celebrity status accorded to the dead. I pray that God Almighty grant the souls of the departed peace, irrespective of how they died. I hope as action is being taken to sanitise and make air travel safe in Nigeria,same gesture will be extended to Nigerian roads.

Amiru Adamu is the publisher of Northern Wind Magazine.

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7 comments

Comment from: mohammed tookoor [Visitor]
mohammed tookoorAm happy u raised this issue, but this is the kind of situation we find ourselves in this nation. Corruption has eaten up the faith of our leaders. We are living them to Allah for judgement and punishment.
06/17/12 @ 09:04
Comment from: ishola [Visitor]
isholaHmmmmm.......when one influencial personality dies, d govt declares morning periods but millions of pple die on a daily basis on d Nigerian roads witout any of d govt officials raising a finger to it......God dey sha
06/17/12 @ 09:59
Comment from: SirKay [Visitor]
SirKayAt some point, we'll all be rich enough to fly anywhere we want within Nigeria - children will fly to school and parents will fly to work. Let's forget about the roads - they are for poor people (or so speaks their attitude toward the wretched state of our roads)
06/17/12 @ 12:09
Comment from: Maren [Visitor]
MarenAmiru, the observation raised in your article is timely and we need to cry out loud against this injustice. The situation in Nigeria is same as it is elsewhere around the world. The society is constantly reproducing its self in same way through stratification by social status. A life lost is not a loss to Nigeria unless it is lost in plane crash. The social theorists Karl Marx cried out almost as a lone voice in his time about this evil, yet it persists even 100 years after he's gone. Let's join our voices to make a loud echo until someone hears us.
06/18/12 @ 04:02
Comment from: Fabian [Visitor]
FabianThanks for your piece on the issue. I however don't think it is hypocritical to tweet on the Dana Air Crash because it was a single accident that claimed more than 150 lives whereas the road accidents are multiple & as you rightly said continue occuring. That aside we have been talking & lamenting about the state of the roads. I believe that we should not relent & if we are in a position to do so, effect a positive change. A change will indeed come though I pray it will be sooner rather than later!
06/18/12 @ 04:06
Comment from: wilson Abang [Visitor]
wilson Abangmay the souls of those departed in dana air crash rest in peace, and may god grants the families and friends of those who lost their lives the fortititude to bear the lost. but i strognly feel those who are in charge of aviation in nigeria are taking things for granted, the dana air crash would have been avoided if things have done properly in the aviation industry, im hope that those who run aviation in nigeria are made to be answerable for this crash.
06/20/12 @ 07:10
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08/24/12 @ 05:19

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