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*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..... )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing some major cities, including the Federal capital (Abuja or FCT)
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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