The pain of the poor Nigerian at such a time as this is beyond unbearable. I have always supported this government so I took the low ‘tortoise’ pace of its ruling strategy though unnerving, with optimism, believing that the future is going to be propitious if we can eventually get out of this ‘alley’….. However, with the latest hike in petrol prices, the slow paced tortoise has developed rigor mortis, which by definition is ‘the stiffness of death’. This fuel increase, will only serve to highlight our harrowing plight, in a country where life prior to this act, was already intolerable.
It’s like serving a quit notice to a man whose car was stolen the previous day, after he lost his kids in a fire earlier that week. He had also lost his job a month back, due to depression caused by the discovery that his wife was HIV positive during her autopsy.
There is nothing wrong with removing a subsidy that has been the foundation of the most elaborate corruption scheme in the history of this country. However, is this the best time to do it?
I’m of the humble opinion that when the economic rigor mortis resulting from this fuel hike sets in, and many are faced with the dilemma of choosing between corruption and suffering, a vast majority won’t be choosing suffering.
A word like they say, is enough for the wise.