A metaphorical maxim has it that a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. And soon enough, truth will catch up and still overtake it some day. This is the story of Lagos, where its rulers lie about everything and anything.
In spite of its rich human-capital and aquatic resources, the State, often sold to its people as one of the best mega cities in the world, was recently ranked the third worst city for humans to live in the world! The true disclosure was made in the latest 2018 Global Liveability Index released by The Economist Intelligence Unit and World Bank.
Our Lagos ranked 138 out of the 140 cities considered for the ranking, with the so-called Nigeria’s commercial capital outperforming Dhaka in Bangladesh (139) and Damascus in war-torn Syria (140).
Isn’t it a contradiction that a city state which annual budgets run into trillions of Naira (the current being N1.06tr); a State which economy would have been rated the fifth in Africa were it to be a country; a State with an average monthly federal allocation of N11bn and monthly IGR of N40bn; could only compare alongside war-torn territories as unfit for human habitation? Yet some gullible ones would echo the ruling cults’ mantra of “Lagos is working.”
The irony of it all is that this is a State controlled by the ruling Party at the centre: APC. Here is a State that has been under the firm control of the broom revolutionary, the self-appointed political thermometer of the nation and ruling Party’s National Leader. Worst still, this is a State that has been governed for 19 uninterrupted years by the current managers of our national affairs. Thank God the truth has finally been revealed. But the question is, what omen does the current revelation portend for our beloved country?
Back to the ranking. It was based on Social Stability, Healthcare, Education, Culture and Environment, and Infrastructure. Indeed it is a shame to observe other African cities that featured on the index performed better than Lagos in the ratings. They are Dakar, Senegal (131); Algiers, Algeria (132); Doula, Cameroun (133); Tripoli, Libya (134) and Harare, Zimbabwe (135).
Every city is assigned a rating of relative comfort for over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories: Stability, Healthcare, Culture and environment, Education, and Infrastructure. Each factor in a city is rated as Acceptable, Tolerable, Uncomfortable, Undesirable or Intolerable. In all, Nigeria’s commercial pride was woeful.
Lagos, being the melting pot of all ethnic nationalities in the country is, no doubt, a mini Nigeria. If this is the true score card of the APC after 19 years of control and monopoly of governance in the State, then it is safe to conclude that a similar fate awaits our beloved country if the Party is allowed to continue beyond 2019. Already, Nigeria, that was adjudged the fastest growing economy in Africa and third in the World, by the same international financial monitoring institutions before the APC took over three years ago, now battles economic instability following the government’s fathom overcome of recession.
It is time Lagosians refused to be drawers of water and hewers of wood in a supposed mega city. Let’s take back Lagos and Nigeria from the stranglehold of the impostors in government before they wreak more grievous havoc on our land and do more damage to our collective wellbeing.
Get your PVC in readiness for task. The looters of our commonwealth, masquerading as saints, must be sent packing at the next General Elections.