It doesn’t always have to be the government taking the blames for all the wrongs and mishaps befalling our nation Nigeria; you and I in our own little way, have contributed to the sickening state of this country. Yes, I know you’re asking “how” and “why” in your minds right now; just come along let’s shake some of these tables…
In our hospitals today, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, lab scientists amongst other health practitioners, discharge their duties to the best of their capabilities (in their own definition). They complain about the system’s failure, how one thing or the other has not been made available by the authorities for them to provide utmost care, they toss patient-relatives to and fro to get these materials if they want their loved ones to be attended to.
I’m not disputing the fact that most of these materials are not readily available; but how they miraculously appear when one relative of a top-government official is brought to the hospital, still remains a mystery to me. That same drug that the relative of Mr. A was asked to go get from the pharmacy in town, has suddenly become surplus for Mr. B.
“Oga you’d have to wait till tomorrow before we can run these tests on your patient“, but when the minister’s 7th cousin is on admission, the HOD of the laboratory would be the one to come take the samples by themselves, run the tests, and even deliver the results back to the patient.
The same consultant that was unavoidably absent for the patients on the wards for the past 2 weeks, would mysteriously be very less busy enough to be the one to see the patient in the emergency room, and ensure that they are transferred as soon as possible to the wards (private if possible). All hands will be on deck, all top officials will be readily available through out the patient’s stay in the hospital, all because they are affiliated in one way or the other to a government official. What happened to the ancient proverb which says, “What is good for the goose, is good also for the gander”?
Ehn, now everybody who is not a health practitioner is probably saying… Tell them!! That’s how they do!!
What about you the tailor, seamstress, fashion designer or whatever you call yourself? A client gives you a job to make clothes for them before a particular date, you agree to do so, even collect advance payment; yet you would not start the work until about 48hrs before deadline, and therefore end up doing an imperfect job because you were rushing. That’s if you even attempt doing the job at all. Some of you will just dump the fabric somewhere, and make up stories from wherever only God knows, when the client calls or comes for their job.
Again, a client will come to you to make a particular design they saw on a catalogue; you’d accept to do so, knowing fully well that it’d be almost impossible for you to replicate the design for obvious reasons. Instead of you to just say, “Bros o, ehm I don’t think I will be able to do something like this o” or give your professional advice such as “I don’t think you have the same kind of body shape and/or size with the lady/guy on the catalogue, so I don’t think it’d be wise to make something like that“… No!! You’d rather take the money and create another headline; What I ordered versus what I got…
Dry cleaners? These ones are in a special category. It’s either they give you a cloth that is not yours, or they totally misplace your clothes. Some of them will not even bother washing your clothes until a day to the due date; only for you to reach their shop and see your cloth “dripping in finesse” 😂😂😂. And they give the flimsiest excuses like:
- We have not had light for the past 2 weeks
- The person supplying me starch traveled
- My iron developed fault
- It’s been raining cats and dogs since you brought your clothes
- I’ve not been feeling fine since, Infact I was just discharged from the hospital yesterday… Amongst other excuses too numerous to mention
And I’m like, how is that supposed to be an excuse for you not to deliver as promised? What am I even saying?
You barbers are not left out. You know in your heart of hearts that the only set of people you can conveniently cut their hair without complains are people like, Gordons, Banky W, 2faceidibia etc. Yet you’d nod in approval when someone shows you the kind of haircut they want; you will now end up spoiling the haircut and stirring up anger.
That was how one barber spoilt my hair for me after confidently shoving his clipper into my hair without taking time to look at the style. I came back to the salon the next day to totally remove the whole hair and start afresh. When he asked why, I showed him a picture of how my hair was before he did injustice to it. With remorse, he wiped my head devoid of hair and refunded the money I had paid the previous day. Don’t ask me if I collected the money or not, that’s not what we are talking about here; let’s be guided please!! 😂😂😂
What about you that borrowed money from your friend and has refused to pay back? Like, you were acting all humble and honest the day you borrowed the money, you even greeted his dog.. “Bingo how are you”? He gives you the money, you promise to pay back on a particular date and boom! You disappear into thin air. The appointed date for you to pay back comes, you don’t; your friend doesn’t ask you nor disturb you because he expects you to use your conscience to pay back as promised. But you on the other end has had your conscience seared with a hot iron, and so you don’t even flinch.
Your friend finally summons courage to ask you for the money, and you be like “is it because of this small N10,000 that I’m owing you that you’re disturbing me about? Mr. A that lent me N200,000 6months ago is not even disturbing me as much as you do”
Heeyyysss!!! That’s emotional blackmail. That was not the agreement; you promised to pay back at an appointed date and failed. You didn’t even have the courtesy to call and apologize for not meeting up with the date, nor did you call before that day to inform him that you won’t be able to make it on the previously agreed date; instead you’re here throwing shades and making the good your friend did look like bad. Uncle, God will judge you!!!
What about you that calls yourself a policeman, bank cashier, makeup artist?
No, let me stop here for now…
So if you’re honest with yourself you’d realize we have failed this nation in more ways than our government has. The change we seek begins with you, with me, with us in our own little corners.
If only we all can act right in our own little way, this country would be a better place for you and me. But what do I know? I’m just a young Nigerian who seem to see something wrong in everything.. Who knows, maybe I’m the one who’s not alright after all🤷♀️…
To be continued…