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Etcetera Says Every Nigerian is to Blame for Kidnapping Trend in the Country




Musician-turned-social commentator, Etcetera, is back again with some entertaining viewpoints.

This time, he is saying that Nigerians should be blamed for the current kidnapping trend prevalent in the country.

Read the article, as reported by Punch:

You wanted to surprise your wife by shopping for the family on your way back from work, and as a sharp guy, you wanted to find out if it really cost, let’s say, N10,000 to prepare a pot of ‘banga’ soup as she claims. You stopped at Mile 12 market in Lagos where she normally does her shopping. You bought everything and discovered that ‘madam’ had been playing you ‘boju boju’ with the money for food. You were cursing under your breath and sweating profusely as you pushed your way through the crowded market to where you parked your car and a little boy said, “Oga, you too fine to dey carry your load by yourself naa. See as you dey sweat. Make I help you. Oga I no go charge you too much, na only N50.”

A statement like that should have made you feel important, but you didn’t budge. You simply ignored and looked ahead resolutely, much to the little boy’s disappointment.

You refused to accept his offer even when it was evident that you were struggling to hold on to the ‘gbogbo ero’ you bought. You didn’t trust the market boy or cart pusher, fearing they could take off with your stuff. Most of us are often guilty of this.

Does it ever occur to you that by denying that little market boy or the cart pusher your luggage, you may have denied someone their daily bread? Does it occur to you that if that market boy doesn’t make enough to survive on, he might be forced to go into armed robbery or kidnapping? Who knows if the guys that kidnapped Olu Falae were once market boys and cart pushers who couldn’t make enough to survive daily?

Many of us fail to understand how privileged we are that we can comfortably afford both our needs and wants, and that those at the bottom of the economic pyramid look upon us to make their lives better.

We fail to fathom the responsibility bestowed on us by the society to make impact on the less-privileged. Why then should we complain when the rate of crime among the youth is ever on the rise?

Why do we always put the blame solely on the government when the ‘agberos’ and the jobless among us make our neighbourhoods unsafe to live in? With our selfishness, we are daily churning out criminals borne out of poverty and who are engrossed in their current trade because we care little about them.

No society that is borne out of selfishness can rid itself of poverty, disease, and uncivil people by wholly relying on their government to do so. No society!

We all bear the responsibility of creating the society we wish for. I am not supporting kidnapping or lazy people, but it is appalling to see the huge economic disparities that characterise our society.

The capitalist mind that has built the modern Nigerian society is unprecedented.

Those who reside in urban loftiness do not care whether their neighbours can afford basic needs such as food. Even churches amassing bountiful offerings and tithes don’t care if members of their congregation have anything to eat when they get home after church services.

We would rather create a dependency syndrome. Most people with domestic help rarely want their domestic help to develop beyond that status. We want our lowly-endowed friends and relatives to always look upon us when they need help.

Don’t you wonder how some entertainers drive the latest Porsche or Range Rover SUVs, yet their parents or siblings can hardly afford food? This has become the definition of civilisation for us. We don’t realise that we only need to help out just a little to make someone’s life better.

How many of us have been committed to ensuring that the poor but bright child in our neighbourhood goes to school, or helping a dutiful house help to learn a skill that will help them become independent, or simply creating a job for a hard working and disciplined jobless person?

Would Nigeria not be a safer and better place if we became our brother’s keeper? We are all guilty for the spate of kidnappings and insecurity in the country. Everyone is guilty, including me.


  1. Lol

    September 26, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Jesus this man always has something to say!!!!

  2. asanwa

    September 26, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Well, well, well…..

  3. asanwa

    September 26, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Well, well, well……

  4. Handel

    September 26, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Hmmmnn…..dis guy sha…..well I partly agree wit u

  5. ani

    September 26, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    tomorrow, I will start handing money to everyone that asks so that they don’t turn to criminals……pedestrian writeup

  6. girlie

    September 26, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    hmmm…the church one tho esp with d way peeps troop out to donate millions in d church,y won’t d Church rat want to donate his..all d same we all shud learn to cut our coat according to our size.

  7. yellow sisi

    September 26, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Etcetera I will start with you,can I introduce you to someone that can sign you to a record label?he only signs poor artistes,with this your writing skill you can as well be a song writer.Think about it

  8. shady

    September 27, 2015 at 12:18 am

    @ yellow sis u talk well ooo. So we should go around giving out our hard earn cash for services we don’t need. So many civil servant don’t get paid for months, still they carry on working.

  9. Balkan

    September 27, 2015 at 1:33 am

    He has a point but he dey yab too much as if he has all the answers. Crime rates are undeniably high, so people still have to be cautious how dey move and who dey move with. I no dey hand person my stuff anyhow to another person to carry. Make the load give me small hunch sef if e want but I no go carry my stuff give person for market cuz he or she presented themselves as an errand runner. Plenty time, na area boys (and gals sometimes) dey send dem or dem be area baddos themselves. Sometimes you go dash person money and they turn around and follow you so dey can mug you or another day, dem go tug your clothes for one thing or another. Other times, you go give person your load to carry and dey divert on the road with it to an area where dey can harass you with their friends. We still have to shine our eyes in this country or anywhere for that matter so no sit there dey yarn as if you have it all figured out.

    • LMAO

      September 27, 2015 at 6:18 pm

      Well said!!! I don tire for this man and the hot air he blows.
      He needs to lead by example. Until then, this one na agege story.

  10. ti

    September 27, 2015 at 1:34 am

    Try talk, well said etcetera,instead of d rich to feel high & proud of themselves,they should in a way cushion d effect of poverty in d lives of poor pole,dis would do a lot in d lives of d lowly,don’t u think dey see d rich ride around in big cars buy sha it all boils down to contentment buh truly all said & done
    @yellow sisi he wasn’t looking for a record or recognition, he is grounded in his new vocation DTS writing& u olodo get a [email protected] least u found out time for ur weary eyes to read tru his article

  11. ti

    September 27, 2015 at 1:36 am

    I meant true talk, dis auto correct on fones can disgrace

  12. nnenne

    September 27, 2015 at 2:52 am

    I refuse to be responsible for human beings brought into this world by irresponsible parents who refuse to plan their families.
    A peasant who marries many women, keeps many concubines and procreate children left right and center, should be responsible for his actions..

  13. Yrimu

    September 27, 2015 at 11:55 am

    So no epistle for the thieves. How about they don’t steal? Times are hard,maybe there are no jobs, but we all have choices.

    Some have chosen to steal and rob, the others are working hard with the little they have.

    I will not be blamed for kidnapping, those that do it, do it out of their own will, selfishness and most importantly laziness.

  14. concerned9ja

    September 27, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    What about the leaders or their hangers on like Aluko flaunting $50 million yatch..u really think things are easy for people…don’t judge…that person that didn’t give 100 naira you have no idea about their own responsibilities.
    What about the billions sent via Western Union to relatives in 9ja…Bro we have been trying if not for our never say die spirit this country would be like Congo..
    Vex me…direct your article to them Atiku..Alison..Saraki and so many other thieves..

  15. Onyi

    September 27, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Really? If I had the means I’d have etcetera kidnapped without ransom to spare me reading his articles.

  16. Guess

    September 27, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Great article! Etecetera has some valid points here. I think there needs to be a shift in attitude. That includes everyone. The political leaders, celebrities, thesuccessful business men and women, the regular folks in the neighborhoods. Everyone has a part to play.
    I also agree with a commenter here about folks that can’t afford too many children, going on family planning etc. Everyone has a role to play.
    However to take “a it’s not my problem ” sort of attitude continues to put us behind as a country and as a civil society.
    We need to be more compassionate and giving and less selfish.
    If we are honest with ourselves, we can admit that is not always the case.

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