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The Mistake of Lagos Lekki Flood by Lekan Afolabi

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It rained non-stop in Lagos for 5 consecutive days and hell was let loose. Our mega city’s highbrow area was flooded temporarily and the social media went agog with mockery and ridicule.

How did we get here? How did we become a people who laugh and merry at the misfortune of others? Where is our conscience as a people

What happened in Lekki and Victoria Island has happened in other parts of the world. It has happened in America and Europe, so it isn’t peculiar to the Third World or dependent on the revenue a country or state generates internally. Sadly, this is a point those who base their argument on the money Lagos rakes in daily, monthly and annually clearly miss.

As recent as 2016 it snowed heavily in the United States and governors in at least 10 states declared states of emergency. Travels were disrupted in at least five major airports, over 6,000 flights were cancelled and in North Carolina alone, more than 114,000 homes lost power

The Lekki/Victoria Island flood was not as severe as this, yet the hornet’s nest was stirred. Some parts were under, but that lasted only for some hours. Rain, snow and fog are part of the natural weather cycle and they may overwhelm infrastructure once in a while. Adverse weather warnings are still being issued in the United Kingdom and other parts of the developed world. The warnings either ask citizens to evacuate an affected area or to stay indoors. The entire east coast of the United States, including New York, was snowed in for about 3 days earlier this year. There were no flights, schools and offices were closed and movement was restricted to only emergencies because of the extreme weather conditions. Maybe it’s time Lagosians recognized such overwhelming periods and stay at home while the drains do their job before life returns to normal which, in the case of the recent Lekki flood, had happened by the following morning

It’s also needless to fan embers of a class war. Those viewing what happened with coloured lenses of class are making a big mistake and they do so at their own detriment. The same droplets of rain that fall on the roof of the poor fall on that of the rich. So many businesses are headquartered in the highbrow area of Lagos. Most people who talked derisively at those affected live on the mainland and commute daily in traffic to and from island offices

Lekki does not exist in a bubble. Victoria Island is not an island entire of itself; it is a part of the main. If Lekki and Victoria Island sneezes, the whole of Lagos catches cold. If Lagos catches cold, Nigeria will be bedridden and our economy will suffer for it.

There is also a human angle to it and we all have our roles to play. We block our drainage systems with refuse, pollute the air with fumes, deplete our ozone layer, and recently Uncle Sam pulled out of the Paris Agreement. No thanks to President Trump. We need to actively join in the campaign to embrace clean and green energy in order to reduce the chances of more extreme weather situations in the future

We should also concentrate on how to avoid flooding situations or minimize the impact if it occurs. Both the Government and the citizens have a part to play in this. As for the areas where the floods have lingered, housing developers and the local government of such areas should be asked about the adequacy of drainage infrastructure provided if any. It is a well-known fact that drainage infrastructure planning is grossly inadequate in most developed areas in the state and necessary steps should be taken by the government to address this situation.

The provision of an adequate drainage system should be complemented with a high environmental standard of constant maintenance to keep the drainages free from dirt. If the drains have been cleared after there was an indication that there will be a heavy downpour, the flood situation wouldn’t have been this bad.

Make no mistake about it.

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49 Comments

  1. Chic

    July 10, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    My question in all of these is, why do the people who live on the Mainland always take it as a point of duty to mock those who live on the Island at any given opportunity. This is worrisome,

    • LemmeRant

      July 10, 2017 at 8:39 pm

      Its simple really: Because people on the Island take it as a point to mock people on the Mainland with the “overcrowded” and “dirty” rhetoric.

      I’ve lived both on the Island and Mainland, I really don’t get the fuss though.

      There are parts of the Island that hardly gets flooded. And there are parts on the mainland that always get flooded.
      The reason why this lekki, VI, Ikoyi situation is funny is due to the condescending/ sneering behaviour of its inhabitants, Its similar to the “elite” Nigerians who think they’re living the posh life bcos they got a little money above the average Nigerian’s income, but when they get home, they will still go and “on gen” when Nepa brings light they will rush to switch it off, When you’re travelling, you still get treated like scum at the airport security. So whats the point? You’re still living in the same Nigeria, and facing the same problem.

      All in all sha. I can’t build a house I’ll live in those parts, (maybe to rent but not to live)

    • tunmi

      July 11, 2017 at 2:47 am

      You don talk am @LemmeRant. This fake ignorance people keep displaying is annoying. YOU KNOW WHY!!!!

  2. Moyo

    July 10, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    I honestly don’t know why there was so much noise on social media about the flood in Lekki, there were areas on the mainland that were also affected. I took my daughter for an exam in a school off Afolabi Brown Street in Akoka and I almost turned back when I saw the level of the water.

    • Ife Love

      July 10, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      Probably because this is the first time flooding of this magnitude was experienced. I’ve seen some flooded areas on the mainland year in, year out such that I’ve come to expect those areas to get flooded when it rains. But for some other areas on the mainland, rain of this magnitude doesn’t flood them except for the chipping of the roads….

  3. Anonymous T

    July 10, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    While you’re making some sense in this article , other parts can be subject to criticism. It shouldn’t take days for the drainage to do it’s job. Just be honest and admit that this is unacceptable . Water is getting into people’s homes and messing up their furniture and electronics and cars . And you say stuff like they should be patient for the drainage to do it’s job ? So if it takes 3-4 days for the water to go away you should be rendedrred immobile and used less for those days.
    Did Lagos state declare a state of emergency ?
    Nope . It’s not the people’s job to worry about drainages.
    It’s the governments job. Aren’t these people paying taxes ??? Did the government rectify the problem ? Nope . Y’all just chilling and watching and mopping the floors
    And I live in a state in the abroad that gets flooded every now and then. But you’re warned in advance , you know what to expect. The government actually cares about its people .
    No one gloats about each other or when one state or county is going through stuff because we are in it together . No one says oh it’s the downtown or midtown area. We live in the suburbs that’s not our problem. That’s the difference between Nigerians and other countries . You’ll see people be quick to go and volunteer . But na in Nigeria . It’s let’s make a meme and videos and post real quick.
    What also bugs me is plenty of naija folks come to America . Some of y’all went to college here . While you were here you didn’t throw thrash out your cars. But as soon as you get back home . You’re back to clogging the roads with dirt. The truth is the thrash may block the drains that are not already great.
    N yeah. Drainages are supposed to be made before houses are even built . N I’m not surveyor or something . But I would think cus they’re closer to the water there should be an easier drainage cus the water should be able to flow to the river/coast or whatever it’s called . The water always flows towards the bigger body of water . Welp I may be wrong .
    N with the island is better than the mainland. Oh mani land people gloating. Both of the parties need God. I heard some island people say “we don’t do mainland” . Perception and status quo in small minded people. It’s very disastrous ….you aren’t better than anyone else . That’s the mentality that kills Nigerians . You feel because you live in a certain area , it makes you a much better person ? Or that you’re better than the ones who don’t live there ? Lol .
    Mainland people. It’s not okay to gloat at others people misfortunes . Never .
    Yes be thankful that you weren’t flooded but rather than gloat. Offer to help.

  4. Anonymous T

    July 10, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    But when it’s happened it other parts of the world. You’re informed BEFORE. You’re prepared . CONTIGENCIES are in place . There’s a flood watch. There’s a tornado watch. You’re prepared . You know okay oh. Rain is coming in Lekki. Lemme put plastic bags under my door and secure in. Lemme get towels ready since my drainage system is nonexistent.
    Oh I should drive all the cars to my house to the mainland or somewhere that wouldn’t be as flooded.
    But really why should anyone be doing this if the city or the government did things right first. ???
    Is it fair on them ?

  5. Bennie

    July 10, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    On point!

  6. Anonymous T

    July 10, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    And writer pls you just can’t compared Nigeria to the countries mentioned above . No shade . But stop it . They are on different wavelengths and continents for a reason . It’s disrespectful . Nigerians lack the willpower and strength to be what those countries are . And one major difference. Nigerians are too darn complacent about everything in life .
    N hey while all these countries most people have what is called renters insurance or home insurance .
    So yeah if your houses even got flooded . You’ll receive some sort of compensation .
    Do we have any such things in Nigeria ?
    Do people even insure their cars ?
    It’s flooded o pari.
    What’s next ? You’ll use your hard earned money to fix or buy another one and if it rains again for 3-5 days you’ll just have to let it go bad and buy another one because like a dummy you should wait for the drainage to do it’s job. ?ahhhhhhh!
    Ehn and as the drainage is clogged with Ribena and Lucizade bottle . It’s not the drainages fault ?
    We should just keep throwing things on the road and just keep letting things flood . After all it’ is Lagos
    It’ is Nigeria where everything and anything is acceptable . E ku ise oh! ??

  7. Anonymous T

    July 10, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Sorry. I’m just angry on half of y’all who still have to deal with the country. It’s just really sad .
    N as it’s here paining me , someone will tell me when I go home or it’s Nigeria that’s how it is. Hence I should deal with BS because the country is Nigeria.
    It is well

  8. Anne

    July 10, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Writer you said it all and I will keep on advancing the fact that the ‘white man’ is not the problem of the ‘black man’. We are divided against ourselves. We basically hate ourselves and resent even the ones prospering genuinely. How can a house divided against itself stand. Impossible. Remember when the story regarding Donald Trump deporting Nigerians was going round. If you had observed critically the excitement and rejoicing over such news expressed by Nigerians on social media and other platforms, you would have thought that Nigerians in the diaspora committed murder. In fact, I was surprised. Some people think rejoicing over calamity of genuinely innocent people will make them feel better.( yes not every rich man is innocent; not every poor man is innocent. It is an issue of the state of the heart) .They won’t change until the situation affects them. They initially thought it won’t affect them until Emeka who buys designer wears for them can’t do so again because an American government policy threw him back home, let’s just imagine. They will then start to pray for helpers of destiny. Meanwhile their jealous hearts and evil intention chased the one God provided away. Are they therefore saying everyone who lives on the mainland e.g. Magodo area made their money genuinely so why are they happy the Island, lekki and vgc got flooded. Why are you a rejoicer at calamities. Better change before something worse comes to you.

  9. Letty

    July 10, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Why will people not mock..these so called lekki ppl are the ones that mock and sneer the mainland saying it is low class some go as far as saying they don’t even cavort or have dealings with the mainland. The top 1 percent earners in our economy live in the lekki v island axis. This is an eye opener. When the belly of earth groans with the immorality, lasciviousness, pride and evil of men this happens. The lekki people splash pictures on instagram of their glitzy houses, clothes and material possessions have glittering soirees with their shallow out of touch materialistic counterparts for the not privileged masses to ogle at. Lekki ppl MIGHT have to seek refuge in the mainland they so disdain. Or run to trumps america which is not so forgiving as an illegal alien.

    The lesson here is that Nigeria especially the lekki people should back up and stop the senseless materialism and maintain some level of modesty and decorum. As for the upcoming eko atlantic they should be careful and hope a tsunami or something maybe not even quite as intense does not come and swallow the whole thing up. Nigerians have taken greed, wickedness and materialism to insane
    l evels you do not even see here in America.

    • Amaka

      July 10, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      I truly understand the fact that Kingpin lives in Lekki. Inferiority complex is a serious issue in the lives of our youths today. I struggled with it but I thank God for delivering me by His word. If you struggle with inferiority complex, even face book pictures will make you bitter. This is why some people will die early or proceed into old age with bitterness, anger and inferiority complex. They call you low class. Is that what you are. Why must you ever accept what someone else calls you. Why not use your brain and understand the fact that God brought you to earth via human beings the same way He brought inhabitants of Lekki to earth. Meanwhile your jealousy will not change your condition . I know someone whose house got flooded in the 90’s. (VI) .He is richer now than he was then 2 of his children have graduated from top a university abroad. So sit down and keep hating. Some of the Lekki people have more than 1house if you don’t know. Think about your own life instead of hating others. So all it takes to disturb your equilibrium in life is to call you low class. You have no internal strength.

    • Amaka

      July 10, 2017 at 6:16 pm

      I meant top Universities abroad . Auto correct issues. That is how they mocked Trump. Some people even lost their lives in Port Harcourt because of Trump who is currently in the White house. Children don’t understand the fact that life is truly deep and beyond the surface. Keep hating whilst some people move on. Your hatred affects you more because it lives in your heart 24hrs. You wake up and go to bed with it. The person you are hating is eating jollof rice. It took me years to understand the fact that jealousy and hatred are toxic to me. So continue mocking . Is it because wetin de for your body is shielded from the media. Better face it before it becomes public embarassment. Sidon there.

    • Rahama

      July 11, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      Every line of your comment drips with bile, jealousy, envy and hate. The truth is that the mocking and sneering you’ve been experiencing only exists in your head. You just feel inferior to Lekki people and wish you could afford to live there. How can people’s pictures on SM make you hate yourself so darn much? Petty Letty I pity your friends o. Haba do that’s how you’ll be envying the ones that are progressing and want to jazz them abi?

    • Joy

      July 12, 2017 at 10:33 am

      Inferiority complex is a real phenomenon. Deal with it before it deals with you.How do you know if you have it? When what people say about class affects you seriously. If you are happy with yourself and know why you live on the mainland even if 400 people mock you per day, you won’t bat an eyelid. External mockery aggravates internal mockery. When my little cousin’s travelled abroad, I felt inferior. Now we are all doing well by God’s grace and I feel stupid for ever feeling that way. Now, I expect other people to be happy for me. Inferiority complex also depicts hopelessness. You won’t always be in that position if you trust God and focus on proper actions. Do something about yourself instead of stressing about others. E.g. if you are the White man’s heart surgeon wetin he go do. A German family flew to see Ben Carson.

  10. john

    July 10, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    If Lekki and Victoria Island sneezes, thewhole of Lagos catches cold. If Lagos catches cold, Nigeria will be bedridden and our economy will suffer for it………….wtf…delusions at his best….let Niger delta militants hear this and you will know what economic suffering is

    • Xyzzzzzz

      July 10, 2017 at 11:08 pm

      John, if all the companies on the island close shop today, will you not be affected? Will thousands of people not lose their jobs? Let’s call a spade a spoon. If Lekki and VI sneezes the whole of Nigeria catches cold.

  11. bebe

    July 10, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Great Article!, was surprised to see sponsored comment at the end, but spot on. I wonder why the ridicule at those living in lekki. Its not all about money, there are also a lot of low-income earner here too

  12. Letty

    July 10, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Bellanaija continue restricting comments when they hit so close to home and are personal…very soon ppl will stop visiting this blog….nigerians have every right to fan the flames of class..people have decided if they dont live in lekki their lives are not complete….lekki has become a cesspool of shallowness, materialism and lasciviousness….the top one percent of nigerians live there and many who are vastly corrupt….some shallow people saying I don’t have any business with the mainland I’m a lekki gal or guy….nigerians with their money miss-road mentality ran to lekki without even thinking of its history reclaimed land with poor drainage…it has nothing to do with trash…nigerians have been throwing trash everywhere since 1900…it has everything to do with a slapped together community with little or no thought to it…look at festac town a master planned community that even though it is densely populated does not have this problem…look at other areas in the mainland with old school technology and engineering do they flood like this…quite alright the atmospheric changes have something to do with it but a minuscule amount….Lekki people love sticking it to other people and thumb their noses down if you don’t live in Lekki as if most people did not grow up on the mainland….

    Eko atlantic is next when they finish with that one that the ocean will help them swallow it up…

    Bellanaija stop filtering comments it is chidlish, juvenile and totally misguided…

    • anon

      July 10, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      Letty its okay, 2 comments……………… life isn’t that serious.
      Save up, one day you’ll be able to afford living on the island………. its like they hit a nerve with you.
      Why are you so bitter by the way ?
      Iv lived in VI since 1989, before and after marriage. Not as a thing of class but its the area I grew up in.
      I really see it as nothing and I don’t get all this island/mainland shit. My parents office was on the mainland, we enjoyed going, especially to go and buy suya afterwards in ikeja . Every holiday we went to my grandmas house in surulere and we enjoyed spending our holidays there.
      Everyone has a preference of where they wld like to live. I choose island, you choose mainland. its your choice.
      Some of us grew up here and its home to us, just like your own area is home to you.
      Its most mainland ppl that put up this island versus mainland shit.
      most of us don’t even think of it.

    • A.D.A.

      July 10, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      If you really believed comments were being deliberately filtered/not posted then would you really make a comment complaining about comment filtering? If comments are being filtered your comment about it would obviously be filtered too…

    • Ife Love

      July 10, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      Letty, Would you honestly rather commute 3 hours to and from the mainland/Island when living in Lekki will cut your commute time to 20 mins? I still don’t get this mainland vs island war? There’s no reason ever, to gloat about about someone else’s misfortune. I was flooded in on Saturday and at that point, it wasn’t funny. I used to commute roughly 4 hours to and from the mainland daily before I moved. My moving to the island was precipitated by my being robbed enroute work. Isn’t it wiser for me to stay where my commute time is max 10 minutes?
      My closest friends are on the mainland and I visit them frequently without the distance being a barrier so your analogy doesn’t quite make sense to me.

    • Zoe

      July 11, 2017 at 12:00 am

      Is it that your biggest problem with this country are Lekki people? This flood is a reminder as other issues are, of the kind of government we deal with. Instead of being bitter with how hardworking people have decided to spend their money, why don’t you get bitter with how the government is negligent of its people. Perhaps, if the government fixed the economy, the gap between the rich and the poor wouldn’t be so wide and the mainland can be safe, serene and secure like every other place for everyone to reside in. Channel this bitterness to the right thing…. dazall

  13. Mousee

    July 10, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    The person who wrote this lives in Lekki! Yes you made some solid valid points which I agree with, but about the jokes on Social Media by Mainlanders? Uncle/Aunty please rest it! They are what they are, jokes! I doubt that any of the people making those jokes will actually shut their doors to stranded Island folks, Its not that serious. I mean even my lekki friends were sending me the memes na!

    Secondly, have you heard the way some Lekki people describe mainland and its inhabitants? Put your ears to the ground brah!
    And those our airports you people claim are the only business you have with us? We go soon bar una from am..hahahahahahahaha now thats a joke. Live a little!

    Mainlanders kwenu!

  14. Tosin

    July 10, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Sponsored by?
    Thanks.

    Arguing that the flooding was temporary? You don see permanent flooding for your life before?

  15. bolintin

    July 10, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Does Uche live in VI or Lekki ni? Why is this article so emotion laden
    .
    Anywayz I agree it was wrong for anyone to have turned it into the Island/mainland competition and it actually made headline because it happened on the Island ds time around.

    Go and check all dem iyana ipaje, itire, akowonjo, agbado, ikorodu I am sure they will be worse. and its just because, try as Lagos is trying, there is still so much work to do.

    • Bolinton ha

      July 11, 2017 at 10:32 am

      Who told you Iyana Ipaja is flooded? that one na lie oh , na aboru and Akowonjo Yes but not Iyana Ipaja.

  16. Ekene

    July 10, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Most cars that were almost drowned in that flood will never function again. If people were informed earlier and advise to move their vehicles like it is done in advance country since that is the yardstick for this article. So much billions won’t be lost.

  17. Moniker

    July 10, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Everything in this country finds a way of going comical.
    People can make fun of who they want, comic relief if you ask me. The best Islanders can do is ignore them. The moment you giv’em something to say they would pounce on it.
    Government ought to do more on all fronts.

  18. Rubby

    July 10, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    People r always catching feelings…speaking unnecessary English… “how did we get to this” blah blah blah, they say it’s it’s competition, they say it’s mockery…u guys would die from catching feelings before your time for nothing, get a grip Pls, people must always make jest of something at least all of us come from families,whilst growing up, if u fall some would laff and tell u sorry, some wld tell u sorry and then laff…dis long grammar wou never stop the jokes, if the flood takes place tomorrow people would still, make jokes,it dosent mean they are insensitive or have inferiority complex it is just what it is… When we had 24 hour light people made jokes, when there’s no light people make jokes, when there’s no rain, people make jokes, when there’s too much rain people make jokes.. Bottom line is that the government should appropriate more spending and we need strategy for lasting solutions to the drainage problem on both the mainland and island bcos believe it or leave it, it’s more than people dumping refuse, they dump refuse indiscriminately on the mainland too, so the issues r much more than that if I may say so myself.. #stopcathingfeelingsunnecessarily.

  19. Random

    July 10, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    “…everything is back to normal” Not true. Not for most people. Property destroyed. The structural integrity of several buildings is now questionable.

    Shoddy journalism,sponsored or not.

    If you like don’t post my comment. I will keep saying it, BN polish your journalism.

  20. nene

    July 10, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    “If Lekki and Victoria Island sneezes, the whole of Lagos catches cold”. What?

    • Ife Love

      July 10, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      Ishe probably didn’t mean it literally. I’m sure what she meant by that is that a lot of businesses are Located(or at least have a head office/ branch) on the Island. It might not shut down the economy but it will create a big dent on it. I may be wrong though

  21. kkay

    July 10, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    I am absolutely disappointed with the writer and sponsor of this ‘shallow* article!
    You pretend not to know what the real problem with Nigeria is? Poor standards!!! No legislation! No deliberate public enlightnment! No enforcement! No urban planning! Inadequate infrastructure.
    Just so you know, I am one of those that cannot live in Lekki – no cloud cover, no trees so, in dry the heat of the sun is KILLING!
    No good road network between the settlements you call whatever fancy names.
    Can’t you see what they are doing to Ikoyi? Cutting all the precious trees and building highrise! You love to copy ‘Oyinbo’, copy their common sense!!
    You are here talking about class war.

    Lekki for me is a high turnover and fast investment opportunity in real estate to make money from those who like the ‘hype’.
    Better go get your ‘canoe’ against next year because – flooding ain’t going nowhere!

    • kkay

      July 10, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      in dry *season*

  22. Weezy

    July 10, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Hmm, this article is a tad too defensive.

  23. Sisi

    July 10, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    I am curious Bella dear – who sponsored this post?

    • K

      July 11, 2017 at 11:52 am

      *in Jennifa’s voince* Is Island pepus nah

  24. ***

    July 10, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    I hope this is not received the wrong way but you need to see the way ajah and epe people were forming ‘offended’ in my office today…lol… hey hey **claps hands**
    Everybody wan belong sha…make urna leave matter abeg… island people dey shade mainland people once once too

  25. swagg1

    July 10, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    It is only in Nigeria, you find so called elite aka looters residing in a slum without infrastructure services., no good roads, no good water, no stable electricity , no good security , no drainages, flood galore, gator, fish, crabs at work when it rains. Is this the mess you all paid for??
    Please continue residing on the island for you guys deserve every freaking headache that goes with that fake lifestyle. .God help you all if Tsunami strikes, your behind would all get washed into the Atlantic ocean. Bush people wanting to live a fake posh life syle without making provision or understanding the concept of good living by provding a solid infrastucture. Morons at work.

  26. Toluwalope

    July 10, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Nonsense article. Justifying the occurrence of a self inflicted environmental disaster where properties worth millions of dollars are destroyed is devoid of sense. The environmental upset created by the Eko Atlantic City and other poorly planned infrastructural projects coupled with purely designed/maintained drainage systems are the major causes of this issue.

  27. Laila

    July 10, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    It is SPONSORED content. meaning someone paid for it?
    meaning LASG is trying to change it up on you guys, yet you’re nodding along with the article.

    Govt failed, lets admit it.
    Bad planning laws, supervision, inadequate drananges and improper construction.
    smh

  28. tunmi

    July 11, 2017 at 2:52 am

    So who sponsored this?

  29. lolarae

    July 11, 2017 at 4:03 am

    Uncle IF LAGOS SHUTS DOWN EVERYONE WILL SUFFER
    NIGER DELTA AND SW ARE THE POWERHOUSE OF NIGERIA
    ND PRODUCES OIL
    SW PRODUCES ECONOMIC ACTIVIITES
    IF YORUBAS SHUT DOWN APAPA PORT
    NIGERIA WILL BLEED
    IF WE SHUT DOWN LAGOS IBADAN EXPRESS WAY
    NIGERIA WILL BLEED
    IF WE SHUT DOWN ALL BANKS
    NIGERIA WILL BLEED
    IF WE SHUT THE AIRPORT
    NIGERIA WILL BLEED

    • Xyzzzzzz

      July 11, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      God bless you for this. Most people on this thread seem to quickly forget how important Lagos is. Not to only Nigeria, but to the whole of Africa

    • kkay

      July 11, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      @ loloarae, this type of reasoning is pitiful. Inciting statements like this are what ‘some’ people live for. Such ramnlings won’t make the flood disappear or provide infrastructure.

      Wake up!
      SHUT DOWN LAGOS and other cities would THRIVE.
      SHUT DOWN Apapa Port and Calabar, Port Harcourt, Onne and Delta Ports in SOUTH-SOUTH would totally TAKE OVER.
      SHUT DOWN Lagos-Ibadan Express Way and SHUT LAGOS STATE off from MIDDLE BELT food supply, grains and meat from the NORTH and commerce from the SOUTH-EAST. I guess you are willing to die of hunger drinking LAGOON WATER.
      SHUT DOWN MMIA and International airports in other States would BOOM – including tourism.

      You shut down which banks? Zenith, UBA, Diamond, Stanbic, Fidelity, Jaiz, Unity are certainly not owned by Lagos State.

      SHUT DOWN Lagos and watch TINAPA TAKE OFF.
      Then watch LAGOS shrivel up like a sun-scorched fruit.
      You conveniently forgot that it is the activities of other Nigerians that make Lagos thrive.

      You should be questioning the corrupt leaders who brought this Giant of Africa to her knees – no, grovelling facedown in the mud of deprivation.

      Please, DUMP this PROVINCIAL REASONING and LOCAL CHAMPION attitude. It’s high time we made our leaders accountable so Nigeria can CATCH UP with the developed world.

    • ??????????

      July 11, 2017 at 5:17 pm

      I hope you read your comment again and see if you make sense. “IF YORUBAS SHUT DOWN APAPA PORT
      NIGERIA WILL BLEED . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ”
      Seriously??? Didn’t know Yoruba’s owned all what you mentioned. Actually, I hope it happens and you will see that other ports that have been sabotaged will be made to work. And the banks? Hian. . . . You want us to start on the regional issues?

  30. kkay

    July 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    *ramblings*

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