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Runtown Addresses Newly-Elected Public Officers in Op-Ed for The Guardian Nigeria

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Runtown, in an op-ed for The Guardian Nigeria, addressed newly-elected public office holders about the state of affairs in Nigeria and the responsibility that rests on them to make the country conducive for young Nigerians.

In the article titled “Newly Elected Leaders Have An Urgent Task To Avert a Looming National Catastrophe,” the singer explained that the continuous case of police brutality and poor infrastructure puts Nigeria at risk of destruction.

Not The Time For Political Funfair

Ppoor infrastructure, low opportunities and a broken security system has caused Nigeria to become a dangerous clime and as a result, newly-elected leaders should step into the office with the realisation that this poses an enormous degree of responsibility on them.

Imperative for Incoming leaders, both elected and appointed, to note is that there is a hanging duty to deflate the rising tension that stems from police brutality and an urgent need to make Nigeria liveable for the youth,” he says.

The Nigerian Dream is Now to Leave Nigeria

“As it appears, saving up enough money to exit the country has now become the Nigerian dream. It has been said that the country loses a worrisome number of doctors to the UK, US and Canada every year and worse is that the Nigerian healthcare system is in dire need of doctors,” he says.

He continued: “I think about Tanitoluwa Adewunmi, the 10-year-old Nigerian boy who recently became a chess champion in the US after fleeing Nigeria with his parents over terrorist attacks by Boko Haram in the north. What would have been his fate had his parents not sought asylum in the US?”

On SARS and Police Brutality

“My heart has recently been replete with rumblings as a result of fear. Fear for my safety and perhaps more intense, the fear of losing a loved one to what has now become an unceasing demonstration of negligence by some officers of the Nigerian Police Force.

Lucky me, I belong in the class of people who can sometimes afford special security. But it is puzzling that these days, we are pushed to sometimes hire men of the force to serve as security and protection against fellow officers.”

Crime Exists In Nigeria, But Officers Must Work with Intelligence

“It is true that the country isn’t free of offenders. Agreeably, Internet-based crime is at an all-time high. But very needful to note is that legitimately conducted internet-based businesses are also at an all-time high,” Runtown wrote.

Furthermore, he says: “Given the reality of today’s digital-driven world, law enforcement agencies must begin to deploy intelligence-driven tactics to carry out just and effective policing. Criminal detection should not be conducted solely based on a person’s appearance. Innocent young Nigerians should not be harassed, brutalised or worse, murdered over unimaginable reasons like owning a fancy smartphone or wearing an exotic hair-do.”

Government Must Act Quickly, Nigerians are Being Pushed to the Wall

Runtown says: “I manage to tell myself every day that the activities around the recently-concluded general elections is perhaps responsible for swaying the attention of the government because her silence amid the outcry of Nigerians has been very loud. The people are being pushed to the wall and choked against it. There is an urgent need to curb this menace before we find ourselves in an avoidable national catastrophe.”

The singer ended his op-ed with words of hope, urging Nigerians to keep faith in the country.

“Although my spirit is enraged, my message isn’t that of outrage, it is one of faith. This is not an easy call, but I admonish everyone to choose hope because I know that the alternative is one that will leave us all in disarray,” he says.

He concluded: “In truth, my faith is shaky, but I look forward to a time when the sight of an armed officer will no longer inspire fear. A time when Nigeria will no longer lose its human assets and forward thinkers to other countries as a result of low pay, lack of infrastructure and general neglect. A time when elected leaders will begin to uphold integrity and deploy empathy.”

Read the rest of the piece on The Guardian Nigeria.

2 Comments

  1. Ben Stiller

    May 14, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Amazing Eloquence. Big up Soundgod

  2. by_stander

    May 14, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Well i hope the Lawyers and Accountants are listening.

    I however doubt they will be willing to change their ways of rent-seeking now, especially since their professions are all obsolete and they have failed to improve it over time because it was easier for them to enslave their fellow human beings.

    I like Runtown’s message, its the layman’s view of the world and how he thinks the world works.

    But in reality every single thing that is listed as negative in this country is a direct cause of infringing on the inalienable rights of human beings.

    It has been institutionalized for purpose of rent-seeking and financial benefit of Lawyers and Accountants…the evidence is very clearly written into our laws.

    They know exactly what they are doing, its not a mistake , fluke or act of God.

    They may however bait you to believe otherwise and throw distractions into the mix.

    You know this because in the medial/health industry the moment there is an outbreak its on the news all medical professional are talking and giving advice.

    in the legal industry however, i have never heard an open discussion on how we have rent-seeking laws that infringe on our unalienable rights, meanwhile these laws are live and stagnating the nation for decades now. the lawyers and accountants that benefit from it are silent on it as if they are not aware of what is going on.

    The moment every single Nigerian understands his/her inalienable rights including right to earn a living, the moment you stop voting for, electing Lawyers and Accountants in to any positions of authority.

    The sooner you set up panels of professionals from all walks of life to investigate the rent-seeking pyramid scheme institutionalized by Lawyers and Accountants and how this affects the life of every single Nigerian, the sooner you regain control of your country from those who’s only sole purpose for existing is to enslave you for their own financial benefit.

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