Naija for life – hailings! Always first of the list and top of the class in uselessness, iranu and abasha. Recently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) expressed serious concern over the dramatic acceleration of wild poliovirus type 1 (polio) cases in Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Yes, my people. In 2019, polio, a completely preventable disease continues to hold Nigeria in its grip, with more cases being recorded of children contracting the disease.
On 25 September 2015, the WHO declared that Nigeria was no longer considered endemic for wild polio virus, with no reported case of wild polio virus having been reported since 24 July 2014. However, like a bad penny, it returned, with cases of poliovirus type 2 being reported in 2016.
It is inconceivable that this is still allowed to continue. A vaccine, given at childhood, costing very little, could stem this spread and completely wipe out this deforming illness for good. A couple generations, and polio would be a forgotten issue, but no, that would be too much to ask. Those funds are probably stashed under Ganduje’s agbada, in some emir’s turban or in a Swiss account somewhere.
Zelenskiy, Ukraine’s newly elected president said, “I really do not want my pictures in your offices, for the president is not an icon or an idol. Hang your children’s photos instead, and look at them each time you are making a decision.”
Another wise old saying goes, “A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit.”
Not us. Not Nigerians. We take from our children, we force them into penury and disability that we might ingest to excess; corpulent, greedy, avaricious to the core. We take from the earth, rid it of all that it gives and replace nutrients with waste and desolation. We live for today and damn our children’s tomorrow. And we do it all while driving fast cars, wearing heavy fabric and travelling abroad.
We will be alright las las. Our children won’t, but who cares about them, right?
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