May the soul of the departed rest in peace, only God knows why he called them, that fateful day through ADC airline. It is so interesting to see the Nigerian Government in action when disaster occurs and takes the life of higher ranking officials or their friends and family. To the extent that the Aviation minister’s job was sacrificed to appease friends and relatives of the higher ups who lost love ones. I wish to pose the following questions to our Dear President:
If Maccido and others had died on our roads, what would have been the course of action from the Federal government? Who would have been held responsible? Would the Federal Government’s response have been as comparable, i.e., would the Minister of Works and the Minister of Transportation be dismissed and replaced with a competent new Minister such as Minister Fani-Kayode?
Further, would the Federal Government’s response have been as drastic as the suspending of five airlines’ operating licenses, e.g., suspending and investigating every company/contractor responsible for the road construction/repairs?
I wish to see someone held accountable for unaccomplished road construction and repairs that have claimed the lives of many, many, many Nigerians…specifically the so called federal roads (Lagos-Ore-Benin death trap ),
Imagine all those lives lost in vehicular catastrophe, why hasn’t’ any action been taken to fix the Lagos-Ore-Benin death trap road or to terminate a Minister’s job for being inattentive to the cry of families that have lost love ones on this death trap called road. Considering all those killed on this road, it is shameful that the Nigerian government neglects the lives of hundreds of thousands of ordinary citizens who travel that road on a daily basis.
Dear Mr. President, you took swift action against the Aviation Minster, Professor Babalola Borisade and the airline as a result of the Maccido tragedy. I ask that you please apply the same standards to the Ministers of Works and Transportation and the companies/contractors responsible for the road construction/repairs.
Remember no one lives forever Mr. President, and you have the opportunity to leave a good legacy wherein people will speak well of you when you are long gone, if you take action and simply fix the Lagos-Ore-Benin road.
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Emmanuel Ukpe Silver Spring, MD, U.S.A January 08, 2010
Save Nigeria from disintegration
Nigeria is a beautiful country with well read people all over. How can a few numbers of people manipulate the system, interpreting the constitution for their selfish interest at the detriment of Nigeria?
Why the educated, the statesmen, the free-thinking and the military simply kept quiet is beyond my understanding. With the leadership vacuum in Nigeria and Alâ€™ Qaeda operatives penetrating Nigeria, I believe at this point that Nigeria needs a leader with integrity and a sense of direction. (Civilized world supports this positionâ€¦ integrity and a sense of direction, that is.)
An impeachment proceeding should be on the table right about now or better yet, a temporary military intervention to thwart the growing Al-Qaeda network in Nigeria. Fellow citizens, for the love of Nigeria, please wake up; collectively, we can rescue Nigeria from a clueless leader and his self-centered advisers.
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