the symptoms of a nation's negligence

the symptoms of a nation's negligence

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Since: Oct 13

Oron, Akwa Ibom

#1 Oct 8, 2013
The nation woke up to the tragic news of the crash of AAE aircraft 120 within three minutes of take-off at the Ikeja Airport, Lagos in the morning of Thursday, the 3rd of October, 2013. The tragedy occurred a year after the nation recorded its worst air accident with the crash of a DANA aircraft. Amidst the tears, anguish and gnashing of teeth, the salient issues behind this national calamity are threatened with burial under a deluge of tears, a cacophony of grieving and clamorous voices.
But the real issue is that the crash is just the latest in a chain of events symptomatic of a myriad of underlying illnesses which a nation deadened and stultified by continual denial, abnegation and juxtaposition of truth versus falsehood have overtime neglected or been “blissful” ignorant of in brief interregnums of relative “peace” in our airspace. Statistics show that over the last twenty one years there has been a worrisome number of air disasters which ordinarily should have woken up a nation from its slumber and stupefying somnambulism but alas this is Nigeria, a country where popular apathy marries official corruption and ineptitude to produce a pregnancy of ominous catastrophes. And from time to time we are called upon to view the gory details of a labour room disaster where the delivered child destroys both the medical personnel and the physical structure of the hospital.
Indeed, this piece of writing may go unnoticed as countless millions before have gone but I feel compelled by the prickly needles of conscience to cry out like the proverbial preacher to those who may care to listen, for who knows? Maybe, just maybe, the winds will carry it and the birds may whisper it in the hearts and conscience of those tin-gods on whose precarious shoulders the fragile destiny of this nation hangs. In 1992 there was a crash in the swampy waters in Lagos which claimed the lives of almost fifty of Nigeria’s finest military officers. A few years later during the Abacha regime, there was another which claimed not only the life of the first son of the then Military Head of State, but also that of about two hundred other passengers. In 2002 there was yet another crash that claimed the life of the then Sports Minister, Ishaya Mark Aku as well as about a hundred others. We can go on and on counting the unwelcome, unwholesome and sinister statistics of the macabre loss of some of Nigeria’s finest men and women. The question on the mind of every right-thinking Nigerian is “When will we act decisively to put an end to this unnecessary tragedy and carriage in our skies?”
It is needless to ask the corollary,“How safe is our airspace?” For that would amount to putting forward a rhetorical question.
The real issue is that Nigeria by her classical and well-documented apathy, dereliction and corruption has created a Siamese monster – Failure to understand the nature of the Aviation business and the erosive encroaching effect of official corruption on the Aviation Industry.

There is no omen more classical of Nigeria’s failure to understand the nature of this industry than the failure of the erstwhile national carriers-The Nigerian Airways. Nigeria summarily made an open show of her crass incompetence, reprehensible disinclination and innate backwardness when the Nigeria Airways went down the path of utter dilapidation. To add insult to injury, we had to ask the South Africans to help us revive our moribund national carriers. What opprobrium! What a gruesome exposure of the ignominy and shame of a nation!

In effect, the Aviation Industry is more the El-Classico of the Machiavellian dog-eat-dog reptilian order of the pre-historic times.
PDX Dave

Portland, OR

#2 Oct 8, 2013
Yeah! What he said.

Surulere, Nigeria

#3 Oct 8, 2013
Yea! Ofcourse, that's the truth of the matter
Adisa Azeez


#4 Oct 10, 2013
You are right considering the recent happenings in key sectors of the economy, the Asuu lingering strike which is now over 100 days old as well as that of the resident doctors, etc. The problems of the Nigerian aviation industry is just one of many problems that have been persistent over the year. Only the Almighty can help solve them. Good write up sir, keep up
Moses evelyn

United States

#5 Oct 12, 2013
Dats d fact and truth to be,nice write up sir keep it up
Chidera umunnakwe

United States

#6 Oct 16, 2013
Thumps ups sir,nice article ,giving to the fact that the aviation industry would heed and adhere to your advices.
Ekene Ndianefo

Ashburn, VA

#7 Oct 18, 2013
I'm sure our higher echerons would spend millions constructing toll gate in the sky if it would fetch something to soothe their selfish desires.. But then, who would save the poor?
Alaine Oluchi


#8 Oct 30, 2014
That's the truth, ride on sir.

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