by Charles Novia
There are a few things about Nigerians, especially people living in Lagos and a few other urban cities, which are shocking and scary.
And today, it just clicked to me why many Nigerians love to hate Jonathan, who never did them no harm except to serve his country the best way he could and got pilloried for it.
In this day and age, people living in Lagos especially would kill RATS in their houses and after killing such rats…. wait for it… would throw the dead bodies of such poor rodents on the streets where they live! What?
It’s as if those kind of people want to show the world that they have the propensity to kill.
It’s not so much the public display of inhumanity which irks me but the follow up to that action. Another set of Nigerians would drive their cars and totally flatten the dead bodies of such rats to the tarred streets.
But that’s not all.
In a matter of hours, the decomposing bodies of the rats start to smell terribly and everyone turns up their noses and spit or walk past as if it’s none of their business. They ignore the health hazards and stuff and just spit and walk away. Even the idiots who killed the rats in their own flats nearby would join others in wrinkling noses when they walk past the scene of their murderous actions.
Here’s the clincher; those same people who murdered the rats would be the first to insult and abuse the government and shout “corruption”, at the slightest chance.
Can you imagine? What is more corrupt than killing a rodent and displaying it’s carcass for the world to see?
These are some of the reasons I sympathise with Jonathan. How can you ever please rat killers? And they live in the cities too.
Common sense says if you kill a rat, dig up a hole and bury it. But no! These kind of people won’t.
Charles Novia is an award-winning filmmaker. He is founder of November Productions and November Records. Connect with him on Facebook.
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