Based on world statistics I’ve learnt that there are about 7.5 billion of people, in which my family members and Nigerians are included. Among this huge number of people in the world, the poor masses who made the larger part of the population have suffered a lot from those who are supposed to be protecting them.
In my family we choose not to be violators nor overambitious of any ephemeral material or positions rather, we live a low key life style with hope of better and greater future. We believed that someday, sometime with hope and hardworking, the day will be bright but today the reverse be the case.
All our expectations, and hope have crumbled by leaders who are supposed to provide, protect and promote people’s wellbeing.My father’s worked and retired after 35 years meritorious services as railway worker , he managed to erect 12room apartment at Makoko Temidire community in Lagos Mainland, my mother’s long time efforts as a food vendor at Otumara-Ilaje community could only amount to her getting some shops while we the children combined resources, after managing to excel in our academic pursuit, to put up 20 room apartment at an informal settlement at Otto/Ilogbo Extention Community.
The communities was demolished with just a 24 hour notice of abatement of nuisance from agencies of the state and local government;though they make an oath to respect rule of law and in which earlier they accepts the fact that there are deficits in housing supplies .This same government that failed to provide mass housing schemes for the masses but could be proactive in pulling down hard earn structures of downtrodden vulnerable marginalized masses without alternative or compensation.
May I ask? How can we separate a snail from its shell and expect the snail to survive? Force eviction is killing, it’s evil, it kills faster, and could cause life time psychological trauma, it shatters hope and split the family.
Let everyone, the lawyers, accountants, Doctors, Engineers, rights defenders and stakeholders join the voice; that all human beings need adequate homes and shelter. Unity must be our strengths,
I say shelter is a must for all human