Thank God for social media, that’s how I’ll start this post. Before social media, stories like this went untold, and even if they were told, it was by word of mouth, and by the time you heard, it was only a version of it you heard, and not necessarily the true version. But with media outlets like YouTube, well, seeing is believing.
The gist of this post is that Governor Oshiomhole of Edo State told a widow to go and die because she dared to block the road during a sanitation inspection in Benin City. Yes, where the woman set up her business was not convenient. I mean, from the video, she was literally on the road, which can cause a motorist to have an accident and hurt her and other people. But this is Nigeria, and all things are never equal.
I typed the above paragraphs since Friday, and I never got the chance to finish the post and put it up. Since then, the story has changed. The Governor has since apologized, given the widow N2 million, offered her a job, and even sipped tea with her.
I was going to type up this long serious post where I would condemn the actions of the Governor and demand that apologizes to the widow with immediate effect! But this apology and tea-sipping thing has discombobulated me, so I still have some thoughts on the issue, but they are a little different from what they would have been. That’s what I get for not finishing my post sooner.
1. Where will the Governor be for the next sanitation? I’m just asking for a friend.
2. What kind and flavor of tea were they sipping? This is important information.
3. Was it even tea? Maybe it was coffee? Or hot chocolate? Or a malt beverage like Horlicks?
4. What else can one do to piss the Governor off and make him say something out of anger?
5. Are there any other Governors in Nigeria that may have the kind of temper tantrum that Governor Oshiomhole has? Again, I’m just asking for my friend.
Seriously though, this woman literally went from a broke widow to a millionaire … and she did it all in about 24 hours.This is one of those feel-good stories that restore your faith in humanity. Yes, even the Nigerian society. One thing I have learned about Americans is that they love the under dog, and they love stories of people with happy endings.There have been so many stories like this one here in America, but hearing it from my own Nigeria, I am so very, very happy for this woman. If she’s a typical Nigerian like I imagine she is, I can only imagine the kind of prayers and thanksgiving she’ll be giving.
Stories like this make me appreciate the power of God. How can a person go from being a broke street hawker to a millionaire? Not to worry, this, too will be my testimony. I may not be a street hawker, but I will have a strange overnight success.