By Emevwo Biakolo
Actually, they are already here. In fact they’ve been here for a while. First in tiny whiffs of movement when Dr. Jonathan’s mickey mousy handling of Boko Haram allowed whole swaths of villages in the north east to be overrun by these make-believe soldiers of Allah. And then when the Potentate of Ineptitude and Mental Paralysis (PIMP) took over Aso Rock in 2015, the sand storm began. Now in Lagos, all but a handful of the fruits and veges sellers are from the north; virtually all the security guards too; two-thirds of the okada riders and the keke napep drivers also. What about the itinerant barbers and tailors? We won’t talk of the butchers, no we won’t. That is too uncomfortably close to the matter of the terrorists who double as herdsmen.
But the northerners are up scaling. They are moving from these lowly trades to more elite realms. Now if you want an admin officer or a receptionist (actually they have a new name: Front Office Executive, ah!) your bet is, he/she is an internal immigrant from Taraba or somewhere like that. And the reason is simple: they are quite prepared to accept rock bottom pay where the southerners will not. The other day we wanted to hire a Front Office Youknowwho for our health NGO. And we offered the princely sum of N50K to this southern female person. She not only rejected it scornfully, declaring that she won’t touch anything less than N100k, she even rained curses on us for devaluation of human labor. Anyway, we are still in search of an occupant for this position. As well as for that of a Media and Communication Officer. Dear Friends, with the presumed permission of fb, you can send in cvs to me, provided the pecuniary aspirations are modest.
More seriously though, if we do not deal with the crisis in the north, with the terrible governance going on in nearly all the northern states, with the massive security problems there, we shall be truly overrun in Lagos. A human catastrophe is developing in northern Nigeria. And if we do not do something about it now, we will live to regret it in the years to come. And the first step towards getting a solution is to get rid of this PIMP who has held our country hostage for three years.
Professor Emevwo Biakolo is a Professor Of Communication at the School of Media and Communication of Pan Atlantic University.
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