Oil spills in Louisiana? I could give a f**k less… I really could care less. I haven’t even bothered to keep track. I haven’t even bothered to hear what Obama is doing… or what BP is promising to the residents of Louisiana. Why should I care anyways? It’s the same thing that has happened in the Niger Delta region in Nigeria for the past 35 years, so why should I now get all amped up for less than 60 days of an oil spill in the America… Abeg make I hear word jare.
It’s a double standard that is playing out right in front of our eyes. Every year, millions of residents in the Niger Delta lose their source of livelihood, and means of feeding due to some oil spill or another, and no one says much. But when the militants show up, the CNNs, and BBCs are jumping all over the story. Have people even cared to think why the militants even started doing all the craziness they are doing?
Day 7 of oil spill in the Louisiana, and man no go hear word again. Everywhere you turn, oil spill this, and oil spill that. Please… I’m not bothered.
At the end of the day however, one has to look at things realistically. CNN is not going to bother to speak up for us if we don’t even care to speak up for ourselves. Why should BP care about Oil Spills in Nigeria if the President turns a blind eye to the crisis. If you don’t make strict regulations for Oil Companies in your country, then they’ll continue doing their dirty business and settle who they need to, and clean mouth. After all, it’s cheaper for them to settle a few officials than to endure a whole clean-up process.
Bottom line is the Nigerian Government does not care about it’s citizens. Kpom!!! The American Government does. And that’s why in America it is broadcast-ed all over, and Obama is doing everything in his power to make sure the residents of the affected region are compensated as much as possible and their pain is alleviated. In Nigeria however, our leaders are looking for what song to ban, or which football team to suspend, and getting 200% of basic salary on hardship allowance. Sickening.
Below is a video from Christian Purefoy covering the Oil Spill in the Niger Delta region, and although it’s good exposure for us, just like a friend of mine said, I feel it’s just another way to attack BP, Shell and other Oil companies. In his words, using, Tragedy to promote Propaganda.
PS: This wasn’t supposed to be this long at all…lol.