Following the ongoing #ENDSARS protests happening in Nigeria, singer and songwriter Simi Kosoko has taken to her Twitter to rant about the failed system of governance in Nigeria. From talking about how Nigeria is perceived and even the generalisation of Africa by the Westerners, to bribery and corruption and even the impunity , Simi has refused to be silent.
“When you think about Nigeria, you get mad. So much potential for growth. I hate it when ignorant people think of Africa and believe we’re all malnourished children that need saving from the West or that we’re all like Tarzan. But the ball is in our court. Always has been”
The Duduke crooner talks of the older generation always demanding respects but have done absolutely nothing to making sure that they earn the respect they so much desire, and what’s worse ? They do not have respect for the lives of Nigerians.
They wanna die on “call me uncle” and “am I your mate”. You’ve not earned our respect though. It’s not enough that you’re old(er). You don’t respect us and our lives. So ditto.”
Speaking specifically to those in power, Simi has advised those that were elected to power by the people, to leave if they see that they are incapable of doing their jobs appropriately. In her words,
”You begged people to vote for u and then you looked away. Anything you accept for the Nigerian people should be something you would also accept for yourself and your children. That’s what a true leader is. And if you cannot do the job, get the fuck! #EndBadGoveranceInNigeria
The Impunity is disgusting. People will continue to do whatever you let them get away with. Even if these damn leaders don’t have conscience, don’t they have sense? Rubbish! #EndBadGoveranceInNigeria
Every year new budget. Billions allocated to things that never get done!
Only wickedness will make u see ur people suffering like this and u can still sleep at night. If u cannot do the job, GET THE FUCK!
Budget money for the same road 20 times. Doctors doing surgery in Govt hospitals with phone torchlight. Many SS3 students in public schools can’t even speak one correct sentence in English. Cos u can do check up in London? Cos ur children are schooling in New York? U’re wicked!”
Speaking on bribery and corruption, Simi highlights some sectors where it is almost impossible for them to render their services without receiving something in return.
“Nigerians are so used to suffering now that they think it’s normal. If you don’t have money to “give someone” to get what you actually deserve, there’s almost no chance for progress. Bribe is not even bribe, it’s just survival.
To get treatment in hospital, oga bring somtin
You enter airport, madam bring somtin
To get out of jail for a crime you didn’t commit, brother bring somtin
To get admission you already earned when you passed the damn exam, sister bring somtin
A disgrace! #EndBadGoveranceInNigeria”
Everyday innocent people are dying. The disregard and lack of value for human life is astounding. You won’t even acknowledge them? Because u don’t know them? Because the tears of their mothers and fathers don’t matter to u? U’re wicked. History and posterity will judge u harshly!
To think that there are tons and tons more stories of the Nigerian Police attacking people than there are of them actually protecting people. God save us. #EndSARS #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigera” She says