I did not for the life of me think I would ever have cause to ride on an okada again. I resolved almost ten years ago to have absolutely nothing to do again with the contraption. I was on my way to the Lagos airport from Apapa to catch a 5pm flight to Abuja that fateful Thursday afternoon sometimes in November 2007. I had a meeting at 8pm in Abuja. We left Apapa at about 3pm hoping to be at the airport in an hour, leaving enough time for check-in formalities and the rest.
The problem with the so-called buy Made-In-Nigeria campaign is that it is neither rooted in policies nor in patriotic fervour. Its mediatized and reactionary slant, as evidenced by the stage-managed titivation of Aba-made shoes and clothes by a couple of VIPs, makes its collapse like a bunch of badly stacked firewood inevitable. The campaign, which is already choking on fundamental flaws, is nothing more than a showpiece; the type gullible citizens are wont to fall for.
Are all men created equal? Perhaps, but all men are not equal.
When the job of Pastor Adeboye and a handful of other big men of God was on the line, government took immediate action but for more than two years, over 500,000 jobs have been on the line in the maritime sector without as much as an expression of concern from the same government, which rode to power on the wings of the masses.