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Runtown decries the state of Nigeria in new essay

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Runtown decries the state of Nigeria in new essay

While many fans await his EP, Runtown has shown a side very few people knew he could. In an essay which appears at the Guardian Nigeria, the Afrofusion artiste wrote at length about the pitiful state of the nation and its institutions and structures.

Here are excerpts from the essay

1. Imperative for incoming leaders, both elected and appointed, to note is that there is a hanging duty to deflate the rising tension that stems from police brutality and an urgent need to make Nigeria livable for the youth. As it appears, saving up enough money to exit the country has now become the Nigerian dream.  

2. This harrowing loss of bright thinkers and skilled individuals transcends the medical world. I think about Tanitoluwa Adewunmi, the 10-year-old Nigerian boy who recently became a chess champion in the US after fleeing Nigeria with his parents over terrorist attacks by Boko Haram in the north. What would have been his fate had his parents not sought asylum in the US? 

3. In truth, my faith is shaky, but I look forward to a time when the sight of an armed officer will no longer inspire fear. A time when Nigeria will no longer lose its human assets and forward thinkers to other countries as a result of low pay, lack of infrastructure and general neglect. A time when elected leaders will uphold the integrity and deploy empathy. 

 

Read full essay here

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