Surviving Yet Another Day.

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There is a Yoruba adage that says "Eni ija ko de ba, lon pe ara e lokunrin" and it means, "A man who hasn't experienced a real fight will always brag to be a man".

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I have seen people brag about being fearless and it only makes me laugh. A lot of people do not like to admit the feeling because they don't want to be looked down on but deep down, it's the other way around. Being a Lagosian has exposed me to a lot of terrible situations and being alive today is a great privilege for me.

My experience as a kid instilled some fear in me and also upgraded my survival instinct. I was in nursery school when I first experienced what a broad daylight robbery means which claimed a lot of lives that year in Abule Egba, Lagos. Then, I attended Evaton Nursery and Primary School. After the robbers were caught, we had to pass through burning bikes and dead bodies which made us shiver as little as we are and somehow, that memory wouldn't just leave my head. Our house was robbed after that time and a police officer who lived in our compound lost his life. My heart raced seeing men with guns as if we were at war and couldn't stop crying when they took my dad out because he didn't have anything to give to them. We moved to the Agbado axis in the early 2000 after the Ikeja cantonment bomb incident and the community we lived in experienced a Fulani attack because vigilantes killed one of them while trying to break into someone's house.

We fled the community and it was really a bloody fight before peace was restored. All these experiences made me realize earlier that the world is not a safe place to be and I am always very conscious of things happening around me. Staying alert helped me survive some thug attack when I went for my voter card registration almost a decade ago.

We were in the queue when I noticed some guys entering the school premises where the registration was going. They were thugs and knew they weren't there for peace. I told the person standing behind me that I wanted to get something outside and wasn't out of the gate before someone shot in the air.

A few of us were able to get out while some were trapped inside, the police came around but the thugs had injured people and damaged the INEC tools.

Some years ago, I was returning from work when I alighted at a popular bus stop called Ilepo Oja. It is a huge and busy market but immediately I got there, I knew something wasn't right. The market was quiet and shops were locked which was very unusual.

I knew something happened but there was no sign of trouble so I entered the market road since I was going to board a tricycle at the end of it. I was already halfway through the market when I saw some men charging with guns and cutlasses. I turned back immediately but it wasn't an option because some of them had gathered there as well.

In the twinkle of an eye, the atmosphere changed and I had to hide somewhere but couldn't stay for long because they started shooting. Leaving that premises was the only way to prevent myself from stray bullets and immediately I got out of my hiding, a woman with two little girls came out of nowhere begging me to help her carry one of the girls.

It would slow me down but my conscience would haunt me if I didn't help. I collected one of the girls and the bag she was carrying. We walked as fast as we could until we got to a school where the security let us in. We were there for a few minutes but had to leave, it wouldn't make sense for these guys to enter the school and just kill everyone. I wasn't sure that would happen but from experience, nowhere is until you are completely out of that place.

We kept moving until we found a tricycle that was also fleeing, the rider helped us out of the place completely. As the tricycle was moving, I thanked God for sparing my life again. The tricycle guy said the fight started while they were trying to appoint a new chairman for the motor park in the market.

It got me wondering why people will kill just to attain a position or gain power. Depending on the security agencies is a quicker route to heaven so I just depend on God for protection and don't let my guards down. If not for God, a lot of us won't be among the living today.



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It's unfortunate that you've had to witness and endure such incidents, including robberies and violent confrontations. These experiences can indeed instill a sense of fear and caution, but they can also serve as a reminder of the importance of safety and preparedness

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In every situation, there is always a lesson to be learned. The need for safety, caution and preparedness are all that I learned even though we can't be too careful.

The world is what it is now, we just have to live through it.

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I wonder how terrified you must have been to witness such in a broad daylight, I wonder what those in power gain by killing people to get to one certain post.
Thank God for His protection on you o because I know some innocent people will die that day.

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Yes, people are really heartless and human lives have lost value to them. They take it as if they can create one, it's really disheartening.

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Good heavens you've endured such pain and suffering. I'm so sorry. Sure, we endure but it's good to share and ask for help. Ptsd is a real thing. Long after the harrowing experience, the pain can remain. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. Some times we all need some perspective. Also, I agree that it's tragic that some people have no value for human life. 😥

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Things like that are really hard to forget, it's a messed up world and violence is become a norm in some parts of the world.

Thanks for your concern and I hope you are having a great day.

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They always say the heart of man is full of wickedness, that the only reason people go extra miles to get what they want not caring about others.

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People are evil, it's disheartening to know that life doesn't hold any value to some humans. We have to guide ourselves and be safe.

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Honestly, truly this are some scary incitent that can take someone heart out of experience first hand.
I remember the bomb blast of cantonment barrack, my uncle lived in that barrack.
January 27th 2002.
it wasnt a good experience' even mine but we are here and living another day

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That day was bloody, a lot of people lost their lives and I pray their souls continue to rest in peace. All these experiences are enough to make us realise that we aren't in a safe world.

Lesson learned.

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Yea o
One just have to be on guard 24/7
If not, person for loose guard something important

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Brother... You gave a very detailed list of terrible incidents and I concur with the adage on the first paragraph.

I grew up in Anambra, one of the hottest states in Nigeria, and I've see a lot of terrible incidents. I've learned what it means to be security conscious and I've learned that nothing good comes out of an unwarranted public display of bravery. In fact, what some people see as bravery appears to be mere muppetry in my face.

I don't stay out unnecessarily at night because I know the danger that lurks at night. I've been around where robberies happened live and I've seen bullets fly around. Same with the Fulani Incident and Accidents. Lots of terrible stuff.

These experiences are enough to make me tough and I know I'm tough, but I don't unnecessarily put myself in harm's way.

This is a very good read 👍.

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Anyone who has experienced such will definitely not brag about being a strong person or not. Life can be very funny, people vanish in the twinkle of an eye and being careful is our obligation.

No one can protect us better than us, except God.

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I think we all have fear. Some people accept it and some deny it although fear exists in their hearts. It's one kind of show off I think.

Fulani attack

What is it? I don't have any idea about it.

I think you have encountered so many critical situations in your life where I have experienced very few. I think you were lucky enough to overcome those situations.
!PIZZA

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Fulani is a tribe that are basically nomads, they rear cows and taking their animals around has caused a lot of problems because these cows eat people's farm produce.

A lot has happened, we have faced a lot of things and it has made us tough. Being security conscious is one of the effects of all these experiences.

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You really amaze me with your publication, when I read it I feel anguish and it is as if I was watching a newscast with this terrible news, a very vivid story and I really feel good to know that you have the courage to tell it and that you are still alive.

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I am glad you enjoyed reading sir, the truth remains that nowhere is safe in the world and we must always be alert wherever we are.

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Thank God for the deliverance and I really appreciate the kind gesture displayed to that woman.

Hmmm what a situation and deliverance from such gunshots

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It’s indeed confounding to suffer such an aggressive nốt only for once
Today’s world has made everyone callous that they don’t even hesitate to kill or robb anyone

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Yeah, that little experience you had when still in primary school has actually helped you become smarter.
Thanks for sharing.

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Ah! I was there when that ile-epe market fight happened, broken bottles everywhere, it was like a cult clash with their axes, cubs and cutlass, I had to hide in the shop, locking myself in till my husband came to the rescue, wasn't funny at all

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The first incident you shared is horrible.
It was good that you helped the mother and kids in shows how helpful you are.
The power is dangerous and pople do anything to take charge of it...
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