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We All Hunger For Something, Isn't It?

July 31, 2022

Okay, now that the story of Ex-Governor Aregbesola being harassed by a Nigerian in the U.S has died down, I have something to say.

I am not going to talk about whether the guy was right or wrong. Neither am I going to say whether Aregbesola deserved to be spoken to in that manner or not.

What I’d like to extract from that incident is one of the first statements, the confronter made. He made this statement in the Yoruba language. He said:

“Ebi lo gbe mi wa bi”.

Translation: It is hunger that brought me here.

I think this is true for most people that have japa-ed out of Nigeria.

It may not be the literal hunger that has to do with food and the stomach.

It is the hunger for a better life.
It is the hunger for quality education
It is the hunger for security
It is the hunger for quality healthcare.
It is the hunger for opportunity devoid of nepotism, ethnicity, or man-know-man.
It is the hunger for relative peace.
It is the hunger for infrastructure that works.

Are you hungry? Don’t say no, because you just had a bowl of Fufu with Egusi soup.

Are you hungry for peace, opportunities, and a future of hope?

We all are…from the slums of Makoko to the estates of Banana Island.

Even the rich in Nigeria are hungry. They may have stores and refrigerators filled with all kinds of choice food, but if the electric bulb in their homes explodes at midnight, they may have heart attacks thinking that blood-thirsty bandits have finally broken through their high-security gates. 
Even with all the money, they are all hungry!

Is there hope?

Yes! But it will not come in a flash. Building anything worthwhile takes time, sincerity, and hard work.

I firmly believe when we work with Peter Obi and Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, we can begin to kick all forms of hunger away from our nation and our lives.

Let’s stop “Hunger” from chasing us out of our country, by chasing “Hunger” out of our future.

Let the reason we travel abroad be any other thing, not HUNGER.