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Sir: The ongoing abnormalities in the country have been making it uneasy for many Nigerians to breathe and also gradually taking away the remaining love, peace, unity and the infinitesimal development that has been in place. The sexual violation of women, the killings, the poverty, the corruption, the diseases, the ethnic clashes, the endless strikes in our universities, the brutality of citizens by the police, the hypocritical government, the lack of stable power supply, the incessant borrowing of billions of dollars that ends in individuals’ pockets of politicians, the injustices, the monetised gospel by men of God, the collapse of our healthcare system, the kidnapping, the robbery, the shooting at the Presidential Villa due to the squabble between the President’s nephew (Sabiu) and the ADC to the First Lady, the domestic violence and murdering of wives by husbands and the execution of husbands by their wives, the indecent dressings that attract and stimulate rape, the disregard to our cultures that teach morals, the insincerity among us and so many more can end the existing of our beloved nation if something is not done now to prevent and preserve the nation.

We need the government; we need parents, men of God, youth, children and every member of the Nigerian society to play his or her role towards ensuring the sustenance and the continued existence of the nation before it is too late. Condemnation of all these with the words of mouth, writings in the newspapers, magazines, broadcasting on radio, television and so on, by the authorities and the entire citizens cannot bring a solution. The act to show love to one another, treating all as members of one family, coming together to work collectively to fix things and revive the nation from its dying state is what we should do now and do fast.

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Please, the rapists should stop, the armed bandits should not invade and kill again, the Boko Haram insurgents should stop bombing, the kidnappers should stop kidnapping, the armed robbers should stop robbing, the men of God should stop telling people what they want to hear, but what they should listen to and change for good, the herdsmen should stop destroying peoples’ farms, killing them and taking over their farmland for their cattle to graze on, the government should do the needful by administering fair justice to everyone seeking for justice, the government should provide the basic needs of life to everyone in order to prevent some crimes that occur because of hunger, unemployment and other elementary things that are needed.

Yes, indeed, we cannot breathe when all the above mentioned abnormalities and more are kneeling on our neck and pressing hard? We can’t breathe.

Awunah Pius Terwase, Emmanuel Okpen, Isaac Ikenna Chukwuemeka,
Anne Ugbogu wrote from Mpape, Abuja

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