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How Mainlanders reacted to the Ojuelegba truck accident

In the aftermath of the horrific accident that occurred at the Ojuelegba end of Surulere, Lagos Mainland yesterday, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, claiming the lives of two persons with few others injured, Lagos Mainland residents have taken to microblogging site, Twitter to express their thoughts on the incident.

Recall that similar incidents had occurred at the popular bridge in the last three years claiming lives of road users while some others sustained varying degrees of injuries.

Reacting to the incident, a resident, Opeyemi Babalola said: “Those who got killed at Ojuelegba tonight were killed because they live in a country where government don’t learn from past events. They care less if the same event keeps taking lives in droves as long as their relatives are not involved! Those people were killed by government’s negligence!

“Containers have fell down from that bridge more than once killing innocent people but NOTHING has been done to curb future occurrence. Nothing has been done to control flood in Lekki till date bcos we don’t learn. We love to send out condolences rather than curb reoccurrence!.

“Going out in the morning and coming back home “SAFELY” is now a 50-50 chance! It has gotten to a stage where you ask yourself if there is any benefit for being a Nigerian? No security of lives & properties. No job. No regulations. No effective & efficient institutions! NOTHING!”

He concluded that “So unfortunate that those people have to die in such manner. But for how long are we going pretend as if all is well? For how long are we going to endure the pain, hardship, agony, hopelessness & helplessness in the land? When are we going to feel the impact of a working country?”

Another user, Yinka Akindayomi said; “Many are killed by government and society neglect, as you said a lot of the times we look the other way either in fear, or because we have become numb. My heart saddens.”

To Chris Ngowdo, “Nigerian life is too cheap. Even those who aren’t poor risk being killed by random deadly mishaps. It is about governance not God.”

Meanwhile, a user, Kate Dami who had missed being crushed by an accident at the same spot expressed her thoughts saying; “I remember always looking up whenever I’m close to that Ojuelegba bridge. I had once missed being crushed by a falling container once. I still live with that fear. Thank I don’t live around there anymore.”

Presently, residents across the Mainland and other parts of the State have continued to express shock on the horrific reoccurrence in the axis.

A resident with the handle @Omogbajabiamila who noted that the government had taken preventive measures to put an end to the accident in the axis said the metal barriers erected in the axis were removed by residents.

“What is more unfortunate than the incident itself is that the Lagos State Government erected metal barriers at both ends of that bridge & the other one that links Ojuelegba to Fadeyi. Guess who removed it? OUR OWN PEOPLE!!!,” he tweeted.



Idris Aina
Idris is a media and communications professional with keen attention to details. An entertainment enthusiast, he is an ardent fan of the team from the Red Side of Manchester with love for football banters. He tweets with the handle @arlomah.