Christmas Message from Fela Durotoye (Part 1)


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My dear brothers and sister, at home and abroad.
I really wish I could extend to you my very best compliments of this season with my best wishes for a very Merry Christmas. But that wouldn’t be true and it will lack the integrity that I have held dear for most of my adult life.
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The truth is that whilst in all things we do give
thanks to God, for life and health and much more, I still can not deny that I am not very merry this Christmas. In fact, on the contrary, I am actually quite sad.
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I’m saddened by the fact that people ... Nigerians ... are stuck at fuel queues with empty petrol tanks when our tires are literally driving on pools of crude oil because we have been abundantly blessed by the God of Creation.
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How can I, with a clear conscience, wish anyone a Merry Christmas? What is Merry about being in fuel queues or getting stuck for hours in traffic queues at every petrol station.
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Many families can’t travel home to reunite & reconnect with their families, friends & loved ones this Christmas, as is their annual tradition, because many people simply do not have enough fuel to travel or are held bound in fuel queues at petrol stations.
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Even the privileged few with enough fuel to travel or enough money to buy fuel from black market extortionists are still caught up in horrendous traffic queues around fuel stations nationwide.
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Too many people are stuck at bus stops all over the country waiting for buses that overcharge them because they claim they bought fuel at black market price. So please excuse me if I don’t feel so merry this Christmas.
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I wish I had enough petrol to give to everyone in need this season. In fact, I am certain that most people will consider a 50liter keg of petrol their best gift this Christmas even if I couldn’t gift-wrap the keg with ribbons.
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Unfortunately, I also do not have enough petrol to spare. But, what I do have in abundance that can go around everyone and still have lots to spare is my most precious gift ... HOPE ... the hope for a New Nigeria. ...CONTINUED IN PART2


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