So even toddlers have heard about the unfortunate fatal road accident. I have tried very hard not to make any comment , having listened to some people’s accounts of the accident, the cause and the goodness and niceness of the dead minister himself. But listening to a radio broadcast on radio nigeria today was the final straw and i just have to talk.
Now the first time i heard about the accident, like all normal Nigerians i thought: they must have been speeding as usual….. These siren blowing government officials. But as i read the news further, it was revealed that they had a burst tyre. That in itself is a tragedy but the question is: even with a speeding car, is a burst tyre enough to kill the occupants of a Lexusaà570 SUV. Lets not forget that this car has a high safety index. So i decided to wait for FRSC and the police to investigate, expecting some basic questions to be answered. You know there’s a difference between cause of crash, cause of death and mechanism of death. Example: were their seatbelts on? Its sounds quite simple but it can be the difference between life and death.
I know we are all Nigerians so everyone is going to think first of all the jealous relatives and associates who have gone to do jazz for the man. But that aside, i was waiting for the report only to hear on the radio today that FRSC had finished investigations and that the Ocholi’s driver is going to be prosecuted for over-speeding and not having a valid driver’s license.
Just the driver alone????
Like are u guys for real???
Of couse, we all knew they were speeding but i was waiting for detailed report that would state clearly: 1) Probable speed they were travelling at?? Was it over 200km/hr or more or less? 2)Why would a Lexus570 SUV suddenly have a burst tyre? Is it that the tyres have not been changed for a while or do we need to call Toyota for compensation or is it that the car was not brand new?? 3)Were the Ocholi’s not without seatbealts? (I know we Nigerians have this notion that the sealtbelts are for only those who are seated at the front seats, probably because they are the only ones FRSC disturb but Newsflash Nigerians: everyone in a moving vehicle needs to have his seatbelt on, thats why they were put in the car. 4) Was there foul play in the tyre burst? Which basically begs the question: is this now homicide?? And certainly not heaping the blame on the driver alone.
Anyway, back to the reason for this post: this morning the newscaster said the driver was being held responsible for overspeeding. And my question is: Why would an employer not be aware that his driver is not licensed to drive?Will any driver overspeed without the express permission of his employer?? Do not forget that said employer was in the car so it is only reasonable to assume that the employer asked the driver to overspeed. So he was only doing his job. It amazes me the speed of these so called government officials sometimes as i’m aware most drivers in this country did not receive any training apart from the streets, the driving test of the FRSC is a joke in itself, the roads are in a deplorable state but you will still see someone doing a 190km/hr , feeling like a Formula 1 driver because his car blares sirens.
Mr Ocholi is gone but this should serve as a wakeup call for all. We need sanity in the Nigerian system (or is there a system sef?). And I don’t get why the driver is being made into a scapegoat while late Ocholi is being painted as an angel. After all, if he had his seat belt on, he would probably be fighting for his life at the hospital right now instead of being ejected from the car during the somersault. If they weren’t speeding, they would all probably be alive today.
P.S: One of these our so called politicians asked for Ocholi to be immortalised and I asked “For what exactly? Or maybe it’s for being the first Siren blowing Speeding Nigerian to die in a car crash?” Sometimes I wonder if one of the requirements for becoming a politician is having some part of reasoning brain matter(cerebrum) removed.
Anyway, drive safely everyone. Overspeeding kills. You not only endanger yourself but the lives of other innocent road users. Use your seatbelts everyone even if you are seated at the back. Always do regular and daily checkups on your car. And lastly, educate everyone on safe Road Use Policies
Everyone should read the Nigerian Highway code at least once. Its available at all FRSC offices nationwide