Have you ever seen neighbours fighting?
Maybe you are the neighbour who hates the sound of generators, and your neighbour, feeling very uncomfortable with the heat, decides to sleep with his generator on. This will infuriate because the noise will rob you of sleep. So you wait for dawn to approach your neighbour and start a fight.
“Why will you leave your gen on all night?! Don’t you have sense! My wife just gave birth and the baby couldn’t sleep too!”
You call him “inconsiderate”, “wicked” and other mean words. Your neighbour fights back because he believes he deserves to sleep with his air-conditioner on, and since there’s no light from NEPA, he has a right to provide some comfort for himself and his own family if he wants to, doesn’t he?
It’s a tricky situation. In your opinion, who is wrong here – the neighbour who leaves his generator running all night OR the one who couldn’t sleep because of the neighbour’s generator and decides to attack him the next morning?
In my opinion, none of them is wrong. They both deserve a peaceful night with air-conditioner. The only wrong thing here is the situation of the country they live in.
If the country can provide 24-hour electricity like it is done in many parts of the world, then neighbours wouldn’t have to fight over generator disturbance. The reason they fight is because the country doesn’t meet basic needs of its citizens.
Many things we fight over as citizens is not any of our direct fault. It is the responsibility of higher powers.
However, what we can do is compromise and show empathy to the next Nigerian, knowing he or she is going through the same issues as we are.
We owe ourselves love, understanding and a spirit of communality.
What do you think?