Thoughts Lead To Appreciation
Accreditation and voting are ongoing in polling units where logistics did not meet demand yesterday.
There is, however, no restriction of movement of any sort.
In my neighbourhood, businesses remain closed.
Only one retail store was open to customers; another opened momentarily.
It is a Sunday morning yes, but typically commercial activities continue depending on the faith system of entrepreneur.
Perhaps, Nigerians who travelled to their hometown in the subregion are yet to return.
Perhaps, they accorded self some relaxation period after the events of Saturday, March 28, 2015.
On presidential election day, Sokoto State had the highest number of reported cases of violence.
15 out of 26 cases of election-related violence took place in Sokoto.
– So much for the peaceful environment.
A friend actually spent the entire day at home just to escape the violence.
That is how peaceful Sokoto is.
I did venture outside and ran into trouble.
This morning, I overheard someone remark:
This woman is not afraid.
I did not leave my home yesterday because I was oblivious of the risk to my life and security.
Nor was it an attempt to demonstrate I was strong.
I merely took that step in solidarity with Nigeria.
I refuse to be ruled by fear.
Fear and freedom are incompatible.
I choose freedom.
What do you choose?
Keep safe, people of Nigeria.
Kisses to you, Nigeria!