The accident involving some students of the Ekiti Sate University, which claimed at least SEVEN lives, has once again raised fundamental questions on the conduct of our young persons. Eye witnesses say the students were drunk to stupor. But that is even secondary.
Kindly take a look at the picture below and those who did sciences, especially physicists amongst us, can tell us that the Lexus car was obviously overspending. I attended the then Ondo State University over a couple of decades back and I knew the sharp bend where this accident occurred. It is either someone is under an influence, cursed or both to negotiate that bend at even 60km/h. It is simply suicidal. Though the road has been reconstructed (its dualization is even nearing completion from Ado-Ekiti township end), it is still a sharp bend. For someone to be doing 120km/h on that bend was simply inexplicable.
Now to the thrust of this post: WHY DO YOUNG PEOPLE ALWAYS BELIEVE THEY CANNOT DIE? It always beats me hollow! Yes, we talk of youthful exuberance, but hey, young people see their mates die every day yet, they do same things that kill them and think they are immune to death!
Some people might not like this but I will say it. I was pained by the death of the singer, Dagrin, but when I saw what was left of his Nissan Maxima, I did NOT mourn him! Nothing could have caused his death than over-speeding. How could a young man know he has to be somewhere by 9pm on the island and you are still in Ogba by 8:35pm? How could you be going to Ibadan and you are in Lagos by 6pm still drinking? How could you leave night club by 2am, fully drunk and driving at 120km/h even if the road is free?
And to parenting. What role did parents play in this latest but avoidable tragedy? Where did these kids get this car? Did they buy it? Their parents’s car? A friend’s? At what point do we say no to our kids?
Even some of us who have graduated, working and married still carry on as if we own our lives. Because you drive a V6 engine 2010 model Highlander, you will be doing 160km/h and when you die, some witches in your village will be blamed. I swear: those who say that are mad!
Men, I am a very mean person: if my closest family dies a clearly avoidable death, my mourning will be minimal!
That’s if there will be any mourning at all…