A certain Abuja based lady identified as Bibian Chinenye Pius-Urum has taken to to Facebook to give a narration on which city is better between the nation’s capital Abuja and Lagos. According to her argument, Abuja should never be compared to Lagos as the standard of living is extremely higher in the capital city.
Read her post below:
Please, stop this madness. Please.
How on earth do you compare Abuja to Lagos? Just how?
I agree that Lagos is the economic hub of Nigeria, I totally agree. All the banks have their head offices in Lagos. You get the best law practice in Lagos. I had my law school in Lagos, unarguably the best campus of the Nigerian Law School. But that’s just all that there’s to Lagos.
You can’t compare the living condition in Abuja to Lagos, you just can’t.
The air in Lagos is dirty, no apologies guys. I visit Lagos, return to wherever I visited from and fall sick. It’s a routine. Should we talk about your gutters, Lagosians?
Your road network is terrible. Your means of transportation is even worse. It’s only in Lagos that you find planks or plastic chairs as bus seats.
Lagos is traffic jam and traffic jam is Lagos, you can’t separate one from the other. In Lagos, you leave your house hours before the time slated for your appointment or you’ll be doomed.
While I was in law school, I visited my cousin somewhere around Maryland, left there for school the next morning, by 6am. I managed to get to VI few minutes to 9am. 20km in 3 hours! What kinda life is that?
On another occasion, I spent 7k from Ikeja to Lekki on Über. Even Kubwa to Nyanya will not cost that much in Abuja.
Here in Abuja, I leave my house by 7:30am, some days and still get to work before 8am. My office is 12km from my place and it’s just a 13 minutes drive.
Should we talk about your lifestyle? The spirit of madness that possesses anyone that steps into Lagos? Anytime somebody misbehaves here, the person must have a link to Lagos.
It is that madness that led one of you to start this Lagos/Abuja war. No sane person would have started it.
Your airport is like your Balogun market, not even a bit of orderliness. Is that what you call life?
See Chiluba calling out Abuja for water scarcity. Hehehe. Please, come and tell us the nature of water that you used all through your stay in law school. Lagos is surrounded by water, yet they can’t even boast of clean water.
In Lagos, police officers will frisk you for just having dreadlocks. They will ask for Laptop and phone receipts. The next moment, you’re being accused of being a fraudster.
In Lagos, a danfo/molue conductor will not give you your change till you get to your bus stop. He’ll either give you incomplete change and zoom off or marry you to another passenger.
In Lagos, they will package a Samsung phone with soap inside and sell to you. When you complain of being duped they will tell you to be street wise.
You Lagosians are perpetually angry. Why won’t you be angry when you spend half of your lifetime stuck in traffic?
Should we talk about your pickpockets? Where did one chance originate from? You use the slightest opportunity to defraud people and you’re proud of it. You call it street wisdom.
Should we talk about Lagos landlords, their terrible houses, horrible attitudes and exorbitant rents? Lagosians connect their bathroom pipes to gutters.
Abuja is more expensive, I know. But you’ll get value for your money.
Darling Lagosians, you need to leave your den of insanity and have a taste of sanity, sometimes. I know it’s difficult, but you just have to try.
Come to Abuja and experience good road networks. The only traffic jam we have here is usually caused by traffic lights and it does not last beyond 86 seconds. Anything beyond that, just know that a Lagosians has a hand in it.
Come to Abuja and experience something close to a steady power supply.
Come to Abuja and meet courteous civil servants who will most likely not ask you for bribes to do their jobs, police officers who will treat you with respect.
Abuja is the place to live in, Lagos is the place to visit for your business and be on the next flight back to Abuja.
Being a city dominated by Yorubas, I respect Lagos for its old age and being the first federal capital territory, but please, can you all quit comparing it to Abuja.
With love, from the beautiful city of Abuja,
Bibian Chinenye Pius-Urum
In her argumentative epistle, ending with a poll. However, over 70% choose Abuja.