Radio was playing this live programme.
The OAPs (“On-Air” Personalities), or some popular comedians, asked listeners to phone in and confess which of the road authorities they would prefer to be stopped by when violating the traffic law. Listeners could choose from one of these options: the VIO, FRSC, LASTMA, Nigeria police, the army, and etc. Noticeably, their opinions were aired live on the radio.
Which of the road authorities would you prefer to be stopped by when violating the traffic law?
At the end of the programme, it came as no surprise that the VIO was the least preferred by callers since it’s hard to come to terms with them.
The VIO was the least preferred by callers since it’s hard to come to terms with them
So, who played the lead? It was the Nigeria Police Force. Worse still, almost 100% of the participants chose to be captured by the police when they flouted the law. The reason is it is much easier to deal with the Nigeria police officers than other authorities. Sometimes, just for N20, you become guiltless. On the other hand, this is much less possible if you meet LASTMA, VIO and “Road Safety” officials. In the main, it was somewhat a humorous, interesting, but sincere interaction.
Almost 100% of the participants chose to be captured by the police when they flouted the law
Nevertheless, what is of great concern to us is how these Nigerians could openly admit a support for corruption. Even worse, callers didn't bother to hide their reals names and addresses. This is distressing not because the callers would be taken into custody for airing their opinions, but it demonstrates that our moral values have gradually been deteriorated.
In truth, the OAPs already asked of one of caller whether this was not encouraging corrupt practice. However, it’s believed that Nigerians might invent more defenses for criminal tendencies. If this is true, have Nigerians been unconscious of being so crime-prone and corrupt?
Lastly, hope that you would never be arrested by any of the traffic authorities when on the move. Good luck!