Sep 15 2008

Can Chizo go home again?

Category: Uncategorized<ADMINNICENAME> @ 3:47 PM

My wife, Chizo, left Accra for Lagos this morning just as rebels in her native Niger Delta region declared an “oil war” against the federal government of Nigeria. Some days ago, I decided against joining her on a visit to her parents and siblings, most of whom live in Port Harcourt. Chizo plans to stop briefly in Port Harcourt later tonight and then head to a town a few hours away where her mother has been staying with one of her sisters. Fortunately, the bus company she is traveling with held a prayer vigil before take-off. A well-dressed man with a red-covered bible entered the company’s 12-seat van and led the passengers in a spirited prayer. The man, it turned out, is the official prayer-master for the bus company, which runs two vehicles daily between Lagos and Accra. The premium service, which costs about $125 (RT), includes the guarantee that the passenger need not leave the vehicle at any of the three international borders traversed on the way to Lagos.

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