When you are like 28 and your are married, living in a rented apartment, what comes next to your mind is buying yourself a land and building a shelter of yours, Its great getting a full plot of land or two if the case be, but its not great when you remember the “hooligans of the land” popularly known as “Omo Oni-Ile” (son of the land) in Yoruba.
It would be unwise and foolish for someone to sit down and expect people to bring you money because they want to build on the land which you believe your forefathers first settled on, won’t those land get fully built on one day? There two categories of this ‘menace’ citizens, firstly,
the ‘Fake’ ones: These are those area boys, they don’t have any land nor does there family lineage, but they tend to cause fear and anxiety on people because of there strong faces. They roam the area thatched and weary in search of the latest house under construction where they can walk in, seize working equipment’s and request for money 😡
The ‘Original’ ones: Yes, these ones have got one or two ancestral lineage with a place, most of them are in there 50’s to 70’s but not 20’s!!! The only bad thing is they are technical thieves and fraudsters.
Imagine buying a piece of land, and after building you structure up-to 60% done, another set of group of people come and tell you that you’ve bought the land from the wrong person??? 😕 Yes, they do it. Its a simple plan, they are just sons of the brother of the person that sold the land in the first place and so as to prevent sharing the money he (first seller) had collected :-x.
Although they keep proving stubborn, they know their fathers :-D. They don’t joke with lands owned by Army officers, Mopols,Air fore, Policemen, Lawyers and Navy officials as they know these ones can either kill them with a battalion or finish them in court.
You are wondering, what is the Nigerian government doing then? Do they even know these things exist??? When lands are a free gifts of nature to political holders. Not even the C/O that we’ve bought from government, entitling the land to the buyer for 99 years can change things.
Government should try and look into this and create a law or two against this insolent and catastrophic menace and abuse on the Nigerian commons.
The only advice I can give is, if you wanna buy a land, erect something on it as quick as possible then, either make friends with a lot of soldiers or with a lot of area boys, (especially the Oshodi ones in Lagos, they’ve got broad chests :-D). You would need them to make you get revered in the community or else, your land might even be resold for another helpless nigerian.
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