Following our June 30th, 2011 article on Sahara Reporters (http://saharareporters.com/article/errant-crocodiles-and-alligators-ajah-residents-fears-rising), there had been several funny (infact, hilarious) as well as creative comments from readers. Here are some of them:
* Submitted by Naija na Wah! on July 1, 2011 – 14:50.
The reptiles should be the least of their worries. They should wait until the full force of the rising ocean level occasioned by global warming hits them. It is just absurd that people will proceed to erect expensive homes in lands that no one has given any thought to how the humans plan to interact with nature on such lands. In coming years, most of the landlords in Ajah and similar areas will pay a very heavy price for the failure of planning which in turn has been occasioned by the demise of government at all levels.
To paraphrase a writer: nature neither consistently rewards goodness nor punish evil, what gets inevitably punished is stupidity. And that we have in overflow in Nigeria!
* Submitted by tommy spark on July 1, 2011 – 13:37.
I also agree with the previous commentary about the invasion of man into the natural habitat of these ancient reptiles. Developers should do their research properly before situating estates or otherwise in areas that liable to be flooded or home to indigenous wild life. That said I also wonder at the lack of investigative skills by our journalists when writing reports like this. It is obvious to the most lay amongst us that Alligators don’t exist in our clime. Alligators exist naturally in only two places in the world North America and China, except imported. Please do your research and (good) picture proof would also be appreciated. Not a picture taken from a distance using the camera on a mobile phone by someone barely out of high school.
That’s my tuppence.
* Submitted by Crocodile Meat on June 30, 2011 – 16:44.
Totally Agree With Babaode and Gen Rommel. The issue is not with the reptiles. The issue is with the stupid government and equally the uninformed house owners and developers who decided to invade the natural habitat of these animals. What do you want the reptiles to do? Get on a bus and move?
As for NCF, it saddens me to know that after I saw the first article and made contact with an old colleague at the Conservation Center (I was a project staff with NCF at the Lekki Conservation Center in the early 90s), to at least do a site visit and work with the residents on a plan to relocate the reptiles to the Conservation Center, nothing has been done. It sad that the same folks that I worked with back then, who constantly complained about the senior management staff’s poor attitude to work, are now part of the senior management and nothing has changed. What a shame!
* Submitted by Nze Christiana on June 30, 2011 – 15:47.
Life is funny,we tink the main land is not good enough,we want to live large,that is good and now the island is not safe. Yesterday. it was the beach,now the wild reptile. Y wld u in the first place rent or live in such environment?? Save yoursef first. Have u seen those crocodile movies?, you don’t want to be the PREY.
* Submitted by flay on June 30, 2011 – 15:47.
many problems to be addressed in this country.God help the masses. land of plenty yet poverty and squalor remains.
* Submitted by Dexter on June 30, 2011 – 15:20.
Sad stories. Sadder even are the comments thus far. Where else in Lagos, aside from chooked mainland, are plain ground? Lekki/Ajah axes had always been flood lands. So are various islands in the USA. Government and NGOs in Nigeria should just become responsible.
* Submitted by osin on June 30, 2011 – 14:34.
I am surprised at the stupidity of the inhabitants. Nature has given them abundance bush meat and they are whining. Crocodile meat is superb. Get yourselves together and poach these tasty meat. I can see a lot of cable dishes that suggest that the residents should be familiar with crocodile hunting, courtesy of NaGeo Wild.
Pls no more complaints
* Submitted by Pro Unitate? on June 30, 2011 – 12:33.
dividends of Govs: Tinubu’s & Fashola’s ACN Development strides
* Submitted by Babaode on June 30, 2011 – 09:43.
As a problem animal hunter, with a bit of experience on problem animal control,I want to caution all here.This problem was brought about by overzealous developers in the first place.Lekki was full of wild animals, ducks, geese, monkeys, forest buffalo until mans greed and necessity of land for development prevailed over common sence.Now, we have to realize that Crocodiles among human beings/dogs is a recipiece for disaster, unfortunately they are silent killers, their human victims just dissapear of the face of the earth.The NCF is a big joke.Those guys dont know “shit” about sustainable animal conservation.I had a brief interaction with them some time ago…if they need help, they can contact me through SAHARA REPORTERS.
* Submitted by BMD on June 30, 2011 – 08:51.
Dear Mr Raymond…Hmmmm…the statement credited to you has just made my day, and made me laugh to stuppor.
I qoute the person who quoted you as saying: “I didn’t know much about crocodiles until I moved here. I was scared and had to start reading more about them to know if it was ok to have them around my house”. This possibly explains why you have a financial situation that prevents you from moving. An adult old enough to own or rent a house not knowing whether it is safe to have crocodiles around his house? God Save us in 9
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