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Demolitions? Nothing New in Nigeria.

Let's be honest, demolitions are not strange occurrences in Nigeria. You would be startled by the amount of demolitions Nigerian governments, both past and present, have in the bag — most of which have been unlawfully executed with no compensation and, consequently, led to an impoverishment of lives and a destruction of futures. 

So when it comes to demolitions? They do this. 

The difference this time, however, is that it hit closer to home. Little wonder, then, that Nigerians, especially Lagos Island inhabitants, took to social media to express their merited rage over the demolition of Nuli Juices, Cakes and Nuts, and the Drug Store.

"If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people.”

As an enthusiast and undeterred believer in the great story of Nigeria, I would love to beat my chest, as a form of consolation or perhaps assertion, and ascertain that sunny days are ahead. However, reality - in addition to the fact that this is not my field, in literal terms, and I, as an individual, do not possess to economic power to solely catalyse inclusive growth -  hums a different anthem, with youth unemployment in Nigeria predicted to rise by 13.1 percent by the end of 2016. Not only is this detrimental to the quality of living, stability, and development of Nigeria, it likewise appears to be a ticking time bomb, and a potential demographic disaster.