We pride ourselves as the ‘Giant of Africa’ yet we can’t boast of a standard National library.
Such was the angst and confusion of a Nigerian man who took to Facebook to lament over the dilapidated state of the National Library.
The Facebook user alleged that the Central Area Abuja is the most expensive district in FCT but the National Library Headquarters is arguably the worst building in the area.
Ozii Baba Anieto also said the building looked like the Onitsha Police Barracks of the 80s as its frontage is occupied by food vendors cooking right inside the building.
When the taxi stopped me in front of the structure, I refused to pay him. This could not be my destination. I plainly told him I was going to the National Headquarters.
The taxi driver was not in the mood to fight back, he could tell that I was defeated by the sight that saluted me.
‘This is the only National Library I know in central Area,’ he confusedly said. ‘Call the person you want to meet let’s confirm if there is another.’
‘That’s the problem with you. If you don’t know a location, you should simply say you don’t know. This stress you are putting me through is avoidable.’
‘Oga, just call the person. I go take you to the right location. I think say na only this one be the National Library. Look up na, you will see National Library written boldly on top.’
I was confronted by his claim, that’s when I decided to call.
‘Ijee, please I don’t know where this guy dropped me. It looks like Onitsha Police Barracks of 80s. Even the frontage is occupied by food vendors that are cooking right inside the building.’
‘Yes. Thats the National Library. Come inside and wait for me at the reception.’