Somebody started a discussion by saying,

In The Nearest Future,
Nations Will Wage War Over Water.


Is it not common knowledge that the major part of the Earth Crust is made of water?. A quick search on the internet,

About 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is water-covered, and the oceans hold about 96.5 percent of all Earth’s water.

Water also exists in the air as water vapor , in rivers and lakes , in icecaps and glaciers, in the ground as soil moisture and in aquifers, and even in you and your dog.

Someone innocently responded,

Really? With water being the commonest resource (more than three quarters on the earth surface is water), am I missing something?

Yes, brother-man you are missing something.

Someone then tried to do some educating..

Saline water makes up over 90% of water on earth and very little is fresh water. Fresh water is not as common as perceived. The world is fast running out of water.

Well? You also have to process crude oil before it becomes useful too .That doesn’t detract from its usefulness. So, process the saline water!

The ‘war’ has already started close to home here in Nigeria! One reason why herdsmen are moving SouthWards in search of pasture for their animals. The desert is expanding, and water is truly becoming scarce commodity worldwide.

There is major concern about the southward expansion of the Sahara desert into Nigeria decimating land resources available for the expanding population and crippling the socio-economic systems of the affected areas.

Water, water, and not enough to drink.

Restricted access to water was one of the prime causes of the conflict in Darfur. And we have the drums of war beating with Egypt Warning Ethiopia That Nile Dam Dispute Is ‘life Or Death” with the problem addressed by World leaders at the Davis World Economic Forum, along with other climate change issues.

Countries with foresight are developing technologies to find novel ways to obtain water before they hit crisis point. Is Nigeria forward thinking enough to arrest this imminent extra undesirable addition to climate change problems ?

Is Nigeria proactive? We talk about food security, food sufficiency. What about water sufficiency, without which we are sufficiently screwed, pardon my German ?

All the water talk reminds me of the song by the Late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti – WATER NO GET ENEMY

T’o ba fe lo we omi l’o ma’lo
If you wan to go wash, na water you go use
T’o ba fe se’be omi l’o ma’lo
If you wan cook soup, na water you go use
T’o ri ba n’gbona o omi l’ero re
If your head dey hot, na water go cool am
T’omo ba n’dagba omi l’o ma’lo
If your child dey grow, na water he go use
If water kill your child, na water you go use
T’omi ba p’omo e o omi na lo ma’lo
Ko s’ohun to’le se k’o ma lo’mi o
Nothing without water
Ko s’ohun to’le se k’o ma lo’mi o
Omi o l’ota o
Water, him no get enemy!
Omi o l’ota o
If you fight am, unless you wan die
I say water no get enemy
If you fight am, unless you wan die
Omi o l’ota o
I dey talk of Black man power
I dey talk of Black power, I say
I say water no get enemy
If you fight am, unless you wan die
I say water no get enemy
I say water no get enemy
Omi o l’ota o
Omi o l’ota o

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