In Nigeria we know all people are equal, but our leaders are more equal than the rest of us.

The use of red beacons in the traffic to force other road users to give way is now seen as symbols of VIP in India and will no longer be allowed 11 days from now.

May 1 has been set as a day of true change for Indians.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the decision to ban the use of red beacons after a cabinet meeting and is set to personally implement it.

From the set date, no Indian VIP including the President and Prime Minister, would be allowed to use a red beacon on top of their vehicles.

Nigerians have become accustomed to the flashing lights and deafening sirens in gridlocks which people translate to mean "One Oga at the top is coming".


Commuters in commercial and private vehicles groan and curse, but who cares? The lawmakers are the ones that mostly use them after all.

If the sirens and red beacons are banned, and the self-acclaimed VIPs miss their appointments and flights; then perhaps they will understand the need to find a lasting solution.

Part of the new rule in India is that beacons would be allowed only for emergency vehicles like ambulances, fire engines and police, India Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said after the cabinet meeting.

Jaitley said: “There will be no exception.

"These beacons are perceived symbols of a VIP culture that have no place in our new India. The lights were often being used as a show-off status symbols”.

"Every Indian is special. Every Indian is a VIP,” Modi posted on microblogging site Twitter.

The country's Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, said there were some procedures the government would have to take before the new rules come into effect, including an amendment of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules of 1989.

Several ministers, including Gadkari, had beacons removed from their official vehicles immediately after the cabinet meeting.

I am sure at least one federal lawmaker in Nigeria is reading this story.