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Enemies of ourselves

01 November 2012, 11:14

The cold blooded killing of four young, promising and energetic Nigerians in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on October 5, left a question hanging in my mind; “who is the enemy?”.

How on earth can a fellow man, probably from the same clan, maybe next door neighbours, carry out such a hideous act on a brother and gracefully sleep well at night???

I could barely watch for a minute the gruesome video that portrayed the highest act of inhumanity and couldn’t help myself but imagine how those predators who committed the dastard act stabbed mercy by employing all sorts of death tools to the demise of their preys. They watched their victims beg for a second chance at life.

The suspects may have stolen one thing or the other, but come on, even as much as I have deep loathe for thieves, they didn’t deserve such an untimely end as there were other ways to deal with them.

Disturbing images of the #ALUU4 still surface in my thoughts.

A similar incident occurred in Lagos some years ago when a little boy (he was between the ages of 15 and 18), who was alleged to have stolen a baby, was charred in front of a partisan crowd.

The crowd cheered (kill him!!! Kill him!!!…Bring petrol!!!… Bring tire!!!) as this little boy was ferociously beaten and drag on Lagos roads before being burnt to death by savage humans who had seared their conscience. And just like the #ALUU4 incident, security officials were no where to be found (I bet they would have surfaced if the least of our country’s valuable notes were involved).

In the light of this cruel habit, if we Nigerians have so much detest for thieves, why is Dimeji Bankole still walking around a free man? Why is Obasanjo still farming at Ota, why is Farouk Lawan still living in the comfort of his house? According to reports, these men have misdirected fund records. Simply put, dem dey steal our money. Or have they not stolen enough to warrant such jungle justice?

Besides the aforementioned men, those in the administrative helms of this country steal more than the eyes can see and yet walk around as free as birds. They even dare to flaunt it at our faces and yet no one has stepped up to neither cast the first stone nor scratch a match stick (it all ends on paper with no action). Then, why jungle justice on people who God might have had a different plan for in the near future, when HE doesn’t dish out judgement upon us even in all our shortcomings.

It is obvious that we Nigerians are the enemies of ourselves. Ironically, those who sent those young men to their early graves could be robbers themselves. Well, I would like to remind them that “those who live by the sword will die by the sword”, so the Bible says . And for those who don’t believe in the Bible, I’m sure they know the law of Karma.

If we do not have love for one another and yet cry everyday that our leaders are the reason for our problems, of what use is our struggle for a better Nigeria? Is this how we intend making a change?

“Death is not the end, the extinction of love for humanity is.”

I weep for our nation.

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