A saying goes ‘the soul that sinneth shall die’. How true really is that when applied to the Nigerian clime?
Okay, maybe the question to ask is what can be defined as sin?
Can stealing be described as a sin?
Our politicians have made stealing seem mouth-watering that most people would do just about anything to be called one. Making millions without sweating for it? Tempting indeed! Stories abound of how millions have been siphoned. Talk of the pension scam that gulped billions; do not forget Ibori and his many billions. The most recent is the fuel subsidy scam.
While that is going on, the purportedly upright Farouk Lawan who was meant to fish out the perpetrators turned out to be like one of the people he was sent to catch. Funny thing though is, these criminals in power walk free after stealing loads of money while people are behind bars that rot for a crime they know nothing about.
A man was sentenced to death two months ago for stealing a little over a thousand naira and sachets of milk. Pray tell why someone who steals less than N2000 should be put to death while a person who has stolen billions that can turn the fortune of many less privileged is walking scot free?
Can killing be called a sin?
People have died and are still dying in Nigeria mysteriously for standing up to the truth or trying to get into a position of power. The media has lost and mourned many journalists who lost their lives in pursuit of truth. Many families have lost fathers or mothers who believed that they could make a difference if they got to the seat of power but never made it there because someone who wines and dines with underworld dons made sure of it.
This is the situation with our dear country; where the rich get richer and can buy anything including freedom with money while the poor get poorer trying to cling to life with each passing second.
When Ibori was brought before a court in Nigeria on over 100 charges, he was cleared of every single one; but in the United Kingdom, he is behind bars. What does that say about us as a nation?
A nation where people do not cringe when they snatch the livelihood of others; where innocent people rot away in jail for lack of proper investigations and justice; where people criticize a government and the moment they are offered a position or money, they start singing a different tune; where people takes lives as though it were nothing.
What then is sin? Does that word even mean anything to us?
If the souls that sinneth should die, how many people will really be left in Nigeria?
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