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Time will heal us or kill us

01 August 2012, 10:21

Yesterday for lack of what to do after work I decided to go for a bottle of beer on Apapa Road. This was partly because I have not been getting enough sleep lately and I read somewhere that alcohol enhances sleep. So, I made up my mind to put that knowledge to the test.

As I entered Apapa Road, I was welcomed by a scene of two charming ladies dressed in white church garment singing and dancing to some church sing-along, one was playing a tambourine while the other was using a bell. I must confess though that the rhythm was not bad on the ear. Fortunately, for me, they were on the same route I planned on, and watching them boogie from behind was not only fascinating, it was almost soothing (you know!). I guess I must have subconsciously quickened my pace to keep up with them. The fair one was actually wearing a colourful butterfly tattoo on her nape, wow! That is an extra!

Just as I neared them, a young dude who appeared to be attracted to them breezed past me and shouted above their singing and bells ‘hope you are not forgetting to pray against Boko Haram attacks!’’ I am sure these ladies heard the guy but they pretended perfectly they didn’t and continued with their singing.

I must say here that my mind became activated about the Boko Haram menace and I no longer could concentrate on the business at hand which was, what sef!

My mind was jolted at the Boko-Haram reminder. "This dude must be mad, why must he bring the idea of Boko Haram to my almost cool evening," I mused and walked on still behind the endowed singing ladies. I was about to miss the gate to the bar when suddenly a dreadlocked boy holding a Rottweiler, apparently for an evening walk, lost control of the chain and the heavy dog bolted blindly with jaws wide open towards the singing ladies.

I am sure Usain Bolt, were he to be present, would marvel at the takeoff speed of those ladies, even though they were not wearing shoes! They ran like lightening and disappeared within seconds, I have also ducked into an aboki shop all the time praying that the dog does not attack anyone while I secure myself first.

Thankfully, the Rottweiler was well trained as the dreadlocked boy was able to command it back into its leash within minutes, but when everything settled, as much as I could not forget the white robed singing ladies and their ability to sprint, I also could not forget my thoughts about the Boko Haram reminder.

I kept wondering if truly prayers were all we need, if an amnesty plan or dialogue would help, maybe balancing the terror is the answer, perhaps time. But time alone would heal us or kill us all!

May the Almighty rest the souls of those we lost prematurely and undeservedly. May we know peace once again in Jos, Bauchi, Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto and the entire country. Amen.

God bless Nigeria.

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