Once agains a mother cries. She has lost
her child whose crime was being in the wrong place. The place where barbarians
An Okada rider nearly hit a pregnant
woman. That happens. Some people beat and stabbed him. That happens. They
should fear the law and be arrested. He stabbed someone too. That happens; he
should be arrested. Perhaps he died. That happens. It is unfortunate; whoever
killed him should be arrested and sentenced for manslaughter or murder. He may
be killed or pay blood money.
But what happens next in Nigeria is what
worries the most. The barbarians are unleashed. Blood-thirsty barbarians set
out on a murder and vandalize mission. Like canines, they lack color vision.
They cannot differentiate between the persons who committed the crime and
everyone else who appears to be of the ethnic group. The barbarians hunt in
packs like dogs. They go and burn shops of Hausa or shops of Yorubas or shops
of Igbos. They believe they are exacting revenge by doing so. "After all
it was one of yours." I wrote of this in 2013. I called it "Genocidal thinking."
An innocent man walks along in the wrong
place at the wrong time. The barbarians find him. He appears to be of the group
hunted. They pounce on him and set him ablaze. They howl like wilder-beasts as
they drink his blood.
Others celebrate their actions from far
off; some brother jackals online rejoice. "They deserved it," they
say. "That group has bad eggs so they all deserve to be killed... why did
one of 'them' do that? They all deserve death. Kill them all," the
barbarian fans say.
In Nigeria we have departed from God. We
have forgotten God's law that says, "whoever kills must be killed."
Boko Haram terrorists who kill en mass are spared death; we give them life. We
have violated God and violated the land. Indicted politician sponsors of terrorists
and political killer thugs are in our hallowed chambers. God's wrath is on us;
it is a promise He has made, that whoever departs from righteousness will get
the painful reward. Our wickedness has revealed us as beasts. Blood
I had hoped Buhari would declare war on
barbarism. It only takes one stern announcement, spread through all media
channels, "that the
new government will not tolerate a single person or animal in human form taking
the law into his own hands." Continues, "from now
on, terrorists, political killer thugs and mob murderers will be sentenced to
death as the law dictates." But Buhari hasn't. In fact, he has even
defended barbaric behavior by his military generals. "I am a sitting
duck," he says. "If not, for touching a soldier's chest, those
people would have suffered more"...than 'just' that massacre of 1000+
of their kind. In Nigeria, the reward for a mis-endeavor or misdemeanor is
instant barbaric judgement with the sentencing to death of you and your kind;
delivered not by courts, but by civilians or the military. Like I said earlier,
courts give life to terrorists. This is the way of Nigeria. The 100-year
entrenched barbarism that started since colonization is far from its end.
It is challenging to be a Nigerian. A
citizen of a land of barbarians.
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