It’s been all sad and gory the news coming from jos. I have been traumatized by different video of people been killed and burnt like the sallah rams I knew whilst growing up. But the curious things is that these has been a constant feature in our lives since I was a child. We saw it in jos, Kafanchan, ife-modakeke, lagos, eastern nigeria etc. It’s only on our faces constantly now because of the way the world have evolved social media wise.
Unfortunately it will continue to happen except those who commit crime of taking other peoples lives are brought to justice and promptly too.
Jos had known relative peace in recent times only after both parties became tied of the vicious cycle of retaliatory killings. Now Jos has started again; it may take the next 5 years for common sense to prevail. When people cannot have confidence in the state to ensure justice; they will always resort to self help. Amongst other solutions that ensures that lives and properties are protected; we must start by ensuring that justice gets done whenever these things happen whether Fulani or berom or Yoruba or Igbo etc.
All of us as Nigerians are guilty; I mean all of us except the younger ones who have not yet been opinionated. We do nothing but spread hate in our lives in the name of defending our religions and myopic ethnic sentiments. We do it when we spread hate in social media like some people will comment on this post.
We must remember that it is easy to speak nonsense from our comfort zone; but reality sets In when we or our loved ones become victim. I was a kid when I witnessed chaos. My daughter is fourteen ; how will I explain to her that her countrymen and women slaughter people in this age and time? How do I rationalize that it makes sense to be a nigerian?
So I don’t believe a Muslim or Christian should be killed for the crime of people they don’t know but just because they have the misfortune of sharing same faith or ethnicity. You or me can just come under cross fire just because we are in the wrong side at the wrong time and a nonentity will take the liberty to snuff life out of us. Slaughter me or you and mutilate our body. It can be me or you if we don’t work together to stop this madness. Take a second to look at yourself in the mirror and imagine being slaughtered despite your dreams; despite your sacrifices for your nation; despite your status; I just did and it’s horrible!
Stereotyping will never help us. There is nothing like Fulani herdsmen as the killer; it’s simply criminals of Fulani or berom or Yoruba or Igbo ethnicity. When we categorize a whole ethnicity; we expose an innocent Fulani or Yoruba or berom or Igbo man. We must treat Murderers as criminals and we must as a society condemn them through the judiciary and banish them. Millions of lettered Nigerians; well exposed and well travelled have blood of innocent ones in their hands because they have help spread the categorization and stereotyping.
We need a leadership that can unite us as a country. If we think we have seen worse things, visit Rwanda. Go to their museum, speak to families and you will realize that with the right leadership, the right resolve, they rallied themselves and became one nation. The right leadership is not just MBuhari, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo. It’s me and you around our sphere of influence. Act now and drop the bulk passing! Sir and Ma, what narrative are you propagating?
It’s a sad moment to be a Nigerian.