It is out of place for anyone to look at Nigeria as that beautiful maiden, whose glamour lured lovers from distant lands; who graced her presence with Frankincense, Myrrh and Gold. That is all in the past. One can only look at her like a woman whose glory has been stripped off at the market in broad daylight. This nation is in a romance with insanity.
“Barbarianism is the natural state of mankind. Civilization is unnatural. It is the whim of circumstance. And barbarianism must ultimately triumph”
― Robert E. Howard
The killing of the seven year old boy in Badagary by a mob accused of stealing Garri gives credence to Howard’s quote. We have shown, as a society, by our actions and inactions that inhumanity is the creed we have sworn to live with; and that is why, no matter what we do barbarianism will always take a lead role in the script written by our society. This is made conspicuous in our society where a man can throttle life out of another in jitterbug without any glimpse of guilt and would be greeted with a standing ovation and a medal.
Every Nigerian is enraged with the unpleasant economic meltdown that has thrown its people into the harrowing arms of suffering. Life is sour for an average Nigerian who can hardly afford three square meals in a month not even a day. Graduates are forced to do menial jobs; children are out of school and sent to the streets to hawk subjecting them to hunger and sexual abuse especially for the girls. It is understandable if Nigerians in one voice cry and lash out at those who have bullied them into hardship but sheer stupidity if they end up feasting on one another. And that has been the case in recent times. Instead of the Nigerian people to be dauntless and face those pot bellied men who are busy making away with trillions, they channel their energies into lynching the innocent and making beasts out of themselves.
Watching the video of this seven year old being lynched a lot of things would pace through one’s mind:
What if the economy was better and our leaders performed their duties efficaciously; wouldn’t that boy have been in the class room rather than combing through the bins of the streets in search of the day’s meal?
How would his murderers and those they entertained sleep afterward?
Where were the Police or security agents?
Didn’t they take an oath of service to protect lives and properties?
There are different sides to this story; a side says the boy stole Garri and threatened the owner with a knife(maybe).Another states, he killed the owner and thereby committing murder(Is Murder any offense punishable by jungle justice or the law?) so we had to kill him?
This is not the first of its kind this has been happening in the country, Lagos especially and the authorities are yet to see anything wrong in citizens taking laws into their hands. I would be surprised if this case isn’t shoved underneath the well designed carpets in their offices or swept into the bins and burnt with the countless CVs.
This is it; any society who craves for jungle justice doesn’t only expose the recklessness of its leaders but also the incorrigible nature of its inhabitants. It is so appalling that instead of loving our neighbours we yearn to cut short their days on earth.
There isn’t any need for a prophetic or spiritual diagnosis to state it bare that Nigeria and its people have lost a screw and the remaining screws are rusty in no matter they will be coming off too. The country is in a deep romance with insanity.
Lastly to Nigerians may you prosper in the work the devil has bestowed you with that is if you aren’t the devil himself.