• TITLE: RESPECT FOR ONE; RESPECT FOR ALL.

    Friday the 5th of October, 2012 would not be forgotten so quickly in the history of Nigeria. It was a day when four promising young university undergraduates were gruesomely and unsympathetically murdered in Aluu community in the South-south region of...
    TITLE: RESPECT FOR ONE; RESPECT FOR ALL.

    Friday the 5th of October, 2012 would not be forgotten so quickly in the history of Nigeria. It was a day when four promising young university undergraduates were gruesomely and unsympathetically murdered in Aluu community in the South-south region of Nigeria after accusing them of theft without giving them a fair hearing, speaking of which those that took the laws into their own hands were not in the least of position to pass that kind of judgement. Tell me, would one who respects and acknowledges his/her culture and that of his compatriots partake in such a heinous activity? Not only did the incident shake Nigerians, it came as a shock also to the world.

    Days after the sad event which I tagged ‘heinous, barbaric, hideous’ took place, I was not myself; I was so consumed with awe that I found it hard to believe such happened. If such a thing could happen in broad daylight under the watch of Mothers, Fathers, Youths (who are supposed to be the harbingers of a just and upright society where law and order are practiced; youths of today who form the foundation of a better tomorrow) and according to some reports, Security officers who for whatever reasons there were, did nothing to stop the brutality, then I fear for the future of my country Nigeria; a nation where the assertion ‘be your brother’s keeper’ has become a mirage. Try as we may to convince ourselves that the issue is now in the past, there is a silent seed of discord that has been sown. Tribal sentiments would in one way or the other rear its ugly head on the long run unless adequate measures are put in place to curb any form of it. The community where the killing took place; Aluu community becomes an endangered community where people may not want anything to do with the community or any of its members for fear of being harmed which has been the general notion since the unfortunate incident. This can be averted once we induce in us the spirit of forgiveness, oneness and brotherhood.

    Perhaps, the four young men would have been alive today if the killers had a spirit of oneness and treated human life with utmost respect.
    Life used to be a lot more fun in times past; there was respect for one another’s culture, the saying, ‘be your brother’s keeper was not just a saying, it was a practice. Today, all that is almost gone. Where really has our sense of reasoning gone to?

    Should the leaders be blamed or have our parents come short in carrying out their duties? After all, charity begins at home or is the media to be blamed or is it in our classrooms? Where really has our sense of reasoning gone to? Who really is to be blamed?

    Violence and distrust have engulfed our growing world, should this be blamed on media shortcomings? Or have we been exposed so much to the ‘make believe’ world that our senses have become beclouded? All these questions and more I continue to ask myself because I do not know where all these unbecoming activities of violence, disrespect and disregard for one’s culture and that of fellow compatriots come from. Have we been able to acknowledge our own way of life let alone that of others?

    Culture has the power to create a better future only if its foundation is laid in unity, peace, harmony and Respect. Respect for one is respect for all because if you respect a person and treat such person nicely, you are invariably respecting everyone because such an individual will learn from you to respect and value other people and the cycle will not end. That way, you would be promoting harmony. Peace is not just the absence of war, chaos or conflicts. Peace is love, it is respect. Acknowledgement for one another’s beliefs, ideas and ways of life brings about peace and fosters a peaceful cohabitation without much effort.

    The youths have an important episode to play in promoting peace and creating the space upon which a better future can be built. Charity they say begins at home; the power of culture to create a better future lies in our wherewithal for a decent and just living. It lies in our ability to see, judge and reason, to love and be loved for without love, there can be no unity.

    The day we begin to respect and acknowledge one another irrespective of ethnicity or religion, the day we realize that black or white, it is the same blood that flows through our veins, the day we see that north, east, south or west, culture is what forms us and makes the world go round like an ocean that flows without hindrance, the day we start seeing that human lives are more precious that gold or diamond, the day we realize that no human life should be wasted, the day we begin to practice “live and let live”, that day, we may well be writing our future, A better future!


    Live and let live, can you? May the souls of the ALUU FOUR continue to rest in peace, Amen!
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