“All that is necessary for evil to triumph over good is for good men to stand by and do nothing.”….my response is simple, good men dont stand by and do nothing where they see evil.
About two days after the bomb blast that hit Nyanya, Abuja, well, the 1st bomb blast now. Something happened at my place of work which I thought rather…well, let me reserve my comments.
I was out on business and I was informed by a colleague that the security guard was arrested by the police on the instruction of one of the building’s tenants. My question immediately was, “what did he do?”, although in my mind, I knew the answer to that question. The person that was responsible for his arrest didn’t like him, over the past few months they had had their altercations. Now don’t get me wrong, the security guard is a bit of a nutter, he has his idiosyncrasies but then again, let he who is not somewhat mad in our beloved country cast the 1st stone. My point is the security guard has had a fall out with everyone within the premises and we have all, quite neatly, put him in his place without any brash, and un-necessary, show of “power”, anyway, I digress.
Now, the young lady who ensured the security guard had been arrested had, weeks before, hired her own security guard (do not ask the sense in this, I mulled it over for days without success) to do the same job that the security guard she found there was doing. Therefore, in getting the general security arrested what she also did was to deprive the rest of her co-tenants use of a security guard because, the replacement security guard worked for HER and not anyone else.
So in one fell swoop, what aunty did was to falsely imprison one and then, in the selfish manner I have come to associate with Nigerians, deprive people in need of services they had paid for. Hold on, hold on, it gets worse…
Now the Managing Partner at my firm, one would have thought he might intervene…he didn’t, he just began to park his car outside, so as not to need either the wrongly imprisoned or the substitute security guards. he went as far as to ask employees to carry the office keys home, depending on whom last left the office. He was content to leave the wrongly imprisoned security guard (whom he pays) rotting in a jail cell. I was more than mildly disgusted.
Fast forward to the 2nd Abuja Bomb Blast a few days ago along with the Chibok Girls’ kidnapping….and I felt a knot in my stomach. It hit me, it hit me hard. We do not care for each other.
Nigerians cannot be arsed what is happening to the guy that lives right next door to them, if he is being robbed, they shut their doors and windows and “pray” for the mishap not to come their way. If they see someone on the road whose car is in a spot of bother, they drive past and “thank God” it is not them.
It is pathetic, you cannot constantly call on “God” and claim to serve him and not keep the greatest commandment in the bible, “love your neighbour as you do, yourself”, “be your brother’s keeper”….Nigerians are only bothered about their personal keep. Newsflash, the state of Nigeria is such that if we refuse to care for one another, help one another, speak up for one another, we will all die!
The state of affairs in Nigeria is such that your very right to life, as enshrined under section 33 of the Nigerian Constitution (1999) is all but forgotten by the very people who were voted in to preserve said rights. My question to all Nigerians is this, “IF your very life is not guaranteed, then of what use is all the money you are skinning your hides to make?”. You dont believe me, I shall pick on random examples in the very recent past.
On June 3rd 2012, a Dana Air plane crashed into a printing press/furniture works building in the iju/ishaga area of Lagos state. 153 people lost their lives and, wait for it, ten people on the ground who had never bought a ticket lost their lives as well. Some of these people were sat in their homes totally oblivious to any flight that may have taken off at any airport in Nigeria. The crash was caused by dual engine failure by the way 🙂
Not convinced? Well let’s bring it closer then
BH has kidnapped young girls and these young girls have been “searched for” for the past couple weeks….BH has scourged Nigeria and Nigerians since 2009 and we have heard shouts and grand claims by the government from the “It is our turn to suffer” to “we are winning the war against these terrorists”….to the most recent likening the plight of these missing girls to the Missing Malaysian Flight…..yes, i have the same expression on my face as you do at the moment.
the government does not care about you and must want us dead to allow detonations go off in the same place within a space of three weeks….so, again, i ask, what good is your money to you?
You’ll relocate? don’t be silly, if your red, blue or whatever coloured passport is your solution, can your multi-coloured passport lift your entire family out of this hell?, especially with the stringent conditions now being attached to travel? Aha!
But i am just blabbering, we will all die cause you do not care, if you cannot help that gateman who was wrongly imprisoned in your very own premises, you deserve to die by Nigerian Government. If you stood by and shut your doors while your neighbour was being robbed with his wife and female child raped, you deserve to die by Nigerian Government. If you drove past when the poor chap in front had a car engine which was on fire without batting an eyelid, you deserve to die by Nigerian Government.
Forget the government, we are the reason why we are in this rut that we are in today and it shall remain that way as long as we continue to act with the complete lack of empathy and total disdain with which we act today.