Southern Kaduna Massacres are the stuff Nigeria is made of. Before anyone dismisses such a claim, we have to examine the pervasive ‘value of life’ in Nigeria to both ordinary citizens and the government as well as the cost of ‘taking life’ in Nigeria; ‘life’ here mainly refers to that of the ‘underdog’ [the weaker Nigerian by dichotomy]. Religion and oil politics have led to the biggest massacres in Nigeria’s history, including the Civil War, but life is taken daily with sudden and unexpected spontaneity everywhere in the country for innumerable reasons, some totally inane. Tragically, unless the United Nations, Amnesty International or some heavyweight foreign NGO takes interest in the matter, Nigeria’s leaders, politicians and intellectuals simply ignore the problem. The White Man’s Burden all over again, in another dimension?
“We hang the petty thieves & appoint the great ones to public office” – Aesop. Was Aesop not talking about Nigeria? #UniPortFour – 11 Oct 2012
The tweet above was sent in reaction to the broadcast of the lynching to death by inferno of four University of Port Harcourt students alleged to have stolen a mobile phone. It was a major international embarrassment even though the international press did not run with it. Shortly afterwards there was another broadcast of a girl accused of stealing a Blackberry phone in a market in Lagos having a phone shoved up her vagina! On the other hand politicians and bureaucrats that are accused of stealing millions and billions of dollars from state coffers become more popular and powerful in the country. Continue reading