When a nation “MOVES ON SO EASILY ”
By Paschal Mbanefo.
Tragedies are bound to occur, crimes are part and parcel of a society, but what defines the sanity of a society is proactive and reactive actions taken either to forestall occurrences of these tragedies or crimes, or at least bring perpetrators to justice as a deterrent to perpetuity of such atrocities. Unfortunately, humanism is inexcusably fast evading us, perhaps being challenged by the reckless priority to water the garden of our insatiable avarice.
You may be wondering where this sermon is heading to, but relax for it is not far-fetched. This emerging tendency by both our leaders and followers alike to “move on so easily” is one of the greatest challenges to responsible and accountable leadership. Nothing emboldens tyrants and domineering leaders like a palpable absence of challenge and constant interrogation by the followers. Apathy and lack of active citizen participation through unflinching calls for accountability and responsibility has been the bane and the greatest catalyst to continued impunity and disregard to rule of law. Though there are efforts in this regard but they are highly infinitesimal.
Just under this administration, Shiite Muslims were massacred in their numbers for a crisis that could have been nipped in the bud without extreme and fatal force. As I am writing this, their leader, El-Zakzacky who was brutalized is yet to regain his freedom. “We moved on” and nobody has been made to give proper account of what transpired in Zaria.
Terrorists and murderers who have continued to hide under the guise of herdsmen, with due respect to genuine herdmen have been killing people on a sole determinant factor which is “WHEN THEY WANT”, and they are not being brought to book. And it seems “we are moving on with it”
Need I talk about Ozubulu massacre with it’s attendant record breaking investigation that culminated in the unfounded assumption that drug barons struck in violent negotiation of deals. Even if we are to buy into that in fairness, aren’t the barons humans? What did the victims get, just lucky to get a requiem mass perhaps because the church in their kindness was directly involved. “We moved on”.
IPOB members were dastardly tortured and brutalized with some sent to their untimely death by their “national army”. As I am writing this no serious investigations into those barbarism, and the whereabout of their leader still unknown and slowly we are about moving on.
Let no one express surprise tomorrow if you hear or read that peaceful protesters are massacred in Lagos. Injustice has no religious, tribal or gender face, it will always be injustice no matter where it was perpetrated, on whom it was decorated with and how it was perpetrated. We should all rise up collectively as humans and condemn injustice, tyranny and subjugation anywhere we see them. That’s the duty we owe our nation as responsible citizens.
If we continue to “MOVE ON EASILY ” in the face of injustice, then injustice will unabashedly march on in our face.