#JusticeforAluu4: MI Abaga Writes On Murdered UNIPORT Students In ‘The Hope Is The Worst Part Of It’

MI Abaga! Isn’t this rapper phenomenal? He writes songs and gets us dancing to his music and talking about it! He knows when its time to be playful as well when to get serious – sober and deep in thought.

MI Abaga is not unaware of the happenings around him as his contributions to national discourse reflects one who is conversant with the latest happenings – good or bad. He bares his mind without minding whose Ox is gored or whether he is the only voice in the wilderness. He spoke up when the debate over the Rick Ross video was raging in a piece titled ‘God forbid it!’ and now again, following the outrage that has greeted the senseless and callous murder of four undergraduate students of the University of Portharcourt, now known as ‘Aluu4’, the dimunitive raper has once again let us in on his thoughts in a blog sensationally titled ‘The hope is the worst part of it.’

Enjoy below and share your thoughts…

The hope is the worst part of it.

The way they lay there, beaten and broken, battered and bruised. Knowing their end had come for certain. Knowing that the crowd meant to see this through to the end. And yet, in the midst of all this certainty, in some small corner of their hearts, hoping. That something would happen, some miracle perhaps.

I am speaking of course, of the #Aluu4, students of University of Port Harcourt who were beaten and set ablaze last week.

I’d heard the news sometime last week and devoted all of 10 seconds of thought to it. I wondered briefly who the students were, and what could possibly have driven them to steal. I briefly wondered if they were really guilty but my mind quickly shied away from where that road could lead. I remembered all the stories I grew up hearing about thieves and the instant justice meted out to them, and mentally shook my head.

That would have been all, I suppose, but for the video. It is probably the most gruesome thing I have ever seen, and the worst I ever hope to see.

Hope.

There, I’ve said it again. Somehow it seems there is no escaping it.

Because when things like this happen, it seems our default reaction is to hope it will never happen to us or any one we know or love. Then we hope that our religion and hard work and luck will exempt us from senseless suffering. Sometimes we hope that right thing will be done, the wrong doers brought to book, and the victims receive some sort of justice.

Every day we hope the country we live in will be a better place for us and for our children.

And that is the problem with hope.

That we have allowed it to cripple us and render us inactive.

You , me, all of us who sit by hoping and doing nothing to change.

The question is not whether or not the 4 boys stole anything. That is quite besides the point.

Let us ask instead: What do I need to ensure my children do not grow up hearing stories like these?

What would it cost to make this country and are we willing to pay the price?

Because if I were there that day, would I have spoken up and done my best to put a stop to it? Or silently stood by, condemning the actions in my heart, but doing nothing? Would I have been seized by the bloodlust and fear and anger myself, and spurred them on with my shouts, and cries for blood, maybe tossed in a rock or two for good measure.

The society is a mirror of each of us. It is sad and sickening that this was allowed to happen. It shows us all what we are capable of, what w will each do given the right set of circumstances.

These 4 murdered men, their deaths should not be in vain. If anything good could come out of a mess so sordid, let it be that every Nigerian begins to think about the problem and what to do to solve it. Let it be that we understand the problem is ourselves and our failure to take a stand against injustice and lawlessness over the years. Let it be that we promise ourselves never to let this happen again. Not on our land. Not as long as we’re alive.

I hope this time we get it right.

-MIAbaga.com

14 Comments

  • Whoa!!, This is some piece you have written my brother. You have summed it up for all of us. We should all look beyond the ugly images we saw on the papers, for behind it lies a much more ugly society which we all belong. Corruption within the family, schools, civil service, law enforcement agencies, especially the Police Force, has all contributed to what happened in ALuu on that day, and in fact has been happening in Many other communities all over the country. It is a symptom of a very sick society.

  • Wat a world. 4 promising young men gone just like dat! Mehn dis is so sad SMH#. Tekena,chidiaka,ugonna & lloyd..rest in peace guys. Dats all I can say cos I’m so speechless #Tears drop

  • FOR DAYS NOW,I CANT SLEEP All NIGHT WITHOUT SEEING THE FACES OF THE ALLU4. IT REMINDS ME OF A MURDER IN 2001.THIS IS THE GREATEST INJUSTICE OF MAN TO MAN THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN(OMG).THE VILLAGERS KILLING THE BOYS AND ENJOYING IT WHILE THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN WATCHED. I LEARNT A LESSON FROM ONE OF THE BOYS. EVEN AT THE POINT OF DEATH,WHEN ALL HOPE WAS LOST HE STILL REMEMBERED OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.HAVE WE FORGOTTEN SO SOON THE WORLD OF THE LORD IN GENESIS 9 VS 6?WORDS CANNOT AND WILL NOT ADEQUATELY CONVEY MY PERSONAL ENORMITY AND THE ENORMITY OF MILLIONS OF OTHERS WHO WATCHED THE VIDEO OF THE MURDER.I CANT DO THAT EVEN TO MY WORST ENEMY.WATCHING THEM DIE SLOWLY WITH
    HEARTLESS BEATINGS.ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT WE ALL SHOULD REMEMBER THAT THE WORLD IS NOT OUR HOME AND NEVER WILL.I WEEP FOR NIGERIA.I ONLY TAKE SOLACE ON THE WORD OF THE LORD THAT SAYS THAT WE SHOULD NOT BE AFRAID OF HE WHO CAN TAKE LIFE BUT CANT TOUCH THE SOUL. BRETHREN,LETS NOT MURDER SLEEP IN OUR DOINGS, COS IF WE DO AND WHEN WE DO,LIKE MACBETH,WE WILL SLEEP NO MORE.
    FOOD FOR THOUGHT

  • No matter what we write here today I can promise us all that we shall never ever get over this horror! The above write up by MI makes a whole lot of sense, most times all we do is sit down and hope that things will be good again without getting up to do anything about it! But how can we live with ourselves knowing that the people who did this horrible thing will never be caught? Or even if caught will only get jail term? Those souls lost in such a devilish manner will never rest in peace and will continue to cry for justice but how many of us are willing to carry our matchetes and guns and march to Aluu to fish out those babarians? I know this may sound like another lawless call but I tell you in this matter if those culprits are not killed in similar fashion nobody’s mind will ever be at rest. Its like war, and we must defend our families and people from blood sucking beasts! I think its time to have a citizens forum where matters like this can be handled! Where people who think they are above the law can be eliminated! I will never be satisfied unless those people are caught and punished to death the way those boys died so everybody will realise you cannot just kill people like animals. I am not one of those who like to sit down and hope! I am ready to act! If there’s any group of like minded nigerians who are ready to go to aluu to make this right then pls I am prepared to join bcos I believe this is war!! You only need to watch the video to feel my pain! Boko haram is even better bcos a gun shot or bomb blast is quick and painless but for a young man to be stripped naked, his skull crushed until his brain is pouring out and then burnt alive is unacceptable! I still weep and cannot sleep well since the day I watched that video!

  • oh yes I agreed we can’t just seat and allow this wickness go like that.I want justice to be done.this injustice against humanity.I want a movement that can come togather and moblized toward this wickness.if there is any intereted person pls am interested in go to Aluu town to Fight for justice on the life of my people the student.let us take an action towards the inhuman act.in case any interest contact me.I will not rest until justice is do thank u

  • My question is, why didn’t those that were busy recording the beating, torture and killing of these guys call the police or take drastic action to save the lives of these guys? They had so much time to record yet they couldn’t call the police. The entire villagers, men, women and children could all be so heartless to stand by and watch these guys being murdered. They all have no moral justification to be alive. Let soldiers be drafted their and wipe them out. It shall never be well with them and their children’s children.

  • Thank you bro! But The question is, How do we see the changes we desired when we all sit down and fold our arms? We must stand up on our foot and speak with one voice, lets nail this menace to d wall once and for all! This lawlessness and state of anarchy must stop now.

  • Thank you bro! But The question is, How do we see the changes we desired when we all sit down and fold our arms? We must stand up on our foot and speak with one voice, lets nail this menace to d wall once and for all! This lawlessness and state of anarchy must stop now. Aluta continua victoria aserta amangla awetu…in the spirit of oneness and struggle..great nigerian student!

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