By James Olawaye
I have just viewed the video of the brutal murder of four young boys reported to be students of UNIPORT. It is a three minutes, thirty-three seconds video, i had to pause the video after about two minutes because my vision had become blurred; this wasn’t because the video was of a poor quality but because my eyes were clogged with tears.
I have seen corpses of people who died as a result of trauma but I have never witnessed such a horrible transition to death. For the first time in my life, I watched human beings lose their breath gradually and eventually become reduced to a mere mass of flesh, blood and bones. The agony and pains suffered by those boys is not deserved by anyone. I wonder if their souls will benefit from the ‘Rest in Peace’ mantra that appears in the prayers for departed souls. I cried as I watched them go into their throes of death; I wished I could put my hand through the screen of my phone to rescue them – I doubt my sanity at that moment.
What is/are the moral lesson(s) that Nigerians are supposed to pick from this incident which defies every possible adjectival qualification? Are the inhabitants of Aluu trying to teach Nigerians how to curb crime or how to deal with accused criminals? If that is the case, there are just as many criminals that deserve this treatment in various seats and offices of the Nigerian government. As much as I would condemn the actions of the devilish few that perpetuated this act, the banal many that watched it happen and the vacuous ones that made the recordings, I would still condemn the government.
One would ask, “Why does the government get the blame for the actions of a few who have decided to act out of their minds?” The truth is most Nigerians are out of their minds; thanks to the government! For those who haven’t lost it or trying hard to remain sane, they have decided to see the tinge of hope in the cloud of hopelessness that prevails over their everyday lives. This occurrence only happened because, according to news, the members of the community thought the boys belonged to the group of robbers they claimed had terrorized the community for a while. With a proper scrutiny, I observed that the members of that community suffered largely from a barrage of low-life factors such as insecurity, illiteracy, joblessness and without doubt, poverty.
If the Police force in Aluu community was effective and not derelict in duty, the people would have considered handing over the boys to them. Instead of a feeling of security, what the Nigerian Police force puts on the minds of Nigerians is fear. The only Police officer who is interested in anyone’s safety is the one hired for private services, he would at the least get a better pay for that than doing his official duties. The state of the Nigerian police is saddening…the corrupt majority has created in the hearts of Nigerians hatred laced with passion, for them. The police force is supposed to be the security arm of the government but apparently that is one of necrotic ends of the Nigerian government- security is nothing worthy of good mention in the country. It is for this reason that the Aluu incident occurred. Nigeria is a country where every citizen is responsible for his own security. That the government cares about our security is a ludicrous thing to believe, it is evident in our everyday lives.
Although I haven’t lived beyond the shores of our dear nation, I am literate enough to know the level of literacy of many countries. I remember a doctor (who studied in Singapore) once told me that only about 1% of the population of Singapore was not literate- I do not know how true this is. However, literacy is mostly acquired through good education. Most Nigerians don’t even have access to poor education; talk more of good education. I don’t know what Aluu is like but it is evident that many members of the community are uncivilised, despite the presence of a higher institution of learning in its environs. Sometimes I wonder what the government’s plan for education is. I am made to believe that the government is not interested in having literate citizens is because it fears more people will be empowered and knowledgeable; and trust me, no people are as dangerous as those who know their rights and how to defend it.
From the video, I observed the murder occurred during the day; I did not have to wonder why there were so much people at the scene-apparently, the murderers, viewers and cameramen were all on annual leave from their various jobs. “An idle hand is the devil’s workshop”- the people of Aluu interpreted that well.
Let us see Aluu community as a miniature Nigeria, it is filled with people who are burning with rage, deprived of their rights; they have to protect themselves and don’t know why; they have questions that are unanswered.
The boys who were killed at Aluu were only victims of the intermittent spasm of anger of the citizens against the government.
Nigerians are insane, we are running out of our minds; the government had better provided medicines that would calm us down- basic needs! I haven’t said the government is completely insensitive but the government should make real her promises and stop feeding us daily with bunches of hokum!