Permit me to borrow the title of the prison notes of Professor Wole Soyinka published in 1971. He expressed his fears during his twenty two months incarceration for supporting the Ibo. He concluded that man doesn’t have to accept failure as his lot, but can rise above failure with the help of others.
Borrowing from Prof. Wole Soyinka, the man in you dies when you keep quiet in the face of injustice.
The man in you dies when you pretend like it doesn’t concern you when the man in uniform is unjustly harassing the man in mufti on the road.
The man in you dies when you refuse to speak against wrong policies of the government that have direct negative impact on you and your children, both living and yet unborn.
The man in you dies when you support tyrannical leaders because of the loots you share with them.
The man in you dies when you misplaced justice as a judge or magistrate because you have been settled.
The man in you dies when all you do is pray for your leaders but refuse to speak when they are going wrong.
The man in you dies when you cede your mind and reasoning to your spiritual leaders and fail to weigh their counsel upon the scale of truth and free conscience.
The man in you dies when you allow the pursuit of survival to drown out the voice of purpose crying for fulfilment in you.
How many times has the man in you died? Is there still a man in you?
God bless us all.
If you want to bring the man in you back to life, let us meet on 22nd October at the ‘Step Out of the Confines of Comfort’ seminar.
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