Why have our land become killing fields? Why do the earth beneath us delights so much in drinking blood of innocent people? Why are dreams and destinies being truncated even before they are formed?
And why have we become so used to these killings? Why do we act as if all is well? Even if our leaders have lost every sense of concern and responsibility to provide security for the governed, should we also close our eyes to these killings?
Benue State, Plateau State, Gombe State, Adamawa State, Kaduna State have all become killing fields. As if the menace of Boko Haram is not enough, unknown herdsmen (or whatever name they are called), maraud villages leaving sorrow, tears and blood in their wake. It was “Unknown Soldiers” years back, now it is “Unknown Herdsmen”.
Yet the nation’s security apparatuses all converged at the ruling party’s National Congress while people were being maimed in their sleeps. Isn’t it ironic that it is this same set of people these leaders will go back to with the intention of canvassing for votes.
The man in everyone of us dies daily because we refuse to voice out against these killings. Can we begin to shout this out on all social media? Can we deafen the ears of this government with our voice of disapproval of these killings and the government inability to secure people’s lives.
While we watch the Super Eagles at the World Cup, while we celebrate our individual successes and post our pictures on social media, let us remember that there is a child out there who has been rendered fatherless, and there is a woman out there who has been widowed suddenly, and a family out there who has been rendered homeless.
Let us cry out in protests to the government and also in prayer to God, maybe our cries will attract some attention.
May the souls of the departed in Plateau, Adamawa, and elsewhere find rest with their Maker.
Have a great week.