My confusion - WHAT IS GOING ON ????.................................................
I know Nigeria has always had its share of challenges BUT this violence is just spiraling out of control.
Since January 2010, Boko Haram has been at the heart of so many atrocities. This year alone, they have been behind several attacks - including a car bomb attack on the Police HQ; a bomb blast at a bar near an Abuja barracks. Needless to say, innocent lives have been lost
Surprisingly, it seems that whenever the perpetrators are even caught, they are killed instantly. How will we ever get to the root of all this if those who can reveal more - are killed as soon as they are captured?
Some may feel the best way to deal with Nigeria's challenges is to pretend they dont exist. I beg to differ. Even if I am not a politician, my conscience dictates I must speak/rant/cry........................whatever.
The Irish philosopher, Edmund Burke (1729-1797) once said - 'All that's necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing'
While I pray for God to intervene in Nigeria's future; I also pray that those who are in a position to stop this violence do not adopt the principle of 'See no Evil; Hear no Evil and Speak no Evil'
If they do, the repercussions will be disastrous.
The poem below by Martin Niemoller (1892-1984) was originally written about the failure of German intellectuals to condemn Nazi rise to power.
I do believe the poem totally encapsulates what happens when evil is allowed to take root in any society:
First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist,
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak for me
*sigh* Please have a blessed week