Rivers Crisis:The Use Of A Mace, Murder Of Aluu 4 And A Nation’s Reputation (2)

(By MacDonald Amaran)

With the blackberry, facebook, twitter and all the social media outlets a peaceful protest like the one Martin Luther led is no longer fashionable as it can be hijacked by an individual or group of persons from far away with false information that may lead to loss of lives and property. Like responsible civil people we now write in the hope that you will read and at least see our views and borrow some of our suggestions. You ignore us and so we resort to prayers in churches and mosques. The bombs were thrown, we continued to pray and nurture our various ‘corns’ so we can survive and feed our family which has now become goals of many with only a few able to feed clans. We are trying to recover from all those we have lost to plane crashes, election brouhaha, bomb blast (may God have mercy particularly on the Madala bombers) and a few others. 

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ALL am asking is a serene peaceful atmosphere for me to design my models with the aid of my scales, compass, lead point and holder, using my tracking paper on my drafting table, drinking coffee that I worked so hard to buy. Just give me power, oh sorry, light so we can see. We even bought a generator but you will not let me buy fuel to use it. As carpenters who use hammers and screwdrivers, making good furniture and being able to sell them to make, at least, a living is our goal.  We pay tax, but you will not follow up on good roads and you will not make laws to ensure the laws that were made are enforced to serve me better. On top all of this, we stay calm and quiet, believing you are having a few challenges which would soon end so you can perform better. We refuse to take to the streets to let you know we are not happy because we believe it is no longer a good idea.

   With the blackberry, facebook, twitter and all the social media outlets a peaceful protest like the one Martin Luther led is no longer fashionable as it can be hijacked by an individual or group of persons from far away with false information that may lead to loss of lives and property. Like responsible civil people we now write in the hope that you will read and at least see our views and borrow some of our suggestions. You ignore us and so we resort to prayers in churches and mosques. The bombs were thrown, we continued to pray and nurture our various ‘corns’ so we can survive and feed our family which has now become goals of many with only a few able to feed clans. We are trying to recover from all those we have lost to plane crashes, election brouhaha, bomb blast (may God have mercy particularly on the Madala bombers) and a few others.

  Not long ago four creative young boys were gruesomely murdered in Alu. I am yet to recover from it how much more their families. We turn on our television to catch the news as we usually do from our various architectural, legal, medical, engineering and civil service farms etc and we are greeted with news which is now all over the internet showing a Nigerian citizen of Rivers State smashing the head of a fellow Nigerian citizen of Rivers State. My heart bleeds for this country. As I watched the video my mind swiftly flashed back to the ALU 4. You may wish to spot the difference. Those boys didn’t survive because there was nowhere to run to. Enough is enough. We need lawyers who not only know the rules but know when to allow for suspension of rules for the purposes of deliberations, lawyers who will speak up for justice, equity, fairness and with good conscience — who have it at the back of their minds that we are not meant to be slavish to rules, that the rules were made for order and justice. It’s all about integrity, oriented intelligence, one predicated on a mind long conditioned to do justice. I urge all reasonable people to support reasonable people or put themselves up for elections. You had better come out and run for election when the time is right for you whoever you may be.

  A 16-year-old girl is addressing the United Nations. Things are happening across the world, nations are making progress in wind power, solar plants are being built, and new laws are being enacted to deal with obsolete old ones. Nations are having new allies; the world is moving. What is wrong with us in Nigeria?  There is a man as I write this article before whom the world is trembling because at the mention of his name, everyone is concerned about what will become of him; no one wants to lose him. The reason is simple. He fought a good fight with bare hands, not with weapons of war, but with language and words. He transformed a nation and brought relevance to a continent. He will forever be remembered for his legacies. History will never forget him; unborn children will speak well of him in their old age. When he dies like we all will, every reasonable human being will take note and if possible be at his funeral to pay their last respects or be glued to their TV sets—a man who should be emulated. His name is NELSON MANDELA.

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