February 15, 2020. By Omoluabi John
For once , it ’ s important we face the truth and tell ourselves the truth . The killings and abductions in some parts of the country are attaining disturbing propositions . It is then not right to continue pretending that all is well .
Eavesdropper finds it distasteful that after the booing of presido in Maiduguri some people who know more than others. Those who feel they understand the people more than the people understand themselves have come to say na some opposition politicians mobilised those who carried out the booing . Haba , why are we like this ? We are always trying to leave the substance and run after things that are inconsequential .
Even person wey hin eyes no see properly can view the anger of the people as presido ’s convoy sped out of the town . The crowd ’ s display of emotion dey too huge for anyone to try to make it appear insignificant . At this stage of our national life, Eavesdropper thinks those with positions at the seat of power should try and feel the pulse of the people to clearly understand the mood of the nation .
This is a state where insurgents have nearly turned into their haven , killing at will. Few days ago , 30 travellers were killed by the insurgents and families of the dead are somewhere mourning . They deserve to be consoled . But if such consolation isn’ t coming , they should be left to mourn in peace . Rather than assist the bereaved to get over their loss , we are smuggling politics into everything . Which way Nigeria !
Many times , Eavesdropper wonders if there ’s any iota of humanity left in the veins of our people as everything is always shrouded in politics. One expects genuine meeting with the families of the dead with huge assistance on how to help in their healing process . But because we live in a country where life is cheap , where life has no value , we moved away from individuals in pains and focus on something banal.
Is this even the time to be rationalising about the type of politicians allegedly behind the booing ? In fact , given that such claim is true , how has it assisted in stemming the insecurity that has held the jugular of the country? Such crowd -funding if it ’s true in this situation is immaterial as the reality on ground is the most important thing to face . Eavesdropper is disturbed that it has become a trademark in Nigeria for us to continually chase shadows to the detriment of cogent , salient issues .
Funnily enough those people see how things are done in western countries where human lives are invaluable . Animals used as pets are well catered for not to talk of humans . We can even pretend that we care ( though many people know we don ’ t) at least to give the bereavement semblance of hope that they have not been left to grief alone . Not long ago , one who has become a professor in propaganda because of current spoils of office was comparing killings in the country now with the one ones that took place during the past administrations . It ’s inconceivable and totally disturbing . This shows what we have reduced humanity to .
In the abroad where they run to for treatment even if they’ve symptoms of cold , Eavesdropper knows that such killings would have elicited national mourning . Wreaths would have been laid with serious leaders taking decisive steps . Those found culpable at the initial stage before investigation would have been suspended . But here we are trading what is not . We are stating what should not even be the focus of our argument . If we wan argue say we run democracy the way advanced countries do , we should be ready to do things in the proper ways that they do them . People no fit sleep close their eyes again . What should bother us now is how to make the country safe for everyone . Or we want to deny the fact that killings have assumed a disturbing level in Nigeria ? Few days ago in Kaduna State , emotion ran high as the corpse of the slain seminarian was laid to rest. A woman was also and her two kids abducted with her released . These are fresh incidents among many others. The reality in Nigeria now is that the level of insecurity has increased and no one should hide under politics to justify anything .
Lassa fever , coronavirus in trouble
The world should rejoice now as Nigerian scientists have been charged to find cure for Lassa fever and coronavirus with a promise that anyone able to attain the feat would get a reward of N 36 m .
This is going to let the world know that Nigerian scientists are equal to the task. In fact , China should just relax as Nigerian scientists will let them know that coronavirus is no big deal . As new as it is, the virus will be conquered and all will rejoice. But wait o, coronavirus is new and Lassa fever has been in the country for quite some time . Why has there been no cure for it all these years and it is now that we are envisaging to find a cure?
Eavesdropper is of the view that the scientists should have shown ingenuity in that area for long particularly as the virus has killed many . Or the dangling of N 36 m before our tested scientists will bring the much needed cure for it? Well, Eavesdropper like many other Nigerians will be glad if that feat is attained. The time will not matter much if at the end of the day solution emerges .