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The Wages Of Evil And Wickedness by ajuksobi: 5:37pm On Dec 31, 2023
THE WAGES OF EVIL AND WICKEDNESS

By:
Ajukura, Fidelis O.
31st December, 2023.

As this year, 2023 winds up and 2024 is about to begin in earnest, we should be reminded about the wages of evil and wickedness. When the Bible says: 'the wages of sin is death' and 'there is no peace for the wicked', we must understand that these are not mere rhetoric but infallible and indubitable truth. Any man who indulges in any form of wickedness certainly will pay the price.

I was born and raised in the metropolitan city of Port Harcourt popularly known in those days as 'Pitakwa'. Port Harcourt, from inception has been home to different people; the good, the bad and the ugly'. We have, in our own very eyes seen how the bad and wicked people, one after the other ended in shame. Many of them, who, through their evil gotten wealth elevated themselves to the status of god lost everything they had toiled for including their own lives within split seconds. In 1991, a particular strong man, Izi Joe who lived in Diobu part of Port Harcourt was killed in a wild rampage carried out by Diobu youths against criminal elements and their sponsors. Owing to a deluge of crime in the city, a number of young men gathered at the popular Ikoku Spare Part market complaining about the spate of crime in the city and what can be done to arrest the ugly situation. Suddenly, in one accord, they decide to purge the city, particularly Diobu of all workers of criminality. With one resolve, the small gathering which later transformed into a mighty crowd, like a tsunami moved through the streets of Diobu consuming every criminal: those that were not around, their properties were brought out and set ablaze. When the irate youths arrived at the residence of Izi Joe at Abel Jumbo street, the house was deserted, Izi Joe's boys have all ran away. When words got to Izi Joe in one of his mistresses house that his residence was under attack by some boys, he jumped into his white 504 saloon car and headed straight to his house; his intention was to confront the boys but was shocked to find a mammoth crowd there. Without wasting time, he was identified, beaten black and blue before flinging him into the already burning house. But he managed to come out of the fire heavily burnt and ran to Holy Cross, a private hospital at Abel Jumbo street by Ojoto street where he finally gave up the ghost. In Diobu where Izi Joe reigned as a terror, the people confirmed that 'the wages of sin is indeed death'. Shortly after Izi Joe's death, the community people took over the land because the house was completely razed down and later sold to a church. All of Izi Joe's wisdom turned to foolishness. In the process of trying to gain the whole world, he lost everything including his own life. What foolishness!

Like Izi Joe, multitude of evil and wicked people have ended in most tragic ways. Personally, I have no remembrance of any evil or wicked man who ended well. All the men that were said to be mean and wicked ended their lives in agony and shame. Beside ending in tragedy, none of them had a reasonable child or children. Instead, it is the children of the common but good men that have become the movers and shakers of our present society. From the loins of the good men in Diobu have emerged Governors, Deputy Governors, Senators, Ministers, Commissioners, Lecturers, Business Moguls etc.

It pays to flee from every appearances of evil because its consequences is too heavy.

Have a happy and prosperous new year!

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