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Where Is The Trust And Sincerity In Nigeria by ajuksobi: 7:11pm On Jan 12

Ajukura, Fidelis O.
12th January, 2024.

The hornet's nest has been violently stirred and the vespa wasp is on rampage. In the midst of the confusion, everyone is running helter skelter! Nobody knows who's next to be stung.The land is no longer safe. But who evoked this evil and malevolent spirit tormenting our country? It must be the devil himself.

Why is there so much mistrust and suspicion in our society today? Only few decades ago, the Nigerian society was a bastion of peace and happiness. One could traverse the entire country without entertaining fear of any kind. Illiterate and uneducated men and women moved from one end of the country to another to buy and sell without harassment or intimidation. At a time, women in southern Nigeria discovered the Baga Fish market in Bornu state where they go to buy fish. These women travelled great distance before arriving at Baga, a small riverine village around Lake Chad where they returned with dry fishes carefully arranged in cartons of various sizes. Rather than narrate a story of assault and victimization, the women talked about the warm and hospitable treatment they received from their hosts. Similarly, they talked about the beautiful landscape and the simple lifestyle of the people.

In metropolitan centers like Kaduna, people of different religion lived in peace and harmony: no one disparaged the faith of another. Farmers and herders treated each other with respect. In fact, they lived together without a feeling of doubt and uncertainty. One of my senior colleagues who hails from Benue state confirmed to me that it is by living together with the Fulanis in their village, Taraku that he learned how to speak Hausa language. Because of this cordiality, marriage was contracted between some of his Tiv people and the Fulanis. Life, during this period was peaceful and enjoyable.

Outside the Benue valley, the Fulanis conducted themselves in a decent and honourable manner. Everywhere they went, they shepherded their cattle in such a manner that there was no friction between them and their hosts.

In those good old days, Nigerians related with one another in truth and sincerity: stranded persons easily got help or support from fellow citizens. Parents whose children attended school in distant places only had to hand over their children to driver of any vehicle heading to the same destination and the children will arrive in school safe and sound. In the political arena as well as other areas of leadership, leaders operated with a reasonable measure of decency and accountability. In those days, leaders didn't have to steal the way leaders of today do. At least, there was still a sizeable portion of the image of God left in them. It was during this period that Nigeria recorded a gargantuan human and infrastructural development. Regrettably, Nigeria has transmogrified into a land governed by greed and wickedness. A land where crime has become a norm. In our society, people commit all manner of heinous atrocities without any form of remorse. In fact, Nigeria is currently described by many as a 'crime scene'.

Following the high level of greed and wickedness in the land, trust and sincerity have receded to the background - people no longer trust themselves like they used to in time past. Late last year, professor Moyo Okediji, a Nigerian lecturing in a US university recounted the bitter experience he suffered in the hands of Nigerian security operatives. According to him:
'I came in through Ghana and decided to enter Nigeria by road so that I could see the lagoon landscape... Everything went well in Ghana, Togo, Benin Republic until I stepped into Nigeria. Na there trouble start oooo!'
Professor Okediji would have been robbed by the very people who are supposed to protect him if not for the timely intervention of a crowd of young Igbo men who saved him from the hands of the Nigeria Police attached to the Festac Mile two station.

In Nigeria, everywhere stinks of corruption and criminality. Make one slight mistake and you're 'pepper soup'. Everybody moves with his or her eyes wide open because nobody knows who to trust.

Few years ago, in the part of Makurdi called North Bank, a woman was late for work and begged her neighbour who operates a commercial motorcycle popularly known as 'Okada' to help drop-off her children in school. The man agreed only to hand the three children to ritual killers who didn't hesitate to slaughter the children and subsequently removed their heads and other vital organs in the body. When the children's teachers didn't see them in school, they called the mother of the children to know why the children didn't come to school because they were known to be regular in school. When the woman heard this, she became alarmed and called her neighbour immediately. When the man did not pick after several dail, she drove home immediately only to find the man moving his things from his apartment. When the woman saw this, she held the man and demanded to know the whereabout of her children. When no reasonable explanation came from the man, she raised alarm which attracted other neighbours.Together, they dragged the man to the police station where he confessed his wickedness and later took the police men to the scene of crime where the remains of the children were discovered. On sighting the decapitated and mutilated bodies of her children, the woman fell down and died. This is what goes on in our society on a regular basis. As a result, everybody is living in fear. People don't trust one another.

How did we get to this level of greed and wickedness? How can we return to the days of old when love, truth and sincerity reigned supreme in our country? We all have a duty to think and eschew this great evil because, if we continue in this disgusting path, we shall all be consumed.
Re: Where Is The Trust And Sincerity In Nigeria by Writer50: 7:12pm On Jan 12

No peace of mind 24/7

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