M.I Abaga: The danger of hope


If anything good could come out of a mess so sordid, let it be that every Nigerian begins to think about the problem and what to do to solve it.

When things like the Aluu Mob killings happen, it seems our default reaction is to hope. Hope it will never happen to us or any one we know or love. Then we hope that our religion and hard work and luck will exempt us from senseless suffering. Sometimes we hope that right thing will be done, the wrong doers brought to book, and the victims receive some sort of justice.

Every day we hope the country we live in will be a better place for us and for our children.

And that is the problem with hope.

That we have allowed it to cripple us and render us inactive.

You , me, all of us who sit by hoping and doing nothing to change. Stand up and sign the Mob Justice Prohibition Bill.

The question is not whether or not the 4 boys stole anything. That is quite besides the point.

Let us ask instead: What do I need to ensure my children do not grow up hearing stories like these? Sign the Mob Justice Prohibition Bill.

What would it cost to make this country better and are we willing to pay the price?

Because if I were there that day, would I have spoken up and done my best to put a stop to it? Or silently stood by, condemning the actions in my heart, but doing nothing? Would I have been seized by the blood-lust and fear and anger myself, and spurred them on with my shouts, and cries for blood, maybe tossed in a rock or two for good measure.

The society is a mirror of each of us. It is sad and sickening that this was allowed to happen. It shows us all what we are capable of, what w will each do given the right set of circumstances.

These 4 murdered men, their deaths should not be in vain (click here to ensure that). If anything good could come out of a mess so sordid, let it be that every Nigerian begins to think about the problem and what to do to solve it. Let it be that we understand the problem is ourselves and our failure to take a stand against injustice and lawlessness over the years. Let it be that we promise ourselves never to let this happen again. Not on our land. Not as long as we’re alive.

I hope this time we get it right. Let’s get it right and sign a petition now.



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Comments (6)

  1. nigerian situation is getting wose every , can you imagin that human being will kill his daughter, wife and burn his apartment , why is all this rubish use to happen in nigeria?

  2. I'm with you on this MI.


  3. That's my Jos boy! We always care fo community

  4. Dear Jude Abaga,

    I commend your write up. I really hope (sic) Nigerians will decide en masse to legalise this Bill. One thing though, its not just enough to put pen to paper over this intended law. Will it be implemented? Enforced to the letter?

    One can only do one's best & continue hoping.

    Thank you!

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