Nigeria and Her Dead Children in Yobe By Aremu Lateef Olalekan
As the news of the murder of school children in Yobe state filtered in on the 5th of July, I remembered mummy Akin and her reaction each time we had to discuss our precious Akin that death snatched from us. I remembered what hope and aspiration had died with our Akinwande and those helpless children of Modubo, Yobe state.
I felt the pain of the parents of those kids, the trauma of their teachers and I can picture the look on the faces of their friends. I asked myself; for how long do we have to endure this bestiality? For how long do we have to keep sacrificing our future generations? For how long do I have to watch brothers and sisters get caught in this endless madness (Bayero University bombing still fresh on my mind). A friend’s death due to malaria or whatever curable disease is understandable, but forty two children killed in cold blood is too much for any sane society to bear.
As usual, the murder of these children had been placed at the doorstep of the dreaded Boko Haram sect, but the question is that if Boko Haram can still muster enough strength to carry out such heinous crime as it has been claimed. Where did the victory the army had been celebrating come from? Moreover, the crime occurred in a state where state of emergency is in place. There are thousands of Nigeria soldiers in Yobe state especially in the Potiskum axis where the crime was perpetuated. Where were the soldiers when the crime was committed? Why were the children singled out to be murdered in a whole community? Why has the defence headquarters not issued a statement on the issue? Indeed, so many questions begging for answers.
Does the Nigerian government even care about us the future generation? Do they care if we live or die? Perhaps they don’t because it never affects their looting. The Nigerian child has already suffered enough deprivation in the hands of our heartless leaders. He never had good schools to attend. He never had good hospitals to receive treatment (maybe Akinwande wouldn’t have died if our health care delivery had been good). The Nigerian child had never been privileged to have access to safe drinking water. The Nigerian child is malnourished. He never had parental care. The Nigerian child is the almajiris and area boys. Vacations are luxuries that can only happen in Hollywood movies to the Nigerian child. In short, the Nigerian child had never had anything good. The only thing the Nigerian child has ever had (his life) is now been taken with impunity and those who swore to protect these lives watch helplessly or rather decided to turn blind eye to the plight of the dying children.
We are Nigerians, our strength lie in our ability to forget things; we forget things quickly and easily. Overtime we will forget the murder of these children and go back to the things that matters to us; Big Brother Africa, European football etc. But let it be sounded loud and clear to the people in authority, if the murder of Modubo 42 should go like the others without conclusive investigation, the spirit of these children will haunt them and whoever is involved will never know peace. The blood of the massacred children of Modubo will not let them reap the fruit of their labour.
Aremu Lateef Olalekan is a serving Corp member in Gombe state, Nigeria
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