Monday, 29 June 2015

Africa and value of human life

Image result for deer crossing symbol
Would we ever care about people crossings in Nigeria? Less animals?
  
The "deer crossing" symbol intrigues me..it affirms that not only human life matters but even wildlife!!!

A short while ago, I was visiting with my friends, we had just had dinner at a restaurant near their home. As we drove back, I noticed the streetlights were off , so I asked why. "So as not to scare away the animals!!" came the response!!!.

We visited our family friends in their US countryside home from Nigeria a few years back , as we drove through their neighbourhood at night, I noticed the drivers dimmed their headlamps ever so often, so again I inquired, why? "Full lights scare the squirrels so we try to use just enough lights to see oncoming vehicles!!!". Phew!!

I instantaneously had a flashback to the cruelty to the cows at Kara close to the Lagos city entrance. The cows are clobbered till they bleed! Animal cruelty right? But the viciousness to animals that occur in Motherland does not start at that, it is a deluge of cruelty of man to fellow man. From battles for mere road space to life snatching battles for political power.

If namesake is right that a change can come. And that national reorientation is plausible. With the mammoth rottenness that is happening down there, in all tribes from young to old, in all sectors from grassroots to the presidency, corruption in the minds of literate and illiterates alike, my only question now is how do we navigate from these? ogbon wo la maa da??

- Written by Jumi

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