So long as you are a Nigerian or African by virtue of birth yet residing there, you don’t need to be told that speaking against injustice and oppression in the face of power mongers is one of the toughest tasks and the most daring journey for one to engage in. Because those monsters with the decorated regalia of leadership attached to their horrible body are hard to try on the basis of power.
The accounts of some prominent activists in Nigeria like Ken Saro Wiwa, Dele Giwa and the rest is enough to send threaten our psyche into this murky affair of criticism.
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When you have a family to look for in your life, being a critic is not your profession, more especially in a toxic society like ours where leaders go mad to an extent that they can afford to get rid of you the more you move to touch their power even if you are on the right lane.
The asylum seeker Ja’afar Ja’afar and the Dadiyata of unknown whereabout saga should serve as lessons to all of us (emerging critics) because both of them have family to look after, yet they lost the most precious gift of nature ‘family’ for being critics of tyrants.
And all they (tyrants) deliberately fail to know is that, this world is just a temporary apartment for us, and we shall be asked of whatever we have done hereafter. When we die we must be judged accordingly by our creature thereby everyone receive his portion of reward based on his deeds. Good home for good actions doers, bad for bad actions doers.
However, how I wish, someday, those people that enjoyed the bed of tyranny would find a tiny size of pity in their hearts which will whisper in their ears an idea to console those they oppressed and seek their forgiveness. Only few lucky ones tend to do away with their egoistic and huffish feelings and politely seek people’s pardon.
May we not be a victim of injustice for standing against injustice and tyranny in our society.