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#1 Sunstar191

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 06:32 AM

You’re not to be so blind with
patriotism that you can’t face reality.
Wrong is wrong, no matter who does
it or says it.” — Malcolm X Last week, Wednesday, evil visited
the streets of South East London and
in broad daylight too. The news came
in trickles so as not to alarm people; it
was in the evening that the full horror
of the event was unleashed as we watched a surreal still picture of a
young man clutching a bloodied
cleaver and knife. It was very horrific,
gruesome and shocking. Across the
street, you could catch glimpse of a
body lying on the floor. It was the lifeless body of drummer Lee Rigby, a
serving soldier in the British army. So there we were, watching the news
when we heard and saw that the
killers were two young black men,
then we were told that they were
extremists.So as the night wore on,
information filtered through that they were Nigerians. Like lightening the
rumour mill went on overdrive, the
condemnations and derision began.
Eventually, the press had identified
the young men and this was when the
full vilification grew. Many Nigerians took to the social
networks not so much as to condemn
the crime, but to tell one another of
their displeasure that these Nigerians
had tarnished their image. So I ask
you if two Nigerians committed these gruesome crime so does that make all
Nigerians guilty? Or does it make all
Muslims guilty? Or all men guilty? I
think not. So why are Nigerians
making so much fuss whether they
are Nigerians or not, or whether they are British-Nigerians, Yoruba or
Muslim? A crime is a crime, no matter
who commits it. It seems that
Nigerians are more concerned that a
Nigerian is seen in a bad light and in
full view of the world and they are angry that they are been tarnished.
They hate to lose face and that
matters the most. Excuse me, a crime was committed
and all they could say about is these
young men who happen to be
Nigerians that they have besmirch
their image. This is the trouble with
Nigerians; we are quick to remove ourselves when we feel ashamed,
insulted and so we disassociate
ourselves by removing whatever the
offending person and revert behind
tribal lines, religious lines and
patriotic lines. We have misplaced morals and instead of learning from
incidents such as this, we avoid
dealing with the problem, we are
quick to play the blame game and
pass the buck. There is only so much
we play the avoidance tactics, one day we will have to come face to
face with ourselves and our
problems. So in order not to lose face these two
men, Michael Adebolaja and Michael
Adebowale, say are not Nigerians
because they are born in Britain and
that makes them British.So, whatever
they have done, some Nigerians reasoned that then they must be
British problem. The Nigerian High Commissioner to
United Kingdom, Dr Dalhatu Tafida,
declared that these killers should be
brought to justice according to the
law irrespective of their nationality,
that: “Even if they are Nigerians or my own children I will disown them and I
expect the government to deal with
them according to the law. I was
shocked and disgusted when I heard
the news. Whoever has the audacity
to kill someone and stand out proudly as if they have done something
majestic must face the law.” What can I say? Do we deal with all
our problems by throwing it away or
instead should we not be exploring
what might have gone wrong so that
we can learn from it, and then make
necessary adjustments. If we don’t do that we are bound to make the same
mistake over and over again, thus, we
will never learn and move forward. I really am uncomfortable that people
are more concerned that these young
people are British Nigerians rather,
than the fact that these are disturbed,
misguided, miscreants who have
committed cold blooded murder. For what they did I would have expected
Nigerians to be appalled and shocked
at the crime committed and whatever
they thought of the young men should
be secondary. I believe that some
people are convinced that whenever one Nigerian does anything bad it
reflects on all Nigerians. Stop blaming
others for what you have or don’t
have, or for what you feel or don’t
feel. When you blame others for what
you’re going through, you deny your responsibility and perpetuate the
problem. Blaming is a game we are so good at,
it is a sorry excuse and making
excuses is the first step towards
failure; it seems we do that a lot. Do I
feel ashamed that they are Nigerians
like myself? No, like anywhere else in the world, there are good and bad
people and these men were rotten to
the core. They do not represent me or
my family or my friends and anyone
that tars all Nigerians with the same
brush, do not care to know all Nigerians and so, will be making a
judgement that defines who they
really are: prejudiced. You cannot be responsible for every
Nigerian that acts out of the norms
and values of our host countries. We,
and I mean those who work closely
with the community in the UK are
dealing with the aftermath everyday by ensuring that we stand shoulder
to shoulder with the rest of the law
abiding people; that we will not
accept terror on our streets or
anywhere else for that matter, no
matter who commits the crime . What I am so impressed about is that
different people from all races have
come together to denounce this crime
and we as community leaders are
ensuring that we act fast to identify
any other young people who may be susceptible to take to this misguided
and disruptive path. Let open a
dialogue; provide a productive and
constructive way so that they are
nurtured to use their talents, skills and
build a better future for themselves and their loved ones. We do not want
to condemn any young person to the
rubbish heap; this is where the
resentment set in. What we want for
them is for them to contribute
positively to the country. In my area, the police have doubled
their presence in a supportive way to
reassure people that they are working
together with the black community;
that they are being responsible and
supportive to those in the community that may need the visibility of the
police force. So, for those Nigerians
who are quick to speculate and
condemn a whole generation in one
quick swoop: I say to you, please
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