#Freeevans: Nigerians’ Warped Sense Of Judgement
The infamous kidnapper was caught two weeks ago. We are alarmed by the ransom figures. One million dollars is a lot of money! And as the story goes, he got that sum twice – from two different kidnaps! This is a man with little education. When he was a driver, he stole from different employers. I heard he took off with N350,000 when one of his employers left him in the car to attend to a meeting. After hovering around the East, his audacity led him back to Lagos where he eventually established himself as a criminal. He built everything from crime. If you have had the misfortune of having a loved one kidnapped, the harrowing details never leave you. For the victims, it stays with them forever; nightmares and fear that can drive one insane. The stories are everywhere; children have been kidnapped from schools. Do you know what they do to little children? Do you know what the parents have to go through?
With the police lacking in modern technologies to enhance their work, many kidnappers go scot-free. In Evans’ case, he became a millionaire right in the centre of all his atrocities. He probably even had police escorts, had a presence in church, and sponsored many traditional festivities. It is the way the black man announces wealth and splendour.
Thankfully, his activities have been nipped in the bud by the authorities. In a proper society, everyone will heave a sigh of relief and be thankful to have one less criminal to worry about. But not Nigerians.
Nigerians, as usual, have turned this case on top of its head. They have managed to make this a tribal issue. “Oh! The authorities are out to destroy an Igbo man.” “Why didn’t they catch the so-and-so Fulani man who did so-and-so?” “What about the Benin man who did so-and-so?”
There’s another set of Nigerians who show signs of grave psychosis as they dissect the issue. In their deranged mental capabilities as human beings, they believe that the ‘good’ Evans has done in society far outweighs the bad. These ‘good deeds’ are as follows: leading prayers in the morning with his family, reading Psalms every morning, paying his tithe, helping the poor, helping friends and family members etc.
We are also reminded that he didn’t kill anyone. So this makes him a hero, not a villain.
I am tired of breathing the same oxygen with these people. There’s a grave problem with the way we think and how we process information as Nigerians. How do you begin to defend a kidnapper? How! What kind of society breeds people who think this way? Is it poverty or is it mental illness we are to blame? This is not normal, this kind of conversation is not normal nor is it right. People should be arrested for posting these vile thoughts on social media. It is not only disgraceful, it is suspicious. Unless you gather your wealth in the same fashion as Evans – stealing from others, then there is no way you can defend any kind of hashtag that suggests he must be set free.
That this is even up for discussion shows how terribly disgusting our morals are. We may clamour for religion and fart all day about the importance of the ‘African tradition’, but many Nigerians reason like pigs- scum stuck in their brain unable to form intelligent opinions about anything.
The cycle of our destruction is so glaring: you go to various religious centres, nothing is formed inside of you. Your religion is just another party, like an ‘owambe’ shindig. It doesn’t make you better. You come out with God on your lips, yet your performances, deeds and utterances continue to shock the devil.
When do we step back to analyse the rot in our brains? When do we take radical steps to fix our minds? Only a psychological warfare can change Nigeria. As it is, our religion is perfect, our culture is perfect, our hypocrisies are topnotch… but our minds are a mass of froth and candyfloss.
Joy Isi Bewaji is the Managing Editor/Director of Happenings Media: Happenings Magazine (www.happenings.com.ng); and Happenings Radio (www.radio.happenings.com.ng)
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