Under the present circumstances, the men of the law have no voice when it comes to exercising justice which is their passion and call. This makes the forces of law and order, who simply should follow the law, the law itself. The overall effect would be that the society would be lawless and the rule of law would cease to be. Brutality would rise and society would have nowhere to turn.
The cut of internet would be repeated would be repeated again and again since to a majority it is a norm. Other vital areas of human right and dignity would be taken away from the people at libitum. The net effect would be a kind of domestic slavery. If public pressure either ignores or approves of it once, it is license for the future. So let us reconsider what we have.
The number of threatening messages on personal gadgets and personal space which lead to unexpected arrests is very alarming. This seems to align proportionately with the job of home based and international hired spies. At the end of the the whole society becomes a spying network or viscous cycle. Such is governed by fear, lack of authenticity and trust. Such an atmosphere cannot give any society good results. We need to re-establish genuine human relations to be a homogeneous people.
There are many who have proven to be untouchable because whatever they say or do cannot be checked by anyone. They are power. They are law. They decide who breathes and who soffocates. It is OK it may seem, but for how long. A people are not built by the interests or tastes and interests of a numbered few: the elect. Such a style creates an artificial structure that may not be transferred or transmitted in the future. A nation cannot be built this way. A nation in which the commoner has nowhere to state his interests is one only in name. Even in an empire the interests of the Masses count.
Human folk builds, survives and is sustained by relations. Herein, dialogue is paramount. The system nowadays shows that dialogue is not a necessity or a priority. In the absence of dialogue, persons easily become radicalised with little hopes or faith in dialogue any longer. This in turn pulls the society towards a leadership that may only survive by the fist or by the barrel. Such would without doubt open the doors to the dreaded world of arms to keep human beings and their rights in check. It favours the trade in arms by some nations which are prided as guarantors of peace. Examples from the history of humanities shows that anything that leads to such a situation must be avoided.
The current situation makes for backbiting and dirty games to remain on the red carpet. This is evident. The effect is that, this rips the society open into factions and makes many to contemplate self or imposed exiles. These may take generations to heal. The situation at hand therefore should be handled diligently.
As dirty as it seems, the solution to human problems cannot be solved by letting money change hands. This is so inadmissible and cries for redress. Once things are tackled from this perspective, the possible implication could be that there is no good faith, objectivity or transparency. Such a bad tag ruins the reputation of a people and the conscience of society and the youth. It is a thing that must not be attempted in the first place. It may need a full generation to eradicate such a vice.
Finally, in trying to solve issues that seem domestic, if the interests of other nations are of greater importance than those of the citizens, then this is just wrong. Such make the African continent treated with contempt at the global scenario. African nations are nations with the same dignity and rank like all others. They have to take their destiny into their hands courageously and resolutely. The dignity of any nation must not be the guiding norm for the dignity of other nations.
Silence is golden but not when words are needed. The same humanity is shared by the politician and the non partisan. The same blood runs through the veins of the learned and the illiterate. Human tissues feel pain when inhumane and insane torture is vent by men gone wild. In fact such men know they too feel pain. The poor and the rich suffer the same effects when constrained to live without food. For those who believe in God however they perceive of Him and those who are yet to know of Him, the cruelty of torture levels their bodies to the same lifeless mortal remains.
Let us therefore think and think again before we act. The future is long and it will judge us all whether we pass through these times successfully or its current overcomes us.
Let us be wise, one and all.
Written By Father Ewdwin Boye