The Wike In All Of Us By Steve Aborisade
In as much as Governor Wike could have acted differently, I find the idea of cherry picking on him repulsive.
About two weeks ago, Lagos state government demolished buildings (belonging to the poor) and rendered families homeless in the heat of imposed Covid-19 lockdown.
During same period, how many innocent souls lost their lives in the hands of our security agencies? What has happened since then? Where were you and where was your voice? So you just discovered the insane level of impunity in Nigeria because of Wike?
We can make a list of acts of impunity committed by different power drunk governors across the country, some, at which we proudly urged them on. We are the great enablers! Almost everyone with a bit of power in Nigeria abuse it.
We have assimilated those abnormalities as the norm. We bully those we have powers over with ease and, derive a sense of satisfaction at our influence when our victims cowers to us. The powers we derive from the people becomes a tool to oppress them.
Zero accountability, zero responsibility! We all cherish to be seen as mini lords. ‘Do you know who I am?’ – That’s the cathy Nigerian phrase of of influence. It is the same sense that sees graduating cadets block roads at will.
The same sense with oga’s driver blaring sirens to pick side chicks. The same sense at which we treat our house helps as slaves etc. We can begin to list them out. It is pathetic how we all clamour to have that means to oppress others.
If we are not courageous enough to condemn every act of impunity, be it by actors we love, or by those we don’t like, as well as those we commit in the comfort and privacy of our little spaces, how are we any different and, where comes the moral high ground to condemn Wike?
We are grand enablers of the cloudy climate of impunity overshadowing us and, I wonder what we are really talking about. From our conduct on social media alone, if it were real life, how many buildings or hotels belonging to those we disagree with would be standing, with the level of intolerance on display?
The problem is not Wike, we, all of us and, what we accept as normal are what must change. From bottom up.
– Steve Aborisade