Demanding JosTice

Last week Monday we all woke up to the news of brutal killings in Jos Nigeria. I was overwhelmed when I saw the pictures and read the news of the brutal killings In my country where a couple of years ago we where awarded with the title of "world's happiest people". I remember in December when Mutallab attempted to "bomb" the United Arline's plane, there was a facebook group created and it titled "I am Nigerian, I don't kill innocent people" (paraphrased-I don't remember the exact title) I remember a lot of people on my facebok list joined that group in an effort to try and clear the name of Nigeria in the media. Three months later, there is a near genocide (in my opinion) in Jos, and yes Nigerians where killing innocent Nigerians. Some might bring in the religious card to try and diffuse blame as usual but I look at facts and history and cannot necessarily place the blame anywhere except on the specific individuals that took a machete into their hands and killed other human beings.

A Friend of mine asked this on Facebook On Tuesday : So how come Yoruba Muslims and Christians live peacefully in Lagos with no wahala? This was my answer MyOpinion..the atrocities are not mainly religiously rooted. there is so much more to it.. unfortunately most people only see the religious aspect of it and forget the socio-economic issues amongst others that could lead to such hatred...it is all really sad...Yes Religion plays a part, but it is not the only reason which is why I find the radical statements I have seen today about Islam very ignorant. The problem lies in years of deeper problems between the two groups in Jos. Unfortunately, religion is the main dividing line btween both. The extremists do not only need religion to be convinced. The prior situations in Rwanda, or Bosnia even Germany was not religion based, yet they had people willing to commit these crimes. Hate is to blame here..the main reason for the hate is what needs to be examined.

Now I am no expert on Jos related issues but for the past 2X yrs of my life, I have seen the same issues be raised regarding Jos. I have watched the whole religious card be pulled. Even moving from the Jos issue to greater Nigerian issues, I have watched my Parents generation blame the government time and time again for all our problems and at the end of always very heated discussions, they all bag their bags and leave. Go to their houses and sleep and no one does anything to change it. I am happy that my generation is not sitting back anymore. We have decide to take things into our own hands. The Revolution it is starting....It will be televised... where would you be...Would you help....? On March 16TH 2010 at approx 11AM the Nigerian youth would be demanding answers at the National Assembly in Abuja. It is a peaceful protest. Please if you are in the Abuja area, Go there and show your support. I really wish I could be there but since I cannot, I am going to be here working on how I can become a physical part of this movement in the future. I want my children to know that my generation changed Nigeria. I want them to hear stories about NEPA and think it is a lie. I want them to know what safety feels like and let tales of armed robbery be only what they see in movies. I want them to have a passport they are willing to show with pride. I just want them to have a country they are proud of.

For more information on the March, visit.
www.enoughisenoughnigeria.com, www.whereisyaradua.com



P.S I am thinking of starting an E-bible studies group with some of my blogger/twitter friends. From my last post. It seems a lot of us need encouragement. If I get enough people that are interested, I would look into it further!

HEAVY TOPIC iKnow,but sometimes it is needed.
Hugs and Kisses Everyone
Have a fab and Safe week
Ms.O
#MusicMonday- Why-BankyW

9 comments:

Carole said...

I am Kenyan and have been following stories on violence in Jos. And I remember the time when Nigeria was said to have the happiest people in the world. I have had the opportunity to liv with Hausas, Igbos and Yorubas and as far as I saw, Hausas and Igbos rarely saw eye to eye. I think the war is of etnic nature. Nigeria is in my prayers. xoxo

lani said...

Well said... We need love in our hearts. We need to stop the blame game and take action. I sincerely hope the protest remain peaceful.

I'm open to your idea of e-bible studies

AlooFar said...

Cool Post Title.

BBB said...

I love the song choice
Dat song depicts our state of mind,
Nigeria needs to
thrive
And we are going to push her

Loves Blogs said...

e-Bible studies, count me in!
I lived in Jos for a year, the enemy will not prevail! God is going to show up - He's the God of 'the city'

Myne Whitman said...

Nice post, I like the title and that song.

Good Naija Girl said...

This is such a hopeful and inspiring post.

I want my children to know that my generation changed Nigeria. I want them to hear stories about NEPA and think it is a lie. I want them to know what safety feels like and let tales of armed robbery be only what they see in movies. I want them to have a passport they are willing to show with pride. I just want them to have a country they are proud of.

Hear, hear!!

LovePaprika said...

This is lovely... about the E-bible hit me up on my email...check my blog

Ms.O said...

Thanx guys! I would send everyone that is interested in the bible studies and email this weekend..:)