WHAT IS THE WORTH OF A NIGERIAN CHILD LIFE? SENSATION?
According to legendary Dr Nelson Mandela, ‘There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.’
What do we think is the quality of the soul of Nigerian or its inhabitant by the way we treat our precious children? What do you think is the worth of the life of a child in Nigeria? Do you think the life of a Nigerian child is worth sustained commitment aimed at creating an enabling environment for their protection anywhere they are gathered, private and public?
The state of a nation is the state of her precious children. A nation, which has no respect for the dignity of the human person may not have respect for the life of its precious children. But the issue is that we pretend to care when something bizarre happens to a child, like in the most recent cases Sylvester Oromoni and the Ojodu children were killed on their way home from school. We stage what I call a ‘SENSATION OF CONCERN,’ which profits every other member of society but the affected children and their immediate family. Such SENSATION OF CONCERN creates compelling news item and analysis for media organizations, big and small, give lawyers some briefs to gnaw at, brings activists out of the woods, grease the palms of some consultants, make some government functionaries look active and responsible and thereafter dies from the same ingredient, which created it, pretence.
Sane societies seek and achieve justice by eliminating the environment, which enables and sustains an injustice. A case in point was the Victoria Adjo Climbié, according to Wikipedia, an ‘eight-year-old Ivorian girl who was tortured and murdered by her great-aunt and her boyfriend. Her death led to a public inquiry and produced major changes in child protection policies in the United Kingdom.’ In a society like ours, where the cry for justice comes out of the eyes of our emotional masturbation, the passage of time is a threat to the meaningful pursuit of justice.
In this short video https://lnkd.in/dW-vHbER, delivered on Sunday, December 19, 2021, on the platform of Women Supporting Women Network, a faithful ally of the #NOPROTECTIONNOSCHOOL campaign I made another vigorous attempt to prick the conscience of our society with the needle of advocacy and the passion of an Ethicist.
I invite you today from a place of conscience to watch here https://lnkd.in/dW-vHbER, comment and share, noting that every time you share, you are supporting the #NOPROTECTIONNOSCHOOL campaign and helping our efforts aimed at Securing A Friendly and Protective Environment® for the precious African child.
Do have an INSPIRED day and compliments of the season to you and your family.
I am Taiwo AKINLAMI