I’d like to say I’m back after the LONG hiatus I’ve taken from blogging but I’ve said it a few times before and the way it turned out, it’s better I don’t. I miss blogging, I miss writing and I miss the ease with which my ideas would flow as I typed. The hiatus was due to several things including Continue reading
This is the second time I’ll be writing about terrorism in Nigeria. I don’t even know what to say anymore. There’s a point when things become too much or something has gone on for too long. Nigeria passed that point a long time ago.
I haven’t posted anything for some time. I have been trying to get through There Was A Country by Chinua Achebe and I wanted my next post to be a review on his book. That’s not the case. Whether we are directly affected or not, there is hardly a day that goes by where we don’t hear about some disgusting act of terrorism. Yesterday, a serving soldier was hit by a car, beheaded, hacked and cut and then dragged from the pavement onto the middle of the street. This disgusting act was committed by two black men, who were shot by the police when they attempted another attack. They are both currently in hospital. This happened yesterday but I can’t remember how I heard about this. My family and I watched the news, viewing a video (shot by an eye witness) of one of the men. This is some of what he said:
“You think politicians are going to die?… No, it’s going to be the average guy – like you – and your children.”
“So get rid of them. Tell them to bring our troops back so you can all live in peace”.
I have been wanting to comment on the issue of terrorism for a while now but I kept on postponing it. I felt it would be appropriate to talk about it in the wake of the Boston Marathon Bombing. My condolences go out to the families and friends of those who were killed and injured during the bombing and the shootout that followed. Terrorism is an issue which affects us whether we have encountered it on any level, either directly or indirectly. I was walking to buy something from a shop the other day and I thought to myself, “Anyone could commit an act of terrorism around me”. That is not to say that we should walk around afraid. I don’t do that and I don’t walk around looking at people thinking that they could be terrorists. We should at least be aware of it.
I heard about the bombing from my sister who was randomly watching the news. For a week we stayed glued to CNN. It is concerning that a minority of people are alright with committing atrocities in order to sustain a religious belief or for other purposes such as political motives. As of now, one of the suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev is dead and his younger brother is in hospital answering questions from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Their parents are in denial which is understandable. How can any parent believe that the child they have raised is capable of such evil? Either that or maybe as they claim, it was a set up. However, there were witnesses. If they were innocent, why did they run from the police and why did they allegedly throw bombs at law enforcement when being chased?