In the last couple of weeks, I have battled to decide whether or not to subject you to what the you are about to see. We are living in a world where bad things only happen to other people, never to us, always to them. But we couldn’t be further from the truth and I got to learn first hand this week (a whole different story). They say evil prevails when good men do nothing but now I know evil prevails the very moment we fail to realise what evil looks like. I am not a good man but I can not fold my arms, I can not look the other way, I can not pretend I did not hear and I can not lie that I did not see.
Being in the media we can always hide conveniently under the umbrella of “censorship” but not when it is raining blood and I mean that in the literal sense.
In the last couple of months, Nigeria has been plagued by sectarian violence in the northern part of the country. This has been the case for the last nine months. Sometimes you hear it in the news sometimes you do not. And even when you do, it is presented statistically and courteously so that you can maintain your appetite for blissful ignorance. For the first five months of this crisis, that was how I observed it, from the comfort of my armchair - in blissful ignorance of what the true reality was. But over the last couple of months, the videos and pictures of what was nothing short of gut-wrenching started making it onto the internet.
I would like to warn you at this point that what you are about to see is not for the faint-hearted and at best some can only be described as macabre. But I believe we must see evil for what it is so we can once again recognise it. For whatever would instilled such hatred into a man that he would perpetrate these acts is beyond insanity. Infact, I have been around enough mad men to know that they do not go around doing these acts that sane men carry out in the name of religion, ethnicity, language, lifestyle and whatever else these poor souls were accused of before being sentenced to their untimely death.
And here are the gory pictures and videos of the reality of the situation in Nothern Nigeria. This is the truth we choose not to hear, the evil we choose not to see but is perpetrated by government and people;
For when we all choose to see no evil and hear no evil, no matter how charmed our existence, the evil we ignore finds us all.