Cultured, Criminals, Cannibals
“A time will come the poor will have nothing to eat but the rich” ~ Annonymous
As a social observer, I have watched the steady but gradual decline of the values we hold as a people. Before I go into details, permit me to share a short personal story.
Around 2004, while lamenting the growing rate of examination malpractice in secondary schools all over the country, I had a certain discussion with my elder brother. He was of the opinion that the menace of malpractice would sooner than later die a natural death. His thoughts were that the mercenaries were predominantly old students that were well taught but had difficulty passing GCE and SSCE at a single sitting; and so, with the introduction of NECO and a decline in morals, took up “jobs” as mercenaries. He thus reasoned that in a short while, they would become too old to sit as mercenaries and those they earlier wrote for, would not have the scholastic ability to help those behind them, and as such, paid mercenaries would crumble.
Well, things played out almost exactly as he projected, as a few students that were bright enough to continue mercenary jobs soon got admission into tertiary institutions and were not readily available for such filthy jobs. The part he failed to consider was that those that used mercenaries to write their exams would become teachers that would teach our future children. Teachers that can’t defend their own results, how are they supposed to equip our children academically to excel? Obviously, they can’t give what they don’t have.
Just as we lost it in the academic aspect, the society is losing it too in morals and attitudinal values. We once barred children from entering the houses of people with questionable sources of income, treating such people like lepers no one wants to associate with; but today, that same society hail and give titles to such people. In the past, these people’s source of income was only questionable and yet they were isolated from societal functions. Religious bodies excommunicated them, not wanting to be part of people with questionable characters, (which was mainly related to their alleged illicit sources of income).
But today, even with full proofs of dubious means with which wealth is acquired, the society doesn’t care anymore. Religious bodies now offer front row seats to the highest bidder. Traditional rulers now give titles to moneybags irrespective of how the money was made; while some even buy traditional stools with their ill-gotten wealth.
Just as we have teachers in the education sector that got their qualifications by malpractice, we now have parents that were raised by the devalued moral standard, and they too are passing a more devalued morals to their children. We have steadily fallen from cultured people with good moral and attitudinal values to self-preserving and greedy criminals.
Just as this country has made criminals of her citizens, it is only a matter of time before they become cannibals. After all, the news of young boys and girls killing parents, friends and relatives for money ritual is already on the increase. If not checked, it will soon be for meals!
All those privileged to be in the position of authority should take note and do the needful. A stitch in time, they say, saves nine.
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Founder, Social Watch Dog
Writes from Edo State.
IDEDE Oseyande, a graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, is an unrepentant believer in the Nigeria project.
His concern for the actualisation of a prosperous nation and the continent, in general, is reflected in his written works.
He currently runs an online advocacy platform (www.socialwatchdog.ng) where he engages the government and the people.
Among his published works are ‘What is Left of What is Right?’, ‘The Portrait of a Revolutionary Leader’ and ‘Warri No Dey Carry Last’.
He is a guest writer for several blogs and his Attitudinal and Behavioral Coaching classes has transformed many lives.