Misconceptions of Some Nigerians in Recent Rape and Racism Related Deaths
As the racism debate about George Floyd’s death continues to go on, let me chip in some of my observations recently.
Human rights all over the world should always be protected, whether at home or abroad. There should be no hypocrisy about it at all.
But Do you know?
The event of the killing of an African American by a police officer in the US and that of a young 22-year-old 100 level University of Benin student who was raped and murdered in a church happened about the same period.
But unfortunately many Nigerians played a disappointing and hypocritical role in relation to the two events.
George Floyd; the black American who was accused of trying to use a counterfeit $20 bill to buy cigarette, was unfortunately abused and eventually killed, all attentions were and are still on the racism cause of his death rather than his offence. Many Nigerians immediately hopped on social media to lodge online protest against the distasteful act of racism and also agitated equal rights and freedom for all races.
Now, back to Nigeria, a promising young girl, Uwavera Omozuwa was RAPED and MURDERED. The same people who protested Floyd’s death, out-rightly disregarding whatever crime he committed, are the same ones making excuses for RAPISTS, blaming the deceased and questioning why and what she was doing reading in a Church rather than her house.
As for me, her choosing to read at that place shouldn’t be a problem, especially if she had the permission and felt it was convenient for her to do academic work there.
#JusticeForFloyd while you can’t seek the same justice for a RAPE/MURDER VICTIM without attributing blames is the height of hypocrisy.
This rape thing is really becoming something else, the authorities concerned should take stringent measures on the culprits. Imagine these bizarre ones that also happened: A 25-year old man broke into the house of a 75-year old woman in Ogun State and raped her, while a man in Niger State continuously raped his two daughters (now 20 & 22 years) for six years. These types of rape cases can best be described as madness at its worst level.
As we say no to racism, let us also in unison:#SayNoToRape
AMBROSE NWAOPARA IS A PROLIFIC WRITER AND AUTHOR OF MANY BOOKS.