This is a kind (no pun intended) of a day that calls for sober reflection regarding the place we give to the virtue of kindness in our national life. By and large, there is no gainsaying the fact that Nigeria is a society that is wanting in kindness. Everywhere you turn to, from the leadership to the bottom of the ladder, everyone seems unkind and profoundly selfish. Daily, you encounter individuals, peoples and institutions trying to push you down just to feather their own nest.
If you leave your house in the morning you would be praying not to run into early morning robbers; you get to the fuel station, the attendants might be out to cheat you by selling gas far below your money’s worth, that is even if they don’t pump ordinary air into your fuel tank, hoping you would not discover.
Those who commute to work using public transport fare no better, they are at the mercy of greedy motorists who would inflate fares as their whims and caprices dictate. If a breakdown occurs midway, there, usually, would be no refund as the bus conductor who holds the money would have fled.
At work, you have to be alert every minute not to be defrauded by customers, clients and other people with whom you transact business. On your way home, you are weary of the men of the underworld whom, you know, would not hesitate to terminate lives just to get their hands on filthy lucre.
On the way you see policemen conducting a “general raid” by arresting people at random, of course, this offers no security assurance as you know, the net would catch more innocent citizens than real criminals, since the real object of the operation in most cases, is to extort money from cowed citizens.
There are many other illustrations underscoring the fact that our society has become increasingly callous with milk of human kindness an extremely scarce commodity. If you trek on the street, you would encounter mad men and women trudging along in utter nakedness or clad in weird assortments of smelly rags, yet nobody cares about them.
As I am writing this piece I have with me the report of a research institution, Internally-Displaced Persons Monitoring Centre, which stated that Nigeria has as many as 3.3 million internally-displaced persons who are victims of insurgents’ acts of terrorism and other various pogroms.
What are we doing individually and collectively to help these people who have become casualties in their own country for no fault of theirs?. Certainly, they need more kindness from us. It is fast becoming one hell of a challenge to live in this clime because of the little premium most people seem to place on the virtue of kindness.
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