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Gabe Ozoani

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Is there a time to kill?

Nigeria is a country littered with thousands of religious establishments and dedicated followers of those establishments. However, for decades people have taken the law into their own hands by maiming and lynching "suspected" criminals (often by burning them to death). Most notably is the killing of four students by a small community who accused them of stealing a laptop and mobile phone. Many in the past have been murdered for much less. Often, it is in broad daylight witnessed by passers-by. Before you condemn this as lawlessness (which it clearly appears to be), innocent people are terrorised by armed robbers who's MO is to break into your house, rape, steal and kill. The police are non-existent and usually ask for a "fee" before conducting any kind of formal investigation. This longing for revenge fuels the "blood thirst" and often ends in murder. Can there ever really be a time to kill? How can a highly religious society be taught or "learn" to show compassion?

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  • Dec 12 2012: There is love and truth; religion approved by our maker. And there are demons masqurading as angels of light.
    If light shines, darkness flees. The good people should shine.
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      Dec 13 2012: What if good is to do "evil"?
      What is one persons good is another's evil?
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      Dec 17 2012: Thanks Feyisayo.
      No question there are good people, the problem is, how can those good people shine when they are outnumbered by the "demons"?
      • Dec 18 2012: You are right. Sometimes I wonder how anything ever gets done in a place like Nigeria. It is so lawless, lawlessness has become a norm.
        But the darker the night, the greater the impact a bright light would make.
        Then again one wonders (as you have rightly pointed out) the impact a bright light would make in the vastness of night darkness.
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        Dec 27 2012: If you bring it down to demons and evil spirit then it's no longer the fault of the individuals. By logical extension the solution falls down to prayers, a curer from heaven we all have to wait for. You are both Nigerians I suspect -Feyisayo and Gabe- and I suggest that the thinking you both exhibited is the problem with the Nigerians.
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          Dec 27 2012: Ehis, thanks for your contribution. I however never mentioned the need for "prayers" or "a curer from heaven". Not sure where you got that from. People are accountable for their actions, not devils etc. I agree that it is a huge problem (no accountability) in the world - especially developing countries. But don't say "...the thinking you both exhibit is the problem with Nigerians". You cannot sum up a persons "thinking" (on a deep level) by reading 1-3 sentences they have made.

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