Several stories as to why the four young men who were students of the University of Porthacourt were mobbed to death in the community of Aluu recently have begun to crop up. It is said that they were cultist, robbers, rapist and also angry youth who went to collect the money owed to them by someone else. Well, the deceased can't speak, can they? Therefore we may never know the truth about what really happened.
People who live in that community complain daily of robbery so stealing is no new story when it comes to them.
Regardless of what may have transpired, it doesn't give anyone the right to act as babarically as the indigenes of Aluu did. Besides, where was the police when this was happening? This tragedy only brings to light many areas in which we are lagging in this great country of ours. It is sad to note that the average man on the streets these days has his mind even more darkened than a hardened terrorist.
No matter how much we fight it, it is clear that violence begets violence. Now the students of the University of Porthacourt have gone rogue, embarking on a movement they have tagged 'Revenge'. Now tell me, what makes you any different? Like people have rightly said 'two wrongs don't make a right'.
I did not write this article to answer all the questions emanating from your bleeding heart because I do not have all the answers myself but I wrote this to point out two things and that is the darkness of the illiterate Nigerian mind and the irresponsibility of the educated Nigerian student. There is pandemonium everywhere, how can we live like this? I wish I had all the answers or knew the best way to approach this incident, I would have told you.
The University of Porthacourt following recent matters arising has been closed indefinitely and information reaching us is that the community of Aluu has become a ghost town as the inhabitants have fled for their lives. Now all we can do is hope that the light of justice, remorse and peace shines into that city and also that this goes out as a lesson to all those who still believe in jungle justice.
My heart bleeds, my soul cries, my body quakes but my spirit prays; prays for porthacourt, prays for Nigeria.
Written by: Promise Osigwe