The Holy books of God teaches us many good things about life and how to live it to the fullest. There’s no aspect of human endeavour that is not covered by the provisions of either the Bible or the Koran. Both the holy books are so rich in content that if we can obey it 40ww%, just 40%, things would go well and the level of impunity will not be this much. When things are done rightly, even the doer himself or herself is at peace with self. The culture of impunity and disdain for rules and regulations in our society today is so alarming that one can only imagine what benefits people get when they wilfully and intentionally violates the law. The rules are a symbol of civilisation and maturity that tells that people have come of age age and character and can rely on themselves for their own personal good ,progress and development. In Nigeria today, even the devil is afraid of some people because of their skills in manipulation and the act of committing sin. There are offences that the devil himself may not have contemplated but his attention has always been drawn to them by the people who always end up blaming the same innocent devil after being caught.
This piece in a wake up call to everyone in the country, both our leaders and followers. All of us are guilty of many things at different levels and yet we continue to blame each other for the way the country is going. The leaders are being accused of many things while in the true sense of it, most of the issues are provoked by the followers. We keep a circle of life that goes and comes around us. Yesterday while I was observing a traffic rule in Abuja, a road safety official in a same vehicle with a policeman violated the traffic regulation. A pursued them hotly and caught up with them and asked them why they( in uniform) would do that and expect others to comply and even punish them without mercy. While they tried to move I blocked them and mobilised people against them. When they saw that the gathering crowd would not bow, they apologised and we allowed them move. But be sure that if they had guns with them, they won’t have apologised and we won’t probably have pursued them because of fear of both the known and the unknown.
Both the Bible and the Koran, in different versions made it clear that its righteousness that exalts a nation and sin is a reproach. We have thousands of churches and mosques in every nook and cranny and there is no time that prayers are not being conducted in such places every hour and minute, but its not being translated to much action. If not that God’s mercies and kindly are unending, it can only but be imagined what would have happened and how the nation would have looked like.
If we say it’s because of our large population that is making it difficult to obey the rules and obey God, that would be most laziest an excuse for consideration. This is because there are many nations that are more than us in population and yet very orderly,peaceful and developed. Our level of lawlessness and disobedience is second to none. It is not an exaggeration to say that even the devil is scared of our level. Someone was jokingly graphically but painfully demonstrating how the devil shouted when he heard that a Nigerian minister spent 139b to paint an aeroplane. The devil was quoted to have shouted, “ whaaaaat? Even me sef I never think of this. This one too much na. I do my own small small with sense but these people no fear God at all. They go do this and later accuse me( devil) of instigating them. This one I no know oh. I no get idea of this at all”.
Previously the devil had also raised alarm when a JAMB official said a snake had swallowed some hundreds of millions and monkeys ate some other millions contributions at the national assembly.
Another person gave this story.” Satan was seen crying one day, seriously crying and in tears and when he was asked what happened he said. I know I am Satan and is guilty of doing many evil things but not all evils are committed by me. My pain is that even what I don’t do is ascribed to me. There are many things I don’t know anything about but yet is being accused and that’s why am crying. Please tell your people to stop tarnishing my reputation. There are offences I can never do not because I don’t like doing them, but because there are many others doing them so no need to duplicate them”.
These jokes are too deep.to be laughed over and ignored. It tells of the level of rot and moral amd spiritual devastation that is on ground. It tells of the danger that is sweeping our society on account of impunity. It also tells of what huge and costly moral and spiritual consequences to expect if we allow these to continue unabated.
Impunity stops when people know that there will be severe consequences for their actions. The main problem of our nation is lack of leadership. There is nothing like absensce of proper leadership. Leadership is one thing and the absence of it is its complete opposite. Where leadership fails to enforce compliance to rules for any reason, a whole structure or organisation or community collapses. If we must move forward and progress as a nation, we must refrain from the culture of impunity, lawlessness and disorderliness. We must individually and as families and groups seeks to discipline ourselves and teach our children the best way to go. We must demonstrate our civility by adhering to rules and due process in doing things. If you break one small law and go unpunished, you will break a bigger one too. We don’t have to do it for fear of punishment, but becausenits the rightful thing to be done. It is what promotes a society. The United States of America is today the most Liberal and free society, but its the nation with the strongest law system where impunity is not condone. No matter who you are and how big you may be, once you break the law, the due process of redress must take its course. It has the biggest prison and the most organised administrative judicial system. That means that the liberty and freedom guaranteed by the constitution is monitored closely and diligently to avoid abuse.
As a people, we must cherish our progress. If we must be developed and catched up with the rest of the world. If we think we can cope with this escalating rate of impunity, we are deceiving ourselves. God forbid, it can get to an uncontrolled level where dog will be eating dog and chicken will be eating chicken. Once morality is removed in human beings, the beast in them manifests so freely and uncontrollably powerful. We should not see our individual efforts at promoting the rule ofnlaw as too small or little to make an impaneother should we see it as a waste. If all of us do our best to respect and obey the law, we will be shocked and surprise to see the gains.