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Life is Not Just Precious But Also Sacred – By Emeka Chimsunum

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It is an abomination to kill that which you cannot create. Except as excused by law a human being (no matter how highly placed) must never and should never kill a fellow human being (no matter how lowly placed). Put differently, this time even more authoritatively: Generally, there’s nothing as sacred as human life. To us here in Nigeria, there’s nothing as precious as the life of a Nigerian student – a young undergraduate, full of hopes, dreams, aspirations and lots more.

Questions:

Which one of these our many idiots instructed that armoured tanks be used to quell a students’ protest?

What were live-bullets doing in the midst of protesting students?

What happened to teargas?

Who brought in metal bullets amongst unarmed protesting Nigerian students?

What happened to rubber bullets?

Who shot and killed Peter Ofurum, a student of Uniport and President of the student wing of a certain faulty?

What actually happened yesterday in the University of Port Harcourt?

Resolve

We must ask these and many more questions and we must ask them strongly, boldly, painfully and with red eyes.

Its our collective responsibility to protect the sanctity of human life otherwise one day; we ourselves will be victims – we will be killed also for no offense; somebody somewhere at the slightest of provocation will order that our life be cut short; for exercising our rights, we will be made to lie lifeless as comrade Peter Ofurum now lays.

We allege that the Police, SARS, the management of the University of Port Harcourt and indeed, the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are all complicit and so, must speak up, explaining in details their involvement or otherwise in the murder of Peter Ofurum.

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This one won’t go like the others, we will remain restless until justice is done; for I hear the innocent blood of Peter Ofurum cry loudly: justice, justice, justice.

For didn’t Professor Soyinka say: ‘The man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny’?

If this is not tyranny, what is? Peter Ofurum may be dead but we must not allow the man in all of us die, We must not be silent, we must not, for Peter Ofurum is our brother, he is one of us, he is a comrade and has paid the supreme price.

We rise, for we agree with our most senior comrade, Martin Luther King JNR when he said: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.Life is not just precious but also sacred. It is an abomination to kill that which you cannot create. Except as excused by law a human being (no matter how highly placed) must never and should never kill a fellow human being (no matter how lowly placed). Put differently, this time even more authoritatively: Generally, there’s nothing as sacred as human life. To us here in Nigeria, there’s nothing as precious as the life of a Nigerian student – a young undergraduate, full of hopes, dreams, aspirations and lots more.

 

 


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