Tragic Dehumanization of Suffering in Nigeria

9 Apr

David O. Kuranga, Ph.D.

The author is the Managing Director and Principal of Kuranga and Associates, a full-service investment, political and economic risk consultancy, and asset management firm that specializes in Africa. He is also the author of The Power of Interdependence with Palgrave Macmillan Press.

Last week, in the latter hours of Thursday afternoon, a group of 30 armed robbers stormed into Offa, Kwara State, (the second largest city in the state), and robbed 6 banks, the surrounding homes and market shops, killing well over 2 dozen people including police officers that were stationed in the city, and injuring scores of others. The operation lasted for almost two hours, while the robbers, without any resistance reigned terror for the third time on the city of Offa. The news was so horrific that the story was carried by several international news outlets. However, when I began to look at the local media coverage, I became nauseas from the disturbing trend.

While the tragedy of Offa is well known, to date, not one Nigerian media outlet has published the name or identity of a single one of the victims that were killed in Offa, not even those in Kwara State! There are videos and gruesome images of corpses all over the internet and social media, however, nobody knows the names of any of them. Nobody knows their families, their story, their dreams, their past accomplishments, or their promise. If you accept this narrative handed down by the unaccountable, bought and paid for, corrupt Nigerian media establishment, these people are not even real people or real human beings. So the rest of us should run along, hurry up and be going, and not think twice about who these poor souls were, who their families are, and what the impact of their loss is having on their surrounding community.  If they were human beings, the media would find out all their names, report on their ages, who they were, and tell us their story, especially those based right on the scene in Kwara!

Instead, the only names and stories the corrupt media tells the public are those of arrogant corrupt politicians, who in the aftermath, paraded through the city of Offa in motorcades of numerous armoured vehicles, the same city that because of their neglect, did not have one single armoured vehicle to secure and protect them despite numerous requests from residents. Let their be no mistake about it, while policing is still executed at the federal level in Nigeria, State Governments have a duty to supplement this and provide supplies and support to secure their territories. Other states, like Lagos, have purchased surveillance drones, and armoured carriers to aid police operating in their state to maintain peace and security. Yet in Kwara, the only armoured carriers that are purchased are used to secure the corrupt political elite and their families and not the population they were sworn to serve. Clearly in Kwara State, the states “leaders” did not do their job, but who cares? Who has really been affected? A bunch of unnamed and unknown “victims”? Unnamed, incorrectly numbered, and unknown “victims” who will be forgotten tomorrow are of no significance right? Clearly nobody human was lost. Nobody who had a name, a family, or a story worth telling. Nobody, that is, if you pay attention to the subtle message being delivered by the worthless Nigerian media establishment, and the compromised local Kwara outlets that have relegated themselves to spewing propaganda.

If you read the coverage, many names are mentioned in relation to this tragedy, but of course NEVER the names of the victims, but rather of corrupt politicians pretending they care. Further, when these useless corrupt figures visited Offa, they did not even go to the homes of all the victims, they never attended any of the funerals, (as you would see leaders in a civilized nation do), not even for the police, rather, they ignored the plight of these “subhuman”, “nameless” “victims” altogether, choosing rather to take their armoured motorcades only to the palace of the king to pay their lip service charade of sympathy. These politicians cannot name a single victim. They do not know where they lived. Could care less when they were buried, and/or who had to pay to burry them. An further, have no care for what their loss has done to their surrounding community. Their actions in the aftermath speak volumes for who they are and what they stand for. What is more shocking than their action, or lack thereof, is the fact that it has all been endorsed and normalized by the worthless, corrupt, coopted, and unprofessional Nigerian media establishment, and a group of highly compromised “journalists”, “bloggers”, whom are yet to question any of this nonsense. While the systematic and deliberate dehumanization of suffering is becoming all too common in Nigeria, no place is the concerted dehumanization of victims campaign more prevalent than in Kwara State.

Since the Nigerian media establishment is so worthless, so unprofessional, and so compromised, and all they respond to is money awashed in corruption and debauchery; forgive me, and let me speak their language. I will give N100,000.00 to the first “journalist”, or media “blogger”, that can name the 2 dozen Nigerian citizens gunned down in Offa, their ages, genders, and surviving family, I will give an extra N1,000.00, if you can secure a picture of them while they were still alive. Despite what the useless Nigerian media has been doing all this time, these people were real human beings, real people that had a real family, real hopes and real dreams, and real stories worthy of being told. I will not stop until they are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Kuranga and Associates Limited is an investment management advisory firm and an asset manager with a principle practice area of Africa. To learn more about Kuranga and Associates LTD contact us at © Copyright 2018 David Kuranga. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

David O. Kuranga; Ph.D.
Managing Director
Kuranga & Associates Limited
Phone: 646.481.6263


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