THE DEATH OF OUR HUMANITY

Boko Haram’s over seven-year reign of terror has witness the kidnapping of thousands of Nigerians. Militants stormed the Government Secondary School in Chibok, Nigeria in the spring of 2014 and 276 girls were taken by the militants.

The Chibok schoolgirl’s high profile abduction is only the most prominent case.
This all makes me question where our humanity has gone.
The atrocities carried out by the jihadist militants can best be imagined.The hostages under their control have been subjected to physical and sexual violence, dehumanized and even killed. The Chibok abductees have been forced into marriage and subjected to sexual violence. These militants have lost their humanity.
This all makes me question where our humanity has gone. Are we losing ours?
This morning I heard on CNN that Boko Haram has released a video appearing to show approximately 50 girls dressed in headscarves, far less in number of the Chibok schoolgirls who were kidnapped by the Islamist group.
In the video, a Boko Haram militant can be seen standing before the remaining girls. The man, whose face is obscured, adds: “They should know that their children are still in our hands.” This is horrendous! My humanity is in grief. Beyond the Chibok girls, are pertinent issues that we must address as a people.
We could have had Bompai Girls from St Louis secondary school, Bompai, Kano or Federal Government Girls College, Kazaure, that is FGGC, Kazaure Girls??? I was offered admission into these choice schools but my parents enrolled me into St Louis Secondary School perhaps because I graduated from St Louis private primary school, Airport road, Kano. I often imagine what it would have been like if the Chibok incident had happened in Bompai, especially considering the fact that I graduated from St Louis Secondary School, Bompai, Kano. I often imagine what it would have been like. As a very young girl schooling in Kano, St Louis Secondary school, Bompai Kano was reputed to be the best secondary school for Girls- a leading elitist school, with highly qualified British and Irish teachers ;the girls in St Louis were the type that Boko Haram would have targeted and love to abduct. They were the children of presidents, governors, ministers, industralists etc. My classmates then were the Dangote, Abacha, Dantata, Waziri Ibrahim, Ayoola, Ezekwu girls etc.
I often imagine what the government of Nigeria would have done if we were abducted by Boko Haram. I doubt if the outcome will be the same with the Chibok girls. I have asked my dad this question several times, as a top National Security Advisor in Nigeria, what will be his reaction if his only daughter was in the custody of Boko Haram? He mull over it …His answer was that Nigeria was much better then… It tells you that Nigeria of today is different from just some very few years ago. Prominent Nigerians who could afford to send their children to Harvard or Oxford were content and very happy to have them in National Universities like Obafemi Awolowo University (formerly University of Ife), University of Lagos, University of Jos etc. We were also very proud to gain admission to prestigious Nigerian Universities like Obafemi Awolowo University (formerly University of Ife). This citadel of learning has become a den of cultists mostly caused by corruption. Obviously this class of Nigerians send their wards abroad now.
In a country where truth and justice has since been buried; yet we yearn for peace. A great country like Nigeria has been held captive by the insanity, the monstrous greed and senselessness of a group of constantly recycled old leaders who have no interest of Nigeria and Nigerians at heart. These group of people have held our generation captive in our own country, they have succeeded in ruining the future of so many youths in that great country where am so proud to say we have very hardworking, determined and resilient youth population capable of bringing positive social change. Hopefully humanity would be restored and regained. We must secure the space for the youth in Nigeria to contribute the best that they have and all that they are to make Nigeria great and blossom like a flower.
We must let humanity in us speak, we become less human when nothing hurts within us each time a human being is hurt. We become less human when we stand by and watch injustice and evil been perpetrated by others without blinking an eye. It diminishes our humanity.
It is only human that a part of our humanity dies when a human being dies; whether white, black, or brown, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, gay, bisexual, etc., a human being is a human being first and foremost; so respect for the sanctity of life is paramount. We must not learn to tolerate murder, injustice, oppression and evil. Each time I hear stories of horror coming out of Nigeria a part of me dies a million times. We as a people must let the beauty of our lives grasp hold of our souls. We must look at life with truth. We must look at life with joy. We must realize the fact that the beauty of life is to experience yourself; you can only accomplish this in truth. We need TRUTH in Nigeria!
The truth that is in us as Nigerians are silent; we must speak the truth and allow life to flow into our souls. We should allow light to flow into Nigeria.
Our so called leaders must realize that the beauty of life largely depends on how happy others can be because of you. What they leave behind is what is woven into the lives of others not the number of Jets, luxury homes abroad, skyscrapers, luxury cars and huge foreign bank accounts that is a product of robbery, stealing and emptying of a nation’s treasury. The consequences of which is the injustice in the Niger Delta, the marginalization of minority tribes, economic and social inequalities, rampant poverty, deaths, injustice, migration, lack of social amenities, lack of infrastructural development, etc.
What kind of peace do we seek in Nigeria? Do we seek a ‘peace’ where only those in power and their family grow? A security of the slave? Or do we seek genuine peace, that is durable, and sustainable- a peace for all time.
A peace that makes life in Nigeria worth living. A peace that enables Nigerians to grow; to hope and to build a better life for their children.
Our so called leaders must listen to the voice of conscience if they still have it. Peace can only come to Nigeria from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward serving humanity. Peace will come to Nigeria and live inside Nigeria when we create a Nigeria that supports everyone. This is what can cure the virus of violence, unabated killing, hopelessness and inequality.
Peace and justice is the only battle worth waging…
-Ayo Ayoola-Amale

NIGERIA: PATH TO PEACE FROM HARMONY

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“Real Peace is possible, if we work collectively to make it happen.” – United Nations Secretary General Ban KI-Moon.

Harmonious co-existence is essential if Nigerians are to grow into peace. Our religion must be in agreement with the Science of Harmonious living and reasoning. The Almighty God has created man with a mind to understand the importance of existence and He has endowed man with the free will to discover the truth. Scientific knowledge and discoveries that conform to God’s commandments glorify God’s work through creation. Nigeria and the rest of world has the opportunity to create Global Peace Science (GPS).  The world leaders attending the G20 Summit with purpose must include this topic in the G20 agenda. The G20 leaders Summit will take place in Russia, September 5th-6th, 2013.  Global Peace Science is a necessary condition for the effective work of the UN and UNESCO in the 21st century. The need for Global Peace Science is obvious because it is the most democratic and productive way to create peace.   Distinguished Peace Researchers, Social Scientists, Peace Educators and Peace Builders of the *Global Harmony Association and other world renowned Peace Researchers and Scientist in over 400 Peace Research Centers in the world are ready to prove that GPS is the CLEAR PATH to SUSTAINABLE PEACE in the world. The economic growth and development of any nation is tied to peace not war and weapons. The Culture of Peace can only be sustained through justice, economic equality, development and stability. The Global Peace Science first project is the fruit of eight years of work of the Global Harmony Association.  The idea of GPS creation and its sufficient prerequisites as described in detail below in the Global Harmony Association (GHA) open letter to the G20 leaders posted here:   http://www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=582                                                                                                Global Peace Science is the true means for the attainment and accomplishment of harmonious co-existence, human fellowship, brotherhood and Universal Peace. The lack of harmony andpeace in the world is the most pressing problem facing humanity.  In the past the political, religious , social, and economic conditions of the world was very bad. The state of the world today has been continual warfare, conflicts, strife and terrorism, nuclear attacks among the various nations, religions and people. This state of affairs can only be reversed when we truly embrace God. When our human hearts love and cherish harmony, justice, truth and the oneness of humanity. As a result the spiritual, human. social, economic, developmental benefits and blessings that would rain upon humanity will be calculable. The International Day of Peace  is an opportunity for Nigerians to sow seeds of peace and enable the rich harvest of peace to be reaped. It is an opportunity for our leaders to take the first step in unbounded joy. To truly love Nigeria. To provide selfless service of humanity. Our leaders must serve us. When our leaders serve us selflessly, then they will rule. When our leaders become true leaders, only then will the cancer of individuality and corruption be dissolved in Nigeria.   I humbly recommend that Nigeria should establish a National Arbitral ‘Court’ of Justice to settle all her national disputes. Disputes related to ethnic, religious and tribal conflicts and misunderstandings. To set up a board of National Arbitration, that must include all the ethnic groups and religions in the country.  The Arbitrators must be shining examples of fairness, justice, impartiality, independence and integrity. They must have a clear vision. They must be devoted and determined to serve selflessly for the common good and happiness of Nigerians.  Their conclusion must be sound, just, definite and binding. The resolution and agreement reached must be an all-embracing one.  A National Peace Congress should also be organized consisting of delegates selected from the different states andreligion of the country. The object of consultation must be the cause of Reconciliation and National Peace. The Nigerian Government, Churches, Mosques, Media and Non- Governmental Organization must promote national consciousness through organizing high profile peace events and campaigns. We  should create a National Peace Centre to provide linkages from local, national, and international communities, develop a virtual and physical National Peace Center to promote the ‘Culture of Peace.’ The limits and frontiers of all political parties should be clearly fixed and defined. The principles underlying political relationships should be laid down to the extent that the citizens of Nigeria respect the fact that Nigeria is above all political interests, personality, religious fanaticism. The fundamental principles underlying this should be so fixed that if any citizen or group violate any one of these principles he or she must face the wrath of the people. It is not sufficient to declare free education in Nigeria. The Nigerian Educational System must be reformed to provide a holistic, functional, relevant and solid education to the citizens of Nigeria. An educational curricula that must include  Peace and Character Education. The school curricula must include educational programs and activities to stimulate greater cultural awareness and appreciation for Peace. An education that will teach the Nigerian child how to cultivate mutual respect for others, nature, the environment and the world.  This will help us as a people to forge more just, sane inclusive and peaceful society.  This noble undertaking is the real and clear path to durable and sustainable  peace in Nigeria.                                                                                                                                                                                  * Global Harmony Association is an international Association, that is non-sectarian, non-religious, non-political, and not-for-profit organization that advocates, organizes and promote the understanding of peace education, peace from harmony world conferences, seminars and workshops, disarmament, research on peace, publish books on peace, and use scientific and artistic  knowledge to promote harmony and peace. To further the goals of the United Nations peace initiatives, the association aims to build a world in which pressing educational, humanitarian, and environmental issues are addressed to meet the ultimate goal of durable and sustainable universal peace.

Ayo Ayoola-Amale esq. Educator, Lawyer, Poet & Peace Builder.

President Global Harmony Association, Africa.

Vice- President Global Harmony Association.

nigeria-flag2This article has been published in various Nigerian Newspapers