A South African White anti apartheid activist who expressed her opposition to apartheid through her writings has died aged 90.

Think about this, she was white with all the privileges of being white in a black country where what Whites said or did was gold dust and blacks did not matter.

Regardless, she stood up for justice, fairness and humanity and spoke against whites, (in Nigerian parlance, her own people) at the risk of imprisonment and death.

NOW LOOKING AT THIS WOMAN AND MANY OTHERS WHO FOUGHT AND DIED FOR JUSTICE IN OUR WICKED WORLD, HOW MANY NIGERIA CHRISTIANS WILL STAND UP AGAINST INJUSTICE AGAINST NIGERIAN MUSLIMS AND HOW MANY NIGERIAN MUSLIMS CAN STAND UP AND SPEAK AGAINST INJUSTICE AGAINST NIGERIAN CHRISTIANS?

Also how many Igbos, Ijaws, Hausa, Yoruba etc. can stand up and speak for the other if they are being persecuted? Frankly speaking, I think that today’s Nigerian Muslim or Northerner is suffering grave injustice and persecution because of inherited prejudices made worse by the poor conduct of our misfit siblings, Boko Haram.

I am sure that not many people will disagree with me. However, I have observed that on many religious or region sensitive posts on FB, many Ijaws, Igbos, Yorubas and others band together and feel at liberty to launch tirades at Muslims and Northerners. However, if any Muslim or Northerner dares protest, he is branded all sorts and shouted out of the thread. This is pure truth which I know that many of us will deny. At the same time many of our Muslim and Northerner siblings most often will read posts and not comment or simply like and “waka pass” because they do not have the energy to engage in fights they cannot win. One of my friends once described himself as a one man riot band. That really touched my heart and made me feel guilty starting off that riot.

Nigerians need serious lessons in humanity without bigotry. This woman was an example of how we must live and be remembered by history. I do not know about you but I like to think that my mind is as liberal as it can be and I have nothing against anyone white, black, male, female, Muslim or Christian. We are all the same and must do our bests to tolerate one another.

A few weeks ago, I deliberately went on the offensive about what Nigerians consider the born to rule attitude of some Northerners and failure of Northern elders to rein in Boko Haram who in my opinion are disparaging and damaging the name of Islam. I made many more Igbo, Ijaw and Yoruba friends but lost many hard line Northern and Muslim friends. Moderates like me remained objective expressing our objections whenever we considered it necessary to do so.

At other times when I went heavy on Igbos, Ijaws and Yorubas, I gained many more Northern and Muslim friends but lost Igbos, Ijaws and Yorubas. Someone once inboxed me and advised that I must only speak and write about my own people, the actualisation of the State of Biafra, Ndi Igbo and Christians who are being slaughtered by “Ndi Ugwu”. Another accused me of being a “Nigerianist”

Our reactions proved to me what I have always known but wished to confirm in full view of the world: we are very bigoted and badly divided across regional and religious lines. We therefore need serious mind set reorientation to move forward.  Stay blessed everyone.

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