Ranting About The Kidnapper, Evans! By Joy Isi Bewaji

Today, in Daily Independent, I am ranting about the kidnapper, Evans.
In Evans’ case, he became a millionaire right in the  centre of his atrocities. He probably even had police escorts, had a presence in church, and sponsored many traditional festivities. It is the way the black man announces wealth and splendour.

Thankfully, his activities have been nipped by the authorities. In a proper society, everyone will heave a sigh of relief and be thankful to have one less criminal to worry about. But not Nigerians.

Nigerians, as usual, have turned this case on top of its head. They have managed to make this a tribal issue. “Oh! The authorities are out to destroy an Igbo man.” “Why didn’t they catch the so-and-so Fulani man who did so-and-so?” “What about the Benin man who did so-and-so?”

There’s another set of Nigerians who show signs of grave psychosis as they dissect the issue. In their deranged mental capabilities as human beings, they believe the “good” Evans has done in society far outweighs the “bad”.

These “good deeds” are as follows: leading prayers in the morning with his family, reading psalms every morning, paying his tithe, helping the poor, helping friends and family members etc.
We are also reminded that he didn’t kill anyone. So this makes him a hero, not a villain.

I am tired of breathing the same oxygen with these people. There’s a grave problem with the way we think and how we process information as Nigerians. How do you begin to defend a kidnapper? How?! What kind of society breeds people who think this way? Is it poverty or is it mental illness we are to blame? This is not normal, this kind of conversation is not normal nor is it right.
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