Afolabi Williams: On The Matter Of Centenary Honours [The Trent Voices]
Only a society like ours will entertain such ignoble display of shame. One is branded a thief and still had the audacity to grace the town square with a dance carrying the supposedly stolen goat! Abacha is a Abacha, synonymous with tyranny, terror, oppression, fear, repression and all that depicts evil.
Yes Nigeria’s history cannot be complete without a mention regarding him, same goes for Germany but we are yet to hear of a honour being bestowed on Hitler! Abacha’s family and their apologists can only have expression in a society like ours that forgets so easily and quickly, a society that is devoid of will to say enough is enough! A society that places undue value and respect on materiality, ill gotten and ill amassed wealth, a society that asks no such questions as ‘how’, ‘why’ and ‘when’.
All I hear is forgive and move on. How easy we forget that to forgive is divine and to be forgiven, you must ask ….. the family and their entire cohort must first go hush hush, somber and then ask Nigerians to forgive them, then and maybe then the Supreme Being may have mercy on them!
Respect is earned, honour is deserved. To earn you must work for it, to deserve you must be worthy in the eyes of the majority. Me thinks Nigerians agree to disagree on this Honorary award given to the one who looted and raped the economy in such a manner, suppressed and oppressed the citizenry in manner yet unparalleled.
Yes, this is my opinion, you may have yours!
Afolabi Williams is service personified. His passion for service delivery is evident in the way his contribution to the competition organized to name the old Platinum Bank magazine emerged tops and earned him the maiden slot as the first staff to be profiled in “Passion”. He has a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science from the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, a Master of Science degree in Multimedia and Interactive Systems from Napier University, Edinburgh Scotland, a graduate of the Senior Management Program (Class 36) of the Lagos Business School (LBS) and a member of Lagos Country Club, Ikeja. He presently manages the Channels and Automation group in the Information Technology division of Keystone Bank Limited. Afolabi is one of the founding members of The Trent’s Elite Voices and he blogs at Folabi Williams.
The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.