I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” –
Martin Luther King Jr.
Ihave read with serious disbelief and untold agony how some people have been rejoicing over the death of Diepriye Alamieyeseigha. One lady even wrote on her timeline that Alams (as he is affectionately called) should rest in pieces. Another even said ‘not speaking ill of the dead’ is not espoused by any religion.
And then it dawned on me: we’ve lost it – our humanity, our conscience. We have descended to the level of animals because the only thing that separated us before is a conscience.
Something is truly wrong with us. We are morally debased. We are deprived of what makes human beings truly human. Something died within us. We have taken politics to a new low. What has been shown is not revulsion for corruption but sheer hatred. What has been demonstrated is immaturity, to say the least.
Even if Alams was not your hero, why not give some consideration to the family he left behind? Why not give some consideration to his friends? Why not give some consideration to where he came from? When we say ‘Rest In Peace’ to the dead, it doesn’t mean that we approve of what they did when they were alive. It just means that we understand that we share the same mortality and we respect their memory. The way we treat people in death shows the value we have for life.
This is not about what Alams did when he was alive. Every man shall get his just recompense – whether in this life or in the hereafter. No man can escape justice – whether here or hereafter. If the human judge does not catch you, you cannot escape the judge of the living and the dead. So this is not about Alams – but about us as a people.
We might have just started another cycle of unguided bile and hatred. But don’t forget- even the poor die too. And one day, you also will.
The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.