No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man's death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
Fellow Nigerians, this country is ours and it behooves us to be mindful with the way we treat our brothers and sisters. Like the poem above, John Donne maintains that mankind is interconnected. He affirms that when one man dies, it diminishes all of mankind since all mankind is connected. Kidnapping has become an everyday issue and people no longer trust the next person close to them. You can recall with me that, it all started with expatriates, who were not in anyway way (regionally) related to us, and now it has become a serious stigma that does not want to look for its domain.
The most recent one which have made me to draft this article is the kidnap of 4 journalists who were returning from a meeting on Sunday. Honestly, when this information came via the radio on Sunday evening, I was thrown off balance for some hours. It is unfortunate that media workers have increasingly become targets of attacks most times by politicians and their agents (militant). While the Boko Haram crisis raged, the Daily Trust Correspondent in Maiduguri was 'deported' from Borno State on the orders of Governor Modu Sherrif. In the same Maiduguri, the governor's security detail assaulted Nigerian Compass photo-journalist and seized his camera.
In Benue State, a correspondent was recently attacked and his car smashed by persons said to have been sponsored by one of the Commissioners in the State. All these are ominous signs!
Fellow Nigerians, we owe ourselves duties, and that is the principle of benevolence. On this note, I want to sincerely appeal to the kidnappers, to please release this 4 journalist unconditionally.