Nigeria Women seeks for Justice

Vivian Emesowum
Posted May 6, 2011 from Nigeria
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Tears roll down my cheek and pain engulfed my whole body as I watched women on television weeping over the death of their children who had been killed in the just concluded Presidential election which the international and domestic observers tagged as the most credible election in the history of Nigeria.

I weep for these young brains that left their homes, their families, their friends and loved ones to serve their father’s land in the state they are deployed to serve for one year. Oh! They never returned backed home to meet those them left. What a pity! What a life! I weep also for my country Nigeria…………where do we go from here.

Oh! poor youth corpers who will wipe away the tears of the women who swept the streets, fried akara, roasted corn, yam, plantain, who sold wares in the market, who will wipe their tears when their precious children for whom they toiled day and night, under the sun and in the rain are snatched by the cold hands of death! Children they hoped will help them out of the poverty they had eaten, slept in, woken up to all their lives. Young, energetic, industrious, lively, and selfless corpers serving their father’s land were murdered in the most dishonored manner ever.

Recalling the 4 - 5 years in the University, the sleep night to read and struggles to pass out of school with a comprising result and the joy of being a graduate, all cut short by their fellow citizens. The painful aspect of it, is that those ‘amagiris’ as they are fondly called are little boys who may not know the worthy of education and the value of life.

The numbers alleged to be killed by the media could be more than the actual figure and many are still to be found either dead or alive. The stories of how most of them were killed and some raped is outrageous, I refused to believe the story of a girl that was cut into half from her waist which many saw on facebook.

This incidence has already instilled fear in other corps members all over the country and their families. Nigeria youths believe the NYSC Scheme has failed that and should be scrap off or should be re-structured. One of the aims of NYSC is to bring about National Unity in the country and exposed youth to other cultures and ways of life of other tribe of Nigeria. It also assists the young graduate to have a working experience and this has been very useful to so many graduates. Some have been retained after service year at their place of primary assignment and some have even found their spouses and settle in the state of service. Scrapping NYSC is not a good idea but government should put good measure in place and re-structure the policy with corps member’s protection and security as the paramount wherever they are posted.

Concerned Nigeria Women are calling on the President for Justice and compensation to the families of the victims. No amount of money given to the family can equate a life, this is why I think the victims themselves deserve honor, appreciation, remembrance and should be taken as Democratic Heroes of Nigeria. Their names should be listed on the history book of Nigeria and be remembered the same way we have honoured past leaders and also declare a day of honour for them.

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Obisakin Busayo
May 06, 2011
May 06, 2011

It was so sad Vivian seen those Corpers cut down in their prime. I think we can open a pettition page to the President to make sure the perpetrators are brought to book and that if NYSC will continue then it has to be within the person's geopolitical zones. I am sure we will have so many people to sign the petition in our community and in the facebook. thanks for sharing this with us.

Love Busayo

Vivian Emesowum
May 09, 2011
May 09, 2011

Dear Busayo

it is a nice idea to open up a petition page and just people sign, doing so, we will raising our voice to show our concern over the issue in the country. so will you design the petition or should i do it.

Mwaka
May 06, 2011
May 06, 2011

what has happened. poor women! its so sad people decide to be so cruel. Hope something will be done fast!

Regards

Dando

Vivian Emesowum
May 09, 2011
May 09, 2011

We are really hoping that something is done so, cos some CSO has called attention of the presidency to to take action as soon a possible to compensate the families of those killed and may sure that those involved in the act is brought to book. Thank you Dando for your concern

Emilia Zozobrado
May 11, 2011
May 11, 2011

They say we always pay the price. We lost a lot of youths during the Martial Law years, some just disappeared into unknown graves. The evil that men can do to their fellowmen is unspeakable. Hopefully, we learn our lessons well and work for change, that the deaths of our heroes, known or unsung, will never be in vain.

Always, Emie Zozobrado

Vivian Emesowum
May 12, 2011
May 12, 2011

Hello Emie,

how are you doing, good to hear from you again. How is your country and your work? hope all is fine. It is so nice meeting you on world pulse and may we continue to be there for each other.

Emilia Zozobrado
May 15, 2011
May 15, 2011

Vivian, I'm right here, of course. Haven't been writing since my last assignment because I'm busy pursuing my long overdue business concept. I hope I can share them with you very soon. Do you have a Facebook account? We are having so much fun with WP sisters in that site. Please register if you're not yet an FB user because I will be posting my new-found fun and feminine business undertaking very soon ... All the best...

Always, Emie Zozobrado

Vivian Emesowum
May 16, 2011
May 16, 2011

WoW! This will be wonderful, to learn about your new found fun and feminine business concept. I am already on fb. I hope to meet you there.