Melaye: Our eroding humanity

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By Ikeddy ISIGUZO

IN two days, Sen Dino Melaye is stretchered into two courts, in two cities, in two different cases. Simply amazing how swiftly the police act in particular crimes.

Maybe they are making the point that nobody is above the law, or about our equality before the law. How does that work?

The enormity of police resources deployed to this matter, from ambulances to the number of policemen watching the Melaye as he sleeps on his hospital bed, those involved in his hunt, cancel any justification for more funding for the police. If equality before the law is still the case, then Melaye’s case is getting special treatment, supposedly as befits a Senator.

Can the police’s aplomb attend other cases? Can such diligence be applied to the prosecution of cases? Where is the equality before the law if others can spend 20 years awaiting trial and Melaye gets speedy trial, to the extent that he doesn’t have to be well to be tried?

The point about equality before the law can also be made with Olisa Metuh, who has been stretchered several times to court, though from prison custody.

Some applauded then. Some are still applauding that it serves Melaye right. They can have list his sins, his duplicity, his ‘noise’. Some may even be sad that Saturday’s recall attempt on him fared miserably.

These are beside the point. I am concerned about the continued erection of nothingness as standards in our national lives. We can explain anything with a veener of legality.

Are magistrate courts where Melaye should be charged for the allegations against him? What is the urgency of the case that Abuja and Lokoja courts are vying to try one man?

The unimportance we attach to lives is becoming a national policy. It doesn’t matter if Melaye is further endangered by being stretchered about to make court appearances.

We have road accidents but the police cannot rescue victims with ambulances, but there are ambulances for taking a patient on a 200km road journey to appear in court.

Lives are nothing in our civilized obeisance to the rule of law, which looks like a darker ages movie, still poorly scripted, badly directed, and and an accelerating nusiance.

Two days ago, Biko Haram bombed 86 people out of existence in a Mubi mosque, and market. We are still more interested in whether Boko Haram occupies an inch of Nigeria or they were technically defeated almost three years ago.

Daily killings by Fulani herdsmen, across Nigeria, are becoming a national culture demonstrated in debates over their origins in Gaddafi’s Libya or the Guinean Highlands. The conclusion of the matter, according to President Muhammadu Buhari is that communities have to accommodate their killers as their neighbours.

How can the security and welfare of the people no longer be the primary purpose of governments? How have we declined to these depths?

Whatever happens to Melaye would never be as important as the askance with which governments treat our people. Possibly worse is the defiance with which law, order, sustenance of society are being given meanings that tend to confirm a certain proclivity for a civilization that embraces unimportance for human dignity.

In the midst of the darkness, we mouth pretences to being the giant of Africa and other fanciful titles that appear to be all that being a Nigerian means today.

Another sad day in Nigeria. Many would not notice, because they experience worse daily. The Melaye movie is a comedy among deprivations that President Buhari promotes.

 


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