Sundays No Longer Safe In Lagos

By Ekenyerengozi Michael
Sundays as work free days are always peaceful for most people and in particular Christians who throng their churches for fellowship and worship in their best wears. Others visit friends and relatives to exchange greetings.

The day is also free of the usual hustle and bustle of business days with traffic wardens and law enforcement agents having little or nothing much to do. But not anymore in Lagos as chilling reports of the victims of daring armed robbers and hired killers have left residents of the commercial hub of Nigeria in fear and anxiety.

Only last Sunday morning, unknown gunmen attacked and shot a young couple, Mr. Duke and Mrs. Tina Adigwe in their four-wheel car in Surulere, and left them with gunshot wounds with their two little children wailing helplessly before the police arrived.

Tina Adigwe died of gunshot wounds before she got to the nearest hospital whilst her husband, Duke was bleeding from his own gunshot wound as doctors and nurses at the Randle General Hospital responded quickly to save his life in the emergency ward.

It was also on a Sunday that a young man was attacked and killed in front of his church by armed robbers using the popular Okada motorbike, which is now what highway robbers and other criminals use for their operations, including the dreaded Boko Haram terrorists on rampage in the northern states.

The grief-stricken bereaved families, relations, friends, associates and others in Lagos are now scared of going out on Sundays. If it is no longer safe to go to church or visit on Sundays, then things have really fallen apart in the country, as Nigerians are no longer at ease if I may use the titles of the popular novels of the famous writer Chinua Achebe who is also the author of The Trouble With Nigeria.

And indeed, Nigerians are facing many troubles in every region and the future looks bleak in the present terrifying circumstances of flagrant acts of corruption and lawlessness threatening the existence of the most populous country in Africa.

The police must no longer be caught napping on Sundays and other days since the evil men can attack their targets anytime anywhere. And law abiding people should help the police to keep all nooks and crannies of our streets under constant surveillance and report suspicious looking characters and suspicious movements to neighbourhood vigilante groups, first to alert others and then report to only trusted security intelligence agencies and the armed forces within the vicinity.

Moreover, the Lagos State government and other state governments must stop paying lip service to the provision of modern medical facilities, because if the emergency rooms or wards of the public clinics and general hospitals are well equipped with modern life saving medical facilities as provided in other civilized modern states, many unfortunate deaths would have been prevented as the victims would not have died from their wounds or trauma.

The life of every law abiding citizen is a priceless asset to the survival and welfare of everyone else in every community and everyone must be committed to the survival and welfare of the next person in our common ecosystem for our mutual existence.

Nobody has the right to attack or take the life of another person when you can never give or restore the precious life the maker and owner God has given each of us and made the greatest sacrifices from Adam to Jesus Christ and continues to make more sacrifices through others till date to preserve and save you and I.

Everybody deserves a good life, whether rich or poor and no matter your race, class or creed. We must get rid of anyone who does not want another person to live in peace and unity, because such an evil person is an enemy of our collective survival and welfare on earth.

Saving the life of every law-abiding citizen is not only the duty of the police and other law enforcement agencies, but also the responsibility of everyone in every community 24/7.

Michael wrote from Lagos.

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