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The Nigerian society is one that promotes strongly the values of materialism. Our values we have suddenly realized have taken a nose dive since and we appear helpless, only paying a lip service to its resuscitation. It is because the society does not frown at the sources of our wealth people are encouraged to engage in despicable acts to get rich. The catch is, get the money first by whatever means and every other thing will fall in place. Nigerians are known to involve in all kinds of dehumanising acts to enrich themselves. Our youths within and outside the country indulge in drug dealings, scamming business, kidnapping, ritual murders for money making, armed robbery etc.

The Nigerian society is one that promotes strongly the values of materialism. Our values we have suddenly realized have taken a nose dive since and we appear helpless, only paying a lip service to its resuscitation. It is because the society does not frown at the sources of our wealth people are encouraged to engage in despicable acts to get rich. The catch is, get the money first by whatever means and every other thing will fall in place. Nigerians are known to involve in all kinds of dehumanising acts to enrich themselves. Our youths within and outside the country indulge in drug dealings, scamming business, kidnapping, ritual murders for money making, armed robbery etc.


The latest which is trending is trafficking in human beings during which they harvest the necessary organs for sale. Few days back I stumbled on a social media message indicating that human body parts has become a lucrative business in Europe, America and Asia. The report stated that heart costs $119,000, Liver $157,000, Kidney $262,000, Small intestine $2,519, Skull with teeth $1200, etc. Libya is an oil rich African country which many Nigerian youths find interesting to visit for business adventure or as an escape route to Europe. They employ every means to get to Libya including the hazardous trip through the desert. The practice of putting people in the cages and hawking them as animals is a recent development in Libya.
People are sold like animals for a paltry $400 dollars after which their body parts are harvested and the remnants are fed to wild animals to avoid trace. The world has risen in strong condemnation of the act. The United Nations have spoken loudly against it and called for investigation. Nothing could be more inhuman than this. But the question is who the promoters of this business in Libya are? Did we see Libyan nationals come to Nigeria to haul our boys away to be sold in their country? Is it not our people that come around to chat up the gullible and desperate youths who are suffering from strangulating economic torture to lure them away with sweet tales of a better life abroad?
There is no doubt that there are Libyan citizens as accomplices who may have been convinced to join because of the filthy lucre that accrues from the illicit business. Again, the Libyan security authorities may have possibly turned a blind eye if that is a way to check the nuisance of the foreigners who keep streaming into their country illegally. No doubt again, the proceeds of the business would impact their economy no matter how small. It is our people in the quest for survival and material comfort as well by all means that indulges in this wickedness. This is what I think is happening in Libya and I stand to be corrected.
This is similar to the unwholesome practices where our business men who trade in China get their Chinese counterparts to be producing some substandard goods which they ship down here. Thus Chinese products are no longer rated highly instead the word 'China'is used derogatorily to describe a very substandard, low quality item such as Rochas China roads. Little wonder Nigeria has become a dumping ground for all manner of Chinese poor quality products which cannot be found in their home country. This would not be possible without the connivance and support of our people who risk the lives of their fellow citizens all in the name of get rich quick.
    Relatively speaking Libya is a fairly developed African Islamic country that do not need to sale human body parts for its people to survive. We accuse Islam of violence in their bid to win converts. When they kill they are not known to harvest their body parts. Even the Boko Haram that is terrorising us here in Nigeria is never reported to be interested in human parts. It is also reported that these body parts provide rich nutrients to people who consume them while others claim it is for medicinal use. It means humanity is degrading back to the era of cannibalism.
    But wait a minute. Our memories as Nigerians are so short. Why?  Did we forget that the practice of harvesting human parts has been with us here in Imo state? Can we take back our minds to the mid '90s and recall the popular Otokoto saga? That was the era when the so called 419 boys invaded Owerri and were seen each time throwing money along the streets, buying up choice properties and living lives that would make the eyes wink. Do we remember that Amanda hospital then was fingered as one place where body parts are harvested for the 419ners and one Larry from Umunoha was reckoned as their leader? I remember too it was in the home of one Damaco that it was reported that a full size roasted human being was discovered.
    Recently too, a popular hospital in the Rumuogba area of Port Harcourt came up with an advertorial strongly denying that its hospital never engaged in the business of harvesting human parts. It is a common saying among us that there is no smoke without fire. Something must have precipitated that denial. As in the '90s the business must have subsisted under cover but got full blown recently with the discovery of using innocent victims under the cover of travelling abroad and mid-way in the journey they become dismembered for money. Our boys in Malaysia and the so called yahoo boys are fingered as syndicates and merchants in this wicked business. Libya may be the base of action but we remain the promoters. Have we ever bothered to know what business our boys in Malaysia are doing?
Each time I eavesdrop on the discussions of my younger ones what dominates their talk is a celebration of who has made it, how he made it, how they are going to make it, their taste of building, their cars, imaginary ostentatious lifestyle.  It is from them sometimes I get to know the latest brands in the auto market as they dream to have them. Once I broke into their argument to advise when I could no longer stand the nasty things they want to expose themselves to. One told me,'when I get the money and you people don't want to see me I will leave home'. The other one said nobody will even say anything by the time he starts taking care of everybody? He asked, ''Uncle have you seen anybody reject money in this our country''? The third one reminded me that the man with the palm frond is whom the goat follows.
I was left speechless wondering what our values would look like in another five to ten years if this is the thinking of our teens now. And you will ask are we not all responsible? The Church preaching prosperity would make you believe in error that the wealth you flaunt is a measure of your good standing with God. Little wonder they honour you with knighthood and all kinds of recognition without asking if your source of income does not jeopardize the interest of the children of God. The traditional ruler with open arms will confer chieftaincy title without checking if the land has been desecrated in any manner? What about the academia that keep dashing their honorary degrees to people who the society can never find worthy in character and learning just because they need money.
With their illicit money and or loot from public service or wherever, and fame they jump into politics and buy their way into power to become governors and influential politicians who call the shots. What you see is the result we are getting in Imo state now and elsewhere. They are never prepared for leadership and anything goes for them. They are products of accident and they make people go through pains as accident victims.There is absolutely nothing wrong in being wealthy but there is everything wrong in being dubiously wealthy because someone would have paid a price for such wealth and this offends humanity.
Our roots-culture strongly espouses our values. In those days titles are conferred to noble men who have acquitted themselves in areas that the eyes can see. Their yam barns', wrestling prowess, intelligence, strength of character, physical strength, or whatever is their staying power can be seen and acknowledged. They do not bribe their way to get it.We are talking of modern slavery reappearing in Libya as if slavery is not living with us ever since. What do you call it when a governor will be living in a palatial mansion, seize peoples land without compensation, owe workers and pensioners their due, refuse to account to the people, chase them away from their market, dictate what happens to the people, determine where they should source their livelihood against their wishes, spend their money as he like and surrounds himself with his kits and kin in the governance etc.
You can as well tell us what it is if not slavery. Slavery is here with us but occurring in subtle ways we least recognize. What is wrong in Libya is the killing and harvesting of human body parts which also occurs here. To stop what is happening in India we have to start here. That is the truth. Our people are so ingenious in creating evil.

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