Creating a global human rights economy where all are investors

On my Yoruba monarch and I and the need to rethink the strained relationship between Modakeke and Ile Ife so needless waste of lives and properties can be a thing of the past.

I really don’t have clear idea of how we are going to achieve this but I am sure of a few things:

– I know both towns after three hundred years of living side by side, in occasional harmony and in slitting each other’s throats – they are both here to stay.

– I also know that the world that we live in today is different from the one when my great grand parents blindly assume the world will remain the same and had nothing written down so today’s people can work with. With this in mind there is a necessity to revisit drawing board and draw up a new contract that is concise so expectations are clear and agreed on.

– I also know that although I am from a tiny town, Nigeria have laws that protect all of its citizens from unfair treatment – hopefully the ones that says violent is NOT the only way of making people agree to a set contract. These laws are there and very likely never being used.

I have always wanted to see the crisis between Modakeke and Ife as gross negligence on the part of my government and the Yoruba elders. Contracts do break down all the time in real world, that is why there are laws to protect citizens and arrange to litigate between conflicting parties. But why must we think taking the cruel routes of outright elimination of people is the best way of addressing the problem? The sad truth is no one really is safe.

I was not disappointed yesterday when I checked on TED for inspiration. Thank you Kimberley Motley for your infectious passion on social justice and justness. Your speech did a wonder for my aching soul.

My dear readers, thank you for putting up with me rambling occasionally about my Yoruba monarch. I used to belief, just as I am supposed to that my elders are there protecting my interests and that of other s around me but I guess it is not always the case especially given violence has been the key to resolving landownership fights in my area. My hope is that soon rather than later, through my ramblings, things will become clearer and peace will be restored not through ‘begging’ as we have done in the past but through agreement to a written contracts between two communities because ultimately – people just want to live and work without fear hanging over their heads and if we have to resume a role of leasee for that so be it.

Here is Kimberley Motley speech on the importance of all of us contributing to a global human rights economy. Hope you like it.



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7 replies

  1. Thanks for this. Writings on this subject can never be too much because we must never forget nor allow those who do not know but who should to go uninformed about it.

    Best wishes.

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  2. You definitely have a right and I personally would be disappointed if you opted silence opposed to “ramblings”, then again, you could always seek the assistance of “his-honour” G.J.

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  3. You have every right to ‘ramble’ on about this conflict. It has gone on long enough. The Modakeke and Ile-Ife crisis first came to my ‘door steps’ in Kaduna (north-central Nigeria) in the early 1980’s (I think). The father of a close school mate of mine was a very senior police officer assigned to Kaduna metropolis then & as an illustrious son of Modakeke, he had offered to temporarily house one of the minor chiefs from his village who had to run away from the latest conflict then. We (my friend & I) were on holiday then, so we chatted with the exiled old chief almost daily during his short stay in Kaduna. The stories he told us didn’t make good hearing. I remember thinking of all the hate pent up within him & wondering what acts of vengeance he was planning to unleash when he got back. That is the continuous cycle of hate, anger, assault, vengeance & retaliation that is repeating itself in Modakeke and Ile Ife.

    Kimberley Motley’s call for a global human right economy is laudable but I must say it calls for the sort of all round compromise we are not seeing in other area that are less problematic… If she is thinking about Sharia, Gay rights, religious & traditional perspectives aligning to a common understanding of what human rights should be or shouldn’t be…. then she has her work cut out. It is only comforting to know that there are certain key elements that form the template of basic human rights. The UN’s charter is an agreed starting point. But just look at how far we ‘HAVEN’T’ come from there since & you will get the idea of how tough Kimberley Motley’s idea of a global human right economy will be to take root worldwide. I guess the details will reveal the substance of it…. It just might be workable. I am not hopeful though.

    Loved the joke about her daughter probably asking in a number of years if a white guy can be the president of the US. LOL


    • Early 80’s eh? That was just after Oba Okunade got crowned, decades before that time, there was relative peace as Oba Adesoji Aderemi was the king.
      Thank you so much for this info, means alot. The thing is people just have to be a little honest to realise it is the common, everyday people that suffer from both towns so really every child of the “soil” should feel uncomfortable with the killings.
      Re Kimberly, she is articulate! My take from her speech was that she is encouraging all to make their govt use existing idle laws work for justice.

      Imagine if Chibok girls’ parents knew their rights to be protected by Nig govt? Madam Patience would have thought twice before calling mourning parents for a meeting and then blaming them. Abi?


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