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.