By Denrele Animashaun
“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” – Abraham Lincoln
The successful conviction of Osezua Osolase 42, was welcomed by AFRUCA(Africans Unite Against Child Abuse) that commended British government on the successful prosecution of a prolific child trafficker. The agency stated such conviction will serve as a warning to others who are willing to exploit young girls with a promise of a better live in Europe only to be sold into prostitution.
Osolase, who has HIV, was found guilty after a six-week trial of five counts of trafficking for sexual exploitation, one count of rape and one of sexual activity with a child. Police identified flight records, mobile phones and pre-paid credit cards to show that he recruited 28 girls and escorted many of them abroad over a 15-month period from 2010 in a scam that could have netted him around £1.5 million.
He received a 20-year jail term and will be deported after he served his sentence. He, like others like him, use the threat of witchcraft and ‘juju’ rituals to coerce and subjugate his victims while handing them out as ‘commodities’ by selling them to criminal gangs who send them off on the street as prostitutes. Child trafficking is one of the most horrendous crimes threatening our society and those who perpetuate these crimes are profiting from the exploitation ,suffering and abuses of children.
Some people don’t see a distinction between child trafficking and house help, but let’s cut the fat and it is modern day slavery. Having a house help is common place at home and abroad. Young people are sought from the villages, with a promise of life in city and money that can help the family in the village. These young people are worked so hard, treated so badly without pay and respite.
We have similarly heard such horror stories of some families inviting young children over to the UK and they are used as servants and house helps. Those that escape the life of servitude and suffering have described their lives behind closed doors as never ending misery of menial work at the beck and call of the family.
In this day and age , we have got to move away from this dogma and educate poor, young, deprived girls in particular to a level where they can work their way out of poverty and be a useful member of society. They say that when you educate a girl, then you educate a whole generation. There has to be some national awareness programme that addresses these nefarious activities and give the family an alternative to selling their children into slavery and a life of suffering.
Abuse of power
He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander- Aristotle
The abuse of power never ceases to amaze me especially when it comes to Nigerians. Where on earth in any civilised country would you get a governor of a state physically abusing the top man of an energy company for not producing enough power outage !
On Saturday, 20th October, 2012 the management staff were summoned to the governor’s residence and according to the papers, the Sokoto Governor, Aliyu Magatarkada Wamakko got out his Bulala and whipped the acting Managing Director of the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, Mohammed Adamu and then he ordered the security officials to carry on the beating !
Funny that the Governor has failed to explain his brutality and madness.
Mixed bag of e-mail
“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life-Winston Churchill
Last week, I must have touched a raw nerve re: “ Jesus does not do coins”, and I received a mixed bag of emails, some good and some well, full of hot air. Without exemption, thank you all for your comments.
What I have learnt is that there are certain subject matters that riles some members of our society – religion, known personalities, pastors, any tribal comments and citizenry immoral attitudes. Oh, it is like waving a red flag at a bull! How I wish these same people with their vitriolic could put it to better use. Perhaps they can write and share their opinions on more salient topics like extensive poverty, insecurities , politicians, corruption, domestic violence, inadequate social and health care facilities.
4. Let’s move the world
I received a post, a response to my article, Generation X: writer says his name is Victor Okoronkwo, a young engineering professional based between Lagos and London. He says he his very passionate for stability, growth and prosperity in Nigeria. He says:”Thank you for such a compelling article ‘Generation X’ in the Sunday Vanguard, 21st Oct 2012.
I believe it is both accurate and timely, however the primary challenge remains how many people in position of authority would read this article and its like and would feel the need to institutionalize policies or reforms that can transform the development of the young Nigerian.
If this remains such a major challenge, whilst not continually hoping it occurs, I agree with you that we all have a role to play. This would be targeted at developing the young Nigerian’s moral and educational standard.
How do we, who share this same feeling of urgency for change, organize ourselves as one unit with a clear, achievable goal? (Never mind what/which groups/movements for change we may belong to)
– Do we reach out and become reachable to the young Nigerian who desperately needs a role model?
There is a few other ‘how’s ‘ that must be considered to deliver a changed Nigeria; I strongly believe it is achievable when good preparation has been put in place.
I am committed to playing my role for a better Nigeria; your article suggests you share a similar stance. Let’s start to organize ourselves with more who share such a passion for excellence in our land. Kind regards, Victor.”
Well, if there are more people like Victor, who are as passionate about making a difference in our youths’ lives, let us work together and make a positive change in the lives of the youths. As Leonardo da Vinci said: “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”
¯ So I am directly challenging well-meaning and forward thinking Nigerians to contact me and we can work towards a lasting legacy.