Have you ever been discriminated against? by Naphy

Societal Discriminations; Have you ever been pushed aside because of your gender, class, religion or tribe?

Recently, I was involved in the organization of a holiday program, the children were supposed to visit certain places like hospitals, orphanage among others in order to teach the children kindness and giving back to the society. So I went to an orphanage and made enquiries before reporting back to my superiors. When I was confronted with the question of which religious group runs the place, it would be better to go to an orphanage that has same faith with the children coming for the program. I was

Then, I was confronted with the question of which religious group runs the place, it would be better to go to an orphanage that has same faith with the children coming for the program. I was

I was angry, does their religious inclination have anything to do with helping those helpless little children?

I was so angry I took it personally and actually informed my superiors that people like them are the reason our beloved country is where it is right now.

This issue has been continued to disturb me because when I remember the look on the faces of those children, it was heart wrenching.

 I wish I could help them but what really can one person do, not so much. Don’t get me wrong, change begins with one person but one person can’t carry the weight of the world. This leads me to my main topic of discussion.

Does our difference in languages, tribe, religion, colour make us less of human or should that make us discriminate among ourselves?

I believe until we start seeing ourselves first as human beings, brothers and sisters before we divided ourselves into smaller groups and these small groups which we have divided into is actually the beginning of our problems. Don’t misunderstand me, am not saying we shouldn’t practice our religions and all that, but our role to one another as humans should be at the top of the ladder.

There was this story I heard yesterday of a man who allowed a woman drown, not because of his inability to swim but the fact that he didn’t want the phone in his pocket to get damaged.

Materialism over Humanity, Welcome to the 21st century. Although this scenario does not touch on discrimination, it points out the fact that our mindset about our relationship with fellow humans has depreciated.

My Own Advice

Let’s be patriotic citizens of our beloved country Nigeria. Let’s not teach our younger generation this behavior of discrimination which hasn’t yielded any good for our generation. Its hasn’t profited us rather it has drifted us further apart and it’s the major reason for our state of development.

An adage in Yoruba says ‘One hand can’t put the load on the head both hands have to carry the load unto the head.

Let’s come together as one; it does have more advantage than being apart.

No one is going anywhere, we belong together Nigerians. We were put together for a purpose.

Let’s see ourselvs as one people, One Community, One Nation and One Nigeria.

God Bless Nigeria.

 

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