RIVERS DEATH LIST: WHO IS NEXT? – By Ezebunwo Clifford Omachi

Ezebunwo Clifford Omachi Writes from Port Harcourt
That is the unnerving
question hanging over the people of Rivers state after the latest assassination
of  Barr. Ken Atsuete.

The sobering and
miserable aspect of this question that haunts Rivers people is that the answer
is “it might be you”. The simple fact is that there is no end in sight to the
tragic and senseless assassinations like that carried out recently on the
shores of the state that ended the life of Bar. Ken Atsuete. More are expected. The
sad and terrible reality is that this acts of senseless killing on innocent
people because of perceived opposition would not be ending anytime soon by
people who call themselves leaders.

we all know this
politicians are doing nothing to ease the persistent threat of more murderous
rampages in the future, Instead they sit back in their offices without any
scrap of compassion, not a scintilla of regard and no sense whatsoever of
shared humanity.
The Murder of Barr. Ken
Atsuete is purely political, I stand to be corrected. Opposition is now a crime
in Rivers state as assassination now becomes punishment for vocal opposition;
We cannot say this too nicely: Rivers totters towards anarchy. The desperadoes
among politicians seem to love their people, their supporters, to (the
supporters’) death! And they, these desperate, mindless usurpers of lives and
wills, have engineered exactly the dire conditions that enable them to have a
steady supply of people to waste in pursuit of their depraved political goals.
Thanks to the Olympian greed of a few among us, Rivers has long become a shell
of a polity, a space where (don’t even mention optimism) hope is an endangered
species.
In such a space,
there abound millions of the dispossessed whose specialty is to strike others
dead – or to die trying – for a fee. In exchange for some pittance, ample swills
of ogogoro, and a rolled joint, these thugs-for-hire are willing to kill or be
killed, ready to lay ambush or be the targets of one, available to disguise
themselves as police or soldiers in order to swoop down on polling booths,
sweep up ballot boxes, and disappear. Rendered destitute by visionless, vicious
political grubbers, these indigents subsist on perverse prayers. And, for them,
there’s no prayer more perverse or urgent than a wish that an electoral season
may roll around. For then, politicians would require their services as bullies
and killers of an opposing politician’s people, else as corpses-in-waiting.
We need to start
holding people responsible for their deeds. Under our laws, a state governor is
the chief security officer of his state. The constitution expects him to take
necessary steps to sufficiently protect lives and property of the people in his
state, before, during and after elections.
 What happens when the chief security officer
turns himself into the chief thug of his party to lead the do-or-die battle to
secure a win for his party at all cost?
These acts of
horrendous violence raise many questions, not least of which is how we resolve
the underlying issues that spawn such heartless murder and attacks. There will
be no easy answers and there is no quick fix. The killing will sadly continue
as sure as night follows day. That brings us back to the question “WHO IS
NEXT??”. So my advice to Rivers people is to sit back and secure the life of
their families until the time comes to correct this gravely mistake that was
imposed on the state.

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Late Barr. Ken Asuete

Written by Ezebunwo Clifford Omachi 

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