HOW HATE WORKS:
Hate focuses on what divides us rather than what unites us. If there are Qur’anic verses that for example say Muslims should love and care for Christians, the hate merchants will focus on where Christians are called “infidels”. If on the other hand there are verses in the Bible that say “love your neighbour as yourself”, the messengers of hate will focus on “what fellowship does light have with darkness?”
There is nothing you want to justify with the scriptures that you won’t find. If you truly have love in your heart, you will focus on the verses of love. The God that forbade eating four-footed creatures is the same God that ordered Apostle Peter, in a trance, to kill and eat! To the pure all things are pure.
And this is how prejudice works:
Because Chief Obafemi Awolowo did not declare Oduduwa Republic in solidarity with Biafra in 1967, every Yoruba is a traitor — including the one that was just born.
Because an Igbo chap was arrested for 419, every Igbo person — dead, living or unborn — is a fraudster.
Because one “Aboki” struggles with spoken English, every northerner is an illiterate; in fact, no northerner has a brain.
Because of the insane activities of ISIS and Boko Haram, every Muslim is a terrorist, including your friend.
Tragically, there are people that the only thing they can see in you is your language or religion, not the content of your character.
Let me quickly say this, it is very difficult to resist the message of hate and prejudice in a society already polluted by manipulative politicians, their overpaid sidekicks. I know.
When everyone else seems to be saying there is casting down, it is very difficult to go against the grain and say there is lifting up. You just go with the flow. But maybe the “casting down” gang is not as big as the “lifting up” brigade — just that the latter has been intimidated into silence. They must begin to speak out.
After all, Rome was not built in a day. Those working hard to destroy Nigeria seems to neither sleep nor slumber.
As for me and my house, we resolved long ago that we would never feed our children with hate, prejudices and biases. These things are usually passed on from generation to generation. I resolved to follow the example of my grandmother by celebrating the best in others rather than focusing on their worst.
I would rather talk about the dignity in labour you find among the Hausa, the creativity among the Igbo and the industry among the Yoruba.
Accuse me of living in denial and I will accuse you of living in bitterness. Accuse me of being politically incorrect and I will accuse you of being self-righteous. Accuse me of being naïve and I will accuse you of being jaundiced. It’s all in the mind.