The word came to me in the middle of Christmas dinner, dec 25th 2009 and it really inspired me to get back to blogging.
A Nigerian terrorist? This is very interesting, my question now is why now? why ever.
Letter to Mr Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab:
I send this to you not as my judging point of view, but as a concern of a group of people you represent (Nigerians). Sir, the news reports that you had a good education (Engineering Student, UCL class of 2008) and also that you come from a well to do home, (father being in top positions in banks) so now our question is why?
We as a country, as a nation, as a people have suffered numerous stereotypes.
Is it not bad enough that we represent our Green, White, Green despite the judging looks of being a 419-er (fraudster) is it not bad enough that we eat our traditional foods (eba, jollof rice, etc) and still condone being stereotyped as barbaric and backwards. Is it not bad enough that we walk through security checks and get scrutinized for what we hold in our hands? (our green passports) so my question to you sir, is why NOW? why EVER?
Sir, we as a nation have MANY struggles, we struggle for petrol, electricity, food (in some regions), safety and at most we struggle for PEACE. Why would you want to add terrorism to a nation that suffers so much already?
I love my people because despite the struggles we have we are still considered one of the happiest people on earth. Please do bare in mind that with this you have not only brought grief to a nation, but grief and MORE STRUGGLES to an already grieving nation.
Mr Abdulmutallab, we will not ask you why you did it, because you like everyone else in the world is entitled to your opinion, BUT remember that when you make certain choices, you open room for judgment, not just judgement of YOUR character or your belief, but also judgement of US as a people. Sir i do not appreciate that I have to fight off one stereotype or another due issues like this, BUT adding terror to the list is not what i anticipated for a New Year.
I know many people now are working on the Light Up Nigeria scheme, since when did we think it was ok to blow up America?
I know many people sing in the morning congregation "Arise O compatriots, Nigeria's call, obey" since when was it ok, to obey Al Qaeda's call?
Dear Sir, granted you made your decisions and will have to live with it, but I do not appreciate living with it too, because I do not believe in terror. I was NEVER brought up with thoughts of terrorism and will not associate myself or like to claim you as one of my own since you have decided to create a stereotype FOR YOURSELF which i REFUSE to be a part of. Are we disowning you as Nigerian? ha! Maybe, just maybe, because we would like to retain our one good stereotype of being "the world's happiest people" and being totally acceptive of you will jeopardize this one good thing we have going for us.
NOTE TO NIGERIANS:::
My people, I have sent out the word, now please please please...
We need to stay strong, have faith and NOT just pray but take action.
Because I know my people, after 49 years of independence, we do not have too much to show
besides expatriates and illegal immigrants who live like Kings and Queens in our own nation, just to name a few.
But please rid yourself of the ignorance and STOP passing the blame on one ethnicity or the other.
NOONE cares if he was Hausa, Yoruba Ibo, whatever, all they see is that he is NIGERIAN.
It is very ignorant to say "Oh at least he is not Ibo"
Do you think an average American who probably doesn't even know that Africa is NOT a country cares if he is Hausa or Yoruba? News flash ::: THEY DON'T
all they care about it that he is NIGERIAN.
I hope this will be an eye-opener for us all to see that if one ethnicity falters WE are all to blame because WE are Nigeria! So if an Ibo man is not doing his job, NO it is not because he is IBO, how about u do yours and QUIT complaining.
The point of this is ....
We cannot keep praying and sitting on our butts about our problems!
the bible clearly says : Prayers without works is DEAD
so if all you do is pray and hope, brothers and sister I AM SORRY FOR US!
we need to take action.
Thank you all who already are taking action towards a better Nigeria.
With Love and Grace...
Tayo Sophie Orenuga..