PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Maruping Phepheng
 
Comments: 9
Article views: 354
 
 
Latest Badges:


 
View all Maruping Phepheng's badges.
 

Boko haramic ills

15 May 2014, 08:26

The Congregation of the People of Tradition for Proselytism and Jihad, otherwise known as Boko Haram, has caused a stir by abducting young girls in Nigeria.

They have through this contemptible conduct caused everybody to stand up and say something in defence of the girls.  The abduction must be condemned in the strongest terms, and all of us must stand together against such vile abuse and violation of the girls – or any other person.

I like the outrage.  It must intensify, and the authorities must act decisively against anybody preying on the innocent girls.

I must admit I have not read much about this organisation to qualify to give epistemological or even etymological view on it, but the ever helpful Google points out that loosely translated, the name Boko Haram could mean “western education is sinful.”  In this case the word “western” is at times used interchangeably with the word “bogus”, which would then read “bogus education is sinful.” 

This, it is said, symbolises a strong opposition to anything Western which is seen as “corrupting Muslims”.

As a result of their recent activities, at least 16 people are reported killed or missing, and 234 female students kidnapped in Nigeria.

In this piece my interest is not in this group’s politics and their psychological make up, and this is mainly because I don’t know much about them.  (But, as evinced by a substantial number of newspaper articles about the abduction, this field luckily has experts.)

What I am interested in is what in turn constitutes what I call ‘boko haramic’ conduct on our part.  What do I mean, you ask?  Well, let me explain by way of a few examples.

It is in my view extremely boko haramic for a trusted teacher to sleep with young girls, the very ones the teacher is supposed to look after, just like it is boko haramic to sell answer sheets to learners, to come to school drunk, etc.

It is equally boko haramic for police officials to abuse state vehicles by taking their kids to school and wives to work and back – and we see this daily.

It is boko haramic for a policeman not to know how to take a statement from victims of crime.  I am no lawyer, but the boko haramic effect of not knowing how to take down a statement properly could result in a rape victim never getting justice.

It is vile and boko haramic for a nurse to be rude when handling patients, even worse when nurses cause patients to wait in a long queue while they take their lunch or are busy chatting away on their smart phones.

It is boko haramic for local government officials to deplete millions and millions of funds through corrupt activities while waste piles up in street corners of townships; while robots don’t work and simple street light bulbs seemingly can’t be replaced to keep them on.  (And by the way, councillors and managers in these municipalities are people we went to school with; people who shared the view that we must study and get skills to be ready to take over and fix things in the interest of our communities.  Today avaricious greed has turned some of them into shameful boko haramics.) 

I know that residents do take to the streets in certain cases of this nature, but why then do these problems persist?  Why do we still have ‘unwanted’ councillors and managers in municipal offices even after houses have been burnt down and people arrested and killed?  Who is to blame for this boko haramic situation?

Is it not boko haramic for government officials to take longer than is necessary to pay taxpaying service providers for work done?  I mean, the boko haramic effect of this heartless incompetence is the repossession of cars and houses, defaulting on contractual agreements, hunger of the entire family and other dependants.  This happens, mind you, when these officials themselves get paid on time every month by taxpayers.

It is horribly, horribly boko haramic for us, brothers, to take advantage of ours daughters, having sex with them like they have reason to be punished like that.  Step out and find yourself a woman, uncle.  That child is supposed to be our future.  You are destroying us.   Zip it, please.

But also boko haramic is when you take advantage of the young boy, my sister, forcing yourself on him as if men your age have suddenly gone extinct.  Stop it.

I could give more examples of how boko haramic we can all be, but no matter how hard I try, I am not able to point you to massive demonstrations of outrage at these boko haramic ills.  Why is this?  Why are we not out in the streets in our thousands expressing outrage and demanding better?

Or are we so damaged, so beaten up that we now silently endure these aberrations without lifting a finger?


Maruping Phepheng is reading for his MA in Creative Writing with Rhodes University, South Africa. 

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
9 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Meta
News in the digital age

How do you think that spreading your hate/bigotry and or intolerance helps anybody? Read more...

11 comments 851 views
Submitted by
Brian Faul
How and why a Dictator is born

One needs to remember looking back in history these hard times is when a dictator is more likely to get born. It is during these hard times that a dictator gets voted into power. Read more...

7 comments 1621 views
Submitted by
Prenisha Naidoo
I will be proactive...

This letter is in response to articles on the death of baby Jamie Naidoo, We have the tendency to be reactive…we wait for something to happen, then suddenly we care, writes a News24 User. Read more...

2 comments 414 views
Submitted by
woadstress
Celebration

Make a list of at least ten things that you can celebrate, and write two or three reasons why you can celebrate those things or events. Read more...

1 comments 143 views
Submitted by
Eric de Castro
Last squeak of the year

 Read more...

12 comments 179 views
Submitted by
MarkH

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.