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Rivers Of Insecurity: I Won't Abandon This Ship

By Solomon Okocha

"Security is like virginity: you're either a virgin or you're not. You either have security or you don't." - Lennart Meri

As a human being, one thing I loathe is fear. Like every other homo sapien, but with enhanced years of marshal arts training, practice and spiritualism, my physiological and psychological systems are programmed to respond to threats with something close to the speed of light. My stimulus-response time or reaction time is a product of series of 'shotokan kartas' and cosmic favour. Blessed good old days.

But here is the problem: with each news of killings, kidnappings, and mindless violence in Rivers State, my karate trained-mind and body is forced to react almost instantaneously to this monster called fear. I know that it's not good enough for my health. I know that life could be better.

Port Harcourt used to be a sweet city. We grew up to see a fast developing State, we even witnessed the incubation and eventual birthing of the Greater Port Harcourt City. Investors were trooping in from all over Nigeria to partake in the industrialisation story of Rivers State. The prices of land and rent were on a steady rise; the demand for housing was way higher than the supply. Things were good in those days.

Who wants to live in fear? Who wants to prolong an unnecessary romance with paranoia? Why suffer? In this life of a few days and flashes of joy, why should one intentionally subject his or her body, soul, and spirit to the tormenting embrace of negative forces? Why shouldn't man, a being who was created in the image of the creator enjoy the essence of creation - peace. Did God create man for kidnapping, killing or raging violence?

All that you needed in those days to succeed in Port Harcourt was to run with the right motivation, hangout with inspiring contacts, and maintain useful family relationships. It was a city of young and brilliant minds. The type of energy that radiated on the streets of Diobu, Town, GRA, and other bubbling areas of Rivers State, was enough to kick-start the making of another Lagos in Nigeria. It was a land of hope; anybody could become anything, there were no boundaries. Religion and Culture were often thrown into the dustbin right in front of the newest nightclub in town. It was all about the groove.

Today, the story of Rivers State, is one that cannot be told without the mention of the ten letter word - insecurity. In the last twenty four hours, I've been seriously thinking, and I've wondering if at all I want my name to be found in this sad tale of barbarism, diabolism, and f**lishness.

My mind tells me that it's time to leave this shore. It is certain as the sun that the insecurity in Rivers State will continue unabated. The Rivers State Government, and indeed the Nigerian State have woefully failed to perform her primary responsibility; protection of citizens lives and properties.

But I believe in God, or whatever he's called these days . To me, he's that universal force that rewards the actions and inactions of men, that omnipotent and all-knowing being that raises heroes and heroines in the time of sorrow. I know that he won't abandon nor forsake me, ye, he will never allow my feet to be smitten by any stone. Except my calling is fake, my God will surely bring a Messiah that will deliver Rivers people from this acrimony.

That's the reason why I can live with this fiery demon of hopelessness and despair that has pervaded the entire length and breadth of Rivers State. Above karate and street knowledge, this is the reason why I will not abandon this ship.

~ Solomon Okocha

Your Comment

Zechariah buchi | 6/29/2016 6:38:00 AM
God day
TK-PRINCE | 6/29/2016 2:31:00 PM
True to it, on point but God is He not he. God will surely take over the Garden City from forces of darkness. Cheers Solomon.
Solomon Okocha | 7/8/2016 7:28:00 AM
musa muhd iguda Diribo | 2/5/2017 3:50:00 PM
very disgraced woman
shameless Queen | 2/11/2017 5:09:00 PM
Nigeria is now a country where criminal are exposed just for history. What will be the outcome of this shameless mother ? What will happen to the money recvered. Do we have leaders at all or birds of the same feather
hassan Ibrahim | 2/19/2017 10:30:00 AM
she's. a shemless minister ever seen in the country my Allah help President. BUHARI and my Allah help Nigeria Amin
NEW GENERATION | 10/22/2017 1:26:00 PM
Are sure this words of yours can thief bring to judgment a thief ❓ if not van data. Put a stop to this madness exhibited by politicians start the prosecution from your family and party members as a test and bring them to justice that will serve as hallmark not selected prosecution
femi silas | 2/12/2017 4:04:00 AM
May God remould Nigerian to perform more credible things
hassan angale | 2/19/2017 10:17:00 AM
Yahaya Kabir | 12/7/2017 9:17:00 AM
Amen. May Allah accept your prayer
Jimmy Omoregie | 3/7/2017 2:55:00 PM
She is a disappointment to humanity entirely
annie newest | 4/29/2017 9:52:00 PM
Judging people and demonizing them is out of question, we ought to bear in mind that the end is now, judge and examine yourself before others.
Abdulkadir Muhammad | 7/6/2017 9:51:00 PM
Abdulkadir Muhammad | 7/6/2017 9:52:00 PM
Katsina state
Samuel wozhimson | 7/22/2017 12:25:00 PM
She is worse than abacha.
Ayodele | 7/25/2017 8:42:00 PM
She suppose to ang
Christian Adasi-Efuy | 7/26/2017 5:18:00 PM
The minister has done right. Let others follow her example. It's time to repent and rebuild. God bless Nigeria!!!
muhammad. sani | 7/27/2017 1:24:00 PM
I want to advise Nigerians elders to be afrat of god and. last day
Val | 2/20/2018 5:58:00 PM
Maybe we should give the country a new name. . Can someone tell us the meaning of NIGERIA. maybe the name is working against the country. WHO name Nigeria. Who gave the country this name. We need to go back to the hand over of power from the British government and ask this question. Unless we know the meaning of this name called NIGERIA, I don't think we can get a better idea of what is affecting the country. Every name in Nigeria has meanings. Both Yoruba, Ibo Hausa etc they all has meaning. What is the meaning of NIGERIA.
Without the capacity to provide its own information, the mind drifts into randomness.