LoudWhispers : ‘There Are No Strangers Here’

Brenda staggered through the streets, her eyes smarting from the smoke of the vehicles and tyres burning around her. The sounds were so loud and piercing, after a while, she did not hear them anymore. ‘Maybe this is what the end of the world feels like’ she thought as she was shoved by a screaming child who ran past her.

The day before, she had been in her stall in the market where she sold provisions when she heard the shouts and chants of a crowd. It was a group of angry youth protesting the decision of the government to end one of the youth programs in Kwareji State. As the young protesters marched down the main road next to the market, they were intercepted by Policemen who wanted to stop them from proceeding to their final destination which was the Governor’s Office.

The police started using tear gas and people fled in all directions. Then there were gunshots and people got even more desperate to get away, so there was a stampede. Some witnesses said it was the police who fired first, some said it was one of the protesting young men.

When it was all over, there were two dead youth, many injured, and one of the policemen was missing. Traders in the market hurriedly packed their goods and went home for the day. Brenda hurried home to make sure her two children were okay. Ngozi was eight and Bernard was six, they were being looked after by her niece, Martha. Her husband Michael was a driver who worked for a Bank Manager, he was away with his boss on a trip to Abuja.

The following morning, everything seemed calm. The disturbance and loss of live  was widely reported in the news, and the Police Commissioner stated that some unscrupulous elements had infiltrated the protest and made it violent. He said all the culprits would be brought to justice. The missing policeman had still not been found. Brenda went back to her stall in the market. The market was busy, it was as if the trouble the day before had never happened. For some reason, Brenda was uneasy. There was always one form of trouble or the other in the city, but these days, it seemed to be different.

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Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi is a Gender Specialist, Social Entrepreneur and Writer. She is the Founder of Abovewhispers.com, an online community for women. She can be reached at BAF@abovewhispers.com

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22 Responses to LoudWhispers : ‘There Are No Strangers Here’

  1. Bisi Alawode June 28, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    I hope there really are no strangers o. In this Nigeria we are in, everyone picks their own only a few persons understand this ideology.

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  2. Funmi Cole June 28, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    This is sad but this is our reality. This is what happens everyday, I read in the news that some herdsmen killed some women in Edo state. I keep wondering what these people see to ignite such a killing passion. May our society be sane.

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  3. olanrewaju June 28, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    I ran away from kaduna during the southern kaduna crisis and I can tell you that, a stranger is a stranger. These people don’t understand what communal living is… A lot of them are illiterates and it’s difficult to make them see the life in unity.

    This is our reality and I wish that there are a lot of Bintas out there.

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  4. Shola Ademide June 28, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Hmmmm
    We have are facing conflicts daily in Nigeria. And some ignorant peeps want to split and requesting for war. If only they understood what war is, what chaos is they won’t be saying all that gibberish.

    @Olanrewaju. Thank God you escaped o. God bless Nigeria

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  5. Flakky June 28, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    I know what crisis is, I have experienced it and it’s traumatic.
    I still find it difficult to relate with the Hausas after that experience. Really, only the skeletons are left to dance.

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  6. Olushola Aderanti June 28, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    This is the reality. There is a foundation that caters for children whose parents have been killed in Northern crisis., when I heard how they we were able to struggle out and get saved, I weep a lot. The result of crisis is pain and I hope the perpetrators will change.

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  7. Kate Adams June 28, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    The unfortunate thing is, these people are being sponsored by The rich in the society. The use them during elections, they use them to kill their rivals and they go about killing innocent lives. If only we will really become one in this country.

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  8. kolade Wilson June 28, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Who will stand when crisis arrives… The ignorant.
    Who takes the brunt of crisis…The Masses.
    Who are the instruments of crisis…The ignorant.
    Who sees the future, the few wise men/women
    who reads good articles like this, the few wise men/women
    Who passes the wrong message, the much foolish ones

    So, what should we do?
    Let the few wise men double up and overtake the foolish ones so that our society can be sane.

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  9. Oluwatosino June 28, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Hmmmmmm.. @Kolade, you are very correct but the few wise that should double up are also afraid.
    We are one….. We are not strangers. Why the discrimination, Why the war. We need to really gather as one family and pray for our nation. We need Love, peace, nd togetherness. We must not entertain war again. May God help us ijn

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  10. Femi Diipo June 29, 2017 at 10:09 am

    A tragic foreshadow of a Nigeria that may yet be. This brewing hostility may soon lead to worse and no one will benefit from its end. It’s time for us all to unite as one. Really, there should no longer be any stranger here by now

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  11. Florence Jimoh June 29, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    This whole disunity thing is killing our society. I hope we will genuinely pray for Nigeria.

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  12. Adeshina Oye June 29, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    We are one. We aren’t Strangers. We are first Nigerians before anything else

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  13. Adebukola Daniels June 29, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    We just need to pray for Nigeria. This is the land of greatness and In Jesus name, we will stand.

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  14. Victor Udoh June 29, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    @kolade wilson, you made good sense. The few wise men must multiply and become game changers in this society of ours.

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  15. Ololade Mathews June 29, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Children really lose their innocence, they are raped, they forcefully made to join suicide bombers. They are left to wail over their dead parents. Chaos is painful and I really want us to tackle this in our society. We should be compassionate about these people in the North or wherever crisis lies.

    we should have pity.

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  16. Samuel June 29, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    This whole tribalism issue is just something of a pity. Imagine after staying for 10 years that you feel you have been accepted, then the crisis begin and you immediately become a nobody. There is still hope though, at least someone from that tribe was still able to help. I just hope we could all love each other and live in peace.

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  17. Lola Adeoye June 29, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    I wish we would all come to having one heart in this country, Segregation is everywhere. Even within schools, even within same states. Our hearts just be renewed that is the only way out of this mess

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  18. folami June 29, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    I love the heart of this woman. God bless her

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  19. Akpes June 29, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Like seriously everywhere in this nation is supposed to be our home. No one is a stranger in her mother’s land.

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  20. Princess June 29, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Kudos to the woman that saved those children, she’s a woman of substance. That’s the type of people we need to move this nation forward, tribalism is very bad and could cause a serious magnalogotomy.

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  21. Kes June 29, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Hausa, Igbo Yoruba we are one. All we need is to love each other like the family we were meant to be.

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  22. DSEED July 2, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    I find it difficult to believe that their is no stranger. If truely there is not why ethnic fight happening? Mindset needs to be change towards this. For innocent bloods shed its so painful.

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