When Kindness Lands You In Jail, You Learn To Just Walk Away

The milk of human kindness flows in all of us, the pressure is what differs. Seeing a fellow human being in pain is not comforting in any way- unless you the one causing the explicit discomfort. Accidents happen and when they do, the unexplainable need to rush and help the victim/s is ignited and the dash from total strangers to aid the injured begins, but not in Lagos. In Lagos, it’s all about the self.

Oscar, a fellow Apprentice contestant from Uganda was having lunch at Mega Plaza on a Saturday afternoon when he heard a gunshot , why do people say gunshot…what else shoots?  Anyway, he heard the distinctive sound of a bullet expelled from the comfort of its magazine chamber.  Lagos folk are very interesting, they want to show you how big, macho and unperturbed by anythingthey are…until a bullet is fired!  According to Oscar, men the size of Goliath, were running over tables, knocking the women they were flaunting to the ground as they took cover.

I have been in situations where bullet exchange programmes were in effect and have been present during an armed robbery…okay that’s a lie but I have watched several on TV, MOVING ON… Gunshots, arrgghhh bullets expelled from the comfort of their magazine chambers is nothing new in Nairobi, a plethora of bank robberies, carjacking, riot police and a trigger jolly police force make the sound of bullets a familiar tune to we Nairobi folk. But I can never imagine, that which I was told after asking Oscar what happened after the shooting, occurring in Nairobi.

Apparently a white guy was shot, happens a lot here I was told…if someone doesn’t like you they send ‘people’ to you.  He was shot on the head, at close range, but survived…abeg abeg, either Nigerian bullets are made in China or this white dude knew they were coming and had a metal plate inserted under in his head.  Anyway, the shocking thing, not that being shot in the head is not shocking, was that the guy was lying there in a pool of blood and nobody was even trying to help him- yet he was a frequent shopper and personally knew some of the people there.

Before we become judgmental, Nigerians are very nice people, very kind and full of sincerity but the law quells all levels of benevolence.

I asked Oscar, did anybody come to his aide? “Noooo men, the guy was just bleeding!  Jerking his head and falling unconscious whilst people just watched.” I got so upset and let my opinion loud, I rightly called Nigerians cowards as I knew if this was to happen in Kenya good citizens would run to assist the wounded man, albeit several minutes after the gun man had fled.

It was then I heard the most horrendous bullshit in this world.

“He did the right thing, here in Lagos you just walk away.  If you take a person who has been shot to hospital the police will say you are the one who has shot the person.”

SORRY? Ati what?

“If you take a person who has been shot to hospital the police will say you are the one who has shot the person.”

Now, let us scrutinize this sentence: If you take a person who has been shot to the hospital..that is clear and logical so far… the police will say you are the who shot the person…PROBLEM!

Now, why would I shoot you, then have the temerity to take you to hospital? Does that make sense abi?

“If you take a person who has been shot to hospital the police will say you are the one who has shot the person.  So you first have to go get a police abstract to clear your name then take the person to the hospital.”

Abeg, you should have stopped at my rushing the intended murder victim to hospital. I have to do what?

“Go get a police abstract to clear your name then take the person to the hospital.”

So where is the wounded person all this time am applying for an abstract? IS THIS…!!!

So apparently the best thing to do, so not to be implicated, is just walk away…or run.

And a better thing to do is not get shot, because you shall lay there, dying as people watch, because they don’t wish to be arrested as your killers.

Na wah…

Eddie

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~ by jagedin9ja on November 20, 2008.

2 Responses to “When Kindness Lands You In Jail, You Learn To Just Walk Away”

  1. WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Yes now, and why would you interfere in that private matter?

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