Of You being the Ritual Killer

There’s been all this talk about ritual killings in the papers lately. The Nigerian culture is full of year end murders of innocent people for ritual purposes. It sadly cuts across all tribes and finds its way to city centres like Lagos. Port Harcourt has been in the news a lot for this followed by Ogun State, then Delta. It would appear that the higher the illiteracy in the region the more prevalent these “cultural practices”. I often argue that these barbaric actions are even really not rooted in any core Nigerian tradition and find their adherents more in African religion which believes in charms and voodoo to a large extent. The culture itself is just dance and merriment until you need to solve a problem you do not understand then you call in the dark arts. But these rules and ‘traditional medicine’ was circa pre-science 1852.

So two things struck me: (i) there is general outrage by the current generation on social media each time this happens and they are united in condemning this practice, as it should be. However, they will on the other breath make a case for the jettisoning of Christianity and Islam, as being foreign to African tradition and are strong proponents for the return to dark magic type religion which they equate with African-ness. I am not a history expert but in any enlightened religion in the world, the human blood has value and is preserved on the threat of eternal damnation. It cannot be shed without consequence, and this has found its way into the cornerstone of human right principles the world over.

(ii) Many of these same young children, grew up in homes where old age dark African religion is still being practiced. There are places in Lagos where a three pronged junction must have a calabash of eggs with palm oil and things kept as sacrifice to some local deity or the other. These do not appear magically, it was placed there by someone’s mother who is a priestess. Your mother. Furthermore, some of these educated young generation are wearing charms and amulets given to them by their parents for ‘protection’. Some have calabashes hidden in their cupboards for good luck, pouches hanging in their cars to avoid accidents, insignia hung on their necks to stave off the evil eye or blood soaked beads on their waist to keep their husbands wanting more. Some have carried on the unfounded practices of not cutting their own children’s hair because thats “where the strength and destiny of the child is” a.k.a Samson. With all their education they are more than willing participants in what they term African cultural religion sometimes justified with some old testament bible verse.

The question I ask them is when they cry foul online about ritual killings, is: what did your father use to prepare the charm or amulet or sacrifice that is in your cupboard or car? Have you ever asked him why he has to renew the contents of that calabash from year to year after going away into the forest for days and coming out with new ones. Many of you even see blood in the fetish relics but have never once asked where it comes from and why he has to enter the bush for 7 days and 7 nights to prepare it in secret if it is mere chicken blood.

These are the end points of human body parts that are harvested from kidnapped and disappeared persons. Just looking the other way while you benefit from the end product of dark magic makes you a willing accomplice and removes your justification to form outrage online. Every single person caught with a human body part indicates that there is a market for it and it is in high demand with people booking ahead for different parts. Your sacrifice practicing father is very likely one of these customers keeping this barbaric trade alive. You have the blood of an innocent person (often someone else’s child) on your neck, car, cupboard or waist, argue all you want.

I have said it before and will say it again: if you are above 25 and cannot use your knowledge and experience to drag your old parents into enlightenment, then you do not deserve to complain about the state of things and you have failed humanity. Many of your parents broke from their own family traditions by the time they were your age, by questioning unscientific practices especially involving inhumane actions (including rebelling by marrying your other parent from another tribe). I know the African child is subservient to the death, but this is 2021. Learn to ask your parents the difficult questions, and have the courage to at least remove yourself and chart a new path for your own children coming behind. Enough said.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Nosa says:

    Wisdom

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  2. Hmmmm… Enlightenment is the key word.

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  3. Ogunlade Taofeek Alaba says:

    The sad part is you will see someone people claiming to be Alfas/ Pastors still involve in rituals, those that people think are holy but have a shitty side.

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  4. Alaya Olanrewaju says:

    I despise anything that has to do with sacrifice, the secrecy makes it obvious that a lot is wrong. Why is it mostly done at night when all eyes are at rest.
    Killing humans to satisfy a selfish purpose is a condemable act and anyone caught needs to face the law, but the problems here is the elites are the ones behind this barbaric act and they get away with it, someone’s body is used to appease a god it will come around someday and the same person’s family will be used too by another person but it mustn’t continue like this. We the younger ones have to do more, it’s gon take a lot. The Pastors/Clerics are on this table too they have kill to keep their worship house full.
    Just one day the hunter will go to the bush and not come back.
    God bless you Sir Roqzee

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    1. Roqzee says:

      This was an amazing comment. Thank you very much for your insight. ⭐️

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  5. Gbolahan says:

    As usual, I’m sold by how directly on-the-nail this post is. And I’m more grateful that you have quite an impressive following on Twitter as to be able to drive some change, in your own way.

    Perhaps the part that got me the most was the identification of just how hypocritical we are today. I’m fairly certain that the prevalence of these evil and dark acts in this day and age, on this side of the world is only possible because the youths are both enablers and partakers. In fact, we cannot feign an ignorant or care-free stance. Most people know (or can fairly ascertain) the source of these amulets and related objects. We just think we can publicly condemn it enough to get the pass/approval mark of the general public. We see it at work, in traffic, in school, in the market. And…well, the so-called sources are away in the villages. But haven’t we extended the tentacles of their reach (even if we claim we have not become creators of the charms and rituals) to the city? The dude that lured that job-seeker and killed her is below 25. The ones who have modified their “Yahoo acts” are youths.

    The current generation acting like they aren’t enablers is like catching a murderer arguing innocence because “well, I don’t know how the gun was made, I just used it. So, please don’t kill me.”

    Finally, I like the reference to religion. I will take Christianity, for instance. When this generation intends to get away with murder, it pokes holes into Christian acts, and labels it a foreign religion, with outdated principles – so, why not embrace our traditional religion, bla bla. But where in the western world is it even acceptable to boldly link the source of your wealth to a bleeding, rotten head in one wardrobe, hidden in an out-of-bounds room in your eerily empty, gigantic and ugly mansion located somewhere on the outskirts of town?

    Three-junction sacrifices and ritual rites are still the order of the day, carried out by folks who will return to their Nokia, Samsung and Infinix phones to read about what’s trending on Twitter and how NASA and Space X have figured out how to blow asteroids that ever threaten our planet.

    Is your rebellion against Christianity really enlightenment or you would rather just pull out thay horn in traffic and curse the danfo driver for scratching the side of your car?

    Aren’t you just the “village people” you’ve convinced us are back home in the rural areas?

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    1. Roqzee says:

      You just made my entire day! Thank you for always supporting

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  6. Oluwagbenga Adebayo says:

    Big lesson

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