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.