A Fraud On Our Collective Humanity, By Dakuku Peterside

It was a compelling story – a story that showcases the best and worst in us. This story calls for genuine sober reflection on our collective consciousness and the need for a social renaissance on our cherished ethical and moral values as a society.

In 2006, an 11-year-old girl and her parents decided to travel to their hometown of Ayingba in Kogi State to spend the Christmas holiday. As typical with festive seasons, this young woman was filled with gladness, eagerness, and expectation to meet friends and relations she had not seen for a long while. Then fate dealt her a cruel hand when the vehicle they were travelling in had a fatal accident – an accident so deadly that it claimed the lives of her parents and every other passenger on board.

The young lady survived, but she had a badly bruised right leg that was later amputated. Life suddenly changed for the worse for this nascent orphan. With no one to cater for her school fees, she dropped out of school at JSS 3. Her grandmother stepped in and sought to provide some solace for her traumatized grandchild. She took custody of her, and for the next nine years, the woman tried her best to provide for the…

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