Another anniversary of commemoration and celebration of the Proclamation of Emancipation 1833 that became the Emancipation act 1834 is with us. Many African and National organizations and institutions private and public are making their public gestures of recognition of the African component of our society.
Concurrently, gunplay, murder and mayhem is manifesting in that very same sector of our society that we are all claiming to have concern for.
Obviously this is a contradiction. Our leaders over the years have been dignified in their presentations particularly at public fora.
At Egbe Onisin Eledumare we observe with dismay the unfolding chain of events that have imprisoned thousands of our youths, villianising their aspirations to prosperity and sharing in the National wealth. The sum total of the wealth of this country belongs TO THE PEOPLE – ALL OF THE PEOPLE.
As we engage this year’s celebrations and commemoration we suggest CAUTION.
Our National Leaders of the African community MUST DEMAND AND END TO WHAT HAS OFTEN BEEN REFFERRED TO AS A WAR ON CRIME WHERE THE ONLY “ CRIMINALS” WE ARE MADE TO BELIEVE EXIST ARE FROM THE AFRICAN COMMUNITY.
IT IS THE RIGHT OF ALL LIVING THINGS TO DEFEND THEMSELVES/ITSELVES WHEN THREATENED NY EXTINCTION. THE WANTON SLAUGHTER OF OUR YOUTHS OF PRIME AGE IS AN ACT OF GENOCIDE. WETHER THE VEHICLE USED IS THE ARMS OF THE YOUTH TEMSELVES OR THE STATE IT MUST STOP. ALL WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS OUTRAGEOUS STATE OF DISCHORD AND MAYHEM IN OUR LAND SHOULD BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR CRIMES AND MADE TO SERVE THE JUST REWARDS FOR SUCH CRIMES.
Current disrespect and unequal treatment to access to State finances to members of the African Traditional spiritualities in our Land must cease. The current labeling of heathen, pagan, demonic, devilish, witchcraft, necromancy that is used by several of the religious denominations of land MUST BE OUTLAWED. All Traditional African spiritualities sitting and participating with any religious body that persists in demonizing our spirituality should immediately withdraw themselves from those bodies and institutions that continue to disrespect us.
The National government of our land must take proaction in ensuring the empowerment of African representatives and organizations to negotiate effectively on all spheres of our National interests. Particularly in this International Decade for People of African Descent financial resources must be invested into the empowering of African communities as an integral part of any anti crime effort. An empowered National community will certainly reduce crime since we shall empower the “ poor and disposed” to become entrepreneurs and owners and masters of our destinies.
Our National educational policies and curriculum must be revisited and adequately and appropriately reconstructed to reflect the TRUTH of the African experience and the African contributions to the National hegemony of our land. Recently in other sectors of our National outlook, the State has taken to rewriting historical events to include the perspective of the East Indian/ Hindu community. WHAT IS GOOD FOR ONE IS GOOD FOR ALL.
National air time MUST BE GRANTED TO BONAFIDE AFRICAN REPRESENTATIVE ORGANIZATIONS IN THIS COUNTRY AS PART OF THE FACILITATION OF AFRICAN RE EMPOWERMENT. WE CANNOT PRETEND TO WANT TO TAKE OUR COLONIAL OPPRESSORS TO COURT AND NOT OURSELVES EXHIBIT AND DEMONSTRATE THE CHARACTER AND RESPONSIBILITY THAT WE ARE DEMANDING OF OUR FORMER COLONIAL OPPRESSORS. CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT MUST BE GRANTED TO TRADITIONAL AFRICAN SPIRITUALITY AND SOCIETIES TO ENABLE US TO DEVELOP OUR OWN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND PLACES OF LEARNING WHERE STRONG EMPHASIS MUST BE PLACED ON THE AFRICAN CENTERED PERSPECTIVE OF OUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS SOCIETY AND TO WORLD SOCIETY AT LARGE.
MONUMENTS MUST BE ERECTED TO RECOGNIZE MAJOR CONTRIBUTORS OF THE AFRICAN COMMUNITY TO OUR NATIONAL HEGEMONY AND PATRIMONY. Among the various contributors we suggest Daaga ( Donald Stewart ) of the Fon community who led an uprising in St. Joseph, Spree Simon, and Audrey Layne Jeffers. .
May our message impact politely upon the ears of all. May our State representatives, here our voices , and may next year this time have us recounting the gains we have all made as a Nation as a direct result of the State’s response to our recommendations.
Oloye Orawale Oranfe
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