Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Love of Money

***Warning: A fairly long post!!!

As I am making this post,my heart is bleeding.It’s broken into at least 153 places.It is no longer news that we lost some good number of lovely people on-board a Dana Air plane that crashed into a 2-storey building in Iju,Lagos state.I followed the news on twitter,BBM and google.But when I eventually saw the flight manifest,my heart got broken all over again.It wasn’t as if I wasn’t sad already before the crash because there was a bomb blast that claimed over 10 lives in Bauchi state,but I was thankful the number of casualties weren’t so much,but the Dana Air happened.

The reason why I’m really upset is because the disaster could’ve been averted.The plane gave numerous warnings that it was gonna crash any time soon,but the stupid Indians (owners of Dana Air) refused to pay attention to it,rather they wanted to make money and ended up killing my countrymen.All these boil down to the love of money.The love of money has made people less human and more robotic.They lack feelings or emotions which used to be the reason why Nigeria was a much better place long before now.I have asked questions,I have had various answers.But the one that is more realistic is; we as a people have placed too much importance on money.Presently,the respect you get from people is dependent on how much money you have.Even in the family,respect is no longer based on age but riches.In the church (in most cases),the rich ones are the ones who call the shots and who are given Deacons and Deaconesses.In villages,the rich ones are the ones who are given chieftaincy titles.All this,considered,is the reason why a whole market will deal on fake drugs,why people fraud their companies,why government officials loot with their heart hardened,why commercial bus/cab drivers hike fares even when they don’t have to,why lecturers would want you to pay before you pass their courses,why youths in a particular community will always bother the companies in their locality to pay stipends before they operate,why a group of people will happily put a whole nation is almost complete darkness by killing the power sector,why a group of persons will make sure our refineries don’t work,why the police man would rather collect N20 from motorist than fight crime,why a father would use his own child for ritual…I could go on and on and on.We’ve placed too much importance on money that we don’t even realize we’re losing our identity,beliefs and values.We’re losing ourselves! We can no longer see someone stranded and freely help him/her because we might end up being robbed simply because someone wants to make money by all means.We can hardly hear of cases where people find other people’s lost monies and return them to their rightful owners,simply because someone wants to make money by all means.We hardly see people who’d do something out of their own goodwill without expecting something in return,because someone wants to make money by all means.

 However,it has yet not dawn on us that money is of little consequence when considering what we quest for.Isn’t our quest for Happiness? What shall it profit a man if he gains the world but loses his own soul? God keeps proving to us that money isn’t as important as other things such as Kindness,Charity,Love,Truthfulness and the likes.Love especially! A lot of people have money but don’t enjoy their money because they lack the major things that make life beautiful and this is because money was their drive and most important to them.They wanted money by all means,got the money but are miserable.Alot of them got the money and died living the money behind.Haven’t we still realized how little money mean?! Haven’t you been to the hospital and heard of cases that were beyond money? Have you forgotten how Abacha died even with all the money? Have you forgotten how Yar’adua died of an ailment that all the money in the world couldn’t cure? Lots of those people who died in the plane crash could’ve been able to buy their lives if money were of importance.Levi Ajuonuma of NNPC died in that crash,he has enough money to make him an elder in any village he enters and earn him respect and admiration.But did money save him?! There's only so much money can do or buy for you.It can buy you a house but not a home,a bed but not sleep,a relationship but not love.

 Please,I beg of you,don’t misunderstand me.Money is VERY important.Even the bible tells us that “Money answereth all things”. But there are other things that are MOST IMPORTANT.The importance we accord to money should be diverted to Love,Kindness,Charity and such other very important things and I promise you,you will hardly hear of a person cutting another person’s head to sell to ritualists.For you,who money is most important,would you still be loved and respected if your money were to totally diminish by any means? Ponder on that.May God grant us understanding.

19 comments:

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  2. it has been a Crazy weekend, 1st a Nigerian cargo plane crashes here in Ghana,bomb blast and now Dana?? hmmm
    May their Souls rest in perfect peace..

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    1. Yeah, it has been some weekend. I pray nothing of this sort happens ever.
      For the love of money smh...

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    2. @DiDi: A very crazy one i tell you.I'm still grieving.

      @Efua Dentaa: I pray so too because it's too painful.

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  3. The love of money is the root of evil, money is good but shouldn't be overrated if not unnecessary disasters like this one, are things that will be happening.

    May the departed souls rest in peace, amen! I believe you and your family are save, Yes?

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    1. Amen! My family and I are doing very well.Thank you very much!

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  4. Yes, when we value money more than we value human lives, this is what happens.

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  5. 9ja great you made a lot of points. May their souls rip and may true justice take place in Jesus Name.

    My 2 cents is this: Just to add another angle to your observation about how money grubbing we are: Nigerians place too much emphasis on money and wealth. We are only causing an uproar because 153 people died mostly those who are rich and known. What about the dead residents in the area the crash happened? If it was a bomb blast somewhere in one remote village in the North, we would not have this kind of noise been made or if it was five luxurious buses that was involved in a fatal accident, we would just move on to the next news.The ladies that were raped during an armed attack on buses, we dont care. But because this hits closer home as a lot of the noise makers are frequent fliers they are now crying out, do you know how many Nigerians die in road accidents every day? Every life is important!!!!God bless you my brother


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    1. The most soul searching response I've read since thos horrific tragedies. I hope whatever investigation that happens will take a deep look at our approach to safety, not only regarding air travel but road transport and in various industries as many unreported accidents happen on a daily basis.

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    2. @Mena: You have made a very good but elusive point.I said elusive because we mostly don't consider it and it is so wrong.Thank you for bringing this thoughtful point to our observation.

      @Naija4Life: Really soul-searching.True @ "I hope whatever investigation that happens will take a deep look at our approach to safety, not only regarding air travel but road transport and in various industries as many unreported accidents happen on a daily basis".

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  6. True talk. May their souls rest in peace.

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  7. Well written and incisive.
    If you remove our love of money from the Nigerian psyche, we will move faster
    xxx

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  8. This is a really great post. You raised some really great points..I still can‘t get over the pain of that incident. I just pray people will learn the importance of love, kindness etc and stop placing so much value on money.

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    1. I hope so too.We really need to learn the importance of those things.

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