Conscience For Sale! – By Ogunjimi James Taiwo

Conscience “I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other.” – Martin Luther

Hawking is common in this part of the world; ranging from consumables to whatever, it’s all there. But the most common and sometimes most overlooked form of hawking is the hawking of conscience. Just like we put ‘CAR FOR SALE’ tags on cars, that’s how most people go about with ‘CONSCIENCE FOR SALE’ tags, while looking for buyers.

It’s a common saying that “every man has a price” or “anyone can be bought, you just need to find out his price”. The sad reality however is that, day in day out, more and more people continue to sacrifice their conscience on the altar of pecuniary gains. Which leads me to the question: Is it true that everyone can be bought? Do all men have
prices?

Now, how do you explain the fact that in a situation where flood has ravaged a particular area, people have been sacked from their homes, lives are being lost daily, diseases are spreading, yet some people still manage to divert the funds necessary to better the lives of the people in distress? Tell me again how you would explain the fact that people who have spent the whole of their lives serving this nation retire with nothing to fall back on just because some people with dead
consciences have shared the pension between themselves. Please enlighten me on why in a country where more than 3000 children die daily and 70 % of the people are below poverty level, we have a government that actually takes the welfare of Aso rock flowers more serious than the welfare of the citizens. There is no mystery anywhere, it is a sign that the conscience has been sold off long ago to the highest bidder.

You see, our work is cut out for us; we can decide to dodge it, but in the long run, the consequences of dodging it catches up with us. Like Sir Josiah Stamp said, “It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.”

We must wake up and see that we are surrounded by rulers who have sacrificed their consciences on the altar of power. We are governed by people who have sold out their consciences so as to further their careers. We see people who have made themselves willing tools in the hand of wicked men.

We must arise and ensure that the eyes of the people are opened to see those who their troublers are. We must never cease to expose evil and evildoers. We must see it as our moral responsibility to hinder the ambitions of people whose only focus is themselves and whose only concerns are their pockets. We must serve as voice for those whose voice can’t be heard. We must be ears of those whose ears have been blocked. We must never be afraid to take a stand against injustice. We
must rid ourselves of the garments of nonchalance that we have hitherto donned ourselves with.

Let us ensure that those with dead consciences are forced to reawaken their dead consciences. Let us speak against injustice and wickedness so much that those involved will see it as something to be ashamed of, rather than something to gloat over. Let us pursue this issue of enlightenment religiously.

Let us tell those who have been misled into destroying human beings like them that there is always a peaceful solution. Let us tell those who are capitalising on the ignorance of the people that there is a law of cause and effect; what goes around comes around. Let us sound it out loud to those who are determined to keep others subjugated for life that the triumph of evil is for a season.

We should never get to a point where we trade our voice for vain promises. We should never renege on our promises of ‘justice first.’ We should never allow ourselves to get to a point when we now deny the things we once held dear and fight the people we once stood together.

A new Nigeria is possible; we should never give up on that dream.

God bless Nigeria!

Ogunjimi James Taiwo

Twitter: @hullerj

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