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On the 1st of February, a good friend informed me
about a writing contest.
Two days later, I entered the Martin Luther King’s
Day Human Rights Blog Post Competition, set up by
Youngstars Foundation (youngstarsfoundation.org)
On Valentine’s day I got a call informing me that I
WON! And two days later, myself and the four other winners were warmly hosted at the American Embassy Abuja by the Human Rights Officer – see
all of us pictured above (I’m in the ivory dress).
It was indeed an unforgettable event and a
wonderful opportunity to meet with great minds
and passionate hearts and I am thankful to the
Youngstars team and the U.S. Embassy as well for
appreciating one of my God-given gifts.
So what did I write about?
The question was thus: “There are 30 Human
Rights, which one do you think your society needs
the most and why?”
For personal reasons that had and still have me
thanking God for the fact that I still have breath in
my nostrils, my very passionate answer is the
LET EVERYONE THAT HAS BREATH LIVE!
A time to be born and a time to die … a first breath
and a last one… these two breaths are common to
all human beings. So also are all granted the time
in between these two breaths: the time to live.
Everyone has a time to live and according to article
3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
everyone has the right to life, liberty and
security of person . Furthermore everyone means
everyone! “without distinction of any kind, such as
race, colour, sex, language, religion … national or
social origin, property, birth or other status” – and
that includes every member of our society.
This third right is the very one I believe our
society needs to preserve the most ; because
all other rights stem from this one.
We all, without exception, have a right to life. And
in the time we live, we also have a right to liberty,
i.e. a right to be free; and we have a right to
security of person, i.e. a right to be safe. My
paraphrase of the third right is thus: everyone has a
right to live, free and safe from everything that is a
constraint or threat to that life.
– Mrs. Ignorant stays in an abusive marriage,
where she has been kept silent by fear of her
husband, and remains for fear of the stigma of
divorce in an African society, all because she knows
not that she has a right to a free and safe life.
– Mr. Indigent, genius-potential, yet can barely
construct a sentence in proper English and may end
up an ‘area-boy’ living under the bridge, all because
poverty afforded him a lousy education on the
– Little baby Ailing, born with the chronic sickle
cell disease, because his parents had not the
necessary education on genotype testing and life
partnerships, may not live to see his 16th birthday,
and worse, may live his brief life-span believing
himself to be somehow less of human being.
On and on, thousands of sad tales fill our society, of
illiteracy, disease, poverty, ignorance and the many
other threats to our very lives. We desperately need
to build in this society the structures required for
our people to live, free and safe. Every Nigerian
regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion or
status should have access to a balanced diet,
clothing, safe shelter, healthcare, education,
employment and dare I say good governance, these
are the basic things that will allow us live, freely
and safely. The gross lack of these things for the
average member, and the greater majority of our
society is what threatens the very lives of our
people and thus the very fabric of our society.
In the UNDP 2011 Human Development
Report, a comparative measure of life expectancy,
literacy, education and standards of living for
countries worldwide, Nigeria ranks 156 out of
187!!! Our adult literacy rate is just 70% when
there are over 45 countries with a 99% adult
literacy rate, our life expectancy is age 47, a
whopping 30% below world average2. Based on
these statistics it is painfully evident that as
Nigerian’s our third right is at stake!
The masses depend daily on hand-outs from the
philanthropic few in the wealthy class – they are
being given fish instead of being taught how to fish!
This is just not good enough. We need the
Millennium Development Goals to become
Millennium Development Realities – as much to
the man in the state house as the man in the mud
house in the most remote village in the country;
otherwise we are indirectly saying that the man in
the mud house is less than a human being. We
need to transit from a bare existence to a bountiful
life, sadly the majority have a longer way to go in
that transition, and this is what adds to the
greatness of the need!
If I could shout it from every Nigerian rooftop I
would: “Let EVERYONE that has breath,
The farmer, the fashion model, the housewife, the
student, the rich, the poor, the educated, the
illiterate, the good, the bad and the ugly: all have a
right to life, liberty and security of person. And it’s
your right too, so fight for it!
What is life worth to you? Bearing the components
of the third right in mind my estimation of the
worth of life is as follows: though I speak the
most polished of grammar, and dine at the table of
kings, if I be wiser than professors, stronger than
athletes, and smarter than geniuses, without
liberty, what I have would be acutely insignificant,
without safety, what I have would be painfully
meaningless, and without breath in my nostrils, all
of it would be less than nothing!
William Shakespeare wrote: ‘To be, or not to be:
that is the question,’ I beg to differ. For when it
comes to life, the question is never ‘to be, or not to
be.’ Actually there is no question; because every
man, woman, boy, girl and baby that
breathes has the God-given, man-declared
third right simply TO BE – alive, free and safe!
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Lady InspiroLogos – glad to be alive, free and safe! (Culled from http://www.ladyinspirologous.blogspot.com)