Jibril Aliyu..A victim of inhumanity

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Why??

Or maybe how??

How can people lack humanity to this degree?

Why would you tie up a living human being among goats and chickens?

How do you sleep at night knowing that your son, step-son, step-brother….that a fellow human being is tethered to a pole amongst animals? Not for 2 seconds, 2 minutes, 2 hours, 2 days, 2 weeks, 2 months…but for 2 whole year’s? This is outrageously evil. Wicked. Inhuman.

A few days ago, a video of a boy in a red shirt circulated the media. This boy had the thinnest limbs you could ever imagine. Looking at him alone was a painful, eye tearing sight. He could not stand or walk properly and was jumping around while squatting, picking animals faeces from the floor and eating them. He was so traumatized that it was as though his sanity had left him. Watching him alone was traumatizing. He could not stand upright or walk a short distance. His entire demeanor was like that of the animals he had lived with. It was obvious that he had gone a very long time without food. A very long time without any care at all. His being alive in summary, was a miracle. Whoever tied him to a pole among those animals obviously intended for him to suffer in the most gruesome way before eventually dying.

Human rights activists found Jibril Aliyu in Badariya area of Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State. After following the story, they went to the cage and rescued Jibril from the torturous existence his stepmothers had subjected him to. They helped him out of the cage, held him upright, stopped him from eating the faeces and aided him to the hospital where he was examined. It was said that his mother had died 2 years before and the stepmother’s decided to tie him up among the animals. His father and 17 siblings also knew of this. They left Jibril without food, water or anything at all to keep him alive other than the mercy of God.

This is the reality of the human heart. This wickedness. This inhumanity. This is the extent to which some can go. Even as the father and stepmothers are being judged in court today and the boy is receiving medical care, it is still painful to digest. Several mothers were in tears as they watched a little boy suffer like an animal. As they watched him recoil in shock when he saw fellow human beings. Manir Jega, a drug abuse activist, regarded it in a tweet as “the worst child abuse of our time”.

Now, as the campaign “Justice for Jibril” is ongoing and stories are popping up out of the blue, it is scary to ask how many such situations are in existence. How many children are suffering similar situations? How many will be found? Rescued? It is sufficient to even wonder why the individuals who subjected them to such horror did these things in the first place. Why are they doing this? Is it some sort of mental deficiency? Can a human being be this wicked?

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