The Mohbad case casts a bright, unsettling light on the societal issues nestled deeply within our community. Mohbad was a young man abundant in talent and aspirations who tragically and controversially passed away recently. His untimely demise has stirred a public outcry, with the masses demanding justice and accountability for those who played a role in his tragic ending. Who knows, this single case may bring about a reset in our values as a country. A new Nigeria where every life matters, where money, fame, and power are not the only things that guarantee safety. A country where we are all equals, and where there are consequences for every man’s action. I sincerely hope that these are not merely wishful thinking, looking at how bad things have become.
However, as we delve into this matter, it’s crucial to examine the root cause of the issue at hand. Much like many ordinary Nigerians, Mohbad was subjected to treatment reminiscent of a slave, under masters who believed his identity and worth were solely attributable to them. Our society is steeped in a pervasive slavery mindset. This is evident in the way we interact with each other in various spheres of life—within our homes, at our places of worship, in the workplace, and in society at large.
This should be the starting point for fixing the rot. This mindset is not isolated to a group but is shared, ironically, even by those of us advocating justice for Mohbad. How sincere are we? Are we not guilty of the same values that led to the untimely death of this young lad? Reflection is key: How do we treat our kids, our employees, domestic workers, etc? Are they compensated fairly, respected, and treated as equals? Just like many other Nigerians, Mohbad was treated like a slave owned by his slave masters expected to always do their bidding in our usual typical ‘Yes Sir’ mentality. It is disturbing to note that some of Mohbad’s advocates, who champion justice and equality on social media, maintain a contradictory stance in their homes, paying domestic helpers meager wages and providing inadequate living conditions. They are mini-gods, living above the law, typical of many Nigerians with fame and wealth. Interestingly, when they are outside Nigeria, they play by the rules of other societies that will not condone their excesses. If we truly want justice for Mohbad, the reform should start from our homes and places of work and how we all relate with ourselves as a country.
The request for justice from entities like the Nigerian police and government is tinged with irony, as these institutions are embedded within the same systemic problems we wish to combat. In a society where authority figures are above the law and wield their power with an iron fist, expecting fairness is a tall order. This oppression is not limited to the professional sphere but extends to homes where parents overpower and dominate, leaving children without a say in crucial life decisions.
This oppressive, slavery-like mindset is not exclusive to a particular sector but is a societal rot that manifests itself in various forms. Individuals in positions of power, be it in the entertainment industry, religious organisations, or politics, often misuse their status to oppress and exploit those beneath them. Society’s value system, where money and fame equate to worth and influence, further exacerbates the issue.
Way forward: Key takeaways
Societal Reflection and Accountability: Each member of society must engage in deep reflection and take accountability for perpetuating oppressive mindsets and behaviours. We must collectively question and challenge the way we treat others, especially those in subordinate positions.
Education and Awareness: Raising awareness about rights and responsibilities is crucial. Individuals need to be educated about their rights and should not compromise them under any circumstances. Awareness campaigns can play a pivotal role in changing mindsets and behaviours at the grassroots level.
Systemic Change: Advocacy for and implementation of systemic changes are necessary to uproot the slavery mindset entrenched in our institutions. This requires collaborative efforts from government bodies, NGOs, and civil society to enact and enforce laws that promote equality, fairness, and justice.
Empowering the Marginalised: Special emphasis must be placed on empowering groups that are most vulnerable to oppression, including women, children, and the economically disadvantaged. Empowerment initiatives, economic support, and legal protection are vital in ensuring these groups can exercise their rights and live in dignity and respect.
Mohbad’s tragic departure is a somber reminder of the societal overhaul needed. The journey towards dismantling the slavery mindset, fostering respect and equality, and instituting systemic changes is daunting but necessary. For a society where justice can be mere wishful thinking, these changes are imperative.
Moreover, considering the ME-Economy, a system focusing on individual empowerment and entrepreneurship, the importance of shedding the slavery mindset cannot be overstated. The ME-Economy thrives on creativity, innovation, and a level playing field for all. In a society chained by oppressive mindsets, the potential of the ME-Economy cannot be fully realised.
For the ME-Economy to flourish, every individual must appreciate and practise the principles of fairness, equality, and respect for all. A society where everyone, regardless of their socioeconomic status, can dream, aspire, and achieve without fear of oppression or injustice is not just a utopian fantasy. With collective effort, reflection, and systemic changes, it’s a reachable reality.
We should not allow Mohbad’s case be another statistic. Instead, let it be the catalyst for significant, lasting societal and economic transformations. Let this be the dawn of a New Nigeria, where the values of equality, justice, and respect for human dignity are not only preached but are evident in the lives of its people, providing a fertile ground for the ME-Economy to thrive. Each of us has a role to play in bringing this vision to fruition, making it crucial to start this transformative journey now.