Citizens Media weekend publication
He graduated from University of Lagos (Unilag) where he studied physics, he was known among his pears and in school then as one of the most brilliant student of his set. He was a decorated graduate, with many excellent awards in his coffers. He served his fatherland for the one year mandatory NYSC Scheme. Sulaimon Olumegbon searched for a white collar job at different company for years, but couldn’t get one, as an ordinary Nigerian, he got no connection, he wore the face of despair, depression and sad life for years. But his story changed from being known as a graduate in academics, to graduate as an indomie seller at daily street, Shomolu, Lagos State.
He gained his popularity from selling Indomie at daily street, he rose to become a major Indomie distributor in Shomolu, and he was loved by everyone in that asix, as he was giving a street name, called “sly the indomie seller”. He becomes the face of the Youths in Shomolu as he was known to be a cheerful giver and a lover of children. The Nigeria government failed Sulaimon, and he choosed to build himself, by starting from little capital, before being known by everyone as the young entrepreneur, but yet, the Nigeria government failed him again, by not providing adequate security for her subjects, and Sulaimon Olumegbon suffered an untimely death in the hands of armed robbers. What a sad day for the people living in Shomolu. And is becoming obvious that Nigeria is sitting on a gun powder, that would soon explode, if not well managed.
The day went darker for Sulaimon Olumegbon that very Thursday night, at his residence in Shomolu, where armed robbers shot him dead, after they robbed the whole building, they took all his valuable goods, yet the robbers didn’t spear his life, and he was shot and matcheted till he gave up ghost. What a sad day for the family of Sulaimon Olumegbon. Another young brilliant entrepreneur had been murdered. The bread winner of Olumegbon had been buried at Atan Cementary, and the insecurity in the country continue hitting us heavily. What a quagmire situation we found ourselves in the country. It is no news that the security of the citizens is what defines a State and that government exists for the State and not the State for the government and this is well-captured in the provision of Section 14 sub-section 2 (b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) which states that “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government”.
There is no gainsaying the fact that based on the letters of the quoted Section of the Constitution which is the guiding principle, government is Constitutionally mandated to guarantee the security of the citizenry. Today, the situation we have found ourselves as a people is one in which none of us is safe and that anything can happen to anybody at any material time as this government has failed to fulfil the most basic essence of its existence.
The state of insecurity in the country questions the essence of social contract between the Citizenry and government which is predicated on the centrality of security to human flourishing and felicity. In social contract, citizenries willingly abdicates their rights of self-protection to government, thereby, authorizing it to enjoy monopoly of force. Social contract also envisages that government will evolve veritable mechanisms to prevent, abate, and resolve violent external or internal conflicts perpetuated by state or non-state actors.
To utter dismay, this government just like its predecessors has failed to fulfil the Social contract it willingly signed with the people. As a people, we have been battling with multifarious threats to peace. Unfortunately, many are victims of criminal violence. Incessant violent crimes have dimmed the prospects of attaining national cohesion, socio-economic prosperity, and democratic consolidation in the country .
The sad part of the situation is that the killer of Sulaimon Olumegbon would go scot-free and the victim is wasted without consequences. I have always maintained that there is no justice in Nigeria. Even a reputable Minister of Justice was murdered about two decades ago, yet, his killers are neither known nor prosecuted. And Sulaimon Olumegbon has paid the ultimate price of insecurity with his life. The inability of Police to tackle serious crimes like armed robbery, and others has not helped the situation in our community and their response to emergency is not only low but have proven to be mockery of professionalism.
At this stage, it is important that the government takes urgent measures to guarantee maximum security and safety for all Nigerians because, for Nigeria to become an anthill of economic activities, she would need to strengthen her security architecture and make sure organized crimes are reduced to their bearest minimum.
Remember, today’s survivors are tomorrow’s victims.