The Straw That Breaks The Camel’s Back
By Adamu Muhammad Dodo
A government I can’t tell of which state, petitioned against my appointment as Editor-In-Chief but failed to criminalise the character in me or my practice of the profession.
I was accused of being a fundamentalist by a Director General Media and Communications to a State Governor, while some apologists to libel attacked my personality as an unrepentant Fulani herdsmen apologist, as if defending innocent herdsmen is a crime worth repenting.
My task as a social responsibility, is to challenge injustice the way I know how best to do it as a calling. In reading, one must also write to be read, the same way in hearing, one must say something to be heard, moralising communication theorist that one cannot not speak but in speaking, it should be somehow not anyhow, because the latter leads one to dangers associated with unguarded and unguided tongue that ought to be watched.
I crossed many challenging oceans, in God’s name, threat is not to scare me, with the conviction that death comes only when it’s the time so decreed. My wife was blameless for instance, innocent of any involvement seeming challenging to others, yet she would have to answer the call to great beyond, the same way some of my parents and brothers, at the time so decreed.
What I’m philosophising is that neither the good nor the bad or the ugly will be spared the arrow of death but then at a time so decreed. The faith I profess projects it as FATE.
My parents of blessed memory would say that with greed as a creed, fear to scare, not only of Allah, one goes nowhere, courage and compassion with constant prayers remain the key that unlocks doors to success; one doesn’t necessarily have to go through the crooked window.
This is my peaceful piece in peace as I appreciate the award for being acknowledged as a peacemaker, keeping peace.