South Africa is currently in a delicate season of intensified party politics as we draw closer to the fifth age of democratic rule. The build up to the elections has certainly made it difficult for one to be oblivious about South African politics. However, while we come out in numbers and support the political ideologies best suited to our individual needs, the rest of Africa is plagued by adversity.
Boko Haram?s quest to rule Nigeria under strict Sharia law has result in a disillusioned Nigeria. For a year now, an Islamic terrorist group has abducted young girls in Nigeria and has bloodied its hands with the bodies of many since 2009. 234 girls were abducted a few weeks ago in Nigeria under the apparent instruction of ?God?. There have also been threats to sell the girls. The terrorist organization?s target of children, females especially, should be a cause for concern for the international community. In Boko Haram?s mission to rule Nigeria, they are particularly focused on ensuring that women remain in subservient positions. Women are perceived strictly as care givers that should not receive any formal education. Therefore, there is an inextricable link between the abduction of school girls and Sharia law.
Enshrined in South Africa?s foreign policy is the diplomacy of Ubuntu and South Africa?s commitment to contributing to the advancement of other African states. ?Ubuntu? is that spirit of humanity that asserts others of their well-being. It is the ability to find humanity when there is none left. This ideal is one that we should be spreading throughout the rest of our divine continent. Let it not be a mere philosophy but a global reality and phenomenon. South Africa also openly aligns itself with the aspiration of creating equal opportunity for both men and women. To pretend to be blind men walking and not shift our attention to the situation in Nigeria would be an injustice. Making commitments to the rest of Africa means that all citizens are liable to any interventionist methods that must be taken. South African intervention need not be determined by the extent of absolute gain. If there is anything to gain, its peace. That is the incentive. To achieve cooperation and peace would be the ultimate realisation of Ubuntu.
The likes of Akubakar Shekau of the Boko Haram and Al Qaeda continue to inflict pain on humanity in the name of religion. All you who are religious should also stand firm against acts of violence in the name of your ?God?. To what do you owe this ?god? that you have been (self) ordained to take life as you please? Yes, it may be argued that it is only a minority capable of such despicable acts however it is such controversy that stains all humanity. It is no wonder that the entire world is plagued with anomie and has discredited religion as a means of producing a universal moral compass. To what lengths will we go to get what we want? For how long must women, all over the world, be subject to violence and subservient positions? For how long will human beings see the face of terror? For how long will African countries be depended on Western Super Powers in times of adversity?
For a second, forget about parading the streets and insulting each other because of differing political affiliations. Forget about worrying about whether or not the ?Red Soldiers? will win the elections. Forget about acquiring power. It is the weapon of mass destruction. It has left Africa in a state of turmoil. Let?s put aside our differences and develop one conscious. That conscious should help us see with eyes that sees things much too far. Nigeria alone cannot be walking through the valley of darkness.
You alone may not have the capability to change the world, but your voice is an instrument for this revolution. You tweeting #BringBackOurGirls is awareness. Your Facebook status is your conscious. Your signature on a petition is a key. Your efforts will touch many hearts. Your prayer will bring the world healing. In South Africa. In Nigeria. The World.
Nkosi Sikelela iAfrika