Recently, the shocking, mischievous, and costly act carried out by a nine-year-old girl, has evoked rage from Nigerians. People’s loss of their source of income and livelihood is not to be made light of; therefore, a thorough and appropriate investigation should be carried out for justice and fairness. Different people have evaluated the situation from different perspectives. Some attributed the act to a mental illness; some, to demonic powers; while some believed that she was sent by someone.
Also, some public comments and headlines are worthy of concern on the level of our effectiveness in attacking issues successfully. On nairaland.com, Lee99 commented: ‘just like the devil stands back to watch you fall into his trap after tempting you. Now more importantly I strongly believe her mother is culpable in this act, it seems too premeditated, I can’t even start to fathom what would make a 9yr old act that way if she wasn’t sent, watch the CCTV, the so-called sister that the mother wants to buy sanitary p@d for is old enough to go get p@ds for herself, mind you Ebeano is at lokogoma, the road to it is quite off that’s to say not many residential houses are in its direct vicinity, I’m not talking about Efab, because there are tons of small shops and supermarkets you can easily buy p@ds at, why go all the way to Ebeano? For free ac breeze? Come on now there’s more to this than we know. On a final note, the child should be held by two grown strong men and whipped 5 billion heavy strokes with a 4-mouth koboko. Future is Female indeed.’
Another name, Pocohantas(f), at the beginning of their comment, wrote: ‘The time they are using to do voice over, they would have used it to put off the fire before it escalated…’ Paxxcarl, in an attempt to correct Pocohantas, replied: ‘mumu the voice-over was done after the whole incidence You go school at all?’
Report headlines surfaced such as: ‘9-year-old evil girl’, ‘evil small girl burnt down supermarket’, ‘face of the devil-the 9-year-old girl who set ablaze Ebeano supermarket’, and so on.
One may ask: what has the statement ‘future is female’ got to do with the incident? What was the aim of inserting such a statement? Was being female a determining factor in the offensive act? Was the statement meant to attack her action or the gender she embodies? Was it an avenue to objectively criticize the process of the incident or downplay the social goal in empowering women? Is it some foreign knowledge that humans, irrespective of gender, indulge in crimes?
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