Any society that has lost core values is dead. The present Nigerian society is anything but alive. It is this situation that has given rise to all manner of vices and unheard of happenings. Last Sunday, the nation was shocked to the marrows when a gunman embarked on a shooting spree at St Philip's Catholic Church, Ozubulu, during Mass. As at press time, a total of 13 people had died, with many more still battling for their lives in various hospitals.
The cause of the gory and unspeakable incident was put down to a business feud between people of the same town which emanated from their deals in South Africa.
While we will not bother to dig into the root cause of the feud, we will however hasten to lament the undue influence money has exerted on our society to the extent that the right values have been eroded.
The emphasis on money has regretfully impacted very negatively on the youth whose main desire now is to make money, regardless of the means. They know that they live in a society that no longer asks questions, a society in which the end is increasingly justifying the means.
Core values have been thrown overboard. The wrong role models have been thrown up and made to become shining beacons to the young ones.
The other day, the best graduating student of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Mr Elijah Ifeanyichukwu Okoro, was rewarded with a cash gift of ten thousand naira by a leading bank in Nigeria. While the promising young man who represents the country's future, received such a paltry amount, some other young man called Efe, was earlier given N25 million, a car, as well as sponsorship by many corporate outfits. He got all that just for literally fooling around on TV in a programme notorious for its high sexual content.
There is also the situation whereby young school girls are given millions, cars and tickets to travel to the best cities in the world in the name of beauty pageantry.
They get all this even when their actions are hardly beneficial to society. Sadly, those who distinguish themselves academically are treated like scum and made to look unimportant.
Is it then any wonder that it has become every young person's desire to live the easy life that brings money than taking the painstaking but honest path that makes them better individuals to their society?
This is why all manner of people can be recognized in high places simply on account of the size of their pockets. The result has left our society reeling in pains.
If what is said about the origin of the Ozubulu horror is anything to go by, then our society needs deliverance.
When society aids the younger generation in living a materialistic life and cutting corners to achieve success, knowing that honest life no longer pays, the result will always be catastrophic.
It is time we changed our attitude by encouraging the virtues of hard work, integrity and humility so that the future will be free of drug barons, fraudsters, ritual killers, assassins and greedy people.
May the souls of the Ozubulu dead rest in peace.