As I ruminate on this sad occurrence, I am compelled to reflect on some of its touch-points. My thoughts are expressed below:
1. We must never seize to thank God for the gift of life because day by day, we come to the rude awakening that if there's anytime that we lost control of the next moment, it is NOW. If there's ever a time when life seems to have more bad than it has good, we should try changing our perspective. There is always something to be grateful about.
2. As a fallout of yesterday's shooting, President Barrack Obama cut short his engagements to swiftly address the Nation on television while struggling to hold back tears. He lead the nation in mourning by inspiring hope and mobilizing the entire nation to rally round the families of the victims. The impact of the president's move on the emotional stability of the nation can not be over emphasized.
On his own part, Dan Malloy, the governor of Connecticut led a vigil last night to pray for the victims and their families.
Back home here in Nigeria we have had series of National accidents and incidents; plane crashes & terrorist attacks that have claimed several lives, but its a shame that we have never seen our political rulers show the slightest regard for human lives as expressed by these American leaders. What stopped the president of Nigeria from addressing the nation immediately the Aluu 4 killing in River's state made the headlines? Recall that even the President's wife did even cut her party at the Oriental Hotels Lagos when the Dana Plane crash was announced. Oh please! Being a developed or underdeveloped nation has nothing to do with a leader playing his emotional roles as a leader.
We must make concerted efforts when the time arises to enthrone leaders who can play the fatherly role in our nation and not politicians who are just there to play lip service while they feel no emotional pores about our plight as a people.
3. In USA, I see a nation of diverse people that are quick to set aside religious, political or ethnic differences to mourn or celebrate as ONE people when the occasion demands. We must emulate this strong virtue if we should stand a chance of continual coexistence. We must as a people value ourselves. We must not wait for our leaders to lead us in this direction as it obvious that they often throw out the religious and ethnic cards to satisfy their personal agendas shredded in greed and corruption. We can lead them to lead us aright!
Finally, my heart reaches out to the parents and families of those who lost their lives to yesterday's incident and by extension, all those who have lost their loved ones to one incident or accident in Nigeria in the recent past. May the good Lord grant them the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable losses.
Pause and ponder!