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THE MADNESS LAND COULD CAUSE

It was precisely ten years ago, noises of gun shot filled every corners of Ife, dead bodies scathered all ober the place, smokes of burning houses filled the air and people were running helter skelter for dear life. It was Ife-Modakeke riot and on what? land dispute.
There was no cleared cut demarcation between Ife and Modakeke because the modakeke people have been existing in ife for the past 200 years ago. they have been intermarrying for the past decades that you could hardly differentiate from them but when the madness of land fell upon them brother began to kill each other, husbands sending their wives packing, some with their children and some separated from their children. The madness lasted for solid one year until the intervention of General Obasanjo who was the president of Nigeria then. After ten years you can still see the evidence of the terible war in Ife.
This is the extent human being can go in the name of acquiring land and whether we like it or not land is going to outlived us. I was so happy when my father died with no landed property because all his children could be wiped out by relatives who may want to aquire his land.
It is time all human being should realize that Land belong to the Almighty God and He meant it to be enjoyed by all of us male, female irrespective of our tribe and language. The land is God's and its fullest there of.

Comments

Rebecca Snavely's picture

Thank you

Thank you so much for sharing this story. Hearing it through your eyes, your perspective is very powerful. It seems I'm so far removed from the days when we fought over land in this country, but was reminded reading this, that here we have what are called "turf wars." People, kids mostly, killing each other over gang issues marked by street names and neighborhoods.

Reading your words and your perspective moved me, that land will outlive us, and that it is God's and we are to learn how to appreciate it.

Thank you so much for sharing this. Sending my prayers and thoughts for a growing peace in your land.

Rebecca

busayo's picture

Thank you too

Thank you too Rebecca, I pray that God will help us for a growing peace all over the world.

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com
http://womeninspirationce.wix.com/widcng

Nusrat Ara's picture

As a Kashmiri writen has

As a Kashmiri writen has said
‘Land doesn’t care who lives and dies on it, yet it possesses us as we fight to possess it.’

It is really sad state of affairs. I hope we see sense before it is too late.

Love.

Nusrat

busayo's picture

Hope so too

I hope that we see sense too before it is too late. It is indeed sad.

Love
Busayo

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com
http://womeninspirationce.wix.com/widcng

olakitike's picture

Yes, it was a sad and tragic

Yes, it was a sad and tragic time. I can still remember the fear and terror. Thank God it is over. Thank you for sharing it here

busayo's picture

Yes Tragic

Yes, It was tragic, I just pray it will not happen again. Thank you my dear sister.

Love
Busayo

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com
http://womeninspirationce.wix.com/widcng

JaniceW's picture

Tragic

The quote Nusrat mentioned says it all. We try so hard to possess something we will never own. Wars continue over land and as much as we would like to think that history would teach us a lesson, the battles continue. But with each person speaking out as you have, perhaps there will come a day when blood will no longer be shed over land, no more families will be torn apart and no more villages divided.

busayo's picture

Thanks Janice

I know the day will come when blood will no longer be shed over land,and family will no longer be torn apart because of it again.
Thanks janice, It is good to hear from you.

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com
http://womeninspirationce.wix.com/widcng

Fatima Waziri's picture

Thank you Busayo for sharing

Thank you Busayo for sharing the historical strife between both tribes. Your story encapsulates the double edged sword of land; Land brings people together and it allows rips people apart.

However, i would have loved to read more about how you personally connect with land and what it means to you, your story!

Peace!
Fatima

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