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KYARI’S BODY OR NOT: DOES IT REALLY MATTER?

By Fr. Benjamin Achi

I’ve been reading lots of posts where people have been stressing themselves, arguing and insisting that the body buried yesterday at the cemetery in Abuja was not actually that of the late Chief of Staff to the president The prevailing logic has been that if it was actually the man in question who died of the deadly virus was the one buried, those men would not have gathered in their numbers the way they did and that the man who threw away his materials on the street, wouldn’t have acted so irresponsibly the way he did.
Whatever the situation was, so many acts that played out yesterday were completely stupid and reprehensible.
I will itemize them:
1. Let me begin with the case of the callous man who threw off his PPE on the streets after the burial. Assuming (without conceding) that what was buried yesterday morning was not the remains of our erstwhile strong man, will that make any decent man that has his faculties in the right places to just yank those materials off at the road side the way he did?
2. Even if the person whose remains he took part in burying didn’t die of the virus, will that make him so stupid as not to observe proper personal hygiene in the present circumstances, trusting that he was not in the harms way, even after coming that close to that army of people that gathered? And he foolishly came out of a burial ground, this time of all times, without doing himself the least good of having his hands washed?
3. Now, to the band of hypocrites that gathered: this is a country where political ambition and the desperation to find one’s foot at the power places usually switch off the rational navigation system of political jobbers. As those silly men gathered, do you think they still remembered COVID-19? The only thing in their minds at the time was to show themselves at that burial as identifying with the ruling block so as to either qualify for some juicy political gains or to retain the one they are already enjoying.
4. Finally, let’s assume once more that the body buried was not that of their erstwhile “commander in chief ” Abba Kyari who died of the deadly virus, does that rule out the possibility that someone out of those hundreds that clustered there may actually be carrying the virus and that they stood the chance of being infected? You see the foolishness of those men? Well, like I said, they weren’t even thinking at that point. The sycophancy they were playing was the only thing that mattered to them that very moment.
5. And finally, I ask: if truly this people decided to come bury another body instead of that of Kyari, what exactly do they want to achieve with that display? For crying out loud, the man is dead. Does it matter whether they made pepper soup out of the body or kept it in a museum or in a certain shrine for veneration perhaps by his cronies? So why come to make a show of his burial while actually burying another body? And why burying another body instead of his? That doesn’t make sense to me.

Rev. Fr. Benjamin Achi is the Director of Social Communications, Catholic Diocese of Enugu. He is a communication expert, scholar and columnist.

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