June 8, 2012
A couple of weeks ago during my Adult Bible Class, some raised that suggestion that we should all write our personal numbers and occupations on a sheet and make available to everyone. I, being the suspicious Nigerian that I am, objected! I suggested that the names be provided to the leaders only and if anyone needed help, they could go through the leadership. Boom! Bombshell! “Why should I think that anyone would do anything with my number?”, “Are we not all Christians here?”. “Are you a Ghanaian?”. “It is because he is a Nigerian”. The class was agog!. How could such evil thoughts have arisen in my mind? Well, … em … I merely meant that not everyone might want a ‘stranger’ calling them out of the blues and asking for assistance because they have access to the number.
Three other stunning experiences I have had in my Accra sojourn are they case of my colleague failing to lock his car door when parked outside a public place such as a bank several times. The fact that both my banks do not use security doors. In fact, they use transparent doors which leave the inside of the bank visible even at night. Just this week, a woman I was sitting with in a taxi called the security man at the gate of her workplace and handed over her handbag, yes, the one ladies carry around, to him telling him she had to go to town and would return shortly. Talk about trust. I really need to have my ‘paranoid’ mind renewed don’t you think?
Well, we might as well get to the point. You see, security always seems to come as a response to threat not an anticipation of threat. We find that the nuts and bolts are tightened in any environment only after a series of breaches. Security always seems to be trailing threat. I am sure Nigerians were not as paranoid as they are now with the advents of all kinds of scams. I am certainly not suggesting we all becoming negative thinkers. I just think the intrigues of evil could be better anticipated by good men by thinking through deeply.