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'Heroism & patrotism. A lesson from Kenya.'

The world has come to accept the fact that just like burglary & carjacking, terrorism has come to stay. I personally have come to terms with the fact that just like you can never tell when the next carjacking will happen
so are acts of terrorism unpredictable. This now makes me wonder at the lives of our men/women in law enforcement & first responders who show up at the scene bearing in mind that no day on the job is ordinary. What they don’t know for sure is what danger they will face when they
rush out on a call. Will they walk into a hostage situation like Kenya hotel a few hours ago? Or get caught up in an explosion from a suicide bombers vest? Or walk smack into a hail of bullets from the rounds of an automatic weapon fired by the devils sent to stop our peaceful
way of life? Will they save a life (lives)? Will they get hugs of thanks from grateful survivors or give hugs of condolences to victims’ relatives? Or as the case has been in Nigeria, will they get insulted by the very people they stake their lives to save? Will they be heckled
and have invective thrown at them online all because we want to score political points at a government/leadership we hate?

They wear their combat gear, after final instructions from commanders they charge into the unknown, most times they succeed and a few times they become
statistics of the unknown dead.

Speaking to a few soldiers I ask how does it feel going into a battle that at times you have no idea why. I ask how it feels going into towns to rescue people you have never met before when knowing you could come back in a hearse.
One answer has stuck in my mind; "sis the first time I heard gunfire that wasn't from our training, I peed my boxers. I asked myself who send me enter academy. See ehh we know the danger. Anybody who says he doesn't get afraid especially the first experience is a liar.
But if we no do the work, who go do am? I don't want to die any time soon but one will still die at some point. We just have to do what we have to do or these bad people will kill our families, friends and everyone else. So yes we have fear like every human should but
we get used to it and fight on." After this great sacrifice, Nigerians will still come on social media to insult them, post pictures of slain soldiers all in the name of politics. Disgusting lot we are!
If you want to know that true heroism & patrotism is all about, follow the hashtag #Kenyaunbowed & see real life super heroes like 'Inayat Kassam' the survival skills/gun training instructor (a civilian I must add) who left his thriving business with clients
to charge gunblazing into the hotel yesterday in Kenya to save fellow Kenyans. You will see stories of a brave police officer, Ali Kombo who gallantly saved scores of hostages while using himself as a shield to protect them. I read/watched the SAS operative in balaclava who's
name wasn't given for security reasons fight along Kenyan security forces to neutralise the terrorists and free hostages. The professionalism exhibited by Kenyan law enforcement was something else. Almost all the terrorists killed were taken out by head shots.
What about the amazing job done by Kenyan media to shut up western media as they tried to paint gory pictures and portray Kenya in a negative way? They told stories of heroism! They showed pictures of a people united against terror!
They showed a #Kenyaunbowed unlike the Nigerian press especially @vanguardngrnews @THISDAYLIVE @MobilePunch who always help the terrorists tell their stories that at times I wonder if theyare on a retainership by the terrorists. Our press will gleefully post pictures
of our uniformed men who fell while in active duty. They would splash pictures of dead civilians making a nation in mourning lose hope. The Kenyans especially their media did their best not to put out stories attacking any religion, race/ethnic group.
They were united in praising their heroes & letting the enemy know that they won't be cowered. Times like these I wonder what should/will happen for us to change our mindset! Something is definitely wrong with us in Nigeria. There's a lesson out there for us to learn from Kenya.
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