Nigerian social activist and documentary filmmaker Tchidi Jacobs has berated social media users who he accuse of humorizing grief without minding whose ox is hooded.
Tichidi on facebook however called on culprits of this act to repent and reclaim their humanity, before they lose it.
“There is a crop of people I do not understand on social media: Those who react with the laughter emoji on news reports about the incessant killings going on in the country.
Such behavior beats the imagination, and out of curiosity I checked to note the names of those plagued by this malaise and to my utmost consternation, all the tribes are well represented.
I understand the apathy, the sense of hopelessness and exasperation that now characterize our relationship with the nation-space called Nigeria, but what I cannot phantom is the trivialization of human life, the normalisation of violence, the celebration of anarchy, the humorisation of grief – it assaults my sensibilities, this kind of behavior, and makes me wonder at the cranial health of such people given to such absurdities.
Please if you’re among those who do this, repent and reclaim your humanity, before you lose it, one laughter emoji at a time.
May we live in a better nation.”