By : Ishowo Malik.
According to my dictionary, the Sam- Wood dictionary, the word wickedness in the dictionary means evil in principle or the way of practicing sinful, ungodly, cruel, abominable acts to human. Evidently we all know our world generally is full of the wicked people. It’s evident that human being born of a woman has a wicked streak.
Apparently from the young to the old the term wickedness is something that we see everyday in our world as a society. As a matter of fact, you don’t need to look too far to see the manifold evidence of wickedness.
For a basic example, when the leaders are greedy, selfish to developmental needs of their followers, that is wickedness as an example. Let’s just take a look at the ASUU saga, the federal government ought to have seen it as a major challenge for them to curb, but consequently everything is in the other way around.
When people kill, steal or cheat others, that’s also wickedness. When a girl or a lady is sexually abused, that’s gross wickedness. When the young ones abuse their bodies in the name of having fun, that’s also wickedness.
Such forms of abuse include pre-marital sex, extra marital affairs, homosexuality, lesbianism, incest, sex orgies, bestiality and all these also include an affairs between an employer to an employee, an affairs between teacher to student e.t.c. When a child is born and thrown into a trash can, that’s wickedness. When a boss harasses his or her subordinates for illicit relationships, that is wickedness. When parents however abandon their maternal or paternal responsibility, leaving the children or kids vulnerable to hunger, molestation, harassment and vices, that’s wickedness.
In addition to that, when a young lady or young guy raised in a descent home tows the way or path of drug abuse or peddling, cultism, yahoo yahoo(FRAUD) , prostitution, alcoholism, bringing shame and humiliation to his or her parents, that’s also a total wickedness. When an employer withhold Legitimate wages or salary from their employees, that’s wickedness. When employers steal, cheat or treat their official responsibilities with laxity, that’s wickedness. When parents , children or relations sacrifice their loved ones or family for money making rituals, that’s a pure substance of wickedness. When people repay good with evil or refuse to show appreciation to those who have helped them in life, that’s wickedness. When a man either boyfriend or an husband batters or oppresses his girlfriend or wife, that’s wickedness also.
However, no doubt wickedness stares us in the face every day. Like I said earlier, we all have a natural propensity to be very wicked. Consequentially, we have a choice to remain in our state of wickedness or to make a deliberate detour or embrace goodness and compassion. The latter choice will make our world a better place to live.
Moreover we must reject the act of wickedness because it leads to disaster and destructions, it brings multiple pains , sorrow, lack of joy, confusion and despair. It even multiples anxiety, leads to war, poverty, destruction, under development, catastrophe among others.
Wickedness creates tension in relationships, creates undue conflicts in communities, erodes our joy , peace and enthusiasm. Therefore every act of wickedness in Nigeria and Africa as a whole is certain to reap a bountiful harvest of wickedness in return. May God change our heart and mind totally away from wickedness and it’s acts.
Ishowo is a student, learner, political and media enthusiast, writer based in Ilorin.