Thursday, June 28, 2007

ANOTHER CORPSE ON THE HIGHWAY!

I don’t intend to depress anyone with this post cos I know that issues that border on death or corpse are usually very sensitive for most people(me inclusive) so please accept my apologies if it upsets you or anything of the sort. I just had to put this down since it’s been bothering me all morning, I guessed I would feel a lot better if I did.

This morning as i was driving to work, I saw yet another battered corpse on the highway. The corpse was badly mutilated, body parts were scattered all over the place. I was only able to recognize what looked like an arm before I sped past so I didn’t know if it was a man or woman. Now, this is the third corpse I would be seeing on this same expressway in just one month and as usually happens when i see them, I get depressed immediately and my mind starts pondering several things.

One thing that comes to mind at such times as this is the realization that life is really a gift and for everyone who is alive, it’s a privilege that we most times don’t appreciate. We tend to dwell on all the wrong things going on in our lives that we often times fail to be grateful for the very fact that we are alive to even have those problems. Many people are not so fortunate therefore for every second, of every minute, of every hour, of every day that we are able to breathe, we should all be grateful and remember to say “Thank you God!”

Another thing that I also reflect on is the fact that we expend so much effort on our physical self. We use the best creams/cosmetics, wear the best clothes, bag the highest degree, ride the best cars, make so much money e.t.c but all these really are just nothing (vanity) cos when you die everything simply evaporates like they never were. We tend to neglect the most important thing-Our Soul, which will never die. What happens to that soul when our human bodies are gone is what we really should be concerned about. Think about it!

My ever so restless mind still went on to some other things. Most times when we see corpses like this on the road, our first thought is usually-“Ah! Another accident victim!”. How many of these corpses are really accident victims? No body ever follows up on these cases to find out who these people are and what exactly led to their deaths. In more concerned societies (I don’t think Naija is one), when there are deaths like this, efforts would be made to find out if it was a natural death or homicide. Unfortunately, in this our dear country, if the corpse is even taken off the road that day, it should be grateful cos most times the corpses would lie there for days on end until when the Ministry of environment people will decide to remove it because the stench is getting too much for the people to bear. Sometimes, due to vehicles running over it for days, the corpse would even become unrecognizable manure for the roadside plants. Now just picture this scenario-A man while beating his poor wife realizes she has slumped and is no longer breathing. He knows that it would be disastrous for him if this is found out so he waits till its late in the night, wraps the body up and throwing it into his car trunk zooms off looking for where to hide his crime. Driving along the highway, he suddenly realize he could easily just drop the body on the road and since the highways are usually not well lit(The street lamps don’t work!), an unsuspecting driver could easily just run the corpse over and Wham! There is another ‘accident’ victim. Sounds like a something from a movie right? but sadly it is very possible. So you see how easily these corpses on our highways could easily just be homicide victims whose souls are just screaming out for justice that they will never get.

Enough depressing talk for one day!

18 comments:

Calabar Gal said...

Our system needs serious revamping.
Those corpse left on the highway are a horrible feature. I remember once in calabar, a man (a thief I think cos he had a nail hamered into his brain) died on his knees by the roadside. He was left there until he started 'rising' and was almost 'risen' back onto his feet before the authorities saw fit to come and remove his corpse.

princess said...

@calabar gal,lol@ "risen back on to his feet". Its a pity, this country is like dis.

36 INCHES OF BROWN LEGS said...

u know we got used to madness in this country!!!! its crazy, i once did a post abou this dead body business. i dont get it, and u know the craziest part its rpobably at a bust stop and ppl will still b standing there waiting for thier buses and all. my country!!!!!1 na wa o.

Manda said...

Now dis is really depressing! but no mata wat, naija still remains my homeland. I just hope dis new gowernment will do smtn about all dat, at least the president looks promising! All we pray for is for a beta Nigeria and i tell u gurl this roadside corpse business gives me the creeps.

princess said...

@36, hmmm girl u finally dropped by. Great!

@manda, nne i no know wetin Yardy wat do about this one o!
Creeps! yea.

Obi said...

Terrible situation...was drivin along Badagry road once with my nieces and spotted a decaying corpse just before the army barracks. I had to distract my nieces by making them look at the other side of the road...If i get nightmares just looking at that thing, I wonder what they'd go through..!!

princess said...

@Obi,yea yea. Those sights would give anyone really baaaaaaad nightmares.

IJEOMA said...

depresssing almost seems insufficient to describe how i felt reading your post

i hear of these things, all the time.. and i cant imagine how tragic it must be for the family that will never know the whereabouts of thier kin, the person that will never truly go home to his or her family. And for the individual that will see that corpse, and will be unable to do nothing. Very sad

princess said...

@ijeoma, i think about all that too and one sometimes wonder if it is someone you knew.

La Reine said...

That is a possibilty, someone figuring that the best way to conceal a murder is to make it look like an auto accident of some sort.

Maybe there's some serial killer who thought of that already.....

alright...no more morbid thoughts.

diary of a G said...

thats really sad
almost unimaginable here in Canada
sad but nice post
makes you greatful for living
things will get better

PS
your picture brighten up the day

princess said...

@la reine,am shaking now!!! Thanks for popping in.

@DOG, how i wish naija was Canada(wishful thinking),maybe oneday we will get a government that'll make it a reality. Thanks too for da compliment.

pamelastitch said...

I remember watching a movie from Senegal a couple of years back (sorry, i have forgotten the name of the movie) and they were talking about this problem. In fact, it was used as a joke in that movie as in "those nigerians they have no respect for life".

There is no reason for such a thing to happen in Nigeria but the problem is that we have such complacency issues. Have Nigerians in Nigeria really started making this a PROBLEM. I mean really TALKING about it.

princess said...

@pamelastitch,girl you r so right on the 'complacency issues'. Will talking about it really help?? I think something has to be DONE about it.

TaureanMinx said...

Everyone just drives past and thats another problem...but if you stop..then that a whole other kind of problem. So ppl just feel sorry and drive by...tis sad..

Imagine trying to help someone who atually survived the accident..no hospital will assist till you have a police report, and then you may have to pay the bills or the persons family ends up accusing you and taking you to court. It has happened many times. Should that stop us from helping...its a tough one.

princess said...

@taureanminx, yea but most times by the time you drive past, the victim is already dead and its even harder to tackle mortuary issues.

chidi said...

one day i was in lagos & our car sped past & i saw this dead body lying in the middle of the road. i was so shocked because that was the first & only time i had seen a dead body. I do think about he things you said sometimes when it comes to mind becos yeah everything in this world is vanity. Sometimes i try not to think about it so as not to depress myself but its something we have to think of; When we die, where does the soul go??

princess said...

@Chidi, Long time no hear girl!One has to think about it dear cos death is inevitable.