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News of the death, murder, gruesome assassination and brutal killing of a medical doctor known as Dr Okpara Enoch, a consultant gynaecologist/obstetrician at FMC, Gusau, Zamfara State over the weekend came as a rude shock to all and sundry. It is quite sad because everyone was going out to the mosque and church for the first time after about 2 to 3 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. Everyone was thanking the Almighty Creator that they scaled the COVID-19 safely. Just then this sad news came to Nigerians and to the world! The Zamfara State police command said they are investigating the incident. The State Commissioner of police, Usman Nagogo said the gruesome nature of the killing makes its immediate investigation paramount.

What is assassination? What is killing?

Assassination is the act of deliberately killing anyone, a prominent person, such as a head of a country/state or head of government. An assassination may be prompted by political and military motive. This is according to a dictionary. Other words linked to assassination are manslaughter, killing, murder, parricide, genocide and so on. Killing is murder and murder is defined as unlawful killing of a human by another human.

What can prompt assassination or killing?

It can be prompted by disagreement and desire by one party to get an upper hand over another. It can be political rivalry, work place rivalry, land dispute, woman dispute, nothing dispute or no dispute just hate, it can be caused by misinterpretation of facts and misrepresentation. Whatever the cause, its sad to say the least for a human to take the life of another. there is no disagreement that cannot be settled amicably. there is no friction that dialogue can not solve and resolve. Lets tolerate ourselves and our diverse views. Our views surely cannot be same at all times. Let us disagree to agree. Let us even FORGIVE ourselves instead of resorting to killing. The Almighty Maker is up there watching and will judge you or judge for you.

Who then is even a gynaecologist?

According to Wikipedia”Gynaecology or gynecology is the medical practice dealing with the health of the female reproductive system. Outside medicine, the term means “the science of women”. So Dr Okpara, the medical doctor was a specialist in illnesses and diseases that affect women? Wonderful! The medical doctor was doing a yeomans job helping the women folk stay healthy. Why then would anyone kill such a man? Our mothers are women. So this medical doctor was helping our mothers with his knowledge and skill. How can someone think of murdering him? Our sisters are women. So he was helping our sisters with his job and skill. How can someone think of murdering him then? our daughters are women. Why would anyone think of hurting and assassinating such a saviour?

Its sad how the society is lopsided in who they should reverence/respect and who they should not. Dr Okpara was said to be a gentle man and a good christian by all and sundry. Who wants to hurt so a harmless soul. And he was even a consultant! Wonderful! Who killed our consultant? A man that devoted many years of his life studying how to better other peoples lives. A specialist is gone. A father is gone. A brother is gone. A consultant is no more. Adieu medical doctor.

What shall we say to his dear wife, family, friends and colleagues?

Like the Singer, “My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?”

Take heart. the Comforter will comfort you. We shall all depart this earth one day. When is when we are unawares. The Creator knows and will take good care of the family and friends the doctor left behind.

Take heart and brace up. Live your life in such a way that Dr Okpara will be happy if he was still around to see it. I guess that’s the best we can do for him.

Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) over to you to assist the family in whatever good way you deem proper and good.

May the Almighty God Himself secure us all.

Our prayers are with his family, NMA, the government and security agents.

It is well. it is well. It is well.

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