This month witnessed the assassination of the Head Chief in Nimule, Chief Luvio Ajugo. His murder shocked the Ma’di community at home and in Diaspora.
I am incredibly saddened by the untimely death of our chief. He was a bright, gentle and patriotic leader who deserved much better than to be shot dead by murderous villains intent on introducing the basest form of gangsterism to our Nimule.
I am reminded of a line from Thomas Hobbes Leviathan:
“Men that distrust their own subtlety are, in tumult and sedition, better disposed for victory than they that suppose themselves wise. For these love to consult; the other, fearing to be circumvented, to strike first.”
We must not let this provocation stand. It is but the opening salvo of what will be a sustained assault on our community’s rights as equal citizens in our own country. I am confident that the Ma’di community, both at home and in the diaspora, will have the courage to stand up for our rights and for our dignity. I am equally confident, that as a community, we have the aptitude to meet this challenge head on and to use all peaceful means at our disposal to shine the brightest possible light at this encroaching darkness.
It is from the light that these criminals shall scatter like cockroaches. For it is in the darkness, that the enemies of progress gather. It is from the darkness that they execute their murderous schemes. If we remain silent, if we show a lack of resolve, if we fail to present a united front against their abominable behaviour, then the enemies of progress shall seize whatsoever they can and leave our people to languish, pitifully, under the shadow of perpetual fear and the degradation of unlawful disenfranchisement.
South Sudan today is drifting dangerously towards a state of affairs that is best summed up by the ancient precept … “The strong do what they want and the weak suffer what they must.” We shall prove, through our grasp of the moral high ground, our steadfast resolve, our intellectual vigour and our community spirit, that there is no place for such outdated concepts in our nascent republic.
As a member of the community, I am prepared to play my part in this struggle to secure our homeland and to ensure it remains untainted by the ravages of gangsterism, the deprivations of corruption and the vicissitudes of insecurity. I take strength in the thought that as David stood alone against the mighty Goliath and in that single act of bravery, secured victory for his people, so shall we, the Ma’di community, stand bravely and ultimately succeed in our noble endeavour and in so doing benefit not just our region but the Republic entire. Our late chief shall not have died in vain.
“Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.” – George Bernard Shaw