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Nkem DenChukwu: Why Dine With The Devil?



Nkem DenChukwuThis morning, I received a text message with haunting images. The text came with a link, captioned, “7-year-old boy, beaten, burnt to death in Lagos.” My heart skipped a beat. Shaken, I clicked on the link to know what this child could have done to deserve to be broken in pieces (in mind, body, and spirit), enough to see Death coming at him, but crippled with fear and pain. He probably cried for his mother…to God for help. Yes, they burnt him alive without consideration. Without considering he’s someone’s child…that God was watching too. In that moment, they forgot there’s a price for every action.

These men have beating hearts in them. They feel pain when hurt. They are probably parents. But they believed this child’s life had no meaning, that he didn’t deserve to live…to be somebody someday, to be forgiven. And to my surprise, there was a video attached to the story. An adult (most likely) had the courage to hit the record button on his/her phone, to savor the moment of such an evil act rather than finding a way to save this child’s life? And there were spectators? WOW!

The one thing we ALL sleep with each time we shut our eyes is our conscience. No escaping from it.

We do the things that break the heart of God. Yet, we ‘speak in tongues,’ fast for days…bringing ‘Holy Ghost fire’ into the mix, and then, claim that serve a living God… C’mon! What are we? Savages? And then, we ask God for favors? Are we taking advantage of the fact that God is merciful…forgiving? He gave us the freedom to choose…good or evil. Why choose evil? Why entertain the devil? Why be the devil? There’s no gain in being neither evil nor the devil. If there is, where has it gotten you?

A positive mind is a powerful tool to waste, People! As we think, we become, and so we do.

Few seconds into the video, I heard a man’s voice saying, “Hit am well well.” This child curled up his 7-year-old body to protect himself from being hit with an automobile tire. The man did hit him real hard. I felt his pain. I couldn’t continue to watch. My heart broke. I wept. I wondered if God watched and did nothing? Of course He saw this evil act. He sees the evil that men do. “The evil that men doesn’t live after them.” It lives with them.

It was mentioned in the story that this 7-year-old child stole. Stole what? Food to eat because he was hungry? No matter what he stole, he did not deserve to be tortured and condemned to death. Who are we to kill? Are we free of sins since we were born? Have we ever been hungry? Don’t we know what pain feels like? So, how could a group of people kill an innocent in this way, and then, turn around and had the audacity to blame the president? Take responsibility for your actions. We all make choices, good or bad. Each comes with a consequence…eventually. President Buhari makes choices as a man and as the president of Nigeria.

These murderers made a choice, and chose to make the president the scapegoat for their abominable act. God will not see it same way. Blaming Buhari will not remove the blood of an innocent on these stained hands.

Now, ask yourself: If God judges and punishes me according to my thoughts and actions, where will I be? Think about it.

Let us remember that “Karma is a bitch. And it will get you sooner or later.”

SEE NO EVIL. THINK NO EVIL. DO NO EVIL. BE NOT EVIL. Unless…you want to dine and live with the devil…Lucifer, that is.

Nkem DenChukwu is a bonafide creative writer and filmmaker. In 2019, she became Houston Literary Awards - Reader’s Choice Winner. She delved into the arts of filmmaking and creative writing in 2012, and has since then, written 7 inspirational books for children, teens, and young adults. Nkem has produced 14 indie films in Texas. In 2018, she was featured in Forbes (Digital Edition) while five of her creative verses have been featured in Oprah Winfrey Magazine. Nkem was a Huffington Post Contributor. For more details on Nkem DenChukwu’s work, visit  


  1. A Real Nigerian

    November 18, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    I thought the police and some other sources said the victim wasn’t actually 7?
    And there are way too many ellipses in this article.

    • Nkem DenChukwu

      November 19, 2016 at 2:42 am

      Go back and look at the images. The look on his bloody face said, “I am a person.” He was a child. Did he deserve to die because he wasn’t 7? Did he deserve to die because he was hungry? What did the Police do afterwards? Did they arrest these murderers?

  2. ItsSusan

    November 18, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    #SayNotojunglejustice. Just to point out that’s not a Seven year Old

    • Nkem DenChukwu

      November 19, 2016 at 2:38 am

      Does his age matter? Bottom-line: He was a child, a human being…with blood flowing through his veins. His heart was beating just like yours and mine.

  3. Udoka Okoronkwo

    November 18, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Nkem, very emotional piece.
    I stumbled upon the news on face book but couldn’t wait to watch or read the full story. What right did they have to take that redeemable life. The man that said the boy should be hit well, I’m pretty sure he had done worse and everyone in that crowd have asked for forgiven sins at some point if not every day.

    May damnation come upon all that participated in one way or the other.

  4. mz_danielz

    November 18, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    This is deeper than killing a young boy.

    People who feel oppressed most times turn around to oppress those they have real or imagined power over.

    That incident speaks of anger and bitterness let out in the wrong place,

    A child stole garri, call him, feed him well, then if you must punish, flog him a bit then tell him to come to your shop to eat after school everyday instead of stealing but no, people burnt him. It is well. May that boy find peace in heaven.

    And those who burnt him must remember that ‘the merciful obtain mercy’ and the reverse is also true.

  5. Josephine

    November 18, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    I read that the person was a man and not a 7 year old boy but even if he was 37 the lynch mob deserve to be jailed for life.

  6. Chika israel

    November 18, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    One thing i have in mind while reading this is:- i have made terrible mistakes in life and most of them i am even ashamed to talk about it in public. what if in one of those cases i was beating and killed like they did this little soul? will i be here today. this has nothing to do with anger and bitterness let out in the wrong place as someone said here and it sure has nothing to do with the president. Nigerians have always been in the habit of beating and burning alive when caught in this kind of act. i am 32years now and i started seeing that from my childhood. Well my God have mercy on this our nation called Nigeria and its people, if not the hardship coming will be 7 folds of what it is now.

    • Nkem DenChukwu

      November 19, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      You are one of the lucky ones.
      In Nigeria and in other parts of the world, many are archaic in their thinking, and it reflects in their actions. The problem is when they do something bad, rather than owning up and showing remorse, they blame the devil himself. In this case, they blamed Buhari.

  7. chioma obasi

    November 19, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    What baffled me most is the spectators!. To think that people actually stood there and took pictures says a lot about the society we are in. Such cold blood!, . Na wa!.

    • Nkem DenChukwu

      November 19, 2016 at 6:04 pm

      And they probably went home and told the story in loud voices as if something beautiful happened, and they witnessed it. But at night and for the rest of their lives, the images and the cries of that innocent child will hug them. That’s for sure.

  8. Nkem DenChukwu

    November 19, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    We hear of rascism and tribalism. Many of us have experienced each or both. In this particular story/incident and many like it, it shows how Man has no regards for human life, regardless of the color of your skin. When you pull the hair on your skin…really pull it hard, does it hurt?

  9. chinedu osuagwu

    November 30, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Everything that transpired on that day is indicative of transferred aggression. Folks are sick and tired of being sick and tired and are always looking for an outlet of some sort to channel or unleash their anger. The dire situation at home has persisted for so long that the masses have been reduced to level of animals,surrounded by scarce resources due to no fault of their own and motivated by a strong desire to sustain themselves by any means necessary and ensure their own survival in the face of untold hardship and difficulty. Doesn’t excuse the death of that kid but Nigeria really get as e be!!! A zoo filled with wild animals is probably safer and more secure than the entire country as it is today!!!

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