Yusuf Buhari: Time for Compassion By Farooq Kperogi

There is a time for everything. There is a time for politics, and there is a time to subordinate partisanship and let our humanity shine through. Yusuf Buhari’s heartrending motorbike accident a few days ago is no moment to gloat and taunt his dad.

I read a couple of people on my timeline reveling in the tragedy of Yusuf’s motorbike accident. That’s cruel beyond measure. I’ve unfriended all such unfeeling wretches. I want to have no truck with anyone who derives delight from people’s personal catastrophes. If you’re such a scoundrel and I haven’t noticed you, please do me a favor and unfriend me.

Before he is the president’s son with privileges that the rest of us don’t have, he is a human being. He is someone’s son, someone’s brother, someone’s friend. Accidents can happen to anyone, including you and me. For that alone, he deserves our compassion.

I know our compassion or ill will will do absolutely nothing to exacerbate or assuage his condition, but a show of empathy for another human being’s tragedy hurts no one.

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