A butterfly, beautiful but fragile
A butterfly helping with the pollination process
Beautiful flowers flourish as it moves from one nectar to the other.
A butterfly flies by my window, makes me smile
Out in the fields children try to catch a butterfly from the many beautiful ones floating around.
A hand catches a butterfly but on opening it,
The wings were crushed, the little girl felt sad and started to cry
Oh my beautiful butterfly is crushed
A four year old beautiful butterfly was deflowered by a bus driver who took her to school everyday so it went in a news report.Then i decided to read further about the story. It came down to a horrifying detail. The news report says that the bus driver raped her on a table in her classroom!!! Where were the teachers? Who leaves a toddler in her class alone to be molested by the school bus driver?! Did he drop off all the other students before this incidence? What is the school’s yard stick for employing its drivers? Many questions besieged my mind. Can’t a parent even feel safe with his or her ward’s school bus service, i asked myself.
On the other hand there are parents who do not engage the services of a school bus. They simply refuse to see the need to ensure that their children get to school safely. I find it amazing that a woman who has a small shop or sells Ate ties a wrapper early in the morning and sends of her 3year – 7year old to school by himself or herself. That is what i see in some Adugbo close by me. These same children would have to cross a quite busy road to get to their school. Soon it will be in the news that a car crushed some school students trying to cross the road by themselves! Or a young child gets raped in some lonely pathway between her house and school. Some would engage the services of an Okada rider to take and bring back their kids to and fro school. This morning i saw two girls on an Okada with the rider struggling to get a balance on a very busy road. A trio danger is involved here: accident, kidnap and rape of such girls by a depraved minded okada rider.
Seriously we need to make going to and been in school safer for children!
Photo Credit: Blue Butterfly- Clipart Panda
Photo 2: Royalty Free stock photo thank you for sharing- dreamstime.com
Wrapper: Big and colourful or plain West African clothing that can be tied around a woman’s waist like a wrap skirt.
Ate: Petty trading items like biscuits, sweets, tomatoes, etc displayed on a stand or tray.
Okada: Nigerian local slogan for motorcycle
Okada Rider: Motorcycle rider