Mentally Ill Family: The Continued Neglect Of The Insane

John Chuks

Looking at them, you would call them an insane family. Yes, it is that obvious that the couple have mental disorder. However, there is something to learn from this family; the family unity, the strong connecting bond; having one mind and striving together as one indivisible union.
Away from the lesson to learn from them, you must wonder why a family of five (husband, wife, and three children), is allowed to wander around considering their mental status. Where is government?
Shouldn’t this family be taken off the street, and cared for in psychiatric homes? Or don’t we have such homes in Nigeria?
The three innocent children deserves to be educated and cared for. The mentally disabled couple deserves treatment and rehabilitation.
The couple, according to the poster of this photo on Facebook, resides in Ogoja, Cross Rivers State.
The eyewitness, a Facebook user, narrated as follows;
“This happens to be the weirdest situation I’ve seen in my entire life. I have been trying to get this shot for the past five months and whenever I tried, they either walk past too quickly, change direction, or not just close enough.
At other times I may be on a bike and whenever I ask the cyclist to go slow so I can get a shot of them, he’ll be like “Hmmm, Abeg o, I nor fit stop this bike make u snap o, if the madman catch u, your own Don finish!
And that’s how it went.
The first time I saw them here in Ogoja, my heart melted, I was livid. And my mind wandered, searching for the closest guess as to why a whole family, husband, wife, and three beautiful children would be plagued with INSANITY.
My heart could not contain the curiosity, then I began to ask questions. Anytime I drove past them in a car or on a bike, I engage the driver or someone in a conversation about them.
I have seen them trekking long distances underthe scorching sun, I’ve also met them in the market making enquiries about where they could get a particular item to buy.
They’re never separated, always found walking together, complete family. But the intriguing part is their communication. Jeez! This “MAD” family speak CORRECT QUEENS ENGLISH. They flow in CLEAN grammar. Na this one dey burst my head.
I’ve heard the man instructing one of his children who was walking sluggishly behind him as they trekked down the road;
“Hey Dorcas, will you hurry up, C’mon girl, meet up with the pace”. And I marvelled.
At the market he asked someone for directions and he went; “Hey ma’am, Pls where can I get this and this… “
As you can see their dreadlocks is twisted, showing that it has lasted for God knows how long. This means that this madness nor be today. E Don tay!”
It’s our hope that the state government finds this family and get them off the road.


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