Stop the fowl foraging dirt for food. You don’t know if you’ll be the one to eat its legs.
Years ago, Nkolika (not her real name), one of my mother friends, told her that she didn’t particularly care about the behaviour of other children in her neighbourhood. If they made a habit of doing bad things, that wouldn’t deny her a good night’s sleep. As far as she was concerned, she’d train her own children the right way.
Mum was quick to admonish her. She further told her not to be “self-centred.” But Nkolika insisted, “They’re not my kids. Why would a couple bring a child into the world if they weren’t prepared to train it?”
On the phone with Mum a few days ago, she told me that someone had (formally) asked for Nkolika’s first daughter’s hand in marriage. Guess what? Her suitor grew up on the same street with her family. Back then, he was notorious for bullying and stealing. Now a very rich man, it is rumoured that he makes his money through dirty means and that includes human rituals.
Some people prefer not to caution others when they find them doing the wrong thing because they don’t want to be seen as being preachy. Well, here is my candid opinion: we are directly or indirectly affected by the actions of other people. Take the bully, for example: If he is not corrected (at an early age/stage), he may later choose to vie for the presidency of a nation. And if he eventually wins, he will step on the toes of his people without feeling sorry for it.