When you are a part of a system where lies are normal, where you are taught that you never expose an older person who is lying, where lies are excused, covered up, and defended, speaking the truth becomes an anomaly.

You get harassed because your truth-telling becomes a source of embarrassment and is oftentimes discomfiting.

The most infuriating part of it is that they find scriptures to buttress their point and come up with statements like “speaking the truth in love” and interpret that to mean that “if the truth will embarrass those whom they hold dear, then they do not speak it”.

So people live a sham, a woman will cry about things her husband did forty years ago and she is helping him cover it up, children are abused rampantly, respected citizens can dip their hands in the public purse and everyone looks the other way, scandals like the world could never imagine are a daily occurrence with the victims helping to cover up for the perpetrators. Sickening and nauseating stuff, some of them too disgusting to be uttered.

Unless we begin as a people to speak the truth regardless of whose ox is gored, our journey to freedom is yet to begin.

John 8:32 – “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

~ Adiaha Akpan