VICTORIA ADENEKAN asks a cross-section of Nigerians if after their death they would like to donate their body parts to help people with disabilities and those who may need them to stay alive
I can and should be free
Mr. Abdulramon Adegunju
I can donate my body parts, but it must be free. I can’t collect a dime for donating part of my body for the good of those in need. It’s like donating blood; I can give freely because God gave it to me freely. No matter how much is offered to me for my blood or any part of my body that I have in excess or that is not useful to me but may be useful to someone else, I can freely give to the person without receiving a penny. My religion allows it; it is the doctrine of my religion, that even if I want to donate part of my body, I must do so for free.
There’s nothing wrong with that
Ms. Oluwakemi Oladehinde
I can donate organs to people after I die, but God won’t let me die now. My religion is not against organ donation after death. Of course, there are people who don’t want to be buried without their full body parts, but I believe there’s nothing wrong with donating those parts after death. What I won’t do is give it to them while I’m alive. It’s just sad that all kinds of things happen in this world we live in and you hear very scary stories every day. May God have mercy on us.
It will be a gift for humanity
Mr. Ebuka Ebonine
It’s actually a tough decision to make, given the kind of world we live in; you don’t know what people would say after you die. But what are we after death? We don’t even know where we are; we don’t know what they are doing to us and we don’t even know who is talking about us. What are my body parts for after death? They are practically of no use to me. If the parts can do much to save someone from death or give someone new life, I will freely leave an instruction for these body parts to be harvested after my death for the benefit of those in need. I would see it as a gift to humanity and wherever I go after my passing I will be happy to have impacted someone in a very remarkable way.
I can donate even when I’m still alive
Mrs. Ifeoluwa Olamigoke
I can give them away because there is no life after death. These body parts are no longer useful to me after death and they will surely decay, so why not leave them for those who need them. The only challenge is that in this country there are different cases of daily use of human beings or certain body parts for money rituals, they might want to use that person’s body for other purposes. Not everyone will be able to agree on this, but I can, even in my lifetime. Let’s say one of my family members needs an organ to survive, I can donate mine.
It’s better to donate than let them decay
Mr. Babalola Abayomi
I can give my body parts to anyone who needs them. Honestly, I don’t care if my religion is against it or not, we’re talking about helping someone live a better life after we’re gone forever. No one knows what will happen next. I think it’s a simple question to analyze; those religions that people use as reasons are borrowed. It is because I was born into a Muslim household in Nigeria that I practice the religion (Islam). I don’t care what religion would say about it. At the end of the day, we all know that body parts would decay in the grave even after a few days, let alone months or years. So why not use it to save other people’s lives and they might even still live a long time to do a lot of good things on earth.
I have nothing against
Mrs Abidemi Musa
I can donate my body parts after death. These body parts are going to decay in the grave after all, so why not use them to give someone another chance. I have nothing against this practice, even though it is not popular in this part of the world. So whether the person is a family member or not, I’m okay with donating my body parts.
As long as it is not used for silver rituals
Mr. Gbenga Ojatula
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, and I’ll love it, because it will help give someone or people a new lease on life after I die. I think there should be a plan for that in this country so that people survive without paying. I understand it’s not something we’re used to, but it’s fine. However, am I sure they won’t use it for a ritual? With the rate at which people are getting involved in money rituals, can we rule out some trying this? Some Nigerians would probably abuse this opportunity. But if it’s strictly to help people survive or live a better life, they can harvest it after I die.
It won’t do any good after all
Ms Tope Ogunnaike
I can donate my body parts to those who need them. It’s up to them to survive, and as long as they’re not used for something bad. All parts of the body will decay later and they will no longer be useful to me. I think I would prefer to give them to people who would benefit from them.
I want to come back complete
Mr Kola Fasipe
I can’t, I want to come back all over the world. Having to give away any part of my body is not what I would gladly do. I’ve heard stories of people dying by accident and you’d see this scar on a newborn baby born into the man’s family. This gives us reason to believe that there is a strong tendency for people to return (reincarnation) after death. For the fact that I would like to come back with my whole body without scars (people call it a birthmark), I cannot give any part of my body.
These parts can give someone new life
Mrs Helene Adeloye
Yes, I can donate my body parts. What are the coins for when I’m dead? My religion is not against it, neither is my culture. I don’t believe people should be buried with their complete organs. I know some people have reservations about these things, maybe because it’s not popular here, but the truth is they’re not useful to me after death. On the contrary, they can give someone or even people a new lease of life or another chance. So I can do it.
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