Sunday, July 2, 2017
HENRY BELLO: NIGERIAN MEDICAL DOCTOR SHOOTS UP NEW YORK HOSPITAL
ICHEOKU says they finally broke him. He couldn't take it anymore. He lost his center, snapped and went berserk; shooting up a hospital which did it to him. His name was Henry Bello, a medical doctor from Fulani/Hausa Northern Nigeria, who lived in New York and worked at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center Grand Concourse from where he was fired in 2015. He returned as allegedly promised, with a M-16 assault rifle, to 'kill all of them who took his all and ended his career abruptly. He shot six people, killing one of them before turning the gun on himself and exited a world he considered cruel and unfair and which discriminated against him.
His grievances were many and somewhat understandable; admitted nothing warrants the taking of other peoples lives. Yes, ICHEOKU is emphatic that discrimination is real and prevalent in American work places and often times, is meticulously targeted at a specifically earmarked particular individual. The target is eventually forced off the cliff and into unemployment market and sometimes, as with the case of Doctor Henry Bello, into taking lives. It is often brutal and it is real; and try as you may, it is often times impossible to avoid it. It is life in America and work places are often times not a very conducive atmosphere. The pressure comes from every where - from meeting output to fellow workers who might not necessarily like you and would always find something to complain about you, including sometimes making up allegations which are not true but being in concert adjudges you guilty. Yes, it is life in American workplaces and some workers are not hard enough to soldier along with it and break down, resulting in such workplace violence.
Dr Henry Bello is now a static of such victim worker who could not take it any more and made victims out of his fellow workers, A cry for help which went unanswered, resulting in the tragedy that took place at Bronx-Lebanon Medical Center Concourse New York. Just hear the late doctor bemoan the fate which befell him at his previous place of work:
"This hospital terminated my road to a licensure to practice medicine. First, I was told it was because I always kept to myself. Then it was because of an altercation with a nurse.”
ICHEOKU says yes, they sometimes make up stories to justify their action and end up branding such employee as disgruntled, aggressive, loud and threatening; and invariably a problem which they have to solve by getting rid of. ICHEOKU says Dr Henry Bello would have tried his luck elsewhere or developed some thick skin to tough it out; but above all, should not have resorted to killing anybody including himself in protest. However, what happened has happened and all ICHEOKU is doing now is pontificating about it. It is regrettable and it is unfortunate. May his restless disappointed soul now rest and so also the soul of the killed fellow doctor. Just another workplace violence that is both chilling and unfortunate, especially being in a hospital, a place for healing.