Nigeria Go Better!

We were once, all of us,
young and free, vibrant together.
Neither pretense nor grudge.
Then we grew up, and we
became competitors. Nay enemies.
Where has our salad years gone?

But, I cannot hate anymore
You, refuse to fight me any longer.
Even if we all may be hurting …
You may be down, I may be lost.
But together we are not out, not yet.
All we can do is carry each other.

All we must do is fetch for one another.
One for all, our horde for one.
Together … Stronger … Bolder
living, learning, laughing, loving.
That is all that is left to do, as we age.
No more jostling. Let us bare each other.

Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, Fulani, Urhobo,
Bini, Birom, Baruba, Bachama, Anang,
Ishan, Isoko, Ikwerre, Degema, Efik,
Eggon, Egun, Gwari, Gwoza, Nupe
Ibibio, Igala, Idoma, Ijumu, Tiv … and more.
All together, carrying water for Nigeria!

© 14th July 2017. Adewale Adeniji.

NASS THREAT & THE ACTING PRESIDENT.

 

The NASS threat to ‘do the needful’ about the Acting President, should he refuse to remove Ibrahim Magu as EFCC acting boss is an empty threat, and both the alleged author of the statement and his strange bed fellows know it.

But first, I need all to hear that this is an act of bully, and they are shamed by it. Why? Was it the Acting President that kept Magu in office despite his serial rejection by the Senate? No. It was President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB)! Why did Mesuru Jamba not threaten PMB with impeachment? Because he knew it would be shut down immediately by his followers. Why? Because they are not stupid! Who wants to cross a juggernaut?!

So, why now? Because they think the Acting President is not a politician. After all, was he not ‘an ordinary commissioner’? as the third citizen allegedly said dismissively in the past? So, this happening now is nothing but an attempt to bully rhe Acting President. That is the first reason this will fail, and they know it. Awon ole!

Second reason it is doomed to failure is that anyone who claims to know something about our democracy would know that all of this is posturing; and these legislooters know that. It’s all about the politics of 2019. My take is that this has to happen this way, so that the Nunc Dimitis of certain personalities can be well sung! Because post 2019, most of them will be deliberately winged! I know because I know!!!

Thirdly, and more importantly, to impeach an executive, you must raise an allegation, get a panel constituted, receive the report of the panel and then vote on the recommendation of the panel. Now, assuming that this set of legislooters raise an allegation, do they even know it would not be the Senate that would set up the panel to investigate? Do they even know that would be the duty of the CJN? Can their brains even fathom that this is not a state house of assembly in the pocket of an overlord? Woukd the Red Chamber be the only one to have a coice in the decision? What about the Green Chamber? Awon oponu!

Then the panel will hold hearings. Who would, in their right minds, convict a president for airing his views on the extent of powers of any branch of government. Has freedom of expression been removed from the constitution? This is legislative brigandry, and they know it! This should be easy work for a person properly using his medulla oblongata, but what do I know? When your brain has mixed with whoring, what do you expect?

Fourth, is what the Acting President accused of even part of the list of impeachable offenses the constitution recognizes? Awon ode!

Abegi, make them park for one side! Awon ole!

It is unrestrained hunger for power at all cost! The Acting President went on an official trip overseas to represent your country, and you quickly devised for one of you to become acting president? Awon ole!

Did the Acting President transmit a letter to NASS that he would be incapable of exercising the functions of his office, such that there would be a lacuna? Awon ole!

So, my take is this: it is again much ado about nothing. And it shows, yet again, the pathetic state of this Senate. And it is directly traceable to the way the Senate President and his deputy won office. A thief will always look over his shoulders, no matter how much you paper your theft over!

I wager again, none of the dramatis personae and their puppet master(s) would ever make it to Aso Rock! You do not have to agree with me: my opinion, that’s all!

©Adewale Adeniji. 5th July 2017.

Our Nation_Dino’s Hullaballoo.

 

I have watched in amazement the manifold reactions to Senator Dino Melaye’s theatrics, past and present.
 
If some are to be believed, the Senator for Kogi West is just being himself – down to earth and truthful, a ‘defender of correct ethos in our body polity’ (as some folk put it!). Some others would argue that he is exactly what the nation can ill-afford at this time of serious crises: a vapid, attention seeking, vain-glorious side kick. (No space to discuss on the “many trials” of his main kick here)
 
Say what you will about the guy, he is what he is, body, soul and spirit. And he has never hidden that fact!
 
Senator Dino is not new to our public space, for good or ill. That he is ‘colorful’ is not new. That he walks in, and rides in rarified circles is also well known! Also not new are his controversies. I remember a love-child saga with a prominent actress, I remember a torn-vest incident in the House of Representatives, I remember… I remember …, to mention a few. So, we are so jobless that we now spend valuable time discussing his academic credentials, or the lack of them? *sighs*
 
So, why the sudden hullaballoo about Dino and his myriad of issues? Elections 2019, simple! For himself, his main kick, and their ilk! Simple, but shocking that many do not see it in that light. On whose side would he and his rabble rousers be? Would their collective scheming not throw ‘sand, sand’ into other people’s garri*?
 
Now, if you locate the cacophony that has trailed Dino recently in the above premise, you get this simple fact: THE STATE OF OUR NATION’S POLITICS CANNOT BUT SPEW UP CHARACTERS LIKE DINO, AND MANY MORE LIKE HIM! Why? Because they represent the sum total of who we are as a people, don’t they?
 
And the humbling thing is that many make it seem as if WE ARE HELPLESS IN THE FACE OF THIS REALITY. But we are really not! That is the silver lining.
 
Before we see what we can do, I need EVERYONE OF US (critics and fans of Dino alike) TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR! Let us ask ourselves these following questions:
 
(1) How in Iroko’s name was this Senator the best nominee his party could field for the 2015 NASS election?
 
(2) Are we (take this seriously, please) any different IN CONTENT than this guy – in our own lives, private or public. Note, I did not say in form, but in content? We may not be verbose or melodramatic as he is; but are we truly different, Am I truly different?
 
Truthful answers to the above questions might make you conclude as I did a long time ago – THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO POINT IN HARANGUING DINO or his ilk. They represent the best and worst in most Nigerian!
 
But what we can do? The only solution I can see right now lies in wisely exercising your franchise the next opportunity you get, shorn of primordial tendencies like ‘na my person; make him do am’*. Dino has happened, and as is wont in more developed democratic climes, the best way is look forward. The damage has been done!
 
Le jo ba ku s’Ake*!
 
*Garri – Cassava derived flakes. A Nigerian staple food.
*Le jo ba ku s’Ake – An Egba aphorism that translates, ‘Nothing else to say’. Are was the seat of authority of the Egba Native Authority, and often cases were compromised there!
*Na my person, make him do am – Nepotism.
© Adewale Adeniji, March 2017.

Contemplative (Cyrptic 101)

I think, unthink then rethink

Methinks, You think, We think

Crypto or lucid, all stink!

You think, unthink then rethink
Can you, for sure rethink?

Will it, perchance be it?

When all, by pretense, think, But none really think shit.
Still all seek Olympic heights

Delphian native, oh enigmatic

Yet sore indeed – the sights 

Trying indeed all to outthink.

© June/July 2016. Adewale Adeniji.

Marrying Who? Part 1

Marrying Who?, 01

Its our wedding day, great expectations…

All roads lead to us, our own unique moment.

All hail the groom, decked out in his best!

All hail the bride, decked out ….

Wait a minute. Where is my Egwu Eji*, my Amaria*?

Who, perchance art thou, lady in white?

What? Idonbilivit!

Is that you, my love? What happened to your face?

Decked you are all right, but is that you behind the mask?

Yes, I know it is called ‘make up’ now, but…

Is that the nose I still tickled last week?

Mba*, mba, mba! Ko je je be* now!

Ok. Where is the mouth I used to, you know…

Why is so pout? Blotting out your winsome smile?

Ha ha. Am I dreaming like Alfa Sule*?

What color is your skin again? Chai*! Te mi ba mi*!

To be continued ….

Glossary:

*Egwu Eji – Igbo language for ‘outstanding beauty’

*Amaria – Hausa language for ‘new wife’

*Mba – Igbo language for ‘No’ 

*Ko je je be – Yoruba language for ‘It cannot be’

*Alfa Sule – A local comic.

*Chai – Wow.

*Te mi ba mi – I am in trouble.

Literary Cautions:

This is a literary work. No offense is meant to any specific gender, please.

Photo Credit: Boscoe Holder.

© 14th March 2017. Adewale Adeniji

Build Your Own ARK.

Ark

 

Random acts, kindness redefined.

Poco a poco, one humanoid apiece.

Lots of folk asunder, aghast for fear.

Gather, cradle, nurture.

Baby steps, balancing acts.

Kindness exemplified, randomly useful.

One, long gone, built an Ark. You too,

your very own A.R.K can build

in many lives, one at a time, by your

Acts of Random Kindness!

 

© 13th February 2017. Adewale Adeniji.