OYESOMI - OLABISI ONABANJO UNIVERSITY, 10:12 pm On 9 Sep 2017
*AN ODYSSEY IN THE REPUBLIC OF HYPOCRITES*
*BY: ‘YINKA OYESOMI*
I have borrowed the title of this piece from our very own Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka in “Interventions: An Odyssey in the Republic of Liars”. It would be fantastically suicidal to keep mute at this critical period when the nation has completely fallen apart, as it is unpatriotic as citizen to fold hands gazing helplessly at the burning house which our past heroes assiduously and fearlessly built at a time when declaration of self rule was a crime. Had our English-Masters know, they wouldn’t have granted such premature independent as our Political-Pilots have graduated to become Political-Jobbers!
It is high time we stopped the self-appraisal and deceitful mantra that Nigeria is the giant of Africa without working towards achieving such status. A giant that gropes with economic instability biting her? Tell me, does a giant-nation yell at epileptic power-supply pinching her? Perhaps, an ideal nation can be colonized by unemployment, kidnapping and wailings of secession inter alia.
Our Leaders hypocritical approach to the nation’s polity has worsened things. Our legislators make laws that favours themselves alone. The Executive only implement policies purely for their selfish interest. While our incorruptible members of the Judiciary give light-judgments on suits that concern the rich while the fullest weight of the law, through its punitive mechanism, is crushingly brought to bear on the poor, the lowly and the weak.
Not surprising, of recent, a United Nations-agency just adjudged the Nigerian Police and Judges as the highest recipient of bribe. Shamefully, international-onlookers laugh uncontrollably at our corrupt-nakedness as a nation. Nigeria is now a pool of corruption where everybody is free to swim. Are our leaders corrupt? No, they aren’t.
My brother, Festus Ogun, in one of his expostulations asserted that the Nigeria Constitution wasn’t designed to favour either the middle or lower class. The erudite writer’s assertion is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth! If you like, hire sagacious advocates like Femi Falana (SAN) or revive the Late Gani Fawehinmi (SAN) to argue with an aggrieved typical Nigerian who hardly eats three square meals daily that the Nigerian Constitution is in the masses interest, you’ll honorably fail before the most – learned Judge, who is the Almighty God. Not a typical Nigerian Judge! If you still believe in the Judicial joke that the Judiciary is the last hope of the common man, kindly follow the on-going suit between Sen. Bukola Saraki V. Sahara Reporters. Or you should see the EFCC’s archive on those to be tried for corruption. That is just the bitter truth! Love me or hate me. If you can’t live for something you’ll die for nothing! I am not saying there are not good Judges but only few are conscionable. What baffles me are the number of creates of the bad eggs of the Judiciary!
The Nigerian Legislative Crooks should not be too joyous of my vituperative attack on the judiciary. You are birds of the same feathers that flocks together. The name the President of Nigeria, as he then was, Saint Chief Olusegun Obasanjo called you is truly yours. You need to earnestly change your name. You are nothing but a corrupt-element! I don’t blame you, but the innocent and ignorant people in your respective constituencies and districts who voted you to only chant “yay” or “nay” at the Assembly floor. You are all Political Jobbers! You should also change your surnames to Political Thugs. If you think I’m being callous at these offensive name-callings, then you need to see the recent theatric display of the members of Edo State House of Assembly like Jet Li and Jackie Chan.
If Nigerian Legislators are not hypocrites, should there be any chapter of the constitution that is non-justiciable? This is so, mainly because they want to continue to be richer while the masses continue to be poorer. What obtains in my dear country negates every letters of Chapter Two of the 1999 C.F.R.N as amended. Should sane Law-makers reject devolution of power which will in-turn result into true federalism? May the blood of Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo who despite several persecutions fought relentlessly and tirelessly for Nigerian Federalism continue to hunt them!
Hypocrisy does not end in governance but also in educational system. Higher Institutions to be précised. University Authorities who were ones Students’ Unionists will suppress the activities of the Union. The radical students who thereafter challenges the Authorities’ dranonian-policies will be silenced either by suspension or almighty expulsion.See the popular case of *Garba V.University of Maiduguri (1986)1 NWLR pt.18,pg.550* Then, I wonder what we are being trained for. Then they hypocritically hail us as leaders of tomorrow. Are they kidding us? What type of leaders are they training us to be?
Our parents will be on Social Media to motivate and hail embattled fearless Crusaders like Kayode Bello and Femi Adeyeye. But they would come back home to tell us they only sent us to school to study and not to partake in any activities of the union. I cry for the future of Nigeria. Behold, we are the architects of our misfortune!
The Minister of Health, Dr. Issac Adewole just confirmed my greatest fear as he threatens to sack Resident Doctors who are currently exercising their constitutional and labor right of strike-action. Permit me to take you back to the memory lane. If you haven’t forgotten, in 1984, the incumbent Minister of Health was the then President of Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors. Today, 33 years after, the same Adewole, now a professor and the country’s health minister is threatening to sack members of his erstwhile constituency and replace them with corps members for embarking on the same legitimate action that made him flee on exile when the military junta of General Muhammadu Buhari was hostile to him.
The man that was hostile to him then has now appointed him as the don of the ministry of health. We can never be alright! Adewole has done two full years as our minister. How has the ministry fared in terms of accomplishing its vision and mission for the country’s health care system? The jury is out now.
Lest I forget the recent hate-speech bill. Indeed, our leaders have gone mad again! I won’t say much but flash our minds on the words of Pastor Reno Omokri, when he said *“ A President who assess his health care in UK, who schools his children in the UK, whose wife shops in the UK, is searching for anti-Nigerian comment on Social Media? does he not know that he himself is the epitome of anti-Nigerians”* Truly, the executive headed by the President lacks the locus standi (apologies to the legal- users) to author such bill. What exactly is hate-speech? Do they mean constructive criticisms? I’m so disappointed that the highly revered Senior Advocate of Nigeria who is a co-author of the bill does not see the limitations to freedom of expression in the 1999 constitution as amended as sufficient. I wonder how such proposed law will be panel-beated and tailored not to contravene any letters of Section 39 (1) of 1999 CFRN as amended. Behold, I hail thee!
Peter, not Peter the apostle, but Peter the hero of Hugh Walpole’s novel entitled “Fortitude” said, “ It isn’t life that matters but the courage you bring to it”. After life had done terrible things to Peter, he heard a voice among other things “Blessed are all sorrow, hardship, and endurance that demand courage. Blessed be these things cometh the making of a man. In the words of Peter, therefore I forsee (not that I have heard a voice) a Nigeria devoid of social, economic and political hullabaloo provided we desist from our perpetual hypocritical intents and actions.
Never will I stop in my role of building a better Nigeria. God bless United Nigeria!!
*‘Yinka Oyesomi is a law student of Olabisi Onabanjo University whose keen interest lies passionately in Civil Rights Crusading and Nation building. He can be reached via email@example.com or +2348143490113.*