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My Patriotism Story: A Joke in Action

am never giving up on Nigeria

am never giving up on Nigeria

Its yet another Independence anniversary for Nigeria and i have thought: what should i ramble about? Nothing pops up in my cheezy breezy weezy brain…..so i carried out a survey with two friends.

Sunday, my naughty friend suggested i write on “patriotism”. I declined because that would amount to betraying my conscience going by the connotative implication of the word “patriotism” hence, i cant say for sure ‘how patriotic i am’ judging by the fact that; i never recited the national anthem during NYSC orientation in camp; never remembered the nation in my sparingly morning devotion; have never worn anything green white and green(don’t even know what that connotes) and i have never made any known sacrifice for the nation aside forfeiting my meals in camp……so Mr. Sunday. What is patriotic about me when patriotism is not viewed from the perspective of the innateness school of thought?.

Mr. Suleiman suggested i, (his exact words) “write about the urgent need for a change of leadership, orientation of the masses about the brewing crisis and a host of other known issues”.

What my hommy meant by “host of other known issues is what am yet to decipher, since there was no known conference organized to itemize known issues after the Kutigi led romance that ended in 2014 and is already known.

Then as for his protest for a change of leadership, am wondering; could he be referring to a shift in political party? (I don’t think so, hey! No way, this dude is too sensitive not to know that the ruling party and the oppo-attacking are the same; could he be referring to the military taking over power? Nah! That guy enjoys his swags and freedom of expression and choice, especially with matters unconnected with the opposite sex, no way he will advocate for TYRANTS

Maybe he was referring to the youths. But how can that be? I remember him telling me during our undergraduate days….”oboy if i get dey opportunity na to enrich myself and my family oh…no time” ( his exact word). How can the same person advocate for his types to take over the helms of affair for change..nah.

Less I forget, he equally mentioned the orientation of the masses against the brewing crisis. Why the question of who the masses are in Nigeria is making the local pharmaceutical store in by neighborhood rich in the sales of paracetamol each time I search my head for the answer. I think the Anus-Horribilis of some slapsticks comedians from the south who are planning genocide and separation of Nigeria or the ongoing political genocide by the scariest element in the north should not be viewed as brewing crisis or the mindset of the masses (just thinking aloud).

With my glass of champagne raised acknowledging; Nelson Mandela, Fella Kuti, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Shehu Shagari, Michael Kombol,Ezekiel Asemah, Ngugi, Brutus, Achebe, Soyinka,Birago Diop, Gabriel Okara, Gever Celestine, Kayode Teslim, Ogujobi Jeremiah, Ifeoluwa, Timi Yesiebo, wordpress, Suleiman Isiaka, Dickson Ajogu, Opeyemi, my humble self and other black heroes who fought and are still fighting for the physical freedom of the black race……. i wish you guys a happy independence anniversary………thanks for flying with me.

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The Dollar Syndrome (2)

As you read, the dollar syndrome has affected even marital consummation, I eavesdropped into a discussion, a man was telling his friend (I guess) that his wife now denied him sex because dollar was high. The same fellow went ahead pouring out his randy rage on Mr. President but never questioned the sanity of his wife.

The only path to true human development and liberation for the majority of the people of Nigeria is through the transformation of struggle to replace and reshape negative thought with positive ones and work towards it, that is why development should be seen beyond government or economic affair but rather as an overall social process of the citizens which is dependent upon the outcome of their effort to deal with their natural environment and make positive contribution towards the development of their country rather than make democracy in this country a process by which we elect the man who takes the blame…..Freeman 2014

If there is anything Nigerians are good at, it is finding fault where there is non and apportioning blame and that is why men find it sane to blame or divorce their wife for not giving birth to a male child.
Our bad attitudes must be blamed on the president. Why not, after all he is the head of the nation but picture a scenario where the blame for every juvenile acts perpetuated by a child is apportioned to the father. I guess you will agree with me that we will have as much fatherless children as rogues, cultist, rapist, murderers and thieves. But someone must be blame and that person definitely is not the ape or monster that resides in everyone of us, that person is; the president, the governor, the local government chairman, the counsellors that we elected into power.

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The Dollar Syndrome

There is a three word expression that has gained ground and potency as a cover-all explanation for evil and ungodliness in our country Nigeria lately: “Dollar has increased” or put in a street man parlance,; “dollar don rise”.
These words have been so abused that today if you greet your fellow man on the street, he ignores you just to inform you later in writing that he ignored your prior greeting because dollar was high.
The market women selling Amala, Ogbono, Egusi, Locust beans and many more staple food produced and predominantly marketed in Nigeria now take refuge in the dollar syndrome and hike the price of her commodities.
Lecturers find this syndrome a welcome development and hike the price of their copy pasted materials. To consult your Doctor, you must pay double because dollar is high. Parents now deprive their offspring due pocket money while taking refuge in the dollar syndrome, muggers now attack at will and their victims must blame the dollar, you will now believe me when I say Nigerians are very competent with matters unrelated to taking selfish advantage of good intentions for evil ends and the bulk of it is perpetuated by Christians, and don’t be surprised if a church leader now ask his congregation to double their offerings and tithes because dollar is high.
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As you read, so many slapstick comedians have taken over the social media displaying their level of mental immaturity and the man on the receiving end is the president. An average Nigerian goes to the toilet, finds it difficult to pass faeces – the president is to be blame for being too authoritative on his faeces. He passes his faeces easily – the president is to be blame for being too soft. He fails a job interview; – the president is to be blame for being an illiterate. He passes the job interview – the president is too educated for his liking. You still wonder why I defined Democracy in the Nigeria context as “the process of electing the man to take the blame for our bad attitudes”.?
I am not an economist, and the justification for the president’s stand on not devaluing the county’s currency does not resides in my domain of interpretation or analysis but all am saying here is that, a little skepticism and insightful study will do Nigerians no harm, if only we could study the policy and have a clear cut objective argument/debate, then they would have been less of all this argumentum ad hominem.

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Freedom of the Body, Enslavement of the Soul

Alight my uncanny heart oh! Creator,
Reverberation of pains in my heart heaps.
Not for the open gate of obtainment;
Not for the apparent restiveness of my generation;
Not for my labouring mother;
Nor for my toiling father.

Alight my uncanny heart oh! Creator,
I weep with melancholy glued to my face
Not for my mal-nutritional meals;
Not for the darkness of the night;
Nor the presences but lack of water.
Not for the liberation of your children,
For twenty children do not play for twenty years.
But, alight my uncanny heart oh! Creator,
For this pain I shall but no longer bear.

Alight my uncanny heart oh! Creator,
For your light is now made visible darkness
And we must follow the path with no other light,
If we don’t, they say demons possess your body,
If we don’t, they say we question you,
If we don’t, they rebuke us;
They carry out all form of ritual to maim us.

Alight my uncanny heart oh! Creator,
For I am given to much ramblings
But what can I do with this vulnerable body of yours?
I fear that I may be converted.
Converted but not to the wisdom of thy doctrine.
But I fear I may be converted;
To the visible dark path they conjure.

Alight my uncanny heart oh! Creator,
For I too seek the root of all evil,
But in my quest I yearn for your undiluted wisdom,
To lead the untwisted path,
For thy time draw nigh,
When thy true illumination gives immortal life.

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Perception and Insight

See Negroid
Pride in strength
Lost to ego;
And corrupt to desire
Lusting after all mundane treasure
Bending their back to be ridden
Crying for freedom
But enslave to freedom
Their very conscience, they enslave
But freedom is from within
Alas! our minds shall be free
And behind we shall leave the demons
Then and only then, shall the Negroid be truly free

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MESMERIZING TELECOMMUNICATION IN NIGERIA (MTN): EVERY WHERE YOU GO!

They comes a time in every man’s life when he has to abandon the role/responsibility drawn out for him due to inadequacies or short coming in meeting the spelt out responsibility as persistent in what is no longer or has never been ordained by God is transgression in itself, this the management of Econet formerly, now Airtel, did I hear someone saying I missed out V-mobile, Celtel, Zain realized when they were busy handing over the communication network to more competent hand to run in other to ensure an enhanced quality service delivery, a purpose which a good patriot to the network will justifiably say is 80% achieved. The Irony is what we get with the largest African Telecommunication Network (indeed) in recent times.

Your account is too low for this call, please load a recharge card, the MTN number you are trying to call is not reachable at the moment, please try again later, your call can not be completed at the moment, please try again later. Then to crown it all “Thank You”.
These are the frequently, encoded massage which our giant telecommunication network have left for their customers to decode. Being a perpetual complainant of the first slogan and the only customer with the network who can boastfully say with no apology to hyperbole that I have spoken to all the MTN online customer care representative, if you doubt me ask any of them if they have spoken with Agada Freeman Daniel and those of recent time will tell you how I poured out my frustration on them, an action I regret after dropping the call as the only crime they have committed is working with a network that has in recent time choose to frustrate customers.
Different persons will tell tales of how they have suffered other forms of network failure and frustration from this giant of African in the telecommunication world and decode their massage in a way that best suits or explain the frustration of the circumstance they suffer from.

For the past two months to be precise my MTN line which I have been using for the past five years succeeded in embarrassing me publicly, earning me a query and destroying my phone all summed up in the three frequently encoded in message for their customers which I happen to be a victim of late.

I woke up on Monday and rushed out to receive a waybill service from a transport company. Knowing the disciplinarian I was serving under in my place of economically frustrated and left with no option career, I quickly recharged my most trusted and giant network of African to put a call through to him and complain to him that I will be a bit late for the day, I dialed the mobile number of my employer five times and it bounced back with the slogan “Not Reachable” upon getting the waybill service, I rushed in just to meet a staff briefing, I walked in with the confidence that I at least tried to call him to explain why I will be late but his number was not within reach, little did I know that MTN have a better package for me that day. An argument ensued between me and my Oga at the top and I was asked before my fellow economically frustrated friends teaching in the school while hoping for a better day and the contented working staff to redial the number I claimed to have been calling to no avail. Full of confidence that the call will bounce back with the earlier slogan “Not Reachable” I quickly dialed my Oga at the top’s mobile number and placed the phone on speaker and the next thing that played out before the whole staff is “Your account is too low for this call, please load a recharge card” to now add insult to injury “Thank You” all other explanation I tried to give and even show my account recharge of 200 naira fell on deaf ears and the next package I got courtesy of MTN was a query to be replied within 12 hours. Furious and almost exploding, I picked up my phone and dialed the customer care line which took Two hours of listening to unsolicited advert before I was able to speak with a representative who informed me that the challenge am facing is not peculiar to my line but a general problem which their engineers are currently working on for the past two months, the lady kindly told me to switch off my phone, remove the SIM Card and insert it back on after five minutes each time I encounter such challenge pending when their engineers will fully restore the service to normalcy, an action which I have familiarized myself with for exactly two months and two weeks now and which has finally damaged my mobile handset. All thanks to the giant telecommunication network in Africa for inculcating the African spirit of not bowing out when the ovation is most laud till when disgrace becomes inevitable.

Oga at the Top: A phrase recently coined by Nigerians in describing their superior or director in a place of work, emanating from an interview conducted by Channels TV with an Officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps.

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