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When Gods Played Snakes And Ladder

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It was horrifying reading the votes which Ambode, a sitting incumbent governor, got and his opponent with 10 times his number of votes. I have asked repeatedly what exactly did Ambode do to deserve such disgrace. I’m not sure what to make of his brave attempt of showing up for the primaries when the gods had already spoken. Is this not a situation we all clamour for when we enter our closets to pray to our God? A clear message with no ambiguity? If INEC were involved in manning this direct primary, there would have been only one way to declare the contest-a resounding tsunami. People don’t fear God fa. Ambode got zero votes not in one or two wards but in three. By the time the ‘electorate was through with him, his total tally was just about one per cent of his opponent’s vote. I salute the courage of the 149 that voted in favour of Ambode. I wonder where the cleric is that was slapped by Madam Biodun and unceremoniously bundled out of his house by Oga Ambode?

A Season Of Occurrences

“Wind of Change” by the Scorpions, one of the best-selling singles of all times has a part of the song that goes very aptly for us-
The world is closing in
Did you ever think
That we could be so close, like brothers
The future’s in the air
I can feel it everywhere
Blowing with the wind of change
(Well maybe not quite the 3rd line)
This has by far being the most interesting political period we’ve had. Everywhere is alight and abuzz with politics. Nothing matters now. Here was I thinking that the most exciting thing that would happen under the current APC government in its own political theatre was the second-term candidature of PMB. I have been wrong so many times that it is difficult to keep up with the drama. You see how interesting even that is… As if the runaway rerun of Osun State’s governorship election was not enough, Ambode made history by being the first sitting governor to be defeated at the primary level. While the wind of change was blowing, it was not enough, as Okorocha was shown the door with his beloved son-in-law. On the other hand, Kwankwaso got his son-in-law the gubernatorial ticket for Kano State, and so begins the battle in my state between Kwankwaso and Ganduje. The wind of change slapped some though. Just when we had settled in to understanding the ‘How To’ of commonsense; Mr Commonsense got some, well; common sense and withdrew from the senatorial race. Apparently, he heeded the voice (rejection) of this people. It would be nice to know what didn’t catch his fancy after four years.

Do You Have A Will?

She was crying bitterly as she narrated how one of her staff had been hit by a runaway driver and was dead. I could empathise with her. Losing a staff that had somehow not been bitten by the Nigerian work attitude and behavior bug, is a heart-wrenching experience.
He had been hit by a hit and run driver and been left lying there when a half-baked good Samaritan found the number to the deceased’s work place manager to come and take him to the hospital. It was another hour before the manager arrived. By that time, Judgement had been done and dusted! No first aid, trauma aid, no emergency services. Which once more resonates our health care system. Once she had calmed herself, she asked if I knew how much an autopsy cost. It was a question. It got me thinking of the suddenness of life and how prepared we are for death. Most people don’t like talking about death and will nearly go into a fit of binding and casting of death which often is amusing since it is appointed unto man to die once and then after that the judgement. What are you doing to tidy up your affairs? Death should be treated like life-expected. This young man had no idea that would be his last day on earth. Lucky for him on one hand, his sorrows are over, on the other hand he hadn’t set out a family. May his soul rest.





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