From January 20, 2021, Mr Donald
Trump is going to assume another title,
or call it nomenclature if you like. He
is going to be addressed as former American President.
It is going to be one unfortunate experience that Trump would live to hate for a
long time to come because it comes sooner
than he thought possible. Indeed, even
though some persons had predicted that
Trump would be a one term President of
America, Trump did not believe them.
For all he knew, such predictions came
from the 'shit' mouth of his detractors, possibly from the mouth of black men whom
he can always declare 'know not their left
from their right'. But nothing fails like failure. Trump just worked his way to failure
by pride. Leaders lead men with words -
calm and persuasive words that give them
hope - not grandstanding on all issues.
Trump assumed American Presidency as
a personal estate and may have been
tempted to think that he would be America's
last President before the world comes to
an end. He talked tough and was ready and
prepared to shift all boundaries. Some of
his decisions and policies were good or polite, but some were brutal and touchy. He
dared American legislature to impeach him
and watch global economy crash.
He said or rather believed that blacks
even in America do not know how to govern themselves. Africans in particular are
all people from shit hole nations who know
next to nothing in leadership and economy.
He said Africans conduct elections that
are flawed with irregularities and after that
go into endless litigations. I had thought that
such attitudes to elections were only Africans'. But Trump equally stoops - jumping
from one court to another in his blind quest
to turn around the tide against him.
He believes the last American Presidential election was marred by irregularities and
that is the 'shit man' in Trump. Mr Joe
Biden couldn't have possibly won the almighty and rich Donald Trump. But that is
how the mighties fall. Trump would soon
learn how to come to terms with the stark
reality of life; that no man is an island and
none for that matter is all-knowing. Trump
is also a 'shit man' even in white skin.
Trump came, tried to make an America
of his own dream but other Americans did
not dream the same dream, especially in
areas that hurt their pride. But two things
he hates: gay and religious extremism, will
still stand for him. After all, he did not learn
hard enough to remember that political
power is tenuous, and as transient as the
life of its holder. That is the delusion of
power. And it's not as though Trump's successor, Joe Biden, is destined to do any better as President of America. It is not about
their parties. It is in their blood and the quest
for development. Humans are daily working and frantically so, to play God, wanting
to reverse God's ways. But it is showing,
whichever way you look, that the world, the
developed world, has come to its wits end
in many ways. Gay practice and satanism
buoyed by socio-religious extremism conspire to put the entire world on a fast lane
to more confusion. We will watch as President Joe Biden, the new American President, unfolds.
I was saying that the entire world is in
deep confusion and crises, Nigeria inclusive. This is not a matter of religious assessment. Even the most foolish pagan will
understand that the world has lost its patience and so humans are in a hurry about
and with everything. The monies required
to keep the world running in its crazy ways
are in quantum. The lucky (or smarter?)
ones break through by fair or foul means.
That is the unfortunate way life goes. Individuals and nations live and survive through
exploitation of one another. The so-called developed nations
are not exempted,
the magnitude of
crime and frequency of occurrence vis-Ã -vis the
level of exposure is
what makes the
long ago, George
Floyd was maliciously killed by
the police, not in
any African country but in God's
own America. And
the world roared in
protest for one life
that was a mix, of
and bad. But the
world stood up for
him because his
murder by agents
of the authority did
not follow any judicial process.
two wrongs cannot
make one right.
They protested but
there was no looting and unwarranted destruction
like it happened in
the Nigeria during
where a supposedly peaceful protest soon turned violent and criminality took
over. George Floyd, protest which sparked
across many nations was purposeful.
It carried with it the central theme of the
protest: that human life is sacred and that
God created all of us the same, hence human life must be respected.
But EndSARS protest lacked all the attributes of a purposeful protest: the protesters faltered and the system followed suit,
to the extent that both sides allegedly tasted
blood. The police authority today claims that
the protesting youths fired and killed armed
police men and other security agents. Well,
that sounds like the story of a mad man killing a soldier. The Lekki killings where
soldiers allegedly opened fire on armless protesting youths, killing them in their numbers
is yet to be resolved. In Nigeria, we may
never know who is lying and who is telling
the truth. What is true is that some persons
died and others are today languishing in police cells and even the recently named correction centres.
Truth is that life never held the same luck
for all of us. As it is, most of the EndSARS
detainees today suffer for different reasons.
Some may have participated in the protest
simply because their pears joined the team,
others followed because they had other
things in mind - criminality - while others
may have joined because they were not too
young to protest. But whatever may have
been their motivating factor, there was a
purpose. Like Mark Twain wrote, Adam
did not just eat the apple for the apple's sake,
there was something to be derived therefrom.
Ironically, whether it was the authority that
defaulted or the protesting youths, the authority is at the head of the prosecution.
That again is another lesson, that no one
should ever consider himself above the law.
I have witnessed cries and anguish as the
reverse side of EndSARS sword. Parents
and guardians are today in pains and gnashing of teeth on how to meet the financial
demands posed on them by security agents
on how to free detainees of EndSARS protest.
They will probably come to know and,
too late, that freedom is sweet. They will
also come out to tell their stories when they
do, that prison or correction centre as it is
now called, does not correct, rather they
pose new ideas and teachings for the inmates.
Come to think of it, how can mere change
of name do the magic of correcting criminal instincts in inmates without corresponding changes in environment and instructions?
Every day as I flip through pages of newspapers, watch television and listen to radio,
the news that are overwhelming are absurd and criminal stories. Sadly, in the Nigerian correction centres, all these people
are dumped in the same cells, contrary to
the United Nations classification. Two fighters, groundnuts or chicken thieves are
dumped together with hardened armed robbers. Who corrects who? This, of course,
is a story for another day.
What we are daily witnessing are pleasant interludes to our numerous traumatic
happenings. At least I know that EndSARS
protest for instance has helped to switch
off our minds from vicious coronavirus. We
have forgotten about the ravaging Boko
Haram incursions in the North-East. So also
do we tend to forget about the rampaging
banditry in the North and other parts of the
country. With these and many more, we
have even forgotten that our federal universities have been on recess for too long
now following the inability of the system to
strike compromise with the teachers. Sad!
If eventually the schools resume, a lot of
the students may never return as a result of
the lull. They will be deprived of that arrangement due to no fault of theirs. May
God help us.