Lord, are they saviors or salvagers?

Dear Father:
Hmmm, I hope what I am hearing is not true. No, I doubt it because the Footballer, in as much as I am not closed to him, I know he will not allow himself to be pulled around by people, especially with this kind of scaring news.

That is why I am saying I hope what I am hearing is not true.
Son, what is it that you are hearing?

Father, I am hearing that the Footballer is asking a certain entity to employ some 100 people from his camp. And not just employing those hundred people but paying them Uncle Sam’s Money $3500 each per month, meaning 350,000 per month and in the first place not more than three people earn this amount at that entity as we speak.

But I thought this was a pro-poor government, people who had vowed to manage your village money and deliver the much needed services to the poor people.

Ah Father that is why I am finding it very difficult to believe this kind of cheap gossip. Yes, Father, I called it cheap gossip because I know within the Footballer’s heart of hearts no entity with already over hundreds of staffs scattered all over the place can afford to recruit 100 new staffs and not only that but pay them a monthly income totaling Uncle Sam’s money $350, 000 every month plus the entity’s existing payroll.

My 8-years old daughter would say with a shout “Daddy that’s not possible!” Yes, Father and I would also join her on this other gossip in saying “that’s not possible!”

My son, what is this noise I am also hearing about voting business in your village there?
Oh, Father, it is the Voting House people and my friend from the Money House. The people from the Voting House sent their budget for the voting to replace the Footballer and the disgraced jailed Ray Hay man wife in the Upper House of the Traditional Council. But my friend from the Money House says the money the people calling for is too much.

Father the man na stop there oo, he says in fact voting na important.
Aaah, yes oo Father. The thing sef my friend na talk full my mouth. My friend says in fact voting is not important, this tend to suggest that they should just select two people and put them there as replacement. Can you imagine that Father?

And what makes it more scaring is that if this man start talking like this it is possible 12 years from now, they will try to convince the Footballer to change our village oracle to enable him run for third term or even life time king, like it is now being done in Pekin man village.

You know, my son, what I am seeing here is a total display of arrogance.
It’s true Father. You see, when people who have not tasted power before get into power, it’s like a child, when you bring the child a gift and asked the child to give to you to either open it or something, the child says no. He or she tries to be over protective with the very thing you just deliver in his or her hands. The child tends to forget that you gave the toy or whatsoever to him in the first place.

So, I think my friend has forgotten so early that it was the same voting thing that put him in office in the first place. To come at this time now and says it’s not necessary or not important is a complete dishonesty and a show of arrogance that needs to be condemned by everyone in our Forested village.
He has good intention, but his approach is out of order Father.

Lord, Yor leave them: the children say they want jobs, not school

Dear Father:
You know, our old people say, if you tell the child that poopoo is on the palm kernel and he refuses to listen and still go ahead to crack it, when the poopoo splash on his face, then he will know that all your cries were in his best interest.

Hmm, my son, you na start again with this your old people say. So, tell me what all this old people say parable is about. Um, Father, nothing much oo, da some of our brothers who now have the opportunity and they are refusing to make use of it and are trading their future for the present.

You are joking!
Yes oo Father. You know, since the Footballer took over the reign of our village, many of the children who were behind him, most of them either yet to enter our village’s Hill of Learning or have dropped out and need to reenter.

The Footballer after taking over the Village told them to take advantage of the time to go back to school, they have all refused insisting that they want job. They want to be riding big, big cars.

My son, don’t they know that it is better to prepare for an opportunity and wait for it than to have one and not be prepared?
Father, I wish they could read this letter of yours and understand the deep meaning into this. You know it is one thing to be ill prepared for a job that you know within yourself, you are not emotionally, academically and physically prepare for as compare to the one you know you are ready to do.

Right now Father, I would say this is purely the trading of one’s future. My former Pastor in Charlie Land, Dr. Obtabil will always tell you buy your future and sell it not.
In simple term, your education is your future, and this is what most of our brothers are knowingly selling cheap right now for a job that they could be fired from in the next 6 months for a quality education that could provide them good jobs in the future, no matter what kina political party is in power.

You see Father, I don’t blame them, because our problem in this village is that we like short cut to everything, forgetting to know that this short cut kills dearly.
Our old people say everything you want to become ask, because there are people who were before you that went thru similar experiences.

We all move around here from one Atiyee (herbal tea) shop to another castigating some of our old people who think that the village job was made for them. But what we have always forgotten to ask them is why can’t they find other jobs besides village job?

But the answer is simple Father; most of these people have had no other credentials order than the high school certificate. Some had only obtained high school certificates and were recruited as cadets, and one regime after the other had one way or the other kept them there till, when the time to show their credentials came, they were unable to produce them. And so, they will fight tooth and nails to get onto any government that is in power.

Some on the other hand since they graduated with first degree from our Hill of Learning, the only job they have known is village job, despite all the opportunities to improve by acquiring advanced degrees they too have stocked.

So, they are the most self-proclaimed walking historians around here who are yet to impact knowledge. The only way they know how to impact knowledge is to go on the local town criers and sometimes talk trash-I mean real trash too. And I am not surprise that some gullible in our society still celebrate them-nonsense!
These people are still around and could be an example for our brothers to follow. The question they should be asking themselves is “is that how I want my life to be after I have left this village job?”

Now, if any of them would be satisfied with such an answer, then I am afraid that we have bigger troubles ahead, because these half-baked leaders would be the ones to cause problems for us and our children in the future.

Yes Father, because when their certificates have no value for the future jobs after their political linages have expired and no way to get back in village government then we are in trouble.

Father, check around our village today, look at the CVs of our people, and then you will soon realize that majority of the trouble makers in our village are half-baked educated people who cannot survive without a village job. This is why I could not understand as a teenager then as to why a certain Doctor (academy) could follow all these dropouts to form a rebel group that left our village destroyed beyond measures-A certain Phd holder indeed. To be continued.

Lord, only if they knew the power they have!

(Revisited in Observance of International Women’s Day)
Dear Father:

You know the other day; I was in conversation with some unusual visitors in my little office when the topic of Adam’s whereabouts as at the time Eve had the conversation with the Serpent in the biblical Garden of Eden came up in passing.

The truth is Father; the Holy Book tells us that Adam had gone out in certain part of the Garden that afternoon, when Eve had the conversation. So, it means that husband Adam only believe what wife Eve told him.

Anyway, our conversation was actually about the powers of the daughters’ of Eve. And as usual I was satirical about the whole conversation from the start when I said “only Eve knew what the Serpent told her and husband Adam just had to believe what he heard from her.”

All agreed in unison that indeed it was true Eve was the one who spoke to the Serpent, and all she had to do was tell husband Adam.
But then again, I pondered out loudly as to whether Eve actually told husband Adam the full details of her conversation with the Serpent or just the edited version-meaning the one she thinks would have sounded nice in the ears of husband Adam in convincing him to partake in the apple brunch.

My unusual guests all daughters of Eve burst out with laughter and in agreement too. “Yes ooh!” they all exclaimed with laughter.Then Father, it brings to mind what else the Serpent would have told Eve that up to present has been embellished in the DNAs of all of her daughters regardless of race, culture and creed.

Because Father, come to think of it, if a daughter of Eve chooses to concealed a thing, nobody is going to hear a jinx thing about it. She could even be having an affair right under the noise of a son of Adam, and trust me that son of Adam will never notice. But that is not just that it even goes beyond that and drives into several other areas that they have the ability to showcase the prowess they have embellished in their DNAs from their mother Eve-and for me Father that is the power of a woman.

These daughters of Eve are so powerful like their mother and since then all we have to do as sons of Adams is to believe them.For instance, a woman comes out and says I am carrying your child-you as a son of Adam believe that indeed, the unborn kid is yours, even if you are not the owner. You believe the mere fact that she told you that you are the owner, until modern science DNA can prove otherwise.

But beyond these, Father, these human species are so powerful, and the day they all realize their powers there will be a reverse role between them and the sons of Adam.
For instance, one of the most powerful ways they can control the sons of Adam is through sexual emotions.The daughters of Eve can easily get their acts together when it comes to putting their sexual emotions under control, while taking advantage of the sexual emotions of the sons of Adam, exploit them and get away with what they want in no time.

Oh yes, trust me Father, they are gifted with enticement. They can hypnotize a son of Adam to the point that he can even sign documents and make decisions that no one of his kind can force him to. They have traded giants, and brought down Kings and Kingdoms through their powerful enticing acts.
And you know Father; I have found it very difficult to understand why society classifies the daughters of Eve as the weaker ones. The truth is they are the stronger ones.

For example, a son of Adam and a daughter of Eve both husband and wife will leave home in the morning and go to work at the same time and if possible return home together. Why the son of Adam is relaxing either watching the evening news or a football match, that daughter of Eve is in the kitchen cooking and preparing the family for the next day. But yet society calls them weak.

These are people who can even transition to the next world with your secrets kept in safety. Trust me, Father; had it been Adam, Eve would have easily succeeded in knowing the entire content of his conversation with the Serpent.

But today, the Serpent is moving around freely all because Eve was able to prove that she was reliable in keeping the Serpent’s secrets safe by just narrating the edited version of their conversation to Adam and in no time he (Adam) was in. - Editor’s note: this Letter to God is being republished in observance of international Women’s Day. Kudos to women around the world, you have the power to change our universe.

Lord, another mediocre and hypocritical group in the making?

Dear Father:
You know, the people in our village never cease to be amazing. It is so interesting how some of them take the less important issues to the fore above the main issues of concerned.

I was listening to most of their comments the other day when our man the Footballer went to visit one of Uncle Sam’s cousins, I mean that is his familiar ground and obviously the man has some command over the way he presents himself to the public. But Father, for most of our people that was the most important thing ever that the Footballer could stand with world leaders.

Did they really think he couldn’t stand shoulder to shoulder with world leaders? But that beside the point, what is the main crux of our Footballer’s visit.
Now, Father to show how most people who claim to be loyalists to our leaders are so myopic and mediocre, the Footballer on the first two legs of his visit has been talking development and preaching how our village is broke and needs help-sound issues.

But to my greatest surprise, those who should now take the man message and try to water it down to the lay man in our village as it relates to those things that are at the heart of the survival of our people only pick the part that have to do with football.

For Christ sake, what my grandmother in my village has to do with Football or soccer? She doesn’t care about your football. All she cares about is to have a farm to market road where she can be able to sell her garden eggs and plantain, others care about factories that they can sell the fruits to for fruit juices.

If you stop just at the football news and leave the most important things out to the people and just start running with “yes, our president is doing well”, just because he had a press stakeout with another world leader, you are no different from the Pastor with one sermon every Sunday: “Run with your life, run with your life.”

Yes, we all know our man is doing well. At least majority of the people in our village knew he could do well that is why they put him there in the first place. Those who are trying to get at the level of acknowledgement are people like you now taking to social media to make it an issue. So let’s leave them there for now.

But you, who believe in him from day one, should now pass this stage. You are only being mediocre and hypocritical. Our leaders are good performers on the world stage and anyone from our village is a good performer at any level. Only fools, like those taking to social media and saying “our President is doing well” are those who think that people here have no brains or head on their shoulders.

And this is what we do and we leave out the most important issues. The Footballer is taking about investment in food production, aviation, technology and all of that and all you can write on social media is how they are going to improve football-nonsense!
My son why are you being so hash on these people?

No, Father, if we don’t start correcting these hypocrites right now, they are going to forget the issues that matter to our village and treat this Footballer like they did the Old Lady. They are only concern about the less important issues and will leave the most important issues out as if he has done nothing.

We are not here to think whether the Footballer speaks better grammar or not. It’s not the grammar that we are after. Football is not our issue right now. The main concern of our people is getting jobs, and being able to move from one village to another and put food on their families’ table and that is the issue you should be highlighting not football.

It is the same thing that happened during the Old Lady’s administration when Uncle Sam’s President came here and pledged 5 million books, while he built an intersection bridge and supper highway in Charlie land and we are yet to learn from that.

If it is football stars you want, trust me, they are going to develop your football but you won’t be able to travel from one county to the other or you won’t even have people with the strength to play.

And you people stop making it look like the Footballer doesn’t know his left from right. “Oh our president is doing well,” with all due respect, he is not dumb! He is even smarter than some of you who think you are smarter than him. His composure is thousand times better off than many of you in the world of intelligential. Our thing is to ensure that he delivers on the most important things and those are the things we should take to social media, not how he stands with other world leaders and post for the camera. Stop being mediocre and hypocritical, you will make people miss out on the most important issues.

Lord, here I come

Dear Father:
Okay, I am back having been away for sometimes trying to lobby for my owner appointment. I have tried but the Footballer says no way yet. He says there are plenty noise in the camp so I should lay low yet. When he comes back, then he will slip my owner name to me under the table so I can be doing small thing quietly-no noise.

What does he mean by saying you must lay low yet and what are the noises you are talking about?
Huh, Father, your own, you let noise. People secret they come tell you here now; you want me to talk about the people palaver. If they hear this you think I will still get my lay thing my man promised me?

But who told you they will read this thing sef. The people fighting for their job business, you think they get time to be reading our private conversation.

Okay oo, but Father right na da na small noise in the camp oo. The people from the Ray Hay man’s camp are crying for job. The other man who they put rogue, rogue behind the other time, we haven’t heard any name from his camp yet. So as we speak, it’s like the Footballer has put on his master dribbling boot and the way he is dribbling of late, hmmm.

Tell me something my son!
Father, da na small fire over there oo. Don’t see the top of the grass looking green then you think everything is rosy oo.
In the first place, the Footballer has put in place one criteria you must not be more than 50, because he doesn’t want anybody to come and call him small brother. So all the people on his list now are just 50 and below. There have been some rare cases though. But for that one you must have demonstrated some longtime commitment to him first, then the camp. But if you came just yesterday and you want to get job, you better think again if you are not below 50.

The Footballer says no free ride oo-and da the one bringing the frustration in the camp. So most of the people right now are crying in the corner oo, they scare to scream before people hear it and ask them what happen.

Okay, so they say the Old Lady left the coffers very empty ehn?
Father da lie oo. Let them go ask the big people at the village saving who were giving themselves 300,000 Uncle Sam’s money as car loan. They sat there and besides awarding themselves those loans they gave themselves some fat bonuses.

The Old Lady said she left over 150 million of Uncle Sam’s money, so they should produce that money.
This is where we now want to see the Footballer’s first punch against corruption. I mean how can few people just sit down somewhere and give themselves loan from our village money, while the entire village is crying no money.

But the Old Lady na put their butt outside so we waiting for the Footballer to flex his muscle and bring those perpetrators to book.

I mean how can they sit there and take a loan of 300,000 each person when our village is broke and they need to pay us our money so we can pay our staff. Or they think only they alone know how to conjugate the verb- we eat, we eat and eat.

Lord, let him beware of his predecessor’s errors

Dear Father:
Hmmm, the good old Book says there is nothing new under this sun that no man has ever experience before. It says there is nothing new. If you want to be a driver, somebody has been a driver before or is a driver.

Ask the old drivers around, you will learn two things: either how they failed or how they became successful in plying their trade. There you will learn from their errors. But haven listened to their stories and yet, you choose to walk down the same path of error, your end will be worse than them.

Um, my son what kind of sermon you na start so today again?
Father, it’s not a sermon, it’s a warning to the Footballer. I hope all these are lies and it is not truth. We are hearing some names that he is bringing to work in our village. Most of those people Father are his friends. And the last time I checked for the past 12 years, people in his camp and outside his camp have been insulting the Old Lady for putting so, so friends in our village leadership and at the end it was difficult at some point to discipline them.

Now, with everybody thinking that he would have done well, the Footballer, we understand is bringing hustlers from Uncle Sam’s village some of whom cannot currently pay their car notes there or have no experience or whatsoever for the kind of positions he has lined up for then.

Is he bringing people to start learning on the job? Is that why they were screaming all around here for to incorporate novices and incompetent people?

I wonder he has ever read the pages of the town criers in our village for the past 12 years. Anyway the white man says if you want to hide something from the black man put it in a book or generally in writing because they will never read it.

So maybe all those years he did not read what the town criers wrote and I doubt he will even read this letter Father.

It is Like Caesar, who failed to listen to the soothsayer’s warning: “beware of the ides of March”. It was the 15 day of March one of the Romans holidays then. A day that his enemies had plotted to kill him including his best friend Brutus.

This is why I love to read the 48 laws of power. Robert Greene says in Law Two: Never put too Much Trust in Friends. He says you should learn how to use Enemies.

“Be wary of friends-they will betray you more quickly, for they are easily aroused to envy. They also become spoiled and tyrannical. But hire a former enemy and he will be more loyal than a friend, because he has more to prove. In fact, you have more to fear from friends than from enemies. If you have no enemies, find a way to make them.”-Robert Greene.

Yes, trust me Father, it is very comfortable to surround yourself with friends, but those friends gat nothing to prove to deserve your trust. For them they already have you. You all speak the same language, hangout at the same places, but for your enemies, they gat a lot to prove-because they are aware that you can cut them off at any time.

So, Mr. Footballer, beware that whatever errors you are running into, you still have the opportunity to correct them. Seek the relevant advice and do what it right. This is our village don’t turn it to a friendship club like your predecessors or you may end up worse off than them.

There are too many toxic people you are surrounding yourself with and bringing in to our village leadership, you have the opportunity, don’t blow it.

But my son, will he ever read this?
Father, I forgot, he is black man. They never love to read but love to be told stories; I hope someone will tell him the story.

Lord, let him be aware of the new relationships

Dear Father:
You know, a friend once told me sometimes back that she always love to be in a new relationship because for the first few weeks or so of a relationship she gets all the love and affections-I mean the frequent calls to check on her, with all kinds of platitudes, lunch dates, gifts etc.

But as times goes by and as the relationship aged from weeks to months, then true characters begin to reveal themselves as disappointments set in and this is what she just can’t stand. And therefore, for her new relationships keep her happy.

What are you trying to get at my son?
Father, you see our people say success has many families and failure is an orphan. From the day our village Voting House announced the Footballer as the winner of our recent voting, too many people have started a courtship with him.

Suddenly, there are so many experts on the horizon, with all the magic solutions-some in good fate and others as a way of hustling for the almighty “JOB”.

How do you know my son?
Father, trust me at least I was here for the making of the Old Lady and I know how some people who dismally performed or later became her harden enemies got their jobs. And so they had all these magic solutions to our village problems in black and white. But most lack the moral rectitude to put such blue prints into practicality.

The next slogans we heard were “we left our good, good jobs” in Uncle Sam’s Village to come and make sacrifices-where? Just the same old Liberian attitudes, plenty of big mouths with nothing in handy.

When the Old Lady finally got fed up with them and fired them, one had thought that they would have run back to their big, big jobs after their flops. But where are they today many have been named in various scandals and corruption while others left disgracefully.

Yes, Father, but they were those with the magic solutions on papers. Don’t’ get me wrong Father; I am not saying it is wrong to provide one’s expert opinion or a way forward on the state of our village. As a matter of fact we need all hands on deck but not the evil hands.

Trust me Father, for the coming there, they will come. The languages of many have changed and so they will come to the Footballer’s rising. Yes, indeed, they will come, both crooks and good fellows all will jump on the boat.

But like the soothsayer told Caesar, beware of the ides of March, so I say to the Footballer beware. It is important that our new crown hero, the Footballer beware of those coming in with all manner of platitudes.

A friend once told me enjoy the moment while it last, but what happens when the birds stop singing and trees stop clapping and you are left alone, what do you do?

Another friend told me the other day that there are many who are parking to relocate from Uncle Sam’s Village because they feel their time has come. And so they have started announcing themselves by first sending all kinds of salutations and favorite words that could not have been said earlier.

I mean Father; this guy was condemned by most of these people. In fact many have labeled him as IMeR- Ineligible Mentally Retarded. Yes, Father, but today the choruses have changed. Some will be very sycophantic-beware!

Lord, was the Footballer speaking in parable?

Dear Father:
Hmmm, you know, the other day after the Footballer was announced the winner of our village voting, there was a big party at the camp as part of their 21 Day celebration- I don’t know if that Charismatic Camp, because one thing I know is that it is the Charismatic Churches that like 21 days business.

Anyway, maybe they were just copying the slogan 21 days. But this is what happened though, during the celebration, I was told, the Footballer while in his office upstairs, slide the glass and looking down and seeing his followers bogging it down, he said to their hearing only if they could marry each other it will make the camp stronger.

Father, on a serious note, many of them took the statement lightly and laughed it off for the night. But it meant a lot though.
Imagine if all the people working on our village farm had all their families here-I mean their wives and kids here. They all go to our places of learning here and go to our human garages here. You could imagine how improve our village would have been with the best learning places and human garages.

So, yes, the Footballer indeed was right, such a union can make our village powerful, and some people like my short friend used to say-“I am going home to see the family.” And I always used to ask him then how does he call this village.

The good old Book says where your heart is there where your treasure shall be also. Father, I know initially the Old Lady tried hard to convince some of her kitchen staff to relocate their families back home to have them settled. At one point, I was told, she even pleaded with some of them to even relocate their families to as close as Charlie land to avid the too many bills they would have to pay in Uncle Sam’s Village.

You see, if the people who continue to scream over their voices saying they love this village cannot trust our learning systems and human garages but would rather take their families to neighboring villages for such purposes, how would they improve these already existing facilities.
Yes, Father so when I say the Footballer was speaking beyond the crowd that had gathered at his camp, this is what I think he was referring to. This is why I say he spoke in parable.

But you see Father; there is the difference in just saying a thing and actually doing it. It is one thing to say a thing and another to do it.
So, as it stands, we don’t know the criteria for his recruitment. I remember when the Old Lady came to power on the book slogan, she said only people with degrees were going to work on her farm. She went further to say that those with bad human rights records were also never allow to work in her kitchen. But before we knew it, certificate holders were appointed as big men and women to oversee some of our village hamlets. So there was a 360 degree turned around from her initial criteria that had town criers appraising her here and there.

As it stands Father, we are hearing all kinds of news about people trying to fight for village job. We know it has not been easy for some who were working with the Ray Hay man, but for the others who had just been around supporting the Footballer; it is not an easy decision to take.
And so Father, there is a need for some entry criteria and whether the zealous supporters will understand it’s another concern altogether.

But again, I am glad that the Footballer is thinking that if only those who want to work on our village farm could just think of relocating back home with their families and trust the systems we have been used to and improve it to suit their standard then our village will be developed and we will be a strong people together and we will just not dream it but live it.

Lord, so the “No Book” people na get the thing?

Dear Father:

So this thing here, it looks like the “No Book” people na carry it oo. I am looking on Facebook and all the tones are reducing, I mean the “Book” people are calming down. They have begun singing a new song: “yes yor na win, but we will work.” Ah wa, that geez ooh.

So, they want to tell me that monkey dey work baboon dey chop thing they been doing around here. Wait a minute, so if they knew all of these, why did they waste our time like this? Why didn’t they just say it’s all about the job from the beginning?

My son, you know, people always have a way of consoling themselves in defeat. So the people gat to take solace in something too na.

No, Father, they could also be right too oo. The book people gat their saying that you prepared to wait for an opportunity, not wait for an opportunity to come before you prepare.

So when the Book people give up to say the “No Book” people na win, but they will work, it is something serious oo.

The truth is what most of the people from the “No Book” camp have not considered yet as they prepare to party all over the place tomorrow is what comes after the party. I mean Father, after they have danced on the streets and paraded in victory style, what would happen after the next day.

You see, it is one thing to desire something but it is another thing if you have absolutely no plan, no road map as to how to make good of what you have desired.

What are you trying to say my son?

Father, truth be told, there are things we are missing here oo. Yes, it is true that the “No Book” people are poised to carry this thing and there are no doubts about it, except there is a miracle. But as things stand only the fool will hope for such a miracle.

Anyway, so when all the noise has died down and the first day of work is set to begin, it will be something to watch oo.

Well, Father, right now let the “No Book” people handle their own expectation for me it’s their cup of tea. But my thing is to tell the Book people, I told you so.

They are their own problem and major cause for their own miseries. They did not listen to your prophet. They don’t know that I can hear from you too, not because I am not wearing a white gown and standing behind a pulpit every Sunday.

I was very prophetic when I repeatedly told them that if they did not put their house in order, they would have been destroyed they said I was a paid agent.

My son, no don’t’ bring that other talk at this time, the defeat is already hurting the people; especially the kind of beating this boy has given them.

Father, the old people say the child who can’t hear can feel. They also say when you tell the child popo is on the palm kernel and they don’t listen, leave them let them burst it, when they burst it then they will smell it.

I just hope they get all the emergency vehicles on red alert because the roads are going to be busy.

I heard some people have started living in regret already. But what we care anyway, when you play big heart, you can suffer like a small child.

Lord, what do we really want?

Dear Father:

Puaah, so wait oo, when the people eyeballs were cleared, like real satellites, we had almost 90,000 invalid votes almost the number of people who registered in three of our village hamlets called counties. Now tell me, you think how many we will have a day after most of them had gotten drunk with all kinds of drinks, because whether we like it or not, those who love to be in the head will be drinking drinks on that day.

I know some people will say they are trying to make sure they stay within the village oracle to enable the Oldlady turn over legitimately, so that those making all kinds of noise for some interim arrangement to be put to shame.

So Father, the question now is what do we want as a village and people? Why are we so embroiled into so many fights just for personal greed and vendetta that we have to be putting our village and our children’s future at risk? We are all over the place demanding this and demanding that?

The truth be told, putting a voting day just after this all important universal holiday of merry making is a slap in the very face of the people and the result-trust me will be as terrible as the turn out.

Father, we don’t need a rocket scientist to tell us about the turnout, because trust me it’s going to be very low and some people will be looking at the ballot papers dazed from the night events-remember now, they will be drinking drinks.

You know, Father, I am really beginning to understand what our old people mean when they say if you praise the white chicken too much it will jump into the ray oil. And indeed, we are actually begging for trouble regardless of how you see it and from where you see it.

People say that’s the tenants of democracy. But democratic tenants left in the hands of selfish, greedy and wicked men and women who cares only about their bellies in total disregard to rules that guide this process, is an abuse of democracy itself.

It’s like giving a child the freedom to roam freely in the house, without ensuring that he or she is cognizance of the rules and regulation that govern the home, sooner or later you will realize that the child is abusing that freedom. It will be too late if you don’t tell the child where his or her freedom begins and stops.

The other day there was some group of people in front of the voting house chanting that the big man over there steps down. Now, they don’t care about the implications of these demands all they want is that their voices should be heard- good!

At the same time, while they are doing this, there are some who are also demanding that they don’t want the Oldlady to preside over this voting.

So, who do they expect to appoint the new person, assuming that we wasted our time to listen to them just for the sake of the argument?

You know, I do like to cook though, and I have find out that over the period I have enjoyed cooking my own dishes, too many season can spoil the taste. Not all the various seasons are meant to go in every soup or use to season every meat or fish.

There are seasons for a specific kind of soup, meat or fish. And I have also found out that there are times for those seasons. If you want to season the meat you have to ensure it is season before boiling it. You can’t put the meat in the saucepan with water and you expect it to affect the meat, it will now be season for the soup not the meat.

What am I driving at here? You see Father, when people out of their own negligence don’t do the things they supposed to do from the beginning to achieve their desire results, and tried to do it when the time is past, no numbers of interventions can help you to achieve that desire result.

It is like what we say about students who study few minutes before a text: “it rains the whole of last night, you didn’t collect the water, and the dew won’t help you either.”


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