I’m sorry its been a while since I posted anything on this blog. I have been seriously busy. I don’t know how true that is but isn’t that what everybody says? *moving on* … Thanks for taking the time to come here and read my thoughts..its a very kind gesture and I assure you that if given a link, *in Idi Amin’s voice* I shall “retaliate”.. In case you’re interested in my previous posts, please click here..
So I’m going to try and write a little about Nigeria and Nigerians. Pls note that this might be a failed attempt at proposing a way out for Nigerians given the fact that we are all self-centered, strongly opinionated and arrogant people. I’m not talking about the Politicians alone, I’m talking about the Bellos, Abubakars, Chinedus and the Olumides on the streets as well.
I would like to start by taking you all back a bit to the evergreen song of the Chief commander Ebenezer Obey Fabiyi. In this song titled “The man, his son and their donkey”, the commander was talking about how no matter what you do and how you look at it, you can never please everyone. He tells the story of a man, his son and their donkey on the way to the market (*i think*) and how the man in an attempt to please everybody ended up getting frustrated.
Pls read the analysis above if u’v never heard the song..
Please follow me carefully as I will be editing this story and making some “ridiculous” comparisons. I will relate this story to Nigeria and Nigerians as follows: The man, is the political class whose job it is to take decisions as it affects the son (who in this analogy, represents the masses) and the donkey (who represents the resources available to the man with which he was expected to achieve a set objective which objective in this case, is getting to the market). Of course, there is also the crowd on the way to the market. I think this set of people are the sycophants and the opinionistas, the people who do not see the bigger picture but jump to conclusions about matters based on its immediate appearance.
The man, being the head of that group should be responsible for decisions taken in the course of that journey. He is also supposed to take the glory if everything turns out fine and take the blame if things turn out otherwise. On this particular journey however, this man decides to try out every piece of advice he got. At the end of the day, he was left frustrated and dejected because he couldn’t achieve his aim.
So I said something about my Cousin in my last post! Up until now, she’s still trying to get posted to Ibadan for her PPA! We were at the secretariat till about 10:30 this morning hoping to work it out because the guys over at the NYSC office refused to help! Meanwhile, I was supposed to be on the morning splash extra with RonniG & Jacobs dis morning. The appointment was supposed to be at 9:30am at the splash fm studios. Needless to say, I missed the appointment! Who keeps two of the most popular radio presenters in Ibadan waiting? Yeah thats right; me! But during my wait at the secretariat, I made some discoveries of alarming proportions! Civil servants in this state are lazy! And I’m not talking just ur “do small work and stop” laziness, I’m saying they do not want to do anything at all and they expect to get paid!!! All they look forward to is the end of the month when the get paid their salaries!
I mean! Just imagine! I had waited for almost two hours for one director in a particular ministry to come to her place of work! I got to her office at around 10 minutes to 8am! Can you believe that she didn’t show up until about 9:40am! Then she takes us to her office,asks us to sit & she goes back out saying she wants to eat!! Isn’t dat just disgusting? She went away for another hour, finally came back & said “uncle, e joo e ma binu o” literally meaning “uncle, pls don’t be annoyed” I was boiling inside but I did not want to show it so I just shook my head and stared blankly at her!
I don’t know but I’m beginning to think that even more than politicians, civil servants are a very big problem Nigeria has! We should find a way to sanitize this sector! A friend was kind enough to send me a link to an article and in it, I found that a research had been done and it was confirmed that civil servants, especially in Oyo State are the ones that help politicians smuggle money out of the government coffers into private accounts! So much for effective followership and dedicated civil service!
I am writing this in anger and I don’t know which is making me angrier; the fact that I missed my radio show or the fact that I wasted precious time waiting and doing nothing! I really don’t know!! God Save Nigeria!
P.S – I found out that in the 21st century,they still use typewriters (Yes! Typewriters) in the Oyo State Ministry of Education.
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