Looking at that portion of the Bible that says “Happy is the land whose king is a nobleman and whose leaders feast only to gain strength for their work, not to get drunk,” I can’t help but ask if we are not cursed. If I still remember my ‘words and antonyms’ well, the antonym of ‘Blessed’ is ‘Cursed’, and that invariably means that if we are not blessed, we are cursed. I am not trying to be more holy here than the Pope. But tell me, how could you explain the fact that our leaders eat not for the strength it would provide them to do more work, but to get drunk? They find any silly reason to feast and get themselves drunk out of the coffers of the state or the nation as the case may be.
Are we not cursed when our leaders gather wealth (monies stolen from the nation’s coffers) so much, running into billions, nay, trillions of naira, yet about 70% of the population lives below $1 (one dollar) a day? The monies they gather, is it not for them to get drunk with; Reserving billions of naira for their unborn children and children’s children to the 10th generation, if possible? These unborn children never get to lift up a finger in the name of work before all their needs are met while a lot more of the people who find themselves on the other side of life have to toil so much to get so little, barely enough to keep their body and soul together, not to talk about keeping for their children. It’s quite pathetic.
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Are we not cursed when our leaders think about themselves only? They come up with one propaganda after the other in a bid to steal more, leaving the coffers of the nation empty. Funny, isn’t it that after our debts had been cancelled, we are back in debts? They have stolen everything and had gone to borrow more to steal. They care little about the future of the nation and the youths.
Are we not cursed when these thieves that know next to nothing about us, nothing about our sufferings, decide what is good and not good for us? I recall over two years ago, during the fuel subsidy brouhaha, the then CBN governor had made us know that he hasn’t been buying fuel. He had a quota that was always kept for him. Pray, tell me how someone like that will know where the shoe pinches when he is not the one wearing the shoes? That is the same for all our so-called leaders, maybe with the exceptions of very few.
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Are we not cursed when a student spends six years in the university (not counting the months and years wasted by ASUU’s incessant strikes), one year on internship, and then one year serving the country and still ends up unemployed for no fault of hers, she being one of the best students in her class?
Are we not cursed when we celebrate and even honour these thieves that should be rotting in hell for their atrocities?
Are we not cursed when we decide to give these thieves chieftaincy titles and honorary degrees for milking us high and dry?
Are we not cursed when we swear to die defending these ones because of the peanuts they give to us from our own money they stole?
Are we not cursed when we still cheer these thieves when they drive pass us, worshipping their endless entourage?
Are we not cursed when we sit back, arms folded, as we watch our leaders steal and get away with it?
Are we not cursed when we leave our fate in the hands of these heartless, self-centred leaders?
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