There is a saying that goes thus; different tales for different folks. This saying was made glaringly manifest on Monday the 23rd day of November 2015, at the residence of Prince Audu Abubakar, as the the fallen politician and elder statesman of of Kogi politics was laid to permanent rest.
The circumstance and timing of of Prince Audu's death evokes palpable trpidatious emotions. No wonder tears flowed tirelessly, in torrents, as though there were no restrictions.
Sympathisers trooped in en mass - Children, Women, Men of varying calibres, elders, politicians, youths with boiling exuberance. As a matter of fact, no strata of the society was anonymous, they were all ably represented.
As tears flowed uncontrollably from different eyes, those who were brave enough to win the battle with tears and succeeded in pushing tears back to it's base behind their eyes, their faces stood and walked with no easy and very repulsive gait - evidence that something has happened behind the scene.
Young men full energy, vibe, vim, vigour, vitality, and vivacity were at one corner of the expanse and spacious compound cracking the earth with boundless enthusiasm, making a six feet grave for the fallen strongman of Kogi Politics.
Youths with emotion laden hearts went to town in search of a "messianic prophet" who would bring back their hero to life. In no distant time, the youths appeared sweating in high hopes and boundless enthusiasm. The sought after "prophet" to bring Prince Audu back to life is here!
Faithfuls of the dominant religions in the state - Islam and Christianity - forgot their differences and came together for a common course - to resurrect Prince Audu. Thunderous shouts of "Holy ghost fire" rented the air, flowing from the mouths of even those who don't know the meaning.
Men and women in uniforms - law enforcement agents - were everywhere in the spacious compound wielding very terrifying guns of different shapes and sizes.
The big wigs in Nigeria political scene were also present to show their own support. No small personalities like the immediate past governor of Kaduna state, Ibrahim Kwankwaso and lucky Igbinedion, the former governor of Edo state were in public glare. Dino Melaye was there and was engrossed in the preparation for the burial.
Activities took a different and dramatic twist as two young men in their 20s engaged themselves in a powerful exchange of fistful blows. The blows didn't come from weak fists but well bred and prepared fists folded in the manner legendary Mohammed Ali folds his, as though the fists have been waiting for this day. It would have been less interesting had the blows gone up and down for a very Germane reason.
It would have been less eye grabbing if they had fought over the argument about who and what led to the demise of Prince Audu.
It is most astonishing and amusing because what touched thousands who were there never cared to trouble them.
These boisterous young men were more interested in food. They fought over plates of rice. Was it because the plates of rice were not enough or that the pieces of meat were not enough for the teeth to masticate? Did they come with premeditated intention to catch the eyes of all present? Or did they come with long nursed acrimony against each other? I think they have the perfect answer(s).
This brings up the issue of poverty in the land. Two young men exchanging blows in public glare; is it a result of the poverty of the stomach or the poverty of the mind/brain. I think this is a topic subject to elaborate analysis next time.
The sweats of the prophet could not bring Audu back neither could the flow of tears. At about 3:15pm Prince Audu was interred. At last Prince Audu is buried and the different actors go back to their different homes leaving the family of Audu to mourn him
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