What a Country! What a President! – Viola Okolie

What a Country! What a President! – Viola Okolie



What a Country! What a President!


Let’s face facts, there are some things you should never do as a parent.


One of them, is to say to the street: I know my son is a thief. But, please be gentle with him when you see him passing. I have tried and tried to get him to stop stealing. However, I will talk to him one more time and see.


You know why?


Everything that henceforth goes missing on that street, will be linked to the unfortunate son of a careless and clueless father that you are. People will even see armed robbers operating on the streets. And without seeing your son in their midst, declare that these ones must have been organized by him.


Soon and very soon, knocks on the door will disturb you at all hours. People come in search of missing items. In fact, it won’t be long before sense begins to return to you.


Who is there?


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Papa Ekene.


What do you want?


I am looking for my wife’s missing brassier.


And you are knocking on my door for that?


Yes, now.


What is my business with your wife’s missing brassier?


Well, you know your son… the one you told us is a thief and we should take it easy with him? Help us ask him whether he saw the brassier. Then you can also help us to pay for it even if he didn’t. After all you told us with your own mouth, that your son is a thief.


You see, common sense should actually be renamed “uncommon sense”. Because, if it were so common, everybody would have it. As a matter of fact, there are some issues you handle with a stern face and fixed eyes. You don’t flinch or blink so that your opponent understands that this is not a joke for you.


One of them is any attack on any child of yours.


We will extend “child” at this juncture, to include citizens of what was once rumored to be the giant of Africa.




No one has the right to attack hardworking men and women struggling to eke out a living for themselves in a strange land for no just cause. And all our president can do is “hem” and “haw”; and agree with the other party that if any of the citizens were killed or attacked, they had it coming.


Of course, I pause in the midst of my righteous indignation to consider two things:


The majority of the people caught up in the xenophobic attacks in South Africa, are from the South East region of Nigeria. What happened to them in SA is reminiscent of what happens to them in the northern part of Nigeria where they are beset upon for every little excuse; and sliced open like goats and roasted alive.


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What a Country! What a President! - Viola Okolie


So, it is a normal for President Buhari.


He cannot understand what all the brouhaha is all about. Is that not what you are supposed to do with nyamiri people? You are supposed to find a flimsy excuse and attack them in the middle of the day when they least expect it. Set panic and confusion in their midst, beat maim and kill, set them and their businesses on fire.


Go and ask in Kaduna. Ask in Kano. Ask in Jos. That has been the MO.


Don’t be surprised, people. He is a little confused that people seem to be complaining that these ones are being misused the way the Nigerian constitution intended them to be misused.


The second thing: who remembers the case of the Hausa girl that was caught with drugs in her luggage in Saudi?


Nobody asked any questions about whether drug lords existed in the Northern part of Nigeria or if that region had a substance abuse problem – Ruona Meyer’s award winning “Sweet, Sweet Codeine” anyone? But immediately, all stops were pulled. A “cartel” who exchanges luggage with that of innocent Hausa girls was immediately fished out and paraded. Sharp sharp, all stops were pulled to get that girl out of an inevitable appointment with death.


I laugh in Cantonese.


Who does not know that substance misuse and abuse is a problem among teenage and young women in the North? Who doesn’t? The unlikely story of airport workers slipping tramadol into her luggage in what was not even commercial quantities, but obviously for personal use, became the official handle for the story. Meanwhile, the rot continues unchecked.



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Just goes to show that in the case of this “father” it is not that he does not know how to talk. Or that even if your child is a confirmed armed robber. You hold your peace and refrain from championing his labeling. Equally important, so that it does not come back to bite you in the behind.




This is the case of a father who is playing favoritism among his children. The one he likes, he pulls out all stops to protect and the one he doesn’t? The devil may get him for all he cares.


What a tragedy.


What a country.


Oh, what a President!

Lilian Osigwe

Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer.

Lilian Osigwe

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  1. salau ilias

    Comment…Talk is cheap like I can find in your write up, your write up is full of sentiment, let someone else speak for you


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