Journey to Change Re: Our sword of Damocles By Onyemaechi Osanakpo

It’s exactly 5 days to the general elections, yes the same one the umpire wanted us to celebrate with love in our hearts, but the usual forces of nature, manipulated by the insatiable principalities succeeded in postponing by 6 weeks. A 6 weeks that’s brought about strange miracles, and am almost forced to say that within the 6 weeks, the senile leadership of our great country has almost made ‘rain to fall in the desert’. Are you laughing?, well you have every right to, after all you’re within your rights of expression; remember the erudite Fela’s words “I dey looku and dey laufu”. Fela simply concluded that this ‘great’ nation is a BBC (Big Blind Country). We all know that “in the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is King” and before you stone me, how else do you describe a situation when the King himself is blind? That’s unfortunate the story of modern day Nigeria.

Fellow Nigerians, rather than invoke the spirit of Fela, lest I inspire you to anger and expose our foolishness and stupidity as a people tainted by religious and ethnic sentiments, I prefer to prick the minds of the literatis and take us back to the era of the great Cicero.: The story of Damocles ( an ingratiator and court sycophant).

“Damocles used to make comments to the king about his wealth and luxurious life. One day when Damocles complimented the tyrant on his abundance and power, Dionysius turned to Damocles and said, “If you think I’m so lucky, how would you like to try out my life?”Damocles readily agreed, and so Dionysius ordered everything to be prepared for Damocles to experience what life as Dionysius was like. Damocles was enjoying himself immensely… until he noticed a sharp sword (famous sword of Damocles) hovering over his head, that was suspended from the ceiling by a horse hair. This, the tyrant explained to Damocles, was what life as ruler was really like.Damocles, alarmed, quickly revised his idea of what made up a good life, and asked to be excused. He then eagerly returned to his poorer, but safer life.

So, what’s my point exactly?,Perhaps, hovering  over us as we approach the historic 28th March, 2015 is another sword of Damocles, yes, most probably over the heads of the sycophants who ironically are related to us directly or indirectly.

We have a date with history, an opportunity to destroy the proboscis of our selfish and corrupt politicians, an opportunity to institute our rights as a people to ‘Hire and Fire’. Would we as Damocles realise fast the real task ahead?, or we prefer to play out the manipulative mind of Napoleon the pig (Animal Farm)?, which ever way my people, posterity will be the final judge. Baba Meche says, vote right. Happy monday tweeps

 Onyemaechi Osanakpo
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